My Favorite Image Websites Free For Commercial Use

Sometimes the hardest part about finding a good image, reference or texture is finding one that is not copyright protected. Here is a list of my favorite free sites and you can even use the images for your commercial work.

  • morguefile.com  -  Creative commons site where images are donated "for creatives by creatives".  They boast over 350,000 images in their library.
  • pixabay.comAll images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required. They have a whopping 1M+ images in their library!
  • unsplash.com - "Beautiful free photos gifted by the world's most generous community of photographers." Creative commons zero license.
  • freeforcommercialuse.net - This site is new to me. License is for images in the public domain.
  • pexels.com - Simply, all images on pexels are under the Creative Commons Zero License. You can use them for any legal purpose.
  • textures.com - Formerly cgtextures.com. This site is a little different than the rest. For one it has a premium members part of the site that you can get bigger more high res images on, but you get 15 free small and medium sized images every day. They have many many images of all sorts that are great for use in making textured backgrounds and surfaces or even custom digital paint brushes. I've had a free account here for years and never been disappointed. Check out their easy to follow terms of use.

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