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Creative Commons and Public Domain Images

About Creative Commons Licenses

Find Creative Commons Images in Google Image Search in 3 steps:

  1. Type a search word/term 

  2. Click Tools

  3. Select Usage Rights → Creative Commons licenses

An A-to-Z list of FREE access to sharable copyrighted images:

4 Free Photos - for personal and commercial use. Scroll to the bottom of the screen to search by category.

Antique Clipart - Victorian and Edwardian stylistic clipart

Burning Well - free images donated by photographers all over the world

Clipart Etc. - over 71,000 pieces of clipart, free for teachers and students - more than 2,500 files; abstract backgrounds, textures, and design ideas

Flickr Creative Commons Search - inside Flickr; search by typing a term and then selecting “Any license” → change to “All creative commons”


Icons - a collection of Crystal Clear icons

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs

MorgueFile - 40,000 images, searchable by subject, size or rating. “The term ‘morgue file’ describes a collection of reference images & inspirations that is kept as a record alongside a creative project”

National Digital Library - from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Open Clip Art Library - over 17,000 pieces of clip art

The Noun Project - over 3 million icons and photos (for everything!) 

PhotoEverywhere - spectacular travel photography 

Pics4Learning - images and drawings 

PikWizard - high quality, free stock photos

Pixabay - stunning photos and clipart

Pixnio - high resolution photos to search by typing into the search bar or browse popular public domain galleries

Public Domain Pictures

TGW Studio - free stock photos with authentic diversity

Vecteezy - high quality photography

Wikimedia Commons - browse their database of over 79 million images and media files

WorldImages Kiosk - California State University's database contains around 100,000 images