Resources for Finding Images for Your Website or Coding Project

By Nikhil Abraham

Once you learn HTML coding basics, you will quickly want to start building webpages. The most common need when putting together a webpage, whether for personal or professional use, is finding and using relevant images.

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However, just because you find an image on the Internet doesn’t mean you’re free to use it as you wish. Although it’s true that some images can be used for commercial or personal use, some can be used only by asking permission, including attribution to the image’s author, or paying a fee, and many can’t be used under any circumstances at all. Always check for licensing terms before using an image.

Here are some resources to find images:

  • Google images: You can search for images using keywords, or for similar images if you select and upload an image. Licensing information does not always accompany the image making it hard to know what can be used.

  • Wikimedia Commons: Catalog of 25 million freely usable media files with clear licensing information. Search by topic, location, or license type.

  • Flickr: Flickr lets users store, share, and search its photo database. Use the advanced search to find images licensed under the Creative Commons, which usually permit use with attribution.

  • Stock up: Search many free stock photo websites all in one place.

  • The Stocks: Collection of royalty free stock photos viewable by gallery.

  • Creative Commons Search: Search other sites for images tagged as usable under a Creative Commons license, which generally allows for reuse under certain conditions.

  • U.S. Government Photos: Photos created for or by the US government are usually in the public domain and can be used for any purpose without permission or fee.