© 2010 Ugur Akinci
Do you need (really) FREE images for your web site or print project?
There are quite a few photo sites out there that advertise “free” images which turn out to be “royalty free” upon close inspection. That is, you still need to pay for them upfront but not each time you use them.
This one is different. Dreamstime.com offers truly free images for all those who open a free account by registering, and by submitting a very basic set of personal information like name and address (PO Box number is okay).
Here is the smaller version of one JPG image I’ve downloaded for test purposes:
When I opened it inside Adobe Photoshop, it displayed beautifully as a magnificent 3072 x 2048 pixel photo at 180 pixel/inch resolution (which is not quite up to par fro printing but still more than enough for all online or PDF applications). Filesize: a whopping 18 Meg!
There is one condition attached to the use of these free images: you cannot use more than 10,000 copies. That is, if you are planning to make a mass mailing to 1 million households, you cannot use these free images. Read the use terms carefully before doing anything major with these free images. But my hunch is they are perfect for all limited personal projects like a blog, for example.
I congratulate Dreamstime.com for this great service for all technical communicators around the world. I hope their visitors will also end up buying some not-free images to compensate for and reward their generosity.