Where do you get your images?

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Where do you get your images for your website, blog or ebook?

Are there an royalty free image sites that are free?
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  • Profile picture of the author webmarke
    Originally Posted by IMstarter View Post

    Where do you get your images for your website, blog or ebook?

    Are there an royalty free image sites that are free?
    You can get free images from google that are royalty free. You would simply need to search on google images and use the search tool feature to find images that with usage rights that are "labeled for reuse".

    See Image below for an illustration of the search tool.
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    • Profile picture of the author BradVert2013
      Originally Posted by webmarke View Post

      You can get free images from google that are royalty free. You would simply need to search on google images and use the search tool feature to find images that with usage rights that are "labeled for reuse".

      See Image below for an illustration of the search tool.
      I'd be careful doing that. Google doesn't verify any information about the images and I have come across many that are not royalty free. At least check the source first.
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    • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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      Originally Posted by webmarke View Post

      You can get free images from google that are royalty free. You would simply need to search on google images and use the search tool feature to find images that with usage rights that are "labeled for reuse".

      See Image below for an illustration of the search tool.
      Originally Posted by rubby123 View Post

      Google Images and shutterstock are the major sources of images to get from
      Originally Posted by nuruddinben1983 View Post

      Most of the time I search on google. Google show the of the site link. then I can reach on the site. I will be able to see many images. Then I will be able to choose which one I really need. Thanks for your advance.
      Originally Posted by hynds View Post

      You can find many images with commercial right by this way on Google image search

      Go to Google image search -> Click Search Tool -> then click Usage Rights -> Choose the Rights you want to use.
      Originally Posted by Justice Pretorius View Post

      Personally I prefer Google advanced images. Just about every possible topic is covered and you can choose among many quality options. A client with whom I work in the security industry always want photos of 2mb and resolution of 1600x1200 and fortunately with Google advanced images there are a wide variety of photos to choose from.
      Originally Posted by CityCowboy View Post

      You might be surprised to realize that you can get and use images from Flickr or Google Images without having to fear anything, if you're trying to use them for your blog only, then nothing to worry about, but for commercial purposes you're better off buying them from Dreamstime or Shutterstock
      Does Google guarantee the image license tags are correct? Nope. Does Google give you permission to use the image? Nope. Does Google give you any guarantees or protections? Nope. Does Google have model and property releases on file? Nope. Generally speaking, to use images that you find on Google or Google Images you need to obtain/verify permission from the copyright holder prior to using the image.

      Straight from Google's FAQ page ---> Get Permission from the Image Owner, which is typically first person that posted the image to the web!



      If a photo is copyrighted then you need to ask permission or legally obtain a legit license to use it (barring authentic fair use exceptions). Giving attribution, credit, or a link back is not a substitute for obtaining permission or a proper license. If you are using any Creative Commons images other than CC0 images --> then you need to provide proper attribution to the copyright holder.

      Below I will note a few downsides of using public domain images (CC0) and even some creative commons images.

      #0) [Copyright and Release Ground Zero] You have no guarantee that the images were legally obtained by the people uploading the images to the public domain sites. On the same note, in most cases, nobody really knows for sure if the images were actually created by someone that has the rights to offer an image with a creative commons license, either.

      #1) The fact of the matter is this, some ignorant folks think that once they find an image published on the web, they wrongfully think or believe it is automatically a public domain image. Wanting to increase their web cred, or for whatever other reasons, some of these peeps upload copyrighted images they "thought" were public domain to photo sharing sites like flickr, wallpaper sites, pubdom sites, and some even sell the stolen picks on Fiverr and other places. A copyrighted image that is pirated, and then placed on a photo sharing site that claims all photos are public domain, is still a copyrighted image.

      #2) Almost all public domain image sites do not guarantee the images they display are actually public domain images, in-fact these sites have public disclaimers that tell you to use the images at your own risk. The same goes for most sites that allow users to upload images under the Creative Common license, you have no guarantee the uploader had the rights to the image in the first place.

