Royalty-free Media Sources

Note: Free royalty-free image and video databases are available in many of the web-based tools used in 381 including Wix, Weebly, Constant Contact and Spark.

Here are some other resources you can use for content creation.

Free Royalty-Free Images

Reference: list of royalty-free sites and resources (credit Professor Lisa Waananen-Jones) “Free stock photos in one place”

Pixabay: More than 700,000 searchable photos and textures distributed for reuse without restrictions, with the license details clearly listed on each image page

Creative Commons: Creative Commons is a central tool used for digital assets in materials produced for Digital Content Promotion. Students are asked to use Creative Commons as their primary source for searching, saving and citing digital assets (photos, illustrations, audio, video or documents) as part of their creative materials for websites, ads, social media posts, emails and other promotional activities. Anything found outside of the Creative Commons construct may not be royalty-free or protected by copyright permissions for non-commercial reuse and are therefore unethical to use in student-produced materials without written permission from the asset owner.

Google Images: Doing a basic Google search for images is not a good way to find free-to-use material. After accessing the site and noting your search term(s) go to Search Tools on the sub menu > Usage Rights > Labeled for noncommercial reuse with modification to find royaly-free images

Flickr: Select from the “Any license” dropdown from the search results page.

Wikimedia Commons: Includes thousands of worldwide images licensed under Creative Commons or verified to be in the Public Domain.

FreeImages: More than 400,000 searchable stock images, textures and abstract graphics contributed by users around the world.

dreamstime: Several million royalty-free stock images contributed by photographers. Search in the “Free Images” part of the site.

morgueFile: More than 350,000 stock images, most of them available to download at high-resolution.

WorldImages: Access to the California State University IMAGE Project, which includes about 100,000 international images organized by content areas and searchable.

U.S. Government Images: Photos produced by U.S. Government employees are copyright-free. This site has a selection of links to different government agencies’ collections.

Shutterstock weekly free images: Every week, Shutterstock offers a small number of images for free. Every week varies, so it’s worth seeing what they’ve selected this week.

Royalty-Free Video Footage

Note: Some videos are free-access while others may have fees attached. It is recommended you focus on sources where free access is provided.

Royalty-Free Music, Sound & Audio Clips

Note: Some music, sound and audio clips are free-access while others may have fees attached. It is recommended you focus on sources where free access is provided.

Logos, Icons, and Vector Art