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Examples of good stock sites

Version 2.0, updated on: xx.08.2018.
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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.

The following list is divided into several subsections, paid and free stocks, and attribution required or not required.***

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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Time for an update - here's a list with examples of stock sites, tutorial sites, and all active photomanip groups we could find. Do you think something should be added? Let us know in the comments!
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da505 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2019  Student Photographer
Very important informations. Thanks for sharing this with us.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Hobbyist 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.
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Gejda Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Professional 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. 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Hobbyist 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-Ripley Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much Marta for sharing us this very very useful information. Much appreciated :love:
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allimli Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING! I've totally needed something like this! Thank you, this is so helpful! :D (Big Grin) 
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lauraypablo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really useful info Marta, thanks for share :heart:
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Gejda Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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Karissa-Salton Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Hobbyist 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-Salton Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Professional 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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Gejda Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Good idea with the different categories, some sites have both legitimate and non-legitimate stock. :nod: 
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Karissa-Salton Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Professional 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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PriscillaSantanaArts Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
Thank you so much!!!
Its so hard to find trustables websites *-* ♡♡♡♡♡
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AdriaticaCreation Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018
Thank you Marta so much for this, it is so good to have it on one placeClap Love 
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Gejda Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Professional 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-Artz Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
sure!! you are welcome :D
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
finally this got an update and I'm not the one required to do it anymore :D :thumbsup:
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Gejda Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Hahahah, it was in need of an update. :D Glad I finally had the time to do it! 
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Lora-Vysotskaya Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great stuff Marta, thank you! Please add :iconstewed-tomatoes: to the groups.
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Gejda Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Added, thank you! :) 
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lblacksphynx Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! This is super helpful <3
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BrankaArts Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pixabay.com also has free stock photos and 3D stock and most
of them are free for commercial use and no attribution :)

Would you mind adding my two groups to the list as well, please.
Both of them accept photo manipulations as well as other medias :)
:iconspicy-manips: :iconda-morgue: IDK if you meant the groups
should be a photo manipulation group only.
Thank you :hug:
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Gejda Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I'm adding photomanip only groups, or groups that started as photomanip only and then expanded, so Spicy-Manips definitely fits the bill! :) Thank you! 

Pixabay is a bit problematic - there's a lot of stolen stuff there. If you double-check the source while using it then you're probably okay, but it's not a site I'd use commercially, too risky. :) 
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BrankaArts Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for adding Spicy-Manips :hug:

As I said to Erik, I wasn't aware pixabay was a problem,
cos so many deviants make use of it. I've started
using them now for a month or so, but I will definitely stop
using them. dA stock resources is good enough for me. Thank
you for the info about all the legitimate stock sites :)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose the pixabay one is left out because it is considered questionable by so many artists (a lot of stolen images have been found there over the past years). Hence, the group avoids suggesting stock sites to new users that could be "not safe to use".
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BrankaArts Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh no :(
I thought they were safe to use, that's why I've starting
using them too :O
Thanks for letting me know, Erik, I wasn't aware :)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :)
Whenever I consider using photos from that site I look at the profile of the person who submitted the resource to get an idea whether these are really their own photos. Plus, I find it suspicious if a photo is already extracted (because it means someone else has put work into it), or if the resource looks like a painting. Painted resources rarely appear on stock sites for free if they are legitimate. If you look out for such signs I think it's still possible to use pixabay without running into problems. :)
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BrankaArts Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
Yes, I check the photos before I download it. I never download
it when it looks like a manipulation or if it's altered in anyway. But
I think I will stop using them to be on the safe side :)
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