Royalty Free ImagesThere are a lot of great places to find copyright and royalty free images to use in your art work. The following list of web sites offer images which are in the public domain and/or royalty free or copyright free. But don’t just take my word for it. Be sure to read each web site’s policy on usage of the images on its site.
- Free Photos ~ A collection of personal photographs dedicated to the public domain. Categories include animals, flowers, and nature.
- Copyright-free Photo Archive ~ More than 27, 000 free photos and images for use in collages and photo-montages. Topics include wildlife, nature, outer space, and more.
- Wikipedia Commons: Free Media Resources/Photography ~ Another mega list of image resources.
- Historic American Sheet Music ~ Beautiful old sheet music covers and music itself.
- Imagebase ~ A collection of photos that can be freely used for personal, commercial, non-profit, artistic, or creative purposes. Very nice nature images.
- MagazineArt ~ More than fifteen thousand magazine covers and ads from the Golden Age of American illustration. Not all of these are in the public domain.
- CopyrightFreePhotos ~ A small collection of free high quality photos in 12 galleries.
- Art-e-Zine ~ Not sure if the site is active, but you can still find lovely vintage images of of children and ladies.
- Civil War Images ~ About 7,000 different views and portraits made during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and its immediate aftermath.
- The Camelot Project: Artists and Images ~ Hundreds of beautiful illustrations from various books relating to the many tales of Avalon and Camelot.
- Curtis’s Botanical Magazine ~ Lovely book plates of flowers brought to you by the USDA, of all places.
- Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library ~ You can search by topic a vast collection of digitized images. The nice thing about these materials is they are well cited, so you can see what copyright restrictions, if any, may apply.
- MorgueFile ~ High resolution stock photos for illustration, comp, or design needs. An incredible array of beautiful images.
- Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture ~ Electronic resources for study and research of the decorative arts with a focus on Early America.
- Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 – 1920 ~ Over 3,000 advertising items and publication dating from 1850 to 1920.
- Burningwell ~ Many totally unrestricted high-resolution photographs divided into eight categories and albums. Lots of great texture images.
- Library of Congress – Prints & Photographs Online Catalog ~ An amazing archive of photographs and illustrations. What I like about the LoC site is that each image contains an thorough record which makes it easier to see if there are any usage restrictions.