Copyright Friendly image sites to search for pictures


  • It’s a requirement of all Creative Commons Licences that you attribute the original author.
  • This means you can’t just use a Creative Commons image without acknowledging the person who originally created it.
  • One way to do this is to link it to the page you got it from so that if any one clicks on the photo they can view the original source of the image.
IMAGES (Click on the picture to link to site)

  A visual image search engine for high quality creative commons images.


    Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of licences for authors, artists, and educators.


Images on this site can be used freely under Creative Commons.


Cr103 is a library of free abstract backgrounds, textures and design ideas. You can cut and paste them into your own work or use just for inspiration. The materials contained here are free to download and use, but you must credit / link to this site if you use them.

The Commons on Flickr is a good resource to find images for multimedia projects for history, literature, and other content areas. The Commons requires that all images are made available without copyright restrictions.

Search engine for visual inspiration and free stock photos  including images of creative commons and public domain.


Sign up to download free images or you can download Royalty-Free stock photos, illustrations & images for 20c each.


   Search for free icons.



       You can browse or search through content under each type of Creative Commons licence.



Run a search, click on a thumbnail and the photo appears on the right. Make sure to click on the advanced search feature which allows you to limit your search to Non-Commercial and Share Alike photos.  You can add several photos to your ‘add tray’ and then when you open your tray, all the photos are there in large sized format along with the attributions.


 It has a handy embed feature that allows you to re-size any photo and embed it in a blog that shows up with the attribution already done for you. is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required). See FREE USE RULES.


Free photos, textures, digital backgrounds.



Images can only be used freely if embedded into your blog or website. You go to and search for your image,  hover over the image in the search results page or on the image detail page, and click the embed icon (</>). A box appears with the code that needs to be copied and pasted into your HTML code on your blog. ( Not all images have an embed code.)


 Image*After is a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture from the site and use it in your own work.


Only Morgue  File images are free. Do not choose other tabs.



You not only get the photos, but it also gives you the exact attribution to copy and paste.


pictures Credit pictures with link supplied. 


ics4Learning is a safe, free image library for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and images for classrooms, multimedia projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other educational project.


High quality public domain images. Be careful not to use the Shutterstock images at the top as these are not free. Free images are underneath.


 Public domain images are top quality, high resolution. All images are copyright friendly – safe images, not copyrighted, no restrictions for their use. no rights reserved



Wikimedia commons   



Wikipedia public domain image resources. Lots of collections of free images.



Millions of free, legal, pictures are available from online sources.




CLIP ART (Click on the picture to link to site)


   Clip art for use in schools



Free animations and backgrounds


All clipart is released to the public domain and may be used in any project for free with no restrictions



All free and great for school.



Attractive clip art that may be used without attribution or linking.





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