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8 Best and Easy to use Sites for Copyright free images

8 Best and Easy to use Sites for Copyright free images

Images. Pictures. Graphics.

Yes. We need them to add life to our contents, to make our ads more interesting, and to make everything pleasing to the eyes.

Copyrighted?

If the image is owned by someone, and/or protected by a copyright, and you use it without their consent/permission, then you might get into trouble – legally. So to save ourselves from any DMCA notices, let’s be safe and use copyright free images.

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The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.

You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

– creativecommons.org

Image by: Beata Ratuszniak | Source: Unsplash

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More than one source

None of the sites that offer copyright free images have everything we need or looking for. So if we consider getting them from more than one source, we’ll have a better chance of finding the image we may need.

1. Pexels.com

This is, I guess, my personal favorite. Search function is available for high-quality images.

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I’ve been using this site since I learned what copyright means, and I’ve always found the picture I need. What’s more convenient is that the site allows downloading images in different resolutions. This saves me time in editing or resizing.

Attribution is not required and you’re free to use the images for personal or even commercial use. For more information about Creative Common images, please check this site: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

2. Unsplash.com

I believe every blog post about copyright free images loves to include Unsplash.

They seriously have stunning images and they have a “do whatever you want” thing with their collection. Also licensed under Creative Common Zero, which can be used without attribution to the authors.

Images are downloaded to its highest resolution available, so resizing is done manually.

3. Pixabay.com

Aside from images, they also have vectors, and art illustrations to offer.

Image by: tpsdave | Source: Pixabay

Like Pexels and Unsplash, they also offer a no attribution required for their images. However, should you wish to support the photographer/artist, you may donate through PayPal which they termed as ‘Coffee’. So if you click on the coffee button on a particular picture, you’ll be redirected to a PayPal payment screen.

The images are also high-quality and is under CC0.

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4. Gratisography.com

This is one has a very incredible collection of images that will make you smile.

The pictures are creatively made by the talented Ryan McGuire.

It appears that he didn’t specifically offered the pictures under CC0, but he has his own terms or use.

And yeah… He did say his pictures. 😀

I linked that image to his PayPal donate page should you feel like showing him your appreciation.

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5. Stocksnap.io

The images are stunning and high-quality. I got to admit, there’s one time I spent half a day on their site just looking for  pictures out of amazement.

The site’s layout is direct to the point, you want images, you get it. So far, I liked every pictures in their collection.

All images are also under the Creative Commons Zero license, so no attribution or asking of permission needed to use the images.

6. Lifeofpix.com

Their site is trendy and cool, picture collection is really stunning.

Image by: jervis_ding | Source: lifeofpix

The site has a very simple search function and they also offer free videos!

http://lifeofvids.com/

Their images are also under the CC0 license, they can be used for both personal and commercial use. 🙂

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7. Libreshot.com

The images are mostly stunning, and what I’ve found so far are interesting photos.

Image by: Martin | Source: libreshot

The images are also under CC0. The site’s licensing information stated that we can use the pictures and the site at our own risk! Well, that’s interesting. 🙂

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8. Splitshire.com

Founded by Daniel Nanescu. Splitshire has clean and artistic pictures in their collection.

They didn’t necessarily state in their licensing page that the images are under CC0, nevertheless, we’re free to use it for our projects without getting into any legal troubles.

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Final Thoughts

Salute to the guys/gals behind the concept of “free use”, they’re making this world a better place. 😀

 

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IFTTT, a cool and free automation tool

IFTTT, a cool and free automation tool

Hopefully a not so boring introduction

This is technically my very first post for this blog and I hope you’ll appreciate my style of putting less words while assuming I get the message across.

It simply stands for ‘if this then that’.

In a nutshell, it is a tool that connects two different services and automates them without any coding from the user. Let’s say you want your new Twitter followers to be automatically added to your Google contacts. Or your Twitter profile picture to be automatically updated with your new awesome Instagram selfies – imagine how cool that would be! You can even backup your new text messages on your Android device to a Google spreadsheet.

These are only some of the hundreds of automations that can be done there.

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A very short history…

On 14th of December 2010, Linden Tibbets has posted their first blog, ‘ifttt the beginning‘ announcing the first beta invites for their project. And now, (by the time of this writing) they have more than 400 services to connect to, and with over a billion applets running every month. So you can imagine how many combinations one can make.

A free service.

Signing-up is simple, free, and does not require to fill-out a lengthy form. Just an email address and an appointed password, then you’re good to go!

Upon Logging in…

The interface is very user friendly and is easy to use. At the top left-hand side, there are three options/menu to help a user to get started.

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The default one is the ‘Discover’ where it shows all the recommended applets for you in grid view. These are premade ones in case you don’t want to manually create an applet. Mine is mostly Gmail and Google Drive.

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The ‘Search’ option is to actually search for a list of recommended applets for a specific service. Example, when you search for Gmail, it will list down all the recommended premade applets with all the possible services that will work with it.

‘My Applets’ is where all your created and currently running applets are shown. You’ll notice an On/Off indicator on the lower-left hand corner of the applet. ‘New Applet’ button is located at the left side of the screen, this is where new applets can be created manually.

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Creating an applet.

It is pretty simple. Just select a service, then select a trigger under that, in our example, I selected the ‘new follower’ and Twitter is the service. Then an action, which is adding the user’s available details from Twitter to Google Contact’s contact field.

Here’s a simple screencast I prepared showing how to do it.

Other stuff

So imagine the different combination of services you can automate. One example is whenever I’m tagged in a picture on a Facebook post(as a trigger), then the image will be uploaded and saved to my Google Drive(the action).

These automations are not for online services alone, it also has support for IOs, Android, and even your home appliances!

Here’s one example where it can track your GE fridge’s usage in Google Drive.

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Conclusion

Cool tools, such as this, are a good solution so we don’t have to do things manually. However, there are services that are not yet available here, like Zendesk. I also noticed for some social media services, to post on Instagram as an action is also not available, this could be due to IG’s T&C or to IFTTT’s target market. But overall, this is such a wonderful, and a FREE tool that I come across with online.

If you haven’t tried IFTTT before, go ahead and try it! And let me know in the comments below what are your thoughts about the tool.

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