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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

FedFlix - over 6,000 "best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors, all of these fine flix are available for reuse without any restrictions whatsoever."

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

LiveBinders (Music and Sound) - music clips and sound effects

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