Tools for free, high quality, creative commons images on the web.

Our fellow collaborator José Arsenio Coto Pérez has provided us with some useful tools for searching free, high quality, creative commons images on the web. We encourage you to use this kind of visual material. But always do include the autorship of the work (A mere “Image courtesy of X” or “The rights belong to X” or “Thank you to X” or some similar formula will do) 

Google (New!)
Compfight (Searches within Flickr)
Stock.XCHNG (a bit lame)

Besides, every Monday there’s a free top quality image by iStock, ShutterStock y ThinkStock on their respective website

And every 10 days you can get 10 free pics from Unsplash. According to Arsenio, they have ‘distinctive hipspter feeling’

And here’s my tip. You will find literally hundred of thousands free images on the websites of national public libraries and archives. They are mostly vintage but they can still be very powerful if used properly. They have also a wide collection of engravings and drawings 

One of the most complete databases ever. Includes some recent material. The drawback is that downloading can be a bit complicated, but you only need to copy-paste the url link.

These two offer a similar service. Good quality and a friendly interface:

Gallica, the French National Library:
Biblioteca Nacional de España, Spain’s National Library:

Europeana gathers material from all the national archives in the European Union. To cope with the enormity of the records, they have specific websites and offer ‘temporary exhibitions’ of material

You are free to collaborate with us. Thank you.
Post written by Dani Ramos, the head of the visual team (


2 thoughts on “Tools for free, high quality, creative commons images on the web.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s