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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.

Turtle Graphics Renderer

The Turtle Graphics Renderer is a simple online platform created by Kevin Roast that allows you to create L-Sytem (“turtle”) patterns. These graphics are recursive patterns characterized by self-similarity and hence fractal-like forms. Plant models and natural-looking organic forms ‘grow’ and become more complex by increasing the iteration level of the form. To create images, choose a sample image on the right side of the screen and change the mathematical parameters (e.g. angles) at the […]

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).

PhotoFunia

Photofunia

PhotoFunia is an Odessa-based website currently offering just short of 600 image editing effects. PhotoFunia works with a wide variety of programs and some web browsers. The tool is free and very easy to use: Simply choose an effect, drag and drop or upload an image, and click go. Download your finished image. Here’s an example: The first image is the original, the second showcases the image with the “famous gallery” effect.

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.

PhotoMania

PhotoMania is a free photo editor. No registration is required for online use. The app can be downloaded for use on Android and iOS moblile phones. The editor stands out for its ease of use. Regulate the intensity of effects by using a slider. On the downside, applying one of the wide variety of effects will reduce image resolution; also, the image is watermarked. Here’s a sample: The first image is the original, the second […]

Sterling 2 Fractal Generator and Fractal Gallery

Sterling 2 is a fractal software based on the Sterling fractal generator program written by Stephen C. Ferguson. Unlike the original program, which you can purchase for USD 35 from Stephen C. Ferguson’s website at http://tierazon.com/ktaza/fractal/index.html, Sterling 2 is free. Moreover, it comes with a formula editor. Download Sterling 2 directly from Soler’s website. Additionally, the website provides a link to Soler’s fractal gallery of 1,128 fractals you are welcome to download and use. Here’s a […]

PS Express

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A free smartphone & tablet app for iOS and Android that packages some of Photoshop’s features in a streamlined mobile wrapper. Especially useful for quick collages with a reasonable degree of customizability, and the ability to export with layers to Photoshop for further edits.

BeFunky

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Photo editor, collage maker, design tool. Basic functions are free, more functions are available at a monthly rate of USD 2.91 billed yearly (or a monthly rate of USD 4.95 billed monthly). Has a very good cartoon render effect in Artsy/Digital.