Every client assumes you have a limitless library of images for them to choose among. That’s not true, so you have to have your own resources. I have gathered a small list of resources that I rely on to complete my designs.
PSD Graphics has all kinds of useful backgrounds, objects, and templates.Most are layered, so you can alter them as needed. (I changed the color of the flame in the shield, for instance.) Watch out for the ads! They often have search boxes which compete for your attention with PSD Graphics’ own search box, which is up at the top of the webpage. I have been fooled more than once.
This website appears to not have been updated in a long time, but it still has very useful free stuff, including images, fonts, textures, and tutorials in Photoshop and Illustrator. The website says its purpose is to provide “free resources for artists” and “you may use the free stuff files only as parts of your own personal or commercial works and you do not have to credit or link back to me.”
Search.getty.edu/gateway/landing, then click on “Open Content Images” in the bottom left hand corner. There you will find all 114,762 images that THE GETTY is willing to share. Architecture, paintings, vessels, manuscripts, you name it, from all over the world. Make your selection, click on “View Record,” and there you will find a link to the high resolution image. Fill out the pop-up form and the image is yours!
The Rijks Museum is dedicated to Dutch art from present day across the centuries past. Got a favorite Rembrandt that is perfect for your project? Get a high resolution JPG of it right here: rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksstudio. Be sure to click on the Language Button and select English. Paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photographs, firearms and all kinds of things are available. You must create an account to download images. Just sign up and click on the scissors to download your treasure.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
Go to images.nga.gov/en/page/show_home_page.html and search among 51,000 open access images of 4000 pixels each that are free and available for download. The NGA has paintings and sculptures from around the world, both modern and ancient. Use the search bar at the top to find what you are looking for, then click on the download icon. No need to create an account.
NASA has a free image library! It has videos, too! Go to https://images.nasa.gov. They have photos of all the bigwigs at meetings, photos of planets, stars and galaxies, as well as artist’s conceptions. Very cool.
NOAA Photo Library
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration has its own free public photo library. The images are arranged in categories such as fisheries, coral kingdom, ancient artwork, historic events, satellite images, and more. Select a category, choose and album, then click on a thumbnail. You will be directed to a new page with a link to the high-resolution image, a description, and an image credit.
Go to http://www.navy.mil/index.asp and select MEDIA from the navigation menu. Choose from the dropdown menu which offers video, photos, graphics, historic and modern artwork created by combat artists through the Naval Combat Art Program. You can get free images of military craft out on the ocean, politicians in historic meetings, Navy outreach programs to the public, training exercises, rescues and more. Once you select a gallery, the images are sorted by date with the most recent first. You can also select images by collection or most popular by clicking on the buttons on the top right. Click on the thumbnail of the image you are interested in and a pop-up window with a download button and description will appear.
BRANDS OF THE WORLD
Do you have customers in large firms who cannot locate a useable copy of their own logo? Find it on www.brandsoftheworld.com. Just type in your customer’s name in the search field and select Vector Logo Library. Sometimes their resources are out of date, so be sure to verify the logo by visiting your customer’s website. Otherwise, Brands of the World is an invaluable resource.