Images for the Web (and other uses) Resources - Web Center

Images add interest, meaning, and color to web pages, flyers, presentations, reports, and more. They include photographs, clip art, graphics.

Be Aware of Copyright Laws

Because of copyright laws, do not use just any image on web pages, flyers, or other documents (whether or not the documents are used on the College website). Always check the license information for an image by reviewing the website on which the image was posted or contacting the owner of the image and getting permission (written permission is best) to use the image on Ohlone's website.

Many images downloaded from the Web, or a search engine (such as Google Images or Bing Images), or a "free images" website are not really free and may require attribution or have a limit on how they can be used.

Ohlone College also needs a release for photographs, videos, other media, student work used by the College in print materials or on its website, or used by Ohlone for any other purpose. See Photo Release, Model Release, Video Release.

Free Images

Always check the license information for the website and/or for each image.

Be respectful to registered trademarks. If there is an Apple product, you have to write up “Apple, the Apple logo and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.” The same with other brands. 

Creative Commons Zero (CC0) License

(Learn about Creative Commons Zero (CC0) License.)

  • Pixabay - "Free images and videos you can use anywhere. All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required."
  • GratisGraphy - "Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. Click on an image to download the high-resolution version. New awesome pictures added weekly! All pictures were photographed by Ryan McGuire and free of copyright restrictions."
  • Unsplash - "All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash."
  • Pexels - "It's hard to understand complex licenses that is why all photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose. The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. You can modify, copy and distribute the photos. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So that attribution is not required. The only restriction is that identifiable people may not appear in a bad light or in a way that they may find offensive, unless they give their consent."
  • Pickupimage - "Pickupimage is the largest collections of free photographs. Free download high quality premium free stock images, public domain photos. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission."
  • SplitShire - "Free Stock Photos and Images for commercial use. Instant download high quality free stock photos without copyright, do whatever you want. Daily updates! I created SplitShire with the simple aim of giving life to my photographs that would have gone into oblivion without any utility. In the course of almost ten years of photography I have accumulated many photos, thousands, who were in the hard disk gathering dust. So I began to upload them as free stock photos that you can freely download and use for personal an commercial purposes."
  • LibreShot - "A collection of hundreds of high quality free stock images for personal or commercial use. It is not necessary to indicate the author or source - but I will be very happy if you will :-) You can download the photos for free and use it on your websites, blogs or printed materials. All images have the same license CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. All photos have guaranteed origin - I took it by myself. Please do not use my pictures on similar photo banks without my permission. Please be respectful to personal rights and trademarks, if there are people or brands on the photos."
  • SkitterPhoto - "Free images: all photos on Skitterphoto.com are released into the public domain using Creative Commons CC0. This means you can use our photos for any purpose, even commercially. A credit is appreciated but not necessary. All pictures are authentic and created by Skitterphoto owners, they are not from other websites."
  • StockSnap.io - "All photos on StockSnap fall under the Creative Commons CC0 license. That means you can copy, modify, distribute any photo on the site, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission!"
  • Jay Mantri - "free pics. do anything (CC0). make magic."
  • Gratisography - "I offer my pictures under similar terms as Creative Commons Zero with the common sense differences/limitations that you can’t use any of my images for pornographic, criminal, defamatory or degrading purposes; you can't imply that Gratisography, or any of the models, brands, or anything else in the pictures has endorsed you or your product; you can’t use or redistribute my images on free stock photo websites or apps; you can’t sell and/or redistribute my pictures implying you're the photographer; and you can't sell and/or redistribute my pictures as stock photography. You can create awesome work using my pictures without needing to spend a dime and are free to use my pictures for personal or commercial projects. I don’t require any attribution, but it is always appreciated."
  • FoodiesFeed - "You can use my original pictures anywhere you want, for both personal and commercial purpose. Same for edits of my pictures (= they are free to edit). There is neither need to mention my name nor FoodiesFeed when using my pictures. However, it is very much appreciated since my largest motivation is being able to check where people all around the world use my images. Practically the only condition I have is that selling and re-selling my pictures is not allowed. It’s not allowed to sell and resell them at your website, using stock photos agencies such as Shutterstock, Dreamstime or Fotolia, selling them printed nor anyhwere else."
  • Picography - "Free images to use however you like." "...it is up to you to decide how or where to use images. We do not provide model or property releases for any images. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant releases from models or property owners."
  • SplitShire - "Free Stock Photos and Images for commercial use."
  • FancyCrave - "Photographs are provided free of charge and under the Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 license."
  • One Left Media - "Free high-resolution images for commercial use. No copyright restrictions. No nonsense."
  • Travel Coffee Book - "Sharing beautiful travel moments. All photos are listed under cc0.  That means you can do whatever you want with them."
  • MMT Stock - "Free photos for commercial use Use them in your website, themes, templates, projects, print materials, social posts, and more. New photos each week. CC0 license."
  • Good Stock Photos - "You can download any of the free stock photos on this site to use on your websites, blog, social media, app, print design - wherever you want. All images are originals taken by me, and there is no need to credit this site, but it's much appreciated."
  • Creative Vix - "[A]ll photos on Creative Vix are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the photos. The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So that attribution is not required. All in all the photos are completely free to be used for any legal purpose."

Public Domain Free Images

Clipart - Creative Commons Zero (CC0) License

Low-Cost Images

Review and follow the terms of use for each site.

Create Your Own Images

Books

  • Designing Web Graphics (any version, any edition), by Lynda Weinman - available in the Ohlone College Library and at Amazon.com
  • Design Essentials (any version, any edition), by Luanne Seymour Cohen - available at Amazon.com