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October 6, 2011 3:52 PM   Subscribe

Where can I find creative commons-licensed or out-of-copyright images to use in (non-commercial) design projects?

I'm slowly teaching myself graphics design. I'd like to be able to post the things I create on a blog, which means that copyright issues come into play when I build on photos or other types of images. Everything I'm doing is very not-for-profit, and I'm more than happy giving attribution.

Other than Flickr's creative commons search, are there any other good resources out there? I'm interested in photos, as well as historical images and paintings.
posted by you're a kitty! to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Wikimedia Commons was pretty much made for this sort of thing.
posted by xingcat at 3:53 PM on October 6, 2011

Response by poster: Oh, I guess I should also note that I have seen this thread, as far as historical photos go.
posted by you're a kitty! at 3:56 PM on October 6, 2011

posted by IndigoJones at 4:05 PM on October 6, 2011

For the project you describe, you an use all of these license types from Creative Commons on Flickr. About a zillion backgrounds, photos, objects etc are provided specifically for mashups where you make new stuff and share it. Vis.
posted by DarlingBri at 4:32 PM on October 6, 2011

everystockphoto It's not all CC but you can pick and choose which sites to search/
posted by it's a long way to south america at 4:34 PM on October 6, 2011

Stock Xchng
The stock section of DeviantArt.
posted by anaelith at 5:40 PM on October 6, 2011

I really recommend Mayang for high-resolution textures.
posted by subject_verb_remainder at 6:38 PM on October 6, 2011

Pictures from Old Books
posted by unliteral at 8:00 PM on October 6, 2011

Compfight searches Flickr and filters the results according to the license you prefer.
posted by ceiba at 9:28 PM on October 6, 2011

wellcome images are a fantastic resource for both contemporary and historical images.
posted by coffee_monster at 4:13 AM on October 7, 2011

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