FREE Photos and Graphics and Clip-Art Oh My...

Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

Some of the best posts and blogs I have ever seen, stood out more because of the photos and graphics.  Many of my posted photos are taken by me, but what about some of those awesome graphics and clipart you see in many blogs?  Where do these people find these creative and post-related cool graphics?

Some photos and images are protected by copyright laws and SHOULD NEVER be used in your blog or on your website.  However, there are many websites that also offer FREE graphics, photos, backgrounds and clipart.

Search google for a specific item, and then only select images, graphics and photos that are public domain and not copyright protected or stamped by an author, website, or company.  Since we all have camera phones with digital cameras built in, and many of us do take our own photos, it would be nice to have a place on Active Rain that allowed members to contribute and access graphics and photos for their posts. Until then, there is plenty out there for you to choose from.  

Here are just a few of those sites you might want to check out. 

Here's a few others I'd like to mention:
The Web Squeeze
- 40 FREE Photo sites for Commercial use. is made up of 117253 images with 151 sections organized into 3279 categories.
FREE Webpage Headers has hundreds to chose from.  Very nice selection.
FREE Artistic Photos - Nice shots taken for you to use.  Great selections here. - Thousands of royalty free pictures here, more than you'll ever need.
FREE Logo Maker - This one is simply a snap!! , Custom Sign Generator  and offer FREE and very cool stuff.

There are more than 1,000,000 free images, photos, graphics, clipart and backgrounds out on the web.  They can be used on your websites, your blogs, your flyers, publications, and email etc. If you don't like any of them, or are looking for something custom, use your camera phone or digital, and go shoot your own.

I have written a few posts just based on a photo I had taken, or an idea that came from a particular graphic.  If a picture tells a thousand stories, wouldn't you like access to a thousand pictures?  Enjoy these sites and I wish you continued Blogging successes!!

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Comments (195)

Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Krista - it's always good to review each sites copyright rules and regs.  They do change from time to time and since this post was written over 18 months ago, I'd say that's a good call on anyones part who visits any site that says their graphics and images are FREE. 

There are some really great sites out there and they are FREE but they usually want a link back and or attribution if you use any of their stuff. :-)

Jan 04, 2009 05:59 AM
Krista Fuchs
Prudential Fox & Roach - Exton, PA
Chester County Realtor - (484) 459-8025 - Home Buying and Selling

Thanks so much for the response Brad!  Thanks for confirming my suspicions too!  I look forward to checking out the other site to see what I can use.


Jan 04, 2009 06:25 AM
Christine McInerney
Great Life RE - Knoxville, TN
The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale

Thanks for the links, this is EXACTLY what I was looking for, I knew active rain would give me the answers I needed!

Mar 04, 2009 12:24 PM
Emmaniece Gordon
Dekka Realty - Fort Meade, MD
PSC, CDPE, Realtors, Local Real Estate Expert, Mar

I really appreciate you sharing this post.  I certainly need it.

Mar 05, 2009 11:55 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Brad, thanks for sharing all this infomation. I will surely use some of it.

Jun 03, 2009 09:42 PM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Frank - no problem, If you like and can use this stuff, I have a post about the top 200 free sites of 2008 that has some cool stuff you might like too.  You'll find the link to it on my AR profile page.  :-)

Jun 04, 2009 12:08 AM
Ginger Moore
Wilkinson & Associates Realty - Gastonia, NC

Hi and thanks for another great post. I have been looking for photos that I could use, legally, for my blogs.  I hope to write many in the future. thx again also, for keeping AR running so smoothly at warp speed!

Jul 08, 2009 02:56 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hi Ginger - this post was written quite some time ago, I'm sure if you Google "Free Images and Graphics",  or even "Free Photos" you'll find a ton of sites that have popped up and now populate the web. Thanks for such a great comment, that was very much appreciated!  :-)

Jul 08, 2009 07:05 AM
Jeff Rainwater
John L. Scott MPV - Maple Valley, WA

Bookmarked! Thanks Brad!

Jan 22, 2010 08:59 AM
Jared Hokanson
Hokanson Realty & Jared Realty Group - Medford, OR
Your Home Sold, GUARANTEED!*

Brad, thanks for sharing, always looking to improve with great visuals!

Feb 16, 2010 02:32 PM
Maya Thomas, Broker
Tampa, FL
Please see my client recommendations.

Thank you Brad!  

Aug 01, 2010 03:55 AM
Maya Thomas, Broker
Tampa, FL
Please see my client recommendations.

Most of these sites look like you have to buy images by the image, group of download, month or year.  Do you ask if you can use a picture you find on flickr or photobucket or are you just allowed to use the picture if it is there?

Aug 01, 2010 04:43 AM
Karen L. Pietsch
Cary Property Pros - 4 Sale Realty, Inc. - Crystal Lake, IL
Cary Property Pros. Cary Property Pros Premier Real Estate

Brad, thanks for the tips on pics.  I made this my project for the night and I seem to be finding good sources of pics and cartoons that I can begin to use in my posts.  Thank you again for reading my mind and knowing what I would be in search of tonight.  :)

Jan 29, 2011 04:29 PM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hi Karen  - there are so many sites that offer images and photos etc, just make sure you read their terms of service and guidelines so you don't get yourself into any kind of copyright issues.  Creative commons is popular and needs to be understood when using the multitude of sites out there.  I am working on a post now showing how to use programs like powerpoint and your own photos to create your own graphics and images. Should be up in the next week or so.  :-)

Jan 30, 2011 04:57 AM
Wendy Burns
Keller Williams Realty - Cary - Apex, NC

Every time I do an Active Rain search for something techie, I end up on your blog!  Thanks for all the posts and help.

Apr 07, 2011 04:12 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hi Wendy - nice to meet you.  I'm glad you're finding the information I post useful.  If you ever need anything or have any questions, feel free to contact me anytime, I'd be happy to try and help. :-)

Apr 07, 2011 07:20 AM
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Brad, someone just turned me on to this list. Seems like a great source for pics!

Jun 06, 2011 09:57 AM
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Brad, I saw this on a reblog from Elayna Fernandez and wanted to thank you directly!  You are amazing and I don't know what we'd do without you!

Jun 07, 2011 04:44 PM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

DeeDee -  you are too sweet, thanks for taking the time to stop by and say that, you are the best!!  :-)

You made my day for sure!!!

Jun 08, 2011 03:19 PM
Aaron Silverman, Bluewater Property Management, LLC and Lowcountry Turnkey Properties, LLC - Charleston, SC
Improving Real Estate Experience through Education

Found this when I did an internet search for clipart.  Awesome!  Thanks


Sep 28, 2011 07:04 AM