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Free Photos, Fonts

This is a collection of places suggested by our writers to get free photos and fonts without running into copyright issues:


1001 Fonts
My go-to for fonts. –Voss Foster

“Font squirrel is nice since all their fonts are free for commercial use.” –Ashavan Doyon

“If I can’t find what I want at 1000fonts, I go here.” –Voss Foster

Free Images
“ has a fair amount of free content and a lot of inexpensive graphics – Poppy Dennison at Dreamspinner suggested it.” –Scott
“I’ve recently discovered canva and I’m in love  I made some cute promo graphics to send with my signed paperbacks as bookmarks” –LA Watson

Dart Creations
–Lina Duarte-Aristizabal

Depositphotos (paid images)
“Depositphotos has always been my favourite.” –Matt Bright
-Dani Myrick
“useful at times (but make sure you’re looking at the free/ not paid results on results pages).” –Trevor Barton

Morgue File
–Dani Myrick

Nasa Images
“NASA has all kinds of resources. I actually discovered this at a con, where they had a table of awesome swag. Everyone kept asking about prices. They said, “It’s all free. You already paid for this with your tax dollars! Now go vote for expanding NASA’s budget.” :D The cover of my poetry collection Prismatica uses a NASA nebula photo.” –Elizabeth Barrette

Nasa Images II
-Dani Myrick

PD Clipart
-Dani Myrick

Most photos are free to use. “Sponsored: photos have a cost, and are marked as “premium” content.
“Pixabay is amazing – and all free!” –Chris Quinton
“I have been using as the images are CC0 and of the dozen images I have done reverse image searches on, not one has come back as anything but.” –Tory Phoenix

Public Domain Pictures
-Dani Myrick

Stock Arch
–Dani Myrick

Stock Vault
–Dani Myrick

Wikipedia List of Public Domain Image Sites
“Big list of public domain sites.” –Elizabeth Barrette
“My favorite.” –Lina Duarte-Aristizabal
“The first place I look for stock photos.” –KI Whitestar

Paid Images

“My favorite of the stock photo paid sites.” –Scott

“Every year they do a deal to get 100 image credits for deposit photos for 40 dollars which is crazy crazy cheap. As a cover designer by trade I usually buy about ten every time it comes around!” –Matt Bright

Bigstock Photo
–Dani Myrick
“ has a fair amount of free content and a lot of inexpensive graphics – Poppy Dennison at Dreamspinner suggested it.” –Scott

“Depositphotos has always been my favourite.” –Matt Bright

–Dani Myrick

Getty Images
–Dani Myrick

Graphic Stock
“Subscription based fees, rather than a one-time fee.” –Dani Myrick

I Stock Photo
–Dani Myrick

–Dani Myrick
“For my three self-pubbed titles, I bought my images from Shutterstock.” –Nicola Markus

Dani Myrick’s advice on photo sites:

Please read the terms of service before using these sites. Even if they are free to use, many of them require–or at least want–credit/attribution, which I think is totally reasonable. 

Also, if you are using images related to LGBTQ themes (book covers, promotional graphics, etc.), be especially careful with the terms of service when using stock depicting models. For example, from Dreamstime ToS about “sensitive subjects”: You are solely responsible for the use of any Media in combination with any other material, and you agree not to use Media with sensitive topics without Dreamstime`s separate written agreement. Such sensitive topics include, but are not limited to: models with mental or physical health issues, social issues, sexual activity, sexual orientation or related, substance abuse, crime or other subjects that can be considered to be offensive or unflattering to any of the models included in the image. You must contact Dreamstime for additional information prior to any use of an Media with any sensitive topic.

For those looking for great stock photos for book covers (and have some cash to spend on it), check out for some great high-quality romance images (they have M/M and F/F couples available now).

If you’re new to all this and are confused about terms such as copyright, royalty free, public domain, etc., check out which defines all of them clearly.

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