Thursday, September 18

10+ Free Photo Search Tools

These sites specialised on finding pictures, images, animations etc., don’t offer free photos themselves but rather provide a way to search easily through Flickr or public domain photos to more quickly find a photo you can use.

1) Can We Image

Can We Image searches and displays results from Wikimedia Commons. All search results link directly to the resource’s usage rights page.

Can We Image


2) Compfight

Compfight is a Flickr image search engine that uses the Flickr API to locate images based on your license needs.

Compfight


3) Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons Search is a sort of photo search engine clearinghouse that offers access to search services provided by other organizations like Flickr and Google.

For example, searching for “kittens” on Creative Commons Search and selecting Google Images brings me here. Note that the search has been set up with special parameters.

Creative Commons Search


4) Foter

Foter is a Flickr-focused search tool that helps quickly unearth photos and identify their licenses.

Foter


5) Google Advanced Image Search

Google Advanced Image Search is a method of finding free-to-use images through Google’s own search tools. Here’s a quick guide.

Google Advanced Image Search


6) Every Stock Photo

Every Stock Photo is a search engine for free photos. These come from many sources and are license-specific. You can view a photo’s license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of photos. Membership is free and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos.

Every Stock Photo


7) Image Finder

Image Finder allows users to search Creative Commons photos from Flickr with similar filters for commercial/non-commercial and other categories.

Image Finder


8) PhotoPin

PhotoPin‘s interface allows users to search millions of Creative Commons photos from Flickr.

PhotoPin


9) StockPhotos.io

StockPhotos.io is a Creative Commons-licensed professional free stock photos sharing community of about 25,000 images. All photos displayed on this Pinterest-esque site are allowed for commercial use with proper credits to the authors.

StockPhotos.io


10) TinEye

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version.

TinEye


11) Wylio

Wylio is an all-in-one picture finder, re-sizer and attribution builder for bloggers. Users can resize up to 5 free images per month.

Wylio