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Copyright Free Images

Copyright Free Images for Presentations

Use the resources on this guide for imagery to enliven content presentation.

Hexagons and triangles filled with high quality images arranged in a shape around a hexagon to resemble a camera aperture, in the middle it says CopyRight Free Resources

The resources in this page are useful when looking for imagery for any need. They can be used to search for copyright free images for your department's print material, speaker event posters, documents, web material, online course content, and more. Most photos are open and available to the public, and you do not need to restrict access to your academic environment. However, still ensure that you are complying with specific use restrictions and attribution requirements, if specified.

Copyright free image resources:

Image Relay

  • