Where do I SEARCH for images online?
The best place to start your search is by finding sites that offer images that are copyright friendly

The search engine above searches ALL of the sites listed on this page for images licensed creative commons.
Use Image Stamper to keep dated, independently verified copies of license conditions associated with creative commons images.

Creative Commons

Share, Remix, Reuse — Legally
Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. Here are some Creative Commons Collections you can use to start your search.

Image Collections

  • Flickr

http://flickr.com is the largest user contributed network of photos. Many are licensed under creative commons. Two search engines for creative commons flickr images are listed below
  • FlickrCC - is an site that searches Creative Commons images from Flickr it randomly chooses a different word to display images each time you visit and displays a large selection in one view which could be trouble. FlickrCC also lets you edit images right away through its own editor or Picnik image editor available in Flickr.
  • Flickr Storm allows you to create a tray of "appropriate images" for younger students without having them search on their own
  • The Morgue File

http://morguefile.com/ This site contains free high resolution digital stock photographs and reference images for either corporate or public use. The purpose is to provide free image reference material for illustrators, comic book artist, designers, teachers and all creative pursuits. BE SURE: when you download a file to use that you check the terms of use as well as the requests of the user....FOR EXAMPLE: http://morguefile.com/archive/?display=205914& is available for download with user request If you download a photo, I would love to know what it's being used for. Send me an e-mail.
  • OpenPhoto

http://openphoto.net/ Click on search in the top bar or browse by category. There are lots of great images here
  • Fotogenika
http://www.fotogenika.net/modifica/igallery.asp The policy for Fotogenika.net is that The images may be used freely for personal, educational and non-profit projects; You may not use them commercially, claim authorship and/or sell them; You must not redistribute the images and files in any way designed for reuse; If you want to use them commercially, please contact the for more information
  • The Incredible Art Department.

The purpose of Incredible Art Department is to promote art education. This is a great collection of art, images, and clip art in the public domain as well as information about public domain and how to check for copyright.
  • Image Base

ImageBase - Pictures are free to use and really high resolution. Includes Powerpoint templates.
  • Pix for Learning

http://pics.tech4learning.com/ This site contains a searchable collection of images that can be searched and each image contains a bibliographic citation. This is user created so please check the citation before posting
  • Image After

http://www.imageafter.com/ is a large online free photo collection in which you can download and use any image or texture modify in any way you see fit,
use in your own work, whether it be for personal or commercial use and redistribute or sell our images and textures ALTERED OR UNALTERED as part of printed work (e.g. posters, cd-covers, postcards etc but you CANNOT REDISTRIBUTE our images and textures as part of an online resource site
  • Wikimedia

Wikimedia Commons is a database of freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.
Here is another list of content collections: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Content_Curators
You can also try Wikipedia: Public domain image sources - but in this case you will need to check the copyright.
  • Life Photo Archive

Life Photo Archive - Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today.
  • Berkely's Geo_Images Project

The Geo-Images Project attempts to make available images & photographs that are useful in teaching geography. It does not have a searchable
index, avigate via map points on the globe, and capture images around common themes. Love the one on transport! and community is cool too!
  • Free Digital Photos.net

FreeDigitalPhotos.net has over 2000 free images that you can use in commercial and noncommercial work. You are not allowed to sell, redistribute, or claim these images as your own. You can browse by category or search for exactly what you need.The only problem with these images are there is no citation information for photographer, etc. You can use a free bibliographic tool like citation-maker.
  • Every Stock Photo

EveryStockPhoto is a search engine for creative commons photos, located in Vancouver, BC that allow for a single integrated search, allowing users to bookmark their photos with private and public tags. Their goal is to be a community for designers, developers, photographers and other media publishers who want better, easier access to license-specific media on the web I did turn up some racier "artistic" photos so use with caution. They will eventually be offering advanced searching options, rating systems and other tools which may aide in this.
  • WP Clip Art

WP Clipart - nearly 24,000 safe public domain images


You may want to start by reading the Complete guide to Finding and Using Incredible Images in Flickr. Includes an excellent explanation of Creative Commons and images.

Advanced Searching

If you can't find what you are looking for in any of these searches, you may want to use a traditional search engine.

