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Source and Create Graphics

The graphics you source need to be stored, epsecially if they need copyright attribution. Have a look at the presentation below, on assets, which will give you some more information and how to structure a 'sources' or 'assets' table.



Provide evidence of:

-Preparing the asset list that

-Setting an appropriate size of the graphic

-Using a range of tools (means three or more)

-Creating a complex graphic

-Saving your progress and work (versions)

-Exporting the graphic

-Appropriate filenames

-Use of screen shots to support evidence

Where do I get graphics from?

Understand these terms before using any free images

A few things to know before we get started. The following terms will come up often as we discuss free image sources. Read over the terms and conditions of each site you try so you know exactly when and what type of attribution is required.

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. There are various types of Creative Commons licenses that range from allowing any type of use with no attribution to allowing only certain uses and no changes.

What is public domain?

Works in the public domain are those whose copyrights have expired, have been forfeited, or are inapplicable. Finding something on the internet does not mean it is in the public domain.

What is royalty free?

Royalty-free images aren’t necessarily free. In most cases, you’ll have to pay a one-time fee to obtain the rights to use the image. Then you can use it as many times as you like. The “free” in “royalty-free” only means that you do not have to pay royalties to the owner of the image every time you use it. 


Pexels - good size, totally copyright free images - free to download and edit

Free Images - does exactly what it says. Good size and quality images

Pixabay - public domain images are entirely free to use. You can't download the largest size without becoming a member of the site and you might get Captchas slowing you down a bit, but still a good source

Snappy Goat - really wide range of images. Avoid the sponsored ones at the top. Also has a cool name.

StockSnap - good quality, but avoid the Shutterstock branded images at the top of each search

Wikipedia - almost all images should be copyright free - there can be issues with logos etc...

Wikimedia Commons - lots and lots of images which are searchable. All free again

ISO Republic - quite large and good quality photos

Morgue File - good size and reasonable quality. But make sure you're searching in Morgue File and not one of the stock photo sites listed on it

Public Domain Pictures - you have to avoid the Ad pictures - they will cost money - and you can only download a reasonable size without paying, but, so long as you're careful what you're trying to download, a good source.

Life of Pix - nice, high quality images. Watch the Adobe Stock adverts though

Magdeleine - high quality photos but harder to search and you need to make sure you use the CC0 photos only. Not as highly recommended as some of the other sites here, but it might have just what you're looking for

Stock Vault - high quality and big enough - just avoid the right hand column of images as these aren't free

Pic Jumbo - decent range of good quality photos, but watch the premium area and the calls to sign up to e-mail

E2BN Gallery - images and sounds

Geograph - excellent for pictures of places or things in the UK. Generally pictures aren't that big so better for web use rather than for print documents

Cartoons, Icons and Vector Graphics

Sweet Clip Art - simple clip art which is good for developing simple characters from or for cartoon style images. Check the individual licence to check for use; most are totally free

Open Clipart - totally public domain. Use the search bar - there are some good images here. Make sure you download PBG versions

Icon Archive - pretty reasonable icon style art here in all sorts of categories

Public Domain Vectors - excellent for clip art and other vector files. Well worth a look for lettering etc... as well

Dry Icons icons only, but there are some really nice ones to choose from

Flat Icon - only icons, but a good source if you want them

Free Pik - vector graphics

Unsplash - excellent quality, large images which are totally free to use