      #3) Copyright is not the only thing that needs to be considered when using images, especially when you use them commercially. Not only do you need a proper license or permission to use for a specific end use(s), you may also need to use an image that has a signed Model and/or Property release.

      As an example, I can't take a photo of a famous pro quarterback and then use the image in my advertising campaigns that makes it appear as if the player is endorsing my product, service, company or cause. I can't use his face prominently in advertising and marketing campaigns etc. etc. without a model release.

      If the player is wearing an NFL uniform, then I ALSO need property releases from the NFL team and the NFL to use the images that have the NFL and team logo's on them for the similar commercial endeavors.

      If I can't use my own photos without a model and property release for commercial advertising and marketing, obviously a person that did not create the photo needs the releases as well.

      This does not only apply to famous people, it also applies to recognizable people, silhouettes, etc. etc. For instance, you can't take a picture of me and then use it as I described above without obtaining a signed model release from me.

      Property releases need to be obtained when using pictures of trademarked buildings, structures and pictures that show corporate logos and brands etc., when using the images for many/most marketing and advertising purposes.

      Furthermore, you can't use pictures of people in a way that will defame them or show them in a false light unless you have a signed model release. In most U.S. states, and many other countries, people are entitled not only to the the right of privacy, but also to the right of PUBLICITY. Each individual person has some control over the right to use their own likeness. And no, you can't trace a photo and then use the drawing of the person either...line drawing, photo, painting etc. A few exceptions to this rule exist, but that's a bit too detailed to get into on this thread.

      How do you make sure you have a proper license to use an image? Obtain the image from a reputable stock image site, photographer, agency or graphic artist or similar reputable dealer or vendor.

      How do you obtain a model or property release? You purchase the rights to the image from a company or photographer that has a model and/or property release from the model or trademark owner on file. A release is normally obtained at the time the photo was shot.

      Royalty Free photos do not usually come with model and/or property releases, in-fact the great majority of them do not when talking about the professional stock image industry in general. Typically, these types of photos are licensed Rights Managed and not Royalty Free.

      So....if you want to be sure when using an image, especially on your ad copy, marketing materials, web hits, web video, banners, logos etc, and that image includes a person's face, a famous building, a trademarked name or logo etc. your best bet is to obtain the image from a reputably image entity that offers clear license terms and releases.

      Free image sites offer no guarantees, most do not offer any model or property releases, and almost anybody and their brother and sister can upload any image they find to these types of image sites.

      All that said, and as others have mentioned, Pixabay is one of the more reputable public domain sites, and they do have some images that claim to have a model releases in place.

      If you are using images in your everyday business and don't want to worry, and you don't want to attribute, then purchasing stock image licenses from reputable photographers and stock image companies is by far the best way to go.

      Cheers

      -don
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    pixabay.com
    unsplash.com

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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by IMstarter View Post

    Where do you get your images for your website, blog or ebook?

    Are there an royalty free image sites that are free?
    Mostly from graphic packs PLR, or i'd hire a designer on Fiverr to do it for me.
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  • Agreed on royalty-free sites. Here are a few sources:

    *shutterstock.com
    *pixtastock.com
    *fotolia.com
    *freeimages.com
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  • Profile picture of the author codespider
    you cam get images for your website free and premium:

    pixabay.com ***
    shutterstock.com
    pixtastock.com
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  • Profile picture of the author hynds
    You can find many images with commercial right by this way on Google image search

    Go to Google image search -> Click Search Tool -> then click Usage Rights -> Choose the Rights you want to use.