Search Creative Commons

Search Creative Commons:
Creative Commons has a search engine to find pictures or webpages whose content is licensed under Creative Commons. Click on flickr, yahoo images, or google PLEASE NOTE...just because a website is licensed under Creative Commons does NOT mean that the creator has taken all steps to ensure that the work within is as well...use caution. Also the best way to get to the direct url is to remove the frame at the top of the site.

Advanced Flickr Search

you use the flickr site, you will want to do an advanced search for images
http://www.flickr.com/search/advanced/ Flickr has one of the largest collections of user hosted photos, but not all are creative commons licensed. It is important to get used to following a few simple steps to ensure that you are following fair use guidelines.
REMEMBER it is not necessary to ask permission, but it is always a good thing to let a someone know you are using their image and the purpose of your use.
Search within Creative Commons
Check the Image Info at the bottom of each page

Did you know...the Library of Congress is now hosting pictures on Flickr

Advanced Google Search

Try searching within a certain database that the library subscribes to by putting the domain name
AGAIN, these sources must be CITED but we are free to use images from databases we subscribe to under fair use.

Even More

Can't find what you are looking for? Here are 2 more GREAT SITES with collections of places to find copyright friendly sites... while many of my favorites are listed, you may find something here that will help you to find what you need
Joyce Valenza's Copyright Friendly Resource: http://copyrightfriendly.wikispaces.com/
List of Free Multimedia Sources Created & compiled by Suzanne Tate for the YVeLC http://www.yvelc.vic.edu.au/cd/Free_Multimedia/multimedia.htm


You can use the guide below for citing images found online.
You can also use an online citation generator like bibme http://www.bibme.org/
Choose website and put in the url of the photograph. You will need to know the following information about the image to cite it.
--Author / Photographer name (user namer)
--Title of the work
--Date Taken
--Image URL
ALSO, be sure to check the license information.

Posting my Photos

Where can I put MY photos on line. PLEASE REMEMBER...you can only HOST photos that you have taken. If you have downloaded this pictures from somewhere else, be sure you are following all rules of copyright and fairuse

Photo Hosting

  • Photobucket - one of the most popular image hosting services around, favorite amongst MySpace users. Makes it very easy to post your images to social networking sites; gives you 25 GB of monthly traffic and 1 GB of storage with images themselves being up to 1 MB in size.
  • AllYouCanUpload- There is no limit to the image size you can upload. You can also upload up to three images in the same time.
  • ImageHosting - Upload multiple pictures at one time. The maximum filesize you can upload depends on what account you registered.
  • TinyPic - Upload pictures and videos and embed them anywhere. The direct link for your picture or video will be tiny (e.g. http://tinypic.com/1)
  • - Upload pictures straight from your browser and host them online. 1 GB monthly data transfer.
  • ImageVenue - You can upload up to five images in the same moment. The maximum file size allowed is 1.5 MB.
  • ImageCross - Free MySpace image hosting. You can upload images up to 2 MB in size.
  • SmugMug - SmugMug is a photo uploader, editor, and community portal all in one. You can upload and share your photos, then store the photos with up to four backup copies of each photo in three varying states.

Photo Sharing:

Mashables has a WHOLE LOT more sharing sites, these area few that are popular and intuitive to use.
  • Flickr - The most popular photo sharing site. Upload photos, create sets and join one of the greatest communities of professional and unprofessional photographers.
  • Picasa - Google’s answer to photo sharing. The main application is a download, but there are also web albums.
  • Invitr - Invitr is a Flickr related application which simply extends your sharing capabilities. With Invitr you can share your Flickr photos with non-Flickr members; so photos that have been categorized as private can now be sent and shared with anyone you choose.
  • Snappages - provides space for you to save and organize your photos, your online friends from virtual communities, and your events in one well-designed web page. It combines various web concepts, including online storage, file sharing, and Facebook-style friend communication.
  • fotoflexor

