Completely free images for commercial use and the propper use of licences

COMPLETELY FREE IMAGES FOR COMMERCIAL USE

FREE photos and images are something we all need for tour websites, blogs, articles and guest post and we don`t allways have our own at hand, we could use. Therefore, I have prepared a comprehensive guide to sites with completely free images for commercial use and its proper use. I say proper use because even if they are completely free images for commercial use they it is still nice if we link back to the source or to the author of the image.

All sites mentioned and shared here do not have completely free images for commercial use. I dedicate this first paragraph to the completely free images for commercial use sites and other paragraphs to other sites and licences and their meaning. After you will read this post you will have a better view and knowladge on what sites and images you can use for your blogs and websites and which images for education, scientific research or newspaper.

Some sites mentioned in the first pharagraph have mixed image licences. Some of them are completely free and for some they want a small yearly, monthly or one-time contribution in compensation for their use.

Images and photos are not always used only for commercial purposes, but also as a tool for education or for displaying comparisons and older versions of a product, service or activity. I am also covering this topic.

Some prefer to use only their own images, which is great, but you could also consider about the proper protection of your photos and the rights to your image, which I will describe in my next post.

 

1.) MORGUEFILE

free, commercial, images, photos, site
screenshot of a -free-images-for-commercial-use-sites

One of my favorite sites, I used to use a lot is MORGUEFILES.COM, which is now being on sale. I was very disappointed to hear that, but maybe after the new buyer takes it over will stay as it was with some minor changes. At least I hope so. But you can still enter the site normally.

an example image from Morgefile.com and its proper use:

IMAGE 1:

free photos commercial use proper image credit

PROPER USE: “Yes, the morguefile images are really free to use in creative projects, although they are not in the public domain. You are still responsible for the legal content of the images including model releases and property releases. These images are provided with free usage rights, it is similar to taking the image yourself, but you can not claim ownership of the image.”

“To acknowledge the artist’s accomplishments, we ask that you credit the photographer when possible.”

When you download an image to your website, you can resize it and upload it to your webpage. When you click on the image on Morguefiles, there is a direct link or URL. Copy and paste that URL, to properly credit an image or link to Morguefiles.com and include an author`s name.

IMAGE 2:

image credit, commercial use

Image credit:  http://mrg.bz/VAzzlg
2.) PIXABAYfree-commercial-personal-use-images

2. PIXABAY is another site with high quality images for commercial use. They say: “You can freely use any image from this website in digital and printed format, for personal and commercial use, without attribution requirement to the original author.”

I can just add that it is a great think to do if you do link back, at least to Pixabay.com site, if nothing else, to properly credit an image.

3.) GOOGLE ADVANCED IMAGE SEARCH is great tool for finding an images that relates to your article or blog post.

Simply go to GOOGLE ADVANCED IMAGE SEARCH, type in the keywords or a phrase that will help you find it and then go to the bottom of advanced image search and show for what purpose you will use it. Whether you need them for commercial purposes or even change the image you would like to use. The choice is yours.

PROPER USE:

1. Click on the image and click “save as”

2. Save it on your computer or a folder

3. Use it where you need it and

4. Link back to the image source:

  • link directly to the site image is from
  • link to the photographer if you can
  • or include both, the image source and the author

4.)  FREEPICK

free pick, free images, commercial use, blogs, websites
FREE PICK

Is a site with lots of free images for commercial use but there are also some you need to pay for. Be sure to check if the image you want is free to use. You can choose from vectors, stock photos, Icons, PSD files to videos.

5.) 123RF FREE IMAGES

FREE 123RF PHOTOS, FREE IMAGES FOR COMMERCIAL USE
FREE 123RF

Their site is filled with photographs to bursting. I am sharing a link to their free site where all images are free for commercial use. On some other pages of their site you can also find some images for a little fee.

6.)  STOCK FREE IMAGES

STOCKFREEIMAGES, IMAGES FOR COMMERCIAL USE
STOCKFREEIMAGES, IMAGES FOR COMMERCIAL USE

STOCK FREE IMAGES requires attribution I was talking about above with a link back to their site or a used image. You need to sign in first and have a CAPTCHA to download it.

7.)  STOCK.XCHNG

FREE STOCK EXCHANGE, FREE IMAGES FOR COMMERCIAL USE
FREE STOCK.XCHNG

This site allows you to use images for commercial use, for your websites in digital format, for your home, business, pleasure, for flyers, CD/DVD covers and so on. But they don`t allow it for selling and distributing (you need to ask a photographer first), for creating printed reproductions, for “print on demand” items such as t-shirts, mugs and so on. Read their terms of use if you ever consider use it in that way.

But you can easily use their images on your websites. JUST BE CAREFUL: When you type in the search term, the images in the front and bottom line of the site are not free. The free images occur in the middle of the page.

8.)  GEOGRAPH

GEOGRAPH, free images for commercial use
free images for commercial use

This is a nature related image site. If you are looking for free images in relation to the nature, you will find the beautiful, high-quality and useful photos here. Be sure to link back to the site or properly credit an author of the used image.

9.)  FLICKR

flickr, free images for commercial use, link, creative commons images,
FLICKR – FREE images for commercial use – creative commons – link

The easiest way to find Flickr images for free commercial use is to use Google advanced image search. They will pop up almost with every search term you make. But if you are specifically looking for Flickr images for commercial use, look under creative commons licence search and for commercial use of course.

10.)  WIKIMEDIA

wikimedia commons, free images for commercial use,
wikimedia commons

WIKIMEDIA is also one of the best free image sites for commercial use. They have a huge number of high-quality photos under all the search terms that you can contrive. They offer a myriad of photos in different languages ​​so it is really not hard to find. Under each photo is a license and a simply written term of its use. . Usually they just want a  link back to their site. Otherwise, the terms of use vary from image to the image differently.

I recommend you to search under Google advanced image search or directly under http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page.

PUBLIC DOMAIN PHOTOS

2. PUBLIC DOMAIN IMAGES

free photos public domain images,
public domain images

PUBLIC DOMAIN IMAGES is defined as: “consisting of works that are either not copyrighted, ineligible for copyright protection or with expired copyrights. Public domain refers to the total absence of copyright protection for work. The public domain is a range of abstract materaials commonly referred to as  intellectual property which are not owned or controlled by anyone. The term indicates that this material are therefore “public property” and avalible for anyone for any purpose”

Despite the fact that we do not need the permission to use them for our own or commercial use, it would be nice to at least show that they are public domain images and don`t steal them.

CREATIVE COMMONS PHOTOS

5. CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES

PUBLIC DOMAIN PHOTOS, IMAGES FREE FOR COMMERCIAL USE
PUBLIC DOMAIN PHOTOS

5.) Creative commons images have six different licences. I will talk about any of those licences in my next post. Many of Creative Commons images are not allowed for commercial use. Only  images under CC BY 3.0  can be used in commercial purposes. Many images under creative commons licence are forbidden on blog posts and free writing sites such as Blogging platforms, Hubpages, Squidoo,

Before using  images under creative commons licence, check the terms of use that you’ll know and properly credit and use an image.

FAIR USE IMAGES

6.) There is also a “FAIR USE” license, which is a bit complicated. Under this license you can use images only for the Library and to compare the headlines over the years, for teaching, preservation, science work and education.

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