Commercial and Free Photographs, Illustrations, Clipart, and More
The Commercial and Free Photos, Illustrations, Clipart, and More section below provides annotated listings of resources to commercial, royalt-free, and free photos, illustrations, clipart, and Web graphics, such as royalty-free stock photography and images, photo objects, and more.
See also our Fonts section where you'll links to many beautifully created free and commercial pictographic and image fonts.
Do you know of some good graphics resources for professional quality freeware, linkware, or commercial photos, photo objects, clipart, and other professional quality Web graphics? Recommendations are welcome and appreciated!
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- Commercial Photographs, Illustrations, and More
- Free and Very Low Cost Photographs
- Other Photograph Link Resources
- Recommended Graphics, Illustrations, and Clipart CD-ROMs and Books
Graphics, Illustrations, Clipart CD-ROMs and Books
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Commercial Photographs, Illustrations, and More
This section is sorted by what the Web sites offer. The first section, Commercial Photography, includes links to sites with photographs only - commercial, royalty-free, rights-managed, stock photography. The last section, Commercial Photos and Illustrations, Stock Photography, Clipart, and More includes sites that offer a wide range of photographs, illustrations, clipart, fonts, and more.
The Web sites listed below offer royalty-free, rights-managed photos, and stock photography. Prices vary from membership to Web site, price per image depending on use, or other options.
- AAP Images
Online database of more than 800,000 photographs with “a rich and diverse collection of images ranging from news and sport, celebrated people, to travel and feature photography.” There are also historical images of Australia dating back to the early 1900s. In addition, their site also offers Comstock Royalty Free Images. Purchase royalty-free, or other licensing types. [Web site owned by Australian Associated Press Pty Ltd (AAP).]
AbleStock offers more than 100,000 super-high-resolution stock photos and photo objects. You can purchase photos individually or buy a membership to download as many photos as you wish for the duration of your subscription. [Web site: ablestock.com.]
- Acclaim Images
Provides images, stock photographs directly from the photographers, including fine art prints, posters, giclees. some of the stock photography topics currently include: americana, animals, architecture, art photos, baby photos, business, cat photos, children, Christmas photos, computer, concepts, dog photos, families, food photos, flower photos, horse photos, household, humorous, industrial, lifestyles, love and romance, music photos, nature, patriotic, patterns, people, recreation, religion, shopping photos, sports photos, surf photos, technology, textures, transportation, travel & tourism, underwater, vintage images, work/workplace. [Web site: acclaimimages.com.]
- Affordable Stock Photography
All Photos and images are priced between US$13 to $30, and they guarantee high resolution photos at a minimum 4" x 6" print size at 300 dpi, and larger images are available directly from the photographers. Some of the topics: people, business, landscape scenics, background images, lifestyle photos, couples, children, babies, travel, objects, mood photography, animals, digital, wildlife and nature stock photography. [Web site: affordable-stock-photography.com.]
- Eagle Stock Images
Wildlife photos specializing in bald eagles, koalas, kangaroos. Other wildlife, too. Beautiful photos. [Web site: eaglestock.com.]
- Hemera Images
Update December 2007: Now a subsidiary of Jupiter Images, you can purchase Hemera's well-known, popular photo objects via PhotoObjects.net, Ablestock.com, and Clipart.com. There's still support information for their CD and DVD products (Hemera Photo Objects I, II, III, Big Box of Art, and others) via the Encore Support Site. [Web site: hemera.com.]
Over 100,000 photo objects available online by subscription and site for purchasing photo objects previously sold under Hemera's company name. [Web site: photoobjects.net.]
Over 170,000+ professional quality stock photos and photo objects with clipping paths, with new images added regularly. With a subscription you can download up to 250 stock images each day. They also offer super high quality resolution images, if you need those. [Web site: Photos.com.]
- Picture Zone
Quite reasonably priced royalty-free stock photography, photo art, and photo objects. Their collection currently offers about 4,000 images, beginning at only US$2.95, and $79.95 for a one-year subscription. They're well worth checking out. [PictureZone is part of InZones Interactive Media.]
