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There are numerous portals on the Internet for license-free images that you can use for your blog or website free of charge. But not every supposedly royalty-free image under a Creative Commons license or labeled Royalty Free is what it appears to be. Sometimes they carry the risk of a warning and sometimes they are not high-resolution images. I would like to show you how to get pictures with a creative common license and how to avoid the risk of a warning, as well as helpful tips for searching for royalty-free pictures for free use on your website.
If I've used high-resolution images and photos for free use from Pixabay for a page or blog, I've had no problems so far. According to the homepage, the stock photos should already be license-free or under Creative Commons CC0. According to the makers of Pixabay, you get completely free images for any use: "All images and videos on Pixabay are published free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You can download it for free, change it and use it for any purpose, including in commercial applications. Attribution is not required."
However, there are also fraudsters who apparently intentionally sprinkle protected images and then wait for use to send out warnings and cost claims (as with Pixelio, see below). A corresponding report Is there ... here.
Otherwise, Pixabay works quite unproblematically. You look for some suitable photos and then the images are available for download in various resolutions. In contrast to some other portals, you can also download photos from Pixabay as a guest (without logging in or registering). And there is a nice coffee donation function with which you can thank the photographers for making their photographs and images available free of charge.
Unsplash also offers stock images and photos under the CC0 license. This means that the images and photos can be used for the blog, the online shop, the company website or another web presence of the user - without specifying the source, author and so on. In addition, photographers, artists and other uploaders have their own profiles in the Unsplash image database, in which they can share their photos and images as well as the stories associated with them. I personally find the pictures of jamie street. Further information can be found in Unsplash FAQ.
Actually he has Stock service Dreamstime its focus on paid photographic material. However, there is also one Area with free offers, in which you can rummage every now and then. Perhaps you will find something suitable by chance.
Wikimedia as part of Wikipedia also stands for the free, free and unrestricted transfer of knowledge - especially with regard to media such as images and videos. Many graphics are stored under the CC0 license, so you don't have to name either the source or the author. Sometimes other Creative Commons versions are also used. So always look at the image information when searching on Wikimedia.de. ;)
Pixelio, a similar site, has dropped out of my list of recommended sites for royalty-free images and free photos. After two warnings were received in which the photographer of the respective image complained directly to a lawyer about the use and demanded a hefty amount, Pixelio no longer comes in the bag. My "mistake" was simply that I did not mention the source directly under the picture but in the imprint. Even if there are nice pictures on the portal, the financial risk is simply too high for me.
I assume that one or the other photographer apparently only posts his photos there in order to then warn people who make a small mistake in labeling. Then pay a few euros at 123rf.com, fotolia.de, iStock or GettyImages and be on the safe side ...
Pictures and photos should be free, that is the motto of many bloggers and webmasters. Because by using graphics, which are offered free of charge and freely for commercial use, you save money when loading pages. It seems that Google has taken on this problem extensively.
When searching for images, Google offers the tool “Rights of use” or the selection from “Marked for reuse and modification” to “Marked for non-commercial reuse” (four options). I don't know when the option was introduced; I didn't find her personally until the beginning of 2017.
Which pages or tools do you use to equip your projects, pages, blogs and shops with appealing images and photos - and without spending any money on them? Or maybe you use the above-mentioned pages privately to equip your Facebook profile with a warning-proof? And do you name the photographers if you can see them, even if you use CC0 images? Feel free to leave a comprehensive comment;)
For the sake of completeness, I would like to add a short list to include the portals that offer royalty-free image material for money. Personally, I like to use them to buy pictures for my blog articles, because I know that there are no black sheep hiding there who first offer their photos for free, only to warn me 2 years later because of incorrect sources.
I had a conversation with Fotolia (before it was bought by Adobe) and got the feedback that they would appreciate a source, but this is not absolutely necessary - not even if the works were to be used commercially. So you wouldn't have expected a warning if you didn't install it, after all, you paid for the photo.
Another advantage of the paid image databases is the fact that they usually have a larger selection and also provide stock videos, illustrations, vector graphics, wallpapers (which can be seamlessly connected) and a more sophisticated search function. Especially when it comes to business and time is more important than spending 2-3 euros, these portals are usually the better choice. Most portals also have "extended licenses" - that is, licenses that are quite expensive, but allow you to also produce products such as postcards with the motifs that you can sell.
So here these portals:
There are now other providers of free CC0 images that can be used publicly at no cost. Among other things, has Picwizard Reported to me to inform that they also have over 100.000 photos available in the database. With around 20.000 images, a fifth of the range is available exclusively on the Pikwizard page. The structure is like Unsplash and Pexels, so that the operation of the platform is extremely intuitive. In addition to the photos, there are also videos that can be used free of charge as stock footage. You can find the link to the page in the list above;)
And these say that the company is given the unrestricted right of use without any time limit. Since this can only be done by the author of the photo (copyright), you are no longer on the safe side from a legal point of view as soon as one of the photos ends up on the social media portals. So it is up to the author's tolerance whether you get into trouble here or not.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.