Gold Coast Graphic Design Links - Image Library

Never use images you have found on the internet or Google without permission. There is no good reason or excuse to use a photo you found on the Internet without asking the photographer who took it? "I found it on Google Images, therefore it is free to use" or "there was no “copyright” logo or any other watermark on the photo" does not make it ok. Below is some cost effective legal options.



iStockphoto is a collection of royalty-free photographs, vector Illustrations, Flash files, and Video clips. If you start an account yourself, credits start at around $12 each, with a minimum purchase of 3 credits for $36 (as at 9/01/2017). Images generally cost between 1 and 150 credits, depending on the size and image collection. Depending on the original size of an image, it can be bought in XSmall, Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge and XXXLarge sizes.

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Shutterstock maintains a library of royalty-free stock photos, vectors, and illustrations available by different time length subscriptions. Visitors can browse the library for free, and can then license and download images through a variety of available packages.

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Stocksy is home to a curated collection of royalty-free stock photography that's beautiful, distinctive and highly usable. Because every photo is vetted, every shot has earned a place. So, no filler, no cheesy poses...and no more hours of searching for the right image. We founded Stocksy back in 2013 – as veterans of the stock industry, we wanted to make it a better experience for customers and photographers alike. Take a look at the collection and we hope you'll see why.

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Fotolia offers an image bank of millions of affordable royalty free images, vectors, illustrations and video footage clips. Some photographs are offered for free while those that are sold can be priced from $1 to as high as $2,000. Credits need to be purchased online to buy images.

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Microsoft office clipart & imagery

In Office 2007 or later, when you search for clip art or online pictures, your search is automatically directed to Bing. You don't need to open your browser or leave your document to insert the images into your document. If you'd like more control over what you see in the search results—for example, to see clip art, but not photos, or vice versa—you can go directly to Bing and search for images there. You'll want to be sure that you have the rights to use the images you select, and you can do that by setting easy-to-use licensing filters.

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Sign-up to Dreamstime for free and access low prices for Royalty Free stock photography. They offer a collection of 14,000,000 images & illustrations. You will need to purchase a plan to download stock photos - high-resolution stock images are as low as A$0.29/image or free (as at 09/01/2017).

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Freeimages was launched in February 2001 as an alternative for expensive stock photography. The idea was to create a site where creative people could exchange their photos for inspiration or work. The site has evolved into the massive community you see today — there are over 2,500,000 registered users and around 400,000 photos online. As a user you gain access to hundreds of thousands of high-quality, hand-picked stock photos and graphics — all free!

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123RF is a royalty-free digital media library that offers a wide variety of budget-friendly commercial and editorial images, video footage, audio clips, logo designs and illustrations. From its humble beginnings in 2005, 123RF now ranks as the leading global provider of content. 123RF is updated with over 60,000 fresh content daily which gives photographers, illustrators, designers, videographers and audio artists the opportunity to upload and display their creative productions; promoting them to a worldwide audience.

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big stock

Bigstock is your fast, easy-to-use marketplace for quality stock images. We offer over 29 million royalty-free photographs and illustrations from talented photographers and artists around the globe, available for almost any purpose. BigStockPhoto was founded in Davis, California, in the fall of 2004 and quickly grew into one of the Web's leading royalty-free stock image communities. In 2009 BigStockPhoto was acquired by Shutterstock, the biggest subscription-based image library in the world. BigStockPhoto adopted a fresh new look and a shorter name, Bigstock, in 2010.

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canstock photo

We're a royalty free stock photography agency that believes professional stock images should be affordable and accessible to everyone. We add over 25,000 top quality images each day from the world's best photographers and artists. Searching and downloading stock images is refreshingly fast and easy, and you don't need an account or subscription. Come join us! We were founded in 2004 on the premise of offering professional yet affordable images, while providing fair commissions for our talented artists.

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VEXELS is the place to find free Vector graphics, vector icons, vector backgrounds and more if you're a designer and need free vector stock images. Launched back in 2009, quickly became popular among artists and designers as the place to go for free vector graphics, every vector submission is hand picked and carefully checked to avoid any copyright abuse. There is a handy blog with inspiration, tutorials and exclusive freebies.  

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On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain. You can copy, modify, distribute, and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission and without paying attribution. However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights. Pixabay is a repository for outstanding public domain images. Find free pictures and share your own photos with the world.

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500px is a photo community and marketplace for discovering, sharing, buying, and selling inspiring photography powered by creative people around the world. From mobile photographers to professionals, 500px has the products and features to take your photography to the next level. 500px is a premium marketplace for photography licensing. All of 500px's inspiring and evocative photography is directly sourced from the world-class 500px community.

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Apply a quick fix or add a personal touch with creative effects, overlays, and borders. Work in layers, replace colour, transform objects, and more – all from your browser. Make every moment beautiful with our family of photo editing apps. Pixlr is a cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors, screen grabbera browser extension, and a photo sharing service. The suite was intended for non-professionals, however the apps range from simple to advanced photo editing.

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Photobucket's free online photo editor makes it easy to enhance your images! Apply filters, frames, stickers, text, or crop and resize your photos in just a few easy steps. Enhance your photos with this easy to use online tool. Photobucket is widely used for both personal and business purposes.

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