- Transtock: Transportation Stock Photography
Just as their name describes, you'll find beautiful stock photography with a transportation theme - cars, trucks, SUVs, aviation photos, airplanes and jets, motorcycles, nautical photos, bridges, trains, and more. Gorgeous scenery with many of them, too. [Web site: Transtock.]
Commercial Photos and Illustrations, Stock Photography, Clipart, and More
The Web sites listed below offer royalty-free and rights-managed photos, stock photography, illustrations, clipart, and more. Prices vary from membership to Web site, price per image depending on use, or other options.
Online viewing, purchase, and instant download of thousands of photos, illustrations, clip art, fonts, large variety. Over 8 million downloadable images available. They claim to have “the largest collection of royalty-free clipart images, photos, Web graphics, illustrations, vector format images, fonts and sounds offered by subscription on the Web.” Clipart.com has been online for years and offers reasonable prices for membership and most images for Web site use. Now a division of Jupiter Images. Editor note: I've had a membership there (as ArtToday, which Clipart.com bought) for several years and continue to renew each year since they've had good quality images that suit my Web site design clients' needs quite well. [Web site: Clipart.com (was also previously ArtToday).]
- Comstock Images
Royalty-free, premium royalty-free, and royalty-free images on disc. Thousands of photographs here, as well as illustrations, in a multitude of categories. Comstock has been around for over 25 years, and is now a division of Jupiter Images. [Web site: Comstock Images.]
- Corbis Images
Traditionally licensed and royalty-free stock photos and illustrations available to purchase instantly online. Large variety here. Their content includes Blend Images, Brand X, Comstock, DEX Image, Goodshot, image100, Images.com, Image Source, MedioImages, Pixland, Thinkstock, and more. Like other image providers, they also offer image collections on CD. In business since 1989. [Web site: corbis.com.]
- Getty Images
Getty Images has gorgeous, top-quality, professional photography, illustrations, vector format images, and archival images for creatives. For editorials, they offer news, sports, entertainment, portrait photography, and more for editorial use. In addition, Getty also provides commercial cinematography, from rare archival footage to current archives. They also offer custom services to help meet your needs. Getty Images also bought other image providers, such as Artville, Eyewire, PhotoDisc. [Web site: gettyimages.com.]
- Picture Quest
Thousands of royalty-free and stock photos and illustrations available online (and over 500 CDs) by a variety of companies. Now part of Jupiter Images. [Web site: picturequest.com.]
Beautiful, high quality photographs, illustrations, and clipart via shutterstock.com. They state that they have over 2.7 million images, add 30,000+ new images each week, and have photos from over 82,000 photographers. Large selection here, and well organized with many convenient features. Several purchase options available, and quite a few image sizes and resolutions. [Web site: Shutterstock.]
Very Low Cost and Free Photographs
- Big Stock Photo
Individual photos cost around U.S.$1.40 to $2.50, reducing from the $2.50 price down to $1.40 as you buy more photos. You can also submit photos and earn money here, too. Good variety with a wide range of categories. Good quality photos, and they're well organized in a variety of ways, along with a local search engine. Well worth checking out. [Web site: bigstockphoto.com. hat tip: wise-women discussion list.]
“The comprehensive, yet easy to navigate site, offers images that are free for on-line use, with higher quality versions available for sale. Also non-commercial users may download our web size images to use off-line in school projects, church services, cards, leaflets, etc. Basically if your off-line use is not commercial you can download our web size images for free. FreeFoto.com features exclusive images found nowhere else on the Web with new pictures being added every week.” [Web site: FreeFoto.com.]
Free license for personal and commercial use. Lots of photos here. Categories: Abstract and Concept, Architecture, Nature, Objects, Food and Drink, Travel. [Web site: FreePixels.com.]
Free stock photos for commercial or personal use. Beautiful photos here in the following categories: animals, Christian, Egypt, Israel, Near East, Rome, scenery, sky, weather, wildflowers, plants. Some restrictions apply and their licensing rules must be followed. [Web site: FreeStockPhotos.com.]
