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|Your search for a great icon ends here. Really. If it’s not on Icon Finder, you can just stop looking because chances are, it doesn’t exist.
Currently housing over 313,000 icons in almost 1,500 icon sets, this portal will get you the right icon every time. Just make sure you have the filter set to ‘free’ and the right licensing based on your needs. Icon Finder even lets you sort the icons by size, which is quite necessary at times since 512px icons are hard to find.
Unsplash is usually the first site I visit when I’m looking for an image. It features hundreds of beautiful photos in a variety of styles, from landscapes to product images.
Ten new images are uploaded to Unsplash every 10 days. All images on Unsplash are covered under Creative Commons and have no copyright, which means the photographers have dedicated their work to the public domain and waived all rights to the work worldwide under copyright law.
My only gripe with Unsplash is that it’s not possible to search the image archive to quickly find what you want.
Following the paths of Unsplash, Death To The Stock Photo is a project by two photographers who were bored and disgusted by the unoriginal, uncreative stock images found on most sites. So they set about curating a monthly newsletter of high-resolution lifestyle photography that is delivered to your inbox, and you can do whatever you want with those images. They are planning to launch a site soon, but right now, it’s newsletter only. But that’s fine with us, considering how nice the shots are.
Oh yeah, and signing up for the newsletter gets you a bonus free image pack.
picjumbo offers free images for commercial and personal works. The site includes a category listing, which makes it easy to filter the types of images you’re looking for and quickly find what you need.There is a wide variety of different high resolution images covering food, nature, people, technology and fashion, among other categories.
All photos are free to use, but the author asks for attribution.
Creative Commons search provides an easy way to search across multiple websites for images that you can use on your WordPress website. However, it is important that you understand Creative Commons licenses. In most cases, attribution is required in the manner specified by the copyright owner. A link back to the source material usually fulfills the attribution requirement. At the cost of attribution you get access to many more sources, and you can use images that are unique and would look great with your content.
So you need images for your website or blog, but how do you find the right images for your website? There are tons of online libraries packed with excellent images that you can use, even commercially. Before you read the short list we’ve included below however, it’s important that you understand what licenses mean and how that affect the ways you can use the image or photo.
These are the two main licenses you’ll see that will enable you to use images for free:
Public Domain – Previously copyrighted material where the intellectual property rights have expired or the owner has allowed unrestricted use of them to the public. They can be used in any way you see fit.
Creative Commons – Some licenses allow you to use and share the image if it is unchanged, while others require a link back to the creator in order to be displayed. It is important that you read and understand the Creative Commons license that an image has before using it on your website.
For example, Creative Commons gives website and blog owners alike the utility to search over numerous sites simultaneously for pictures that they can use publically. Nonetheless, it is imperative that you understand Creative Commons licenses. While you may use a Creative Commons licensed image for your public works, attribution to the copyright holder is usually required, which is normally satisfied by a link back to the original upload location of the image. While you need to give credit where credit is due is a small sacrifice when you get access to many sources and can utilize pictures that are extraordinary and flatter your work. A word of caution in regards to CreativeCommons. Don’t assume that because the image was returned in your search that you’re able to use it the way you want. Because CreativeCommons scrapes websites, things that aren’t licensed the way you requested are bound to sneak through, so be sure to double check on the original site that the image you’re using is under it. I’m sure you understand by now, so with legal mumbo-jumbo out of the way let’s dive right in.
If you’re looking for icons for your website, you’re looking for Icon Finder. Icon Finder has a library of over 350,000 icons, meaning you’ll probably find something you like. Simply verify you have the search filter set to “free” and the license filter to Creative Commons. Icon Finder even gives you the choice to sort the symbols by size, which is very important now and again since 512px icons are elusive. They also have icon packs available for purchase if you wish to do so.
Unsplash is unique in the way it uploads images. Every 10 days 10 new images are added. It offers a wide collection of photos in a variety of styles. All pictures on Unsplash are secured under Creative Commons and have no copyright, which means the up-loaders have devoted their work to the general population and waived all rights to the work worldwide under copyright law. The negatives about Unsplash however, are one, the photos are more scenic than anything, so you’ll have difficulty if you’re looking for something specific like food stock photography. The second issue is that the website is scroll loaded, without a search box. Only use this website if you’re looking for something, but are not sure what it is yet.