This week, I want to point out some really good royalty free stock photography and texture sites. Free as in no registration or subscription fees. Free as in free beer in fact. Not much banter this week, sorry – let’s just get right to the list. Shall we?
Number 5: Easy Elements Paper Textures has a nice small collection of high resolution paper textures and card stock – a great place to get elements for those “scrappy” layouts
Number 4: The Library of Congress’ photostream on flickr with over 5000 photos to chose from, mostly vintage, you are likely to find something interesting for that unique design.
Number 3: The openphoto Project has tens of thousands of quality images with various licensing models in place, depending on the contributor. With categories like Macro, Nature, Landscapes, Colors, and more, whether you design web sites, print materials, UI’s, or desktop themes, you’re sure to find just the right shot on openphoto.
Number 2: The Lost and Taken Blog is a relatively new site with just over 400 textures available for download and use for free. I like the Grungy Film Textures. The quality of textures is phenomenal and Caleb is constantly adding images to download – he is like some sort of photography ninja. His new sister site to L+T is Zen Textures – the layout on Zen is nice and clean. Lots more free textures too… Caleb Rocks!
Number 1: Michael Connors’ morgueFile is the premier site for royalty free images. With over 100,000 images, this is often my first stop when I need a picture. I really like the ability to filter by such things as keyword and color – it’s amazing what things match and compliment my color schemes . What does “fruit” and #f47c82 yield?