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Improve Your Look With Free Pictures

by SMD 


In a follow-up to my last story, Evaluating a Web Site’s Credibility, I wanted to share a couple image library sites that I found which have excellent quality images available for free download. You can use them to spice up you online articles or in business materials or presentations. I used one to create the Carnival banner in the top right corner of this page.

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The Image After

Image*After is a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture from our site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial.

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morgueFile

This morgue file contains free high resolution digital stock photographs and reference images for either corporate or public use. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for illustrators, comic book artist, designers, teachers and all creative pursuits.

This site is designed from a term used by traditional artist and publishers as a place to keep reference material. It is a name that is not easily forgotten and “morgue” a french word originally is the same in most latin based languages.

A professional looking image or two can add a lot of credibility and visual appeal to your site or business and with these free stock photo banks and image editing software that is readily available; you can do a lot to improve your look on a thin budget.
[Update Dec 27, 2005] It turns out that flickr allows users to post photos under the Creative Commons license, which means that you can use the photos if you give a link [or credit] to the creator, this falls under the Attribution License. Currently there are about 730,000 images on flickr that are released with this license.
[Upate Dec 28, 2005] Here’s another free images site: sxc.hu

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