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  1. Craig Hadden – Remote Possibilities
    April 3, 2012

    Thanks for all the links!

    As you say, I’m sure many people don’t realise that PPT itself can be such a great source of quality photos – right at your fingertips. And the fact there’s a link to Office Online gives a couple of advantages, too. For instance, I find the “See Similar” feature really handy.

    (As I’ve blogged about, I’ve used PPT to get over 2500 free photos, which shows just how many it has! See How to find 1000s of great free photos for your PowerPoint slides.)

  2. picdrome
    July 20, 2012

    Hi and thank you for the article!
    I can also add http://www.picdrome.com, a growing Public Domain picture collection, free of copyright and licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication. All items are free to download for personal and commercial use, without restriction and are available in high definition. New photos are added on a daily basis.

    • Ellen
      July 20, 2012

      It’s an interesting site, but there aren’t enough photos yet. I tried to click Submit, but the button didn’t work. The photos are good quality.

  3. CJ
    July 27, 2012

    Individuals are also welcome to use the photos and images available on CJO Photo http://www.cjophoto.com/.

    • Ellen
      July 28, 2012

      In your terms of use, you say:
      Allowed Usage:

      For personal and educational work.
      For use in printed media (newpapers, magazines and newsletters).
      For use on websites and blogs.

      *We just ask that CJO Photo.com be credited.

      Not Allowed Usage:

      For “print on demand” items such as mugs, greeting cards, t-shirts or any other product that would be intended for resale.
      For any unlawful or unethical purpose (such as spreading hate or discrimination or to dafame any person or place).
      For another to claim as their own work.

      But 2 important issues are left out of either the Do’s and the Don’t’s: Use in presentations (not printed) and business/commercial use (like an in-house business presentation or a sales presentation. Could you clarify?

  4. CJ
    July 30, 2012

    Hi Ellen,

    I Ellen I sent you an email (thanks again for bringing this to our attention):

    Our “Terms and Usage” was created to give individuals a basic idea (mostly that the images are not intended for resale purposes) but you make a good point that some may question the usage for business purposes and they are indeed okay for business (powerpoints, websites, etc…). We will definitely update our page to clarify better and thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    I hope that you are having a wonderful summer so far and that you enjoy the remainder!

    Best Regards!

  5. Santhosh
    August 8, 2012

    freeimagescollection.com is my personal free photo site where anyone can download copyright free photos of 6mp. I would like to get back a link in return for the download, but its not mandatory.

  6. Julie1970
    October 19, 2012

    Hi Ellen,
    This is a great resource for photos thamks. Could you please provide something similar for vector graphics, icons etc?
    Thanks very much,

  7. mohamad
    November 26, 2012

    very good

  8. John Lee
    May 17, 2013

    Great list! Here is another one


  9. byron
    July 9, 2013

    I also like getting pictures from insert clip art because you are sure that there are no copyright issues to using them. They also do have a pretty wide range of pictures only some of which are super easily recognized by people who use images a lot in ppt ( i am surprised how many highly paid speakers still use some of the free images there!)

    Like Flickr mentioned above, Google images also has an advanced search area where you can search by use permission. There is even a category to use and modify for commercial use. They do put a disclaimer that you should check the permission to be sure.

    Thanks for the GREAT articles and information you give in your newsletters!

  10. Don Pearce
    July 9, 2013

    Find free photos and images for PowerPoint mailing just received.
    The link to

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pictures/Graphics site has lots of great photos and drawings. Here’s an example:

    needs updating. I clicked on link and a screen message from 2007(?) gave the updated link.

  11. Cris DeRaud
    August 6, 2013

    A good alternative to sxc is http://www.rgbstock.com/

  12. Dawn Howard Weaver
    February 4, 2014

    Thanks Ellen.

    I will search into these.

    Warm Regards,


  13. Angela Goodeve
    February 21, 2014

    Great resource Ellen, thanks! I will check out all of the new sites right now!!

    Ang :-)

  14. Myrna Del Valle
    March 5, 2014

    Thanks, you have a great resource..This will help me lot.

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  17. meesh
    December 27, 2014

    Now that Microsoft has done away with clip art, what is the best way to utilize clip art on PowerPoint presentations done for commercial use? PowerPoint now directs users to Bing, which has some public domain, but much of it isn’t and it is very time consuming to do the license search for each image.

    • Ellen Finkelstein
      December 27, 2014

      I agree that searching for creative commons photos is a poor substitute. Not only is it time consuming to do the license search, but I usually don’t want attribution text on my slides.
      I’m still seeing the Clip Art gallery in PowerPoint 2013, but not 2010. Yesterday, I downloaded about 1,000 images — that’s how strongly I feel about having them available. I use the photos there a lot!
      freeimages.com is good, but you won’t find a lot of photos of people.
      wikimedia.org is a better source for CC images because they do the research and the attribution text is easier to find.
      bigstockphoto.com is reasonable if you buy a package of credits. They have a large selection of good images. A while back, I needed images of smiling people holding a credit card. That was too specific for PowerPoint’s collection, but I found lots of options at bigstockphoto.com. I wish I had an affiliate link for them :)

    • Ellen Finkelstein
      January 6, 2015

      I agree that it’s time consuming. That’s why I listed some solutions. However, the clip art gallery is still there, as of now. I’m waiting to hear back more information from Microsoft.

  18. Madeline
    January 6, 2015

    Thanks for sharing.

    Very upset that Microsoft is doing away with Clip Art. My husband uses Bing, but I’ve discouraged him from using Bing to research as much as I can.

  19. Martin
    January 29, 2015

    Hi, here is also good source for free photos: http://freepix.eu

  20. Tobias
    February 10, 2015

    Hi, Maybe one more source for your great list. I search Photos always on http://creativecommons.photos they have many high quality public domain images. 

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