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Whether you are a web designer, print designer or web publisher (i.e. blogger), there is always a need for good quality eye candy to help convey your message, bring together your brand or just liven things up.

Many people are still under the impression that you can just google a term, look at the corresponding images and copy and paste the image you want (or worse yet,  hotlink the image) or that if you find an image on someone else’s site, you can just use it. But you really shouldn’t.

If you want to do things the RIGHT way, you need to do one of the following:

  1. take your own photos (be sure to get a model release if taking the photo of anyone other than yourself)
  2. use someone else’s image but link to your source giving them credit for the image
  3. download your image from a free image source (below) following their terms of use guidelines
  4. purchase your image from a royalty-free or rights managed image source (below)

There is no way the following list is comprehensive, however, these 27 sites are sources for free or inexpensive royalty free photos and illustrations that I have used and/or recommend. Read More→

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