Websites are pretty booring without images of some sort. Professionals pay big money for world-class photos and illustrations. For the rest of us, searching google images is often the first place we look – however there is little guarantee that the images we find are ok to use.
Here are some links to various sites I’ve found that promise free photos, and by free, I mean free to download + Free to use*
* = within the intended use – for example, many pictures are free if you intend to put them on your website, so long as you credit the author, while almost no images are free if you intend to pack up a bunch of images and sell an image collection…
Sites that offer some free images:
Some of these grabbed from the awesome book: “How to Cheat in PhotoShop CS4”
Mayang textures (http://www.mayang.com/textures)
US Government public domain images:
Space images (http://www.nasa.gov)
Skies and Nature: (http://www.photolib.noaa.gov)
I picked up this amazing book called “How to Cheat in PhotoShop CS4”.
Over 400 high quality full color pages, plus a great DVD filled with videos on many of the techniques, as well as starting files if you wish to follow along.
Best thing is, unlike your typical $60 programming book, this one is $45 list, I bought mine at a Borders near my house for under $30 with one of those coupons they email out all the time.
Most websites benefit from some form of background – either behind the page, or as the basis of some call tag or title image.
There’s plenty to be had out there including patterns.ava7.com
There’s a few cool sites that offer some free Adobe product training: