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Free Stock Photos


With information easily accessible and sharable through the web, it's easy to assume everything is up for grabs—but that's not the case. Material that you find on the web still belongs to somebody and requires permission to be used. Often you can use material, such as images, for educational or personal purposes without asking for permission, so long as proper credit is given. But what happens when you need to use images for non-educational purposes, such as on flyers, websites, or commercial purposes?

Places like Getty Images and iStockphoto provide royalty-free media that requires you to pay for a license. But if you don't have a budget to buy images licenses, here are a few options for free stock photos:

Freerange Stock provides 4 million quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use for free. They manage to keep their service free with ads—photographers get paid when users click on the ads that appear next to their submissions.

SCU Photographer Chuck Barry has an online portfolio of photographs that are ready-to-use for print or Web. You can also request his photography services. There is no cost to campus clients except a charge of $5 per CD of images.

Stock.XCHG is a community offering a gallery of nearly 400,000 free stock photos (and counting).

Do it yourself! Learn how to touch up your own photos and portraits using Photoshop in our two upcoming classes: Basic Photo Touch Up and Portrait Retouching Techniques. Or, you can stop by our Photoshop Drop-in Lab and have someone on-hand to help you with your images.

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