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ARTD 285: Finding Images to Use


This guide will help:

  • Guide you to find free images for projects
  • Introduce you to US Copyright and the four factors of Fair Use
  • Navigate Creative Commons licenses.


The resources below will help you find images, video clips, and music for class projects.

Image Databases

The StoryBlocks database below offers royalty free images for all DSU students, faculty, and staff!

Free online resources

Open Content Images

Getty Museum Images

  • Open content images are digital surrogates of works of art that are in the Getty's collections and in the public domain, for which The Getty holds all rights, or for which The Getty is not aware of any rights restrictions

  • Open content images can be used for any purpose without first seeking permission from The Getty

  • Please use the following source credit when reproducing an Open Content image:

Digital images courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program

What's in Open Content?
Currently, there are over 100,000 images from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute available through the Open Content Program, including more than 72,000 from the Research Institute's Foto Arte Minore archive, which features photographs of the art and architecture of Italy over 30 years by German photographer and scholar Max Hutzel (1913–1988). Other images include paintings, drawings, manuscripts, photographs, antiquities, sculpture, decorative arts, artists' sketchbooks, watercolors, rare prints from the 16th through the 18th century, and 19th-century architectural drawings of cultural landmarks. We are adding more images as high-quality digital files become available.


Metropolitan Museum of Art

Whether you're an artist, designer, educator, or student, you now have more than 375,000 images of artworks from our collection to use, share, and remix—without restriction!


Alongside the images, The MET is also making available under CC0 each artwork's key information, otherwise known as tombstone data—title, maker, date, culture, medium, and dimensions—on all 440,000 artworks that the Museum has digitized to date; this data is now available as a downloadable file on GitHub.

To help find Open Access images on The Met's website, they've added a feature that allows users to filter searches to only those works that are in the public domain; all of these Open Access images are marked with the CC0 logo on their respective object page.