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We recently talked here on Tech Tips about how it is possible for nonprofits to use work licensed under "creative commons" as a resource for images, music, and numerous other types of creative content.  (See Using Creative Commons Licenses to Benefit Your Nonprofit Organization.)

We're going to take that one step further today by looking at some services that have been set up specifically to offer graphics for various digital products.  Many of these services offer a "free" level, and your nonprofit can take advantage of this to get nice quality, professional graphics without the price of hiring a graphic designer or photographer.

  • stock.xchng - This service allows you to search by photo attributes.  Those that appear toward the top of the page are free to use, as long as you are staying within the site's guidelines.  You can even upload your own photos to share or license on the site.
  • freestockphotography - This service also offers royalty free photographs.  The are broken down into various categories to allow you to more easily find a picture that fits your needs.
  • photogen - Royalty-free and cost-free high-resolution photos are available through this site.  According to this site, their images can also be used for commercial purposes, which is not always the case with others.
If you are looking for illustrations or cartoons, rather than just photographs, you may be surprised at how much turns up when you simply type "free clip art" into your browser's search bar.  You may have to sort through to find what you really need, but I have found some really great stuff using sites like Barry's Clipart Server. Last modified on Sunday, 19 May 2013
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