This is The Creative Commons Media Guide...
The Largest List of Websites Offering Free Photos, Videos, Music, Icons, and Other Graphic Design Elements for You to Use on Your Projects.
We created this site with you in mind so finding good quality free stock photos would be easier. Come here for gazillions of free pictures and other media at your fingertips.
We're going to ditch the cliches about how many words a picture is worth. You already know how important photos are to improving engagement on your website or blog. The hard truth is people will not read every word you write. Your readers scan content. Careful selection of your photos and other design elements helps get your point across faster.
Before moving on, we've got to talk about the elephant in the room, otherwise known as copyrights. The internet makes it easy to grab pictures and slap 'em up on a website. The thing is... the copyright for most photos and other media is owned by its author.
Unless the author/owner has specifically stated the work is donated to the Public Domain or has attached one of the Creative Commons Assignments to it, you must have written permission to use their work. If you don't have that permission, you are stealing and could end up in hot water. Just don't do it. This guide makes it easy to find legal photos. Plain and simple... Cut and dry.
Rock Solid Blogs and Rocks Solid Info expects you to do your own due diligence. We'll curate the list, but can't be held responsible for what the owners of the websites put on their sites or what you do with the media you find there.
Always be sure you understand which Creative Commons License or Copyright is associated with the picture or media you want to use. Prevention of problems is the best way to save time and stay happy by staying out of trouble.
Right now the Creative Commons Media Guide curates over
two hundred twenty 250+ Creative Commons Zero (CC0) websites. They are structured in random order. To help you know how popular a site is, we have put the approximate Global Alexa Ranking next to the name of the site.
Head over to Alexa to find out a site's current rank.
TIP: When you need an image that's not seen on too many other sites, look around some of the lower ranked sites to see if the perfect picture to reinforce the point of your post might be there. We discovered beautiful high-resolution photos on lower ranking sites. And hey, giving an underdog a shout out or a link just might make their day.
Think about using a Reverse Image Search Engine to verify photos. One of them is TinEye. The image of the strawberry plunging into water was found on one of the sites in the guide, but when I forgot where it came from, I used TinEye to find it. In a matter of seconds, TinEye let me know the image is originally from SkitterPhoto (220819), even though the original image was uploaded to Pixabay. Checking the original license, now I know it's in the Public Domain so it's OK to use.
We hope you will use
to create great looking websites as well as keeping your hard-earned cash in your pocket! Have fun snoopin' around here... and when you're done, let us see what you've made with these free images.
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Latest update: July 18, 2017
Pixabay.com is a repository for stunning public domain pictures. Your source for free vectors, free drawings and free photos. You can use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial applications.
Unsplash has free high-resolution photos. All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.
is a continuous work in progress. We'll update it as needed for sites that don't work anymore or new ones that need to be added. If you run across one, please let us know so we can edit, add or remove it to keep the guide current for everyone.
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