As a graphic designer, I am always looking for great photo and graphic resources that are free to incorporate into my designs. Through the years, I have accumulated a library of my go-to public domain sites.
First off, a public domain photo or graphic has been released by the author under Creative Commons CC0. The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Therefore, you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. Attribution is appreciated, but not required. Who doesn’t love that?!
There are tons of websites that offer free photos, however, these are my all-time favorites and where I get a lot of my inspirations from. Enjoy!
- Pixabay: Pixabay has over 600,000 free stock photos, vectors and art illustrations all released free of copyrights under Creative Commons C0. This site rarely disappoints when I am searching for something specific, for example lavender fields :).
- FancyCrave: One of my favorite things about FancyCrave (besides their top-notch photos) are the photo packs. The photo packs usually have around 30 photos in different categories that you can download at once. It is much easier downloading 30 photos in .zip file that individual downloading each photo. Of course, all for free.
- Stocksnap: This site is amazing because it pulls the best of the best stock photos from around the web to create one awesome repository of free stock photos.
- Public Domain Archive: This site is similar Stocksnap as it is a hub for all high quality public domain images across the web. This site is run by a web designer who was tired of going to multiple sources for his images so he created Public Domain Archive, one of the largest public domain websites.
- KaboomPics: This is a beautiful site with perfectly staged photographs, great for any kind of design. If I could download every single one of their photos, I would.
- New Old Stock: This is seriously one of my all-time favorite websites. No kidding. This site accumulates vintage black and white photos that are under public domain (to the best of their knowledge). I love scrolling through the history that these photos have to offer.
What are some of your favorite websites to find free public domain stock photos? I would love to learn about more.