    Beside that you can find on pixabay and shutterstock, they're all good resources.
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  • I use pixabay and creativecommons for all my image needs =)
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  • Hi,

    We use the following sites for our domain pictures:
    Pixabay
    Morguefile

    Be careful though when downloading images with images of people as well as objects with brands on them. Just to be safe, even if these sites are labeled as free. Some of these might be downloaded from paid sites such as depositphotos etc, so it's better to be safe.
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  • Profile picture of the author localfame
    Here is a little search engine for CC licensed images, music and other type of media: https://search.creativecommons.org/
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  • Profile picture of the author nuruddinben1983
    Most of the time I search on google. Google show the of the site link. then I can reach on the site. I will be able to see many images. Then I will be able to choose which one I really need. Thanks for your advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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    I usually create my own. If you use the forum search function you will see that this question has been asked and answered dozens of times.

    Cheers

    -don
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  • Profile picture of the author pankja
    I get images for my blogs from pixabay.com
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  • Profile picture of the author AidanKay
    publicdomainpictures.net
    publicdomainarchive.com
    pixabay.com
    sxc.hu

    Please make sure you read the licensing details, a lot are public domain but some have accreditation terms and/or non-commercial clauses.

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  • Personally I prefer Google advanced images. Just about every possible topic is covered and you can choose among many quality options. A client with whom I work in the security industry always want photos of 2mb and resolution of 1600x1200 and fortunately with Google advanced images there are a wide variety of photos to choose from.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    I use dreamstime.com

    Reasonablw pricing and a nice interface.
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  • Profile picture of the author CityCowboy
    You might be surprised to realize that you can get and use images from Flickr or Google Images without having to fear anything, if you're trying to use them for your blog only, then nothing to worry about, but for commercial purposes you're better off buying them from Dreamstime or Shutterstock
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by webmarke View Post

    You can get free images from google that are royalty free. You would simply need to search on google images and use the search tool feature to find images that with usage rights that are "labeled for reuse".

    See Image below for an illustration of the search tool.
    Originally Posted by hynds View Post

    You can find many images with commercial right by this way on Google image search

    Go to Google image search -> Click Search Tool -> then click Usage Rights -> Choose the Rights you want to use.
    This is just plain bad advice. As has been pointed out countless times, Google themselves say that they don't verify whether the rights claimed are legitimate or not. And "Google search said it was okay" is not considered a legal defense.

    This can be a reasonable first step, but the licensing NEEDS to be verified before you risk anything on what some anonymous website claims.

    Originally Posted by nuruddinben1983 View Post

    Most of the time I search on google. Google show the of the site link. then I can reach on the site. I will be able to see many images. Then I will be able to choose which one I really need. Thanks for your advance.
    So you just google the image you want and steal it? Or are you suggesting the same flawed strategy above?

    Originally Posted by Justice Pretorius View Post

    Personally I prefer Google advanced images. Just about every possible topic is covered and you can choose among many quality options. A client with whom I work in the security industry always want photos of 2mb and resolution of 1600x1200 and fortunately with Google advanced images there are a wide variety of photos to choose from.
    Another pirate? I feel for your clients. Someday you are going to bring them a boatload of trouble.

    Originally Posted by CityCowboy View Post

    You might be surprised to realize that you can get and use images from Flickr or Google Images without having to fear anything, if you're trying to use them for your blog only, then nothing to worry about, but for commercial purposes you're better off buying them from Dreamstime or Shutterstock
    So much misinformation packed into one short thread.

    Flickr images labelled for reuse are fine as long as you follow the terms of the license offered - usually attribution.

    Even if you think you're safe in a foreign country, your hosting account is at risk if your host gets a takedown notice (DMCA). Is it worth risking your whole site/business to steal an image because someone on the Internet said it was okay?
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  • Profile picture of the author imdonabella
    You can get free images with unsplash.com they have high quality images. You might also want to edit or make a photo post for your blog or social media using canva.com
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  • Profile picture of the author rubby123
    Google Images and shutterstock are the major sources of images to get from
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  • Profile picture of the author tich
    Originally Posted by IMstarter View Post

    Where do you get your images for your website, blog or ebook?

