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Free images

Posted Thursday, February 02, 2012 at 9:15 AM  

Working at a public institution, I am always looking for resources for free images to use in elearning, especially people cut-outs....any suggestions?

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User Rank David Anderson

3,294 posts

Posted Thursday, February 02, 2012 at 9:48 AM  

Hi Mindy and welcome to E-learning Heroes!


We have a really good list of sites in this thread. For cut outs, I don't know if we have any free sites listed.  I typically make my own cut outs either from clip art characters or photos. I agree having a quick resource library would be valuable. Hopefully someone will chime in with some suggestions for those.

Melanie Sobie

208 posts

Posted Thursday, February 02, 2012 at 10:18 AM  

Hi Mindy,


I also work for a public agency. Here are a list of some of my favorite free image sites, and a couple of video sites. Just be sure to look for the terms of use for each site, since some require attribution and some do not.  Also, you may find some medical illustrations that are copyrighted and cannot be freely used.

Posted Thursday, February 02, 2012 at 12:21 PM  

Wow!  I don't know why I haven't joined a forum like this before.....your suggestions were timely and helpful!  Thank you!

User Rank Bruce Graham

7,435 posts

Posted Thursday, February 02, 2012 at 12:37 PM  

If you have ppt 2010 you can also use the "remove background" and "make background transparent" functions to make your pictures useable for courses.

See you around.


PS - there are NO other forums like this one! 

Posted Thursday, February 02, 2012 at 9:28 PM  

Hi Mindy,


You can download this package of 19 free cutout people, which is quite decent


And you can also create an account here and have access to more free resources.


Hope this helps!

James Brown

458 posts

Posted Friday, February 03, 2012 at 9:11 AM  

Flickr -- do an advanced search and search on Creative Commons. Graduated from the BoiseState Graduate  EdTech Program and one thing instilled by them was copyright protection was key.

James Brown

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Posted Friday, February 03, 2012 at 9:35 AM  

A word of caution.. may have images that are free but you need to ask permission for use in things you intended to sell. Read the license Agreement. In short it says that they cannot 100% tell you if an image is copyright protected or not and if you decide to use a copyrighted image and you get in trouble for it, it's on you.

User Rank Bruce Graham

7,435 posts

Posted Friday, February 03, 2012 at 9:38 AM  

The same is true of the 19 Free Cutout people.

They were all photographed without their permission so the risk of that goes to you.

Where images, video and audio are concerned, IMHO (especially when my business relies on them...), I prefer to pay for my content, heck....even the iStock Licencing system is complicated enough!


James Brown

458 posts

Posted Friday, February 03, 2012 at 12:28 PM  

Bruce, I could not agree with you more. I always try and make my own content and if I can't find it, purchasing it is the safest way to go.

Bryan Jones

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Posted Monday, February 06, 2012 at 10:53 AM  



My company runs a stock photo company for the eLearning industry with lots of people cutouts. Feel free to check it out here:


The images there are for sale, but there is a set of free images you can grab from the website. Give me another few hours and I'll also post another free download into the Articulate downloads section for the community to use. I've been meaning to do that. Feel free to use any of those downloads in your courses. I'll post again once they're up. Stay tuned.




User Rank Mike Taylor

970 posts

Posted Monday, February 06, 2012 at 1:32 PM  

RE: Flicker is a nice way to search for Flickr images. I think it's better than searching directly on Flickr and there is a search option for Creative Commons vs Commercial etc.



Simon Smend

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Posted Tuesday, February 07, 2012 at 1:02 PM  

If you create an account with, you get a cut out person per month for free.


Best if you put a reminder in your calendar...

Bryan Jones

54 posts

Posted Wednesday, February 08, 2012 at 11:20 AM  

All- As promised. Here's another set of free e-learning images. I'm releasing these to the Articulate community to use in training courses. In the zip, you'll find:

  • 13 character cutout images
  • 2 background images
  • 2 hand cutouts

Here's the link:


I hope you enjoy!





Bryan Jones



P.S. Tom, David, or Jeanette- Could one of you please post these in the downloads section of the community? Thanks!

George D

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Posted Wednesday, June 06, 2012 at 11:50 PM  

Thanks Bryan, its becoming more challenging to find "free / creative commons" pics for courses.

Posted Friday, July 27, 2012 at 8:05 AM  

Thanks to all, and especially to you, Bryan, for supporting the Articulate community. When I purchase, yours is the first place I'm looking at.


Good weekend, all!

Belen Casado

275 posts

Posted Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 8:32 AM  


Thanks Bryan and all, I was getting tired of using just the Microsoft Office free images when the budget is low... 

Now I have many more places to search.


I also love this place!

Posted Thursday, December 05, 2013 at 7:05 AM  

Hi all,


Are the resources in the Downloads section of this site, of the sites listed above, available for use in courses we "sell" as an educational institution?  How about for use in a MOOC (massive open online course) seen by tens of thousands of students around the world?  The "Limited Use" agreement on the Articulate "Terms of Use" page implies these resources cannot be altered, distributed or sold....argument could be made that elearning developers regularly do all three of these (particularly the "sold" part, if working for a school with paid tuition).  Any guidance here?

Thanks in advance, all!



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