In a world where text is everywhere, visual representation of ideas, process and data is more important than ever to capture (and hold!) the attention of your intended audience.

Two of ArtSpark’s favorite treasure troves for visual images, including photographs, illustrations and icons, are FREE (although attribution is required for one and suggested for the other).

1) images with a Creative Common license.

You can access Creative Commons images easily by doing an “advanced search” and scrolling down to the Creative Commons area.  The attribution license “lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.”  I have found great images and illustrations (also drawings) on this way, and even developed a couple of relationships with fellow creatives.  (NOTE:  you can search and access/download content without having a account.)

2)  Ever heard of vector graphics?

If yes, you’re very cool; if not, I join you as a newbie to this source of digital images and icons!  There are lots of “vector graphic sets” out there that can be used in myriad ways, including making digital art.  Some vector sets cost $$ to use, while others are FREE.

What are your favorite resources for digital images?  Please share!

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