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public domain images and photographicsAre you looking for free public domain images and photographs?

As a graphic designer I create a lot of website graphics…such as header graphics, ebook covers, virtual software boxes and CD/DVD virtual images. The header graphic on this blog was created with free public domain images.

Although there are plenty of sites that feature free photographs or images for less than $5.00 per image for graphic designers to use, the license is usually limited to a one time use. This means that if I create a header graphic or say a website template that includes some of the free photographs from these sites, I can sell the template, header or any image I create using these images to my prospective client……but I cannot sell them the rights to resell that image.

Normally that wouldn’t be a big deal since most of my work is for individual clients. But if I wanted to create a set of website templates, headers of virtual ebook or software boxes to promote and sell with resell rights, I could not use images from these free sites or low cost images. I would have to spend 100’s or dollars per image or spend 1000’s of dollars for a collection….and even then I will be limited to distribution. The rights included with these photo collections can be quite confusing to say the least!

Well…..you guessed it. Free Public Domain Images and Photographs to the rescue. There are at least 2 ways that an image can fall into the public domain. By the way, The Easy Money Picture Book is a thorough discussion of how to find, use and profit from public domain images and I highly recommend it. It’s become my bible for working with public domain image!free public domain images and photographs

The first way an image can become a public domain image is by following all the legal requirements for any material to become part of the public domain and you can learn more about the how a work enters the public domain by clicking on that link. Or go to Public Domain Facts for a quick overview on dates and copyright renewal requirements when considering if a work is in the public domain.

The other way an image or any other work can become part of the public domain is if the author or creator waives his copyright to the work and grants to works into the public domain. If you find this image on the web then you are granted free use of the author/creator’s material. creative commons public domain rights image (sample and does not apply to this site)You can do anything you want with it, sell it, use all or part, claim ownership….sometimes there are limitations so read the fine print and show the original owner the respect he is due. Finally if it’s a website, be kind and give the guy a link from your site.

I found some images at a site called Free Artistic Images and I think there are currently 122 images which are conveniently categorized making it easy to find what you want. The image sizes are perfect for use on web related graphics and as far as I can tell…you can do anything you’d like with these images. Remember if you use them, give the website a link back from one of your sites…..spread the link love 🙂

Well….I hope that helps you in your search for free public domain photographs and images. Use these images in creating your own public domain goldmine and start making some public domain money!

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