How to Find Free Images
If you are a scrapbooker or looking for free images for your decoupage or wall art projects, I have some good news for you: This post is all about how to find free images.
Freepik: This is a free graphic resources website where you can find and download over 65K+ free vectors, PSD (Photoshop) files and photos. It has a great search capability, and you can find anything from vintage to retro graphics, from watercolor to abstract graphics to use on your projects. Freepik gives you the option to use their graphics as a free user. Should you choose to do so, you will only have a “free with attribution” license.
Pixel Scrapper: Pixel Scrapper is a great community site for digital artists and scrapbookers. They have countless number of digital images, scrap booking kits, backgrounds and also tutorials. Pixel Scrapper has two types of licensing for their content: Personal use and Commercial use. Once you create a free account, you get 5 daily credit every single day and can use those credits for downloading images for commercial use or personal use.
The Graphics Fairy: This is one of my ‘go to’ websites when I am looking for ephemera or vintage images. The Graphics Fairy is pretty famous not only for vintage images, but also for its great tutorials on image transfer and decoupage projects.
Biodiversity Heritage Library: Biodiversity Heritage Library has over 100K vintage photos on flicker which you can choose and download for your personal use. If you are looking especially for vintage animal or botanical pictures Biodiversity Heritage Library is definitely the vintage image library for you.
The New York Public Library Digital Collections: If you are a vintage image lover then you should check out The New York Public Library’s Digital Collection. They have recently updated their policies with regards to public domain materials. The files which are explicitly marked as “No Known U.S. Copyright” can be downloaded with the highest resolution available and can be used for personal use. For commercial use please read NYPL‘s license policy.
The British Library: The British Library is also on flicker where they publish over 1 million copyright free images. You can find anything from illustrated lettering (typography) to vintage advertisement, from old book covers to vintage portrait or to vintage maps. If you are interested in vintage images The British Library may be the right place for you.
Far Far Hill: Far Far Hill is a personal blog full of free images: backgrounds, scanned vintage papers, images, illustrations… you name it. Whether you are a scrapbooker or looking for beautiful vintage images for your decoupage projects, I am sure you’ll find Far Far Hill resourceful as much as I do.
Free Design File: Free Design File is a website of vector lovers who share free vector graphics which is pretty much like Freepik. In Free Design File, you can find thousands of free quality vector graphics, logos, icons, backgrounds, and patterns created by creative illustrators.
Just like other free vector websites Free Design File is also constantly updated, so be sure to check their online gallery regularly. All the images on this site are free to use for personal use and most of them can be used commercialy.
DeviantArt: DeviantArt is an art sharing community where you can buy and/or find free images of all sorts… and when I say all sorts I mean all sorts: from vintage to abstract, from photos to anime illustrations. This is one of those websites I lose myself in for hours and hours looking at the wonderful art done by talented artists. Considering how big the DeviantArt community is, the search section is surely one of the best tools they have. For more info on their licensing and copyrights policy please visit here.
Vintage Printable: Vintage Printable is another vintage image paradise for your projects. Be sure to check Vintage Printable‘s archives as all their images are in public domain.
Audubon: If you are a bird lover, this website is definitely the ‘one and only’ for you! In Audubon.org you will find the naturalist James John Audubon’s wonderful bird illustrations in high definition free for personal use. A sign-up page may be prompted when you hit the download button, but know that you don’t have to sign-up to download any of the fabulous bird illustrations. While you are at Audubon website make sure to check their Guide to North American Birds, I am sure you’ll have great time reading about birds and listening to those fabulous bird songs.
Google Patents: Nowadays blueprints and patents are big in wall decoration, but they can be pretty expensive too. So I thought I should also share Google Patent search with you in case patent wall art speaks to your soul better than any other. For easier search on Google Patents I would recommend searching with the patent number which you can find on the posters sold on art/poster websites.
Vintage Images: Vintage Images.org has over 12K vintage images compiled in groups. In those groups you can find anything from birds to vintage Coca-Cola ads to various ephemera images.
Free Vintage Posters: As you may guess from the name, this website is full of free vintage posters. They have posters of all kinds: adverts, travel, animals, design, food/drink, western movies, other movies, circus posters, sports and war posters. If you are planning to buy some vintage posters for your home theater you might want to check out Free Vintage Posters before spending money on vintage posters.
These are my favorite websites to find free images for my wall art or decoupage projects. I hope you enjoy what you find on these websites as much as I do.
As I always say, happiness and knowledge are two things that grow greater when shared, so if you know other sources for free images and printables, please share them with us.
hey thanks for sharing this, it is sure going to beat scrolling through pinterest for days lol xx
Thank you, Chris! I am glad it will help 🙂
Ya fantastic! Many thanks for sharing! I really love it.
Thank you so much!
Did you paint the image of flowers that you used in this post? It’s really pretty.
No I didn’t paint those flowers. I wish I had that kind of talent in drawing, but unfortunately I am a terrible artist. Hence I never considered becoming an architect but instead chose the non-artistic path for myself and became a civil engineer 🙂
I downloaded that image from Freepik and as I am a paid member I own a commercial license for that image which allows me to change and use it commercially without having to do attributions.
Thank you soooo much for the info for free images. I’ve been needing images for decoupage and the info is huge. Being a upcycling newbe and on a limited income any and all info for stuff on the cheap is huge. I can’t work a job and on disability but need stuff to do on up days. Your info on stains is huge too. Thanks and I always appreciate any info at anytime. Much love from a huge fan of yours
Thank you so much, Ginny! I am so glad you found it useful!! May I recommend you to check my “How to Find Free or Cheap Furniture” post as well? It has pretty good information but more related to free furniture or decor items for either DIYing or repurposing. I am sure you’ll find that post useful too.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for the ideas. I just book marked this. Have a great week. Sharing, too.
Thanks so much, Caryn! You too have a wonderful week! 🙂
This is a great list of resources! I’m definitely going to check out the Graphics Fairy! Thanks for sharing this at Merry Monday this week.
Thank you, Marie! 🙂
Amazing colection you have here! So helpful!
Thank you so much, Cristina! 🙂
Handan thanks! This is definitely going to come in handy!
Thank you so much, Mary! 🙂
Awesome list of resources, a few I use and some new ones I’ll have to check out. Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould.
These sites are really great when it comes to quick printable decor for your home 🙂
Great resource! Thank you. Pinning.
Thank you so much, Pam! 🙂
I always love lists like this, so thanks! Finding just the right free images can sometimes be a real chore so these suggestions I’m sure will help. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home
Thank you so much, Kathleen! 🙂
Thanks for linking with Monday Funday ! This is such a great resource for everyone! xo
Thank you so much, Robin! 🙂
Thank you this is awesome list! Can’t wait to get looking! I’m looking for a special watercolor design to use for my business cards. Can you recommend where I could maybe find this? And be able to use it for my business as a logo etc. Thanks!
Hi Stacie, I’m so glad you liked our source list. For the watercolor images, I would try Freepik, Pixel Scraper and Free Design File sites. I’m sure you’ll be able to find something you’d like in these sites 🙂
Awesome! Thank you for your quick responce!
GREAT post! Thanks for sharing this information.