    Are there an royalty free image sites that are free?
    shutterstock.com is what I use
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  • Profile picture of the author Solaris Visitor
    Start with Google advanced image search to zero in on some options. Stock image licenses are incredibly cheap and it is always a good idea to buy one instead of running into trouble of accidentally using someone else’s image without permission. Once you zero in on an image, you basically have two options - buy a subscription for 10 or more images or buy images individually. There are a lot of sites and they mostly use the same content because image authors upload their images to most of them, there are very few exclusive stock sites at the moment. These are links to subscription-based and single-image options:

    Single image - Buy Images Individually as Guest without Subscription
    Subscription - https://www.featurepics.com/cart/vol...dprograms.aspx

    Cheers!
    D.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidfern76
    if you have a digital camera, make your own image. if you can draw, make a simple illustration, no need to be expert to do this. if you have money, buy image, not too expensive. guarantee you'll be safe
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  • Profile picture of the author fredi
    I usually use this site to get royalty free images.
    Free Stock Images - 50 Sources You Can Use Instantly
    Hope you will find it helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ankur Saha
    your can get Paid & affordable images for your website, blog or ebook from following websites :


    1 shutterstock.com
    2 pixtastock.com
    3 fotolia.com
    4 freeimages.com
    5 pixabay.com
    6 pixtastock.com
    7 123rf.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Bjarne Eldhuset
    What are you doing down here, just read Forumguru's post again :-)

    I only use:
    1. Photos taken by myself!
    2. Images I create from scratch using a variety of image creation tools.
    3. Paid stock images. I use a spreadsheet to keep tabs on where I use each image, where I have the payment receipt + licence + PDF-print of sales page, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author rashedpwd
    Originally Posted by IMstarter View Post

    Where do you get your images for your website, blog or ebook?
    Are there an royalty free image sites that are free?
    Most of the time, I search on the google to see the Images. The Google rich me to my destination. By the help of google I find the image link. Then I read if there is any restriction to use the image. Thanks for your asking.
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  • Profile picture of the author mailskyrock76
    I always search at this Pixabay.com

    But I can get as cheap as $1 per image at photodune.net

    Cheers
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  • Well, for my projects I design images by myself or when in a hurry I go to shutter stock to get some quality images.

    Good quality images are worth spending money on because they make everything more appealing and help you describe your point easily.

    The thing with hiring a graphic designer is that you can get exactly what you want, which is often not the case with free stock images.

    However, if you’re looking for free images. One way to do this is by using a google image and giving the credits to the source site this might not work in all cases, though.

    You can read more about free images from google in this quora answer http://qr.ae/1XO5Y3




    As you can see in this blog post from quicksprout, the image sources are mentioned below the image which contains a link to the HubSpot blog where the image was taken from.

    *if you're unable to see the image attachment you see it in this blog post by neil patel https://www.quicksprout.com/2016/06/...ut/#more-35839

    There are some free stock image sites such as:
    1. Unsplash
    2. Pexels
    3. Barn Images
    4. Death to the stock photo

    Here's a list of 33 free stock image sites by Forbes Forbes Welcome
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  • Profile picture of the author dansilvestre
    I'm guessing this is to pair up with your content and without knowing the niche here are a few websites that I personally use (in no order of preference):

    1. Pic Jumbo
    Completely free with fantastic pictures being updated everyday. Use the search to get faster results on what you are looking for.

    2. Pexels

    Another great resource with super awesome HD pics. Use search.

    3. Unsplash
    Started off Tumblr, 10 new pics every 10 days. Make sure you subscribe! It's so great I sometimes just browse to look at their beautiful pictures. Great for travel related websites/blogs mostly.

    4. Gratisography

    More "instragram-like" edited pictures but some gems in here.

    5. Pixabay
    Probably the biggest of the five websites. You can find almost anything in here!

    I'm sure there are a ton more websites and would love to hear other sources as well

    Cheers
    Dan
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  • Profile picture of the author Elegantflyer
    You can find many of free PSD images on this website: officialpsds.com
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