A well organized, great site for free photos and textures. As their site states, “Image*After is a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture from our site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial.” [Web site: imageafter.com.]
High quality photos, illustrations, sound clips, Flash, much more. Growing collection with this royalty-free stock photography and vector images community-driven collection. You'll currently find over 3 million high quality, professional files - photographs, vector images, Flash videos, audio files, and more. Photos cost US$1, $2, or $3 depending on the resolution, or buy subscriptions by 3 months, 6 months, per year, and more. Choose from pay-as-you-go, subscriptions, or corporate accounts. [Web site: istockphoto.com.]
- Photo Objects, Isolated Objects
Lightbox by WebsiteTips.com's editor of favorite photo objects - business and business tools, laptops and computers, sports, flowers, tools, picture frames, people, musical instruments, CDs, DVDs, food and drink, animals, seashells, design elements, backgrounds, much more. [Lightbox collection by Shirley Kaiser, SKDesigns, via iStockphoto.]
- Photos: Food, Isolated Food Objects
Lightbox by WebsiteTips.com's editor of high quality, favorite photos of food, drinks, and isolated food objects - fruit, vegetables, seafood, meats, water, beer, wine, soft drinks, juices, and so much more. [Lightbox collection by Shirley Kaiser, SKDesigns, via iStockphoto.]
- Photos: Gorgeous Flowers
Lightbox by WebsiteTips.com's editor of the best, high quality, and favorite photos of stunning flowers - roses, orchids, birds of paradise, gardenias, poppies, geraniums, floral bouquets, isolated flower images, and so much more. [Lightbox collection by Shirley Kaiser, SKDesigns, via iStockphoto.]
- Photos: Music, Musical Instruments
Lightbox by WebsiteTips.com's editor of the best and favorite photos of musical instruments, music manuscripts, audio equipment, headphones, and music themes - pianos, violins, flutes, saxophones, cellos, violas, guitars, trumpets, trombones, drums, orchestras, and so much more. [Lightbox collection by Shirley Kaiser, SKDesigns, via iStockphoto.]
- Photos: Textures, Backgrounds
Lightbox by WebsiteTips.com's editor of stunning, high quality, best photos for textures, backgrounds - Skies, grunge frames, antique look, old brick, old and torn paper, weathered wood, coffee stains, metals, stones, flourishes and scrolls, grass, water, so much more. [Lightbox collection by Shirley Kaiser, SKDesigns, via iStockphoto.]
Fantastic site for free stock photos. Well organized, quality photos. Huge collection here in quite a few categories. [Web site: morguefile.com.]
- Open Photo
Nice collection of photos here. Not the volume of some of the other free photo sites, but the quality is great. [Web site: openphoto.net.]
Free high quality stock photos here. Free usage license includes personal and commercial use. Huge selection. “Huge gallery containing over 100,000 quality stock photos by more than 9,000 users! Need a wallpaper for your desktop? Need a pic for your commercial Web site design? Looking for inspiration? Have a look around.” [Web site: sxc.hu.]
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Other Photograph Link Resources
- Royalty-free Stock Photography
Quite a few annotated listings here of royalty-free stock photography sites via the DMOZ directory. [Part of DMOZ.org.]
- Stock Images, Photography, and Photo Sources
Annotated links from DesktopPublishing.com. Valuable resource. [Part of: desktopPublishing.com.]
- Stock Photography Web Sites
Annotated listing of several dozen stock photography Web sites. Great resource for finding just about anything. [Part of: stockphoto.net.]
Recommended Graphics, Illustrations, Clipart CD-ROMs and Books
Many books and CD-ROMs are available with royalty-free, permission-free graphics, illustrations, clipart, and more. The CD-ROMs are especially handy since they contain digital images, but you can also scan images within the book-only royalty-free, permission-free publications for use on the Web or other purposes (as always, check the specific publication for copyright and permissions prior to use). Below is the beginning of our new listing here at WebsiteTips.com. Do you have any favorites or recommendations for this listing? We always appreciate recommendations, so let us know!
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