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ArchitectureIMG

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ArchitectureIMG is an image website featuring content uploaded by its user community or collected from a wide range of resources including free images or wallpaper websites. While the website operators state that they believe all images they host to be public domain, they also say that use of authored images other than as desktop wallpapers requires permission from the respective authors. Images – photos and paintings – are easy to find browsing by resolutions, categories, […]

PxHere

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PxHere PxHere provides well over 1 million free images published under Creative Commons CCO into the public domain. Thus, you may copy, modify, distribute, and use the images, even for commercial purposes. Indicentally, you may contribute images as well. Call up tags in the dropdown menu to narrow down your searches. You muss register to use the website.

Gratisography

Gratisography currently provides a total of about 700 free high-resolution images completely without copyright restrictions. The website claims that the collection comprises “the world’s best, most creative images – photos you just won’t find anywhere else.” The focus is on “whimsical” images. The site is associated with Shutterstock (which, however, provides images at cost). So don’t be surprised when search results turn up a large proportion of Shutterstock images.

Wikimedia Commons

As the name suggests, Wikimedia Commons is a well-indexed and huge collection of files. The media files are freely usable. However, the Terms of Use describe complicated exceptions and attribution rules. Thankfully, a pop-up box showing that you need to attribute an author appears when you click to download an image, and you are guided through the attribution process. On the downside, the available images are not necessarily high resolution.

New Old Stock

If you’re looking for free vintage photos from public archives that have no copyright restrictions (according to the site, “at the very least avaialble for personal and noncommercial use”), check the New Old Stock website. Curated photo packs are available at a cost. Use the search function (hidden in the top left corner of the site) to find topical photographs. The site appears to have very appealing but very few black-and-white photos: My search for […]

Morguefile

Morguefile provides over 350,000 free stock photos in high resolution. The images may be used for commercial purposes. Incidentally, the term “morgue file” means that this is a file to store post-production material. The website states that it is a free photo archive “for creatives, by creatives.” No registration is required, but it is encouraged, as is sharing your own material.

Life of Pix

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Life of Pix offers a relatively small stock (currently some 2,000 images) of free high-resolution PD photographs. You may download the images without copyright restrictions for personal or commercial use. The selection of photos is strongly skewed toward nature and city photographs (about half the collection).

Wallhere

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Wallhere has an extensive collection of HD wallpapers for download in various resolutions. The images are very well tagged with terms and colors, and the selection of photos is very large. To download an image, you must register first.

Image*After

Image*After is a Netherlands-based online collection of roughly 30,000 royalty free photos. Images and textures may be downloaded and used free and without restriction. The search-by-color option is quite useful, as is the abstract search option (search by image properties).

Pixabay

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Pixabay, an international website based in Germany, is an open-source repository for sharing high-quality images published under Creative Commons. Download images in various resolutions and use as you wish, even for commercial purposes. Register free to upload or download full-sized images.

Pexels

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Pexels offers free stock photos in good resolution quality. All photos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license and may be used for commercial and noncommercial purposes. No attribution is required, but downloaders are requested to thank the respective photographer.

Creatism— Street View elevated to art by AI

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From the paper: We introduce Creatism, a deep-learning system for artistic content creation. In our system, we break down aesthetics into multiple aspects, each can be learned individually from a shared dataset of professional examples. Using our system, we mimic the workflow of a landscape photographer, from framing for the best composition to carrying out various post-processing operations. The environment for our virtual photographer is simulated by a collection of panorama images from Google Street […]

Blue Vertigo

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This website is a great central resource organizing links to hundreds of websites offering free or paid material by theme: stock photos, stock videos, vector images, mockups, fonts, etc. Can’t remember what wallpaper site you visited a few months ago where you found good PD styles, or where you wanted to check those free source images? Try browsing Blue Vertigo to find the site.