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Please note that this list is meant to give an overview of available stock sites that we would recommend to use, but it is in no way meant to be complete, and we do not take responsibility for the legitimacy of every photo uploaded on these websites. We recommend that you check the rules of every stock photo you download there and the specific Terms of Use (ToU) of the website.

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What does attribution mean exactly? It basically says that you're obliged to credit the stock provider whenever you use their stock in your work.







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lauraypabloHobbyist Digital Artist
Marta, what is your opinion about freepik site?
Gejda's avatar
GejdaProfessional Digital Artist
The content uploaded by Freepik itself looks ok, but I did a search of a few images posted by users and all look to be stolen from shutterstock, so I'd steer clear. 
lauraypablo's avatar
lauraypabloHobbyist Digital Artist
:O thanks for the info :D 
BrankaArts's avatar
BrankaArtsHobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there :wave:
Could you please add :iconfeedyourimagination: FeedYourImagination
to your list? Thank you :hug:
Gejda's avatar
GejdaProfessional Digital Artist
Will do! :) 
BrankaArts's avatar
BrankaArtsHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :hug:
da505's avatar
da505Student Photographer
Very important informations. Thanks for sharing this with us.
ErikShoemaker's avatar
ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
What do you think about www.publicdomainpictures.net? It somehow looks fishy, as in not save to use, but I haven't actually found anything to verify this.
Gejda's avatar
GejdaProfessional Digital Artist
Looks fishy IMO, first of all you can't find a license anywhere other than the link to the general CC0 site. I'd be careful with that one. 
ErikShoemaker's avatar
ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, I agree. Although at least the owner/company name etc is shown. I really wanted to use a photo I found there so I risked it lol, but I guess I'll try to avoid it in the future.
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Mr-RipleyProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you so much Marta for sharing us this very very useful information. Much appreciated :love:
allimli's avatar
allimliHobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING! I've totally needed something like this! Thank you, this is so helpful! :D (Big Grin) 
lauraypablo's avatar
lauraypabloHobbyist Digital Artist
really useful info Marta, thanks for share :heart:
Gejda's avatar
GejdaProfessional Digital Artist
:hug:
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
Personally I'm not a huge fan of "do not use-lists". For example, google actually has a tool that lets you filter images by copyright licence attached to the image, so it's like a search engine that allows you search across various stock sites at the same time. On the other hand, the stocks on freeimages are not available for adaption and remixes, hence in my opinion unsuitable for photomanips. It's probably OK to put it into the "use with caution" category, but the user won't know why. :)

So I guess at the end of the day it's a good help for starters but it's still up to the user to determine whether something really is legitimate.
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Karissa-SaltonProfessional Digital Artist
I can see your point. A lot of people aren't aware of that tool on Google, so they do a general search and use what pop up to their liking.
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GejdaProfessional Digital Artist
Good idea with the different categories, some sites have both legitimate and non-legitimate stock. :nod: 
Karissa-Salton's avatar
Karissa-SaltonProfessional Digital Artist
Yeah. If you know specifically which ones have both I'll be sure to put them in the use with caution section
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PriscillaSantanaArtsHobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
Thank you so much!!!
Its so hard to find trustables websites *-* ♡♡♡♡♡
AdriaticaCreation's avatar
Thank you Marta so much for this, it is so good to have it on one placeClap Love 
Gejda's avatar
GejdaProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'm adding more tutorial-specific sites than collections, but creatiwittyblog definitely fits the bill. :D If you think of anything else, let me know! :D 
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Lolita-ArtzProfessional Digital Artist
sure!! you are welcome :D
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