Fun with Photos

Online Photo Editors

Don't have any photo editing software on your computer? Try some of these online editing tools.
  • Fauxto - Advanced online photo editor if you are familiar with Photoshop’s interface this is the editor for you. Must sign up for free account.
  • XmgImg- Image hosting service that provides an interface for users to manage, edit, and share their images online. Must sign up for free account.
  • OnlinePhotoTool - On Onlinephototool.com you can edit and save your images, screenshots and photos online. If you want to save your images online you need to register. Resize, crop, add text, sharpen, rotate, flip, colour balance, saturation, levels, paint, add icons, sepia, black and white..
  • SnipShot - Edit photos from your hard-drive, your Webshots account, or your Flickr account in one place, and then save them back to any of those locations. No account needed
  • Pixenate - Online photo editor with many special effects. No account needed.
  • Phixr - Edit your pictures and directly upload them to Flickr, Fotopic, Livejournal, Photobucket, Fotolog.com, Buzznet and Dropshots.
  • Picture2Life - Edit pictures available on the Internet or taken from your hard disk. You can also import images from popular photo sharing sites.
  • Picnik - Photo editor with many interesting features which is directly connected to many photo sharing sites.
  • MyPictr
  • ToonDoo Use this site to create your own cartoons.

Image Mashups

  • Flappr - A slick Flash-based Flickr interface that lets you do most of the actions you can do on Flickr.
  • FlickrVision - displays Flickr updates from various users on a Google Map.
  • Retrievr - an unbelievable mashup that delivers photos based on your drawings.
  • Flickr Logo Maker - Turns any text into a Flickr-style logo.
  • Spell with Flickr - this tool enables you to write text in letters based off Flickr images. Can emebd in website.
  • Tagnautica - a slightly weird visual way to browse through Flickr images.
  • Captioner - adds comic-style captions to your images.
  • Fastr - a “guess that tag” style game; you are presented with a series of images and you must guess their common tag.
  • PictureSandbox - Searches the Flickr archive (as well as that of YouTube and some other sites) based on the type of license; great tool for finding images you can actually use in a project
  • Panoramio: Upload your photos to be seen on Google Earth.
  • FlickrFling - presents an RSS feed through Flickr images. Completely useless but works as a fun experiment.
  • Colr Pickr - One of the most useful Flickr Mashups; enables you to search Flickr photos based on their color. Works surprisingly well.
  • FlickrBall - a six-degrees-of-separation scavenger-hunt game (yes, Kevin Bacon is mentioned), using Flickr thumbnails and tags for clues.
  • Photo Tag Mashup - Retrieves a number of Flickr images in a simple interface based on a tag you provide
  • Flickr Sudoku - a Sudoku game based on Flickr images.
  • If you have a flickr account, you can use FD's Flickr toys: I like the motivator and magazine for use with kids

Photo Mixing & Slideshows

  • Slide - create slideshows easily and embed them on your site or social networking profile.
  • RockYou - offers several free services, including slideshow creation, photo hosting, photo enhancement and more.
  • Scrapblog - An online service that lets you upload your photos from many of the popular photo sharing websites and mash them up with hundreds of stickers, shapes, text and YouTube videos to create a digital scrapbook
  • Vuvox - Vuvox lets you create online animated and interactive slideshows using a range of effects, theme templates and designs
  • Mixercast - Mixercast lets you mashup your photos and movies into animated, interactive slide shows and throws in ag ood library of stock photo, video and licensed music to use as a soundtrack
  • Flektor - Flektor has a great set of tools for adding transitions, text, stickers, effects and overlays into movies made out of your photos and online videos

Photo Printing & Book Creation

  • Snapfish - Snapfish is run by HP, they let you store and share your photos for free, and prints are cheap with highest quality at 12¢ each. You can also have things like mugs and cards made with your pictures on them.
  • KodakGallery - Kodak Gallery is owned by Kodak (no surprise there), like the other they let you store and share photos and then make prints and have custom gifts made.
  • Shutterfly - Shutterfly not only lets you store and share photos and then have them printed, you can also pic up your prints right at Target stores.
  • Moo - Moo currently has partnerships with many social networks including Flickr, Vox, and Bebo, you can print small minicards and notecards with the photos you have uploaded to these sites.


Slide allows you to easily create slideshows and embed them on your site or social networking profile. You can connect to a photo hosting site like flickr or upload from your computer.
Here is a sample slide that I made using my flickr photos, and the slideshow option. I changed the width to make a banner.

Bubblr is a tool to make a comic strip like slideshow from your flickr photos. You don't need to have a bubblr account, you do need photos from flickr
This is great if you use flickr's advanced search to find creative commons photos

Original Picture from Flickr
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Edited with Fotoflexor & Sent back to Flickr
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You don't need to be fancy but Mashables Blog had a list of 90+ photo tools. I have put some of their recommendations (along with my own) here for reference.