It seems we are always in great need of images to use in our digital products. We have covered several other sites providing free images previously. Imagebase is another site that you may want to consider adding to your toolbox of available media that is free to use.
Browse these categories:
Can also search by keywords.
The images are available to view and download in high-resolution!
And what does free mean? This site actually spells it out:
These images are free to use for anything you want, non-profit, commercial, print, web, screen, film, or anything else. You don’t have to credit my name or this site. We’d love if it you did give us credit or link back to the site, but it is not required. Basically, you can treat the images as if they were in the public domain. If you want a link to paste: Photo Credit, David Niblack, Imagebase.net. A few exceptions:
- Please do not combine the photos with illicit or for any kind of pornographic purposes. - Please don’t resell the images as they are. If you make alterations to them or combine them with other photos, then they can be resold.
And as always, while you’re there- help keep free sites like this up and running by clicking on an ad or two out of appreciation! I know how much work (and resources) it takes to maintain a website!
4 Free Photos is a nice collection of images that can be used under Creative Commons licensing. Like other websites, you can browse by categories or enter keywords. The site is littered with ads here and there, so be cautious about this- and at the bottom of searches, they display thumbnails of “low cost images” from Shutterstock. So before you get all excited, make sure the thumbnail you see is actually a free image on the site rather than a link to a paid site.
With that said, one thing I really like about this specific site is the ability to add images to a “lightbox.” This is sort of like a temporary holding spot for your images where they can be held in queue while you continue searching. Then when you are ready to download the images, you can return to your lightbox and download them. If you register at the site (free) you can store your lightboxes long term and even share them with others. In any case, the site’s layout and features are nice and easy to use:
OK, Flickr is one of our favorite sites simply because the number of images that are available, tagged, described, and shared. We highly recommend Flickr’s Creative Commons section for educators and students. If you don’t know about Creative Commons or have just had a case of amnesia, be sure to check out our previous post about finding copyright friendly images.
One of the down sides of Flickr is that it’s not the easiest interface to navigate and search for images. Enter today’s web application- Compfight. Seriously, I’m not sold on the name (was that compfight or compflight, Susan?). It’s supposed to have something to do with finding “comps” (comparable images) for your project or whatever. Anyway, just enter a search term and select whether or not you want to look only in the Creative Commons of Flickr and whether or not you want the safe search turned on. Here’s my search for dolphin:
For most of the thumbnail images you can simply hover your mouse over the image and it will give you the size of the available image (in pixels). Click on a thumbnail to open the Flickr page where the original can be downloaded.
Hold your breath… I’m going to violate one of my own rules that I laid out at the beginning of this blogging adventure. In the beginning, I said that I wouldn’t post things that must be purchased, downloaded, or installed as a browser plug-in. This posting violates two-thirds of the rules. Yeah, it’s free. But it’s both- a download and browser plug-in! At least it does work with PCs (Firefox, IE, Chrome) and Macs (Safari).
Simply put, this cool little plug-in/add-on turns your desktop into a cool photo and video browser. it allows you to look at a collection of images/videos either on your computer or at various websites (such as Flickr, YouTube, Google, Bing, etc.) in the form of a very cool scrolling wall of images like this (this is a wall full of images from Costa Rica via Flickr):
I embedded a wall here for you- which is another cool thing you can do with it! But it’s easier than that to use. If you are on one of the supported websites, you’ll notice a little CoolIris icon in the lower left of an image on the page. If you click on that image, it will open CoolIris and show you the wall full of photos from the site you are currently browsing.
Don’t take my word for it, try it yourself! It sure makes hunting for images a lot more fun!
Finally! A great source for free, that’s right, free clip art! The Microsoft Clip Art gallery is OK at best- and that only suffices for your Office documents. But if you, like most educators, are in need of other clip art that you are free to use without worrying about violating copyright, then this site is for you! The site currently features over 30,000 pieces of searchable and browsable clip art graphics. Every one of these graphics are in the public domain, having been put there by the authors/designers. Here are a few examples (images that remind me of summer):
Each of the graphics can be downloaded in either the SVG format or the PNG format. For those of you unfamiliar with SVG, it stands for scalable vector graphics. If you don’t know the difference between a vector and a bitmapped/raster graphic, you should click here to find out more about these. Essentially, vector graphics can be scaled to any size without any loss of quality since they are drawn on your screen according to mathematical algorithms.
So there you have it- another great free resource for your projects.
PD Photo.org is a great site for finding images that are copyright friendly for both teachers and students. It is a database for free, public domain photos. There are a few exceptions on this site, so you have to read the fine print below the image.
A few weeks ago when I wrote a post about getting images from Flickr, I mentioned Pics4Learning which is another of my favorite places to send students to find images. Pics4Learning is a free service offered by Tech4Learning. Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. There are thousands of images in the image library, which have been contributed by teachers, students, and other amateur photographers. The owner still retains copyright, but has given permission for the image to be used by both teachers and students for educational purposes. My favorite part is that each image has a citation given so that students can copy and paste into their projects. Continue reading
Finding images for teachers and kids to use for projects that stay within fair use/copyright laws can be tough. The internet is a wealth of great images, but copyright restricts the use of an awful lot of them. There are always paid sites for clipart and images, but that requires money! That’s why I alway try to find FREE images whenever possible. Continue reading