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October 12, 2005


Carlos N Velez

I fully agree. iStockphoto has an excellent array of images at very reasonable prices. I use them regularly.

Stephen Pierzchala

Try stock.xchng (http://www.sxc.hu/). Free stock photos, mainly distributed under a CC license.



http://www.sxc.hu/ is free and just as good. Tho some images cannot be used for commercial reasons


I disagree about Stock Xchng. It has some good shots within it, but iStockphoto.com seems to have a higher standard. Also sxc.hu's website gets bogged down often and slows down the browsing process.

A better search engine with higher-quality photos and a speedier server = well worth a few bucks per photo. For me anway.

Thanks for the head's up Garr.

David Gammel

Creative Commons licensed images on Flickr are a great source also. Here is a write-up about how I used a CC-licensed photo from Flickr in a presentation template:

Richard Michie

Take a look at http://www.morguefile.com/. The choice is extensiveeven if some of the images are a bit hit and miss. With a bit of digging you can find some really good images. Another good site is http://www.imageafter.com/

Great site by the way, I check in every day.


I discovered istockphoto.com two weeks ago while paging through a design mag over some coffee in a bookstore. Since then I think I’ve been on istockphoto more than google and email combined. They have such a nice site and really great stuff; searching the library is so easy. I’m a huge fan of design and aesthetics but believe they are tantamount to function and usability. istockphoto, looks good, is full of great images and is easy to use and completely affordable. Glad to see them getting press here at Presentation Zen!


I have used iStockPhoto for both my freelance design and for my presentation design at Answers in Genesis. Their content is by far the best quality in its price range. The only thing that I don't like about them is expiring points.

Dougal Campbell

I've been a user and contributor on iStock for several years now. The quality of the available images constantly rises, and an email notification from the admins recently said that they are beginning a purge process which will re-evaluate older images on the system to be sure that they pass the current guidelines. I expect a few of my own images to get axed due to either size or color noise issues :)

But anytime I need an image, iStock is the first place I look. And it's not just about the images. iStock has a bustling user community, too.

Edwards Johns

Istockphoto is a very good site, I used it for vectors but for photos, I prefer http://www.fotolia.com because the quality is better and it is available in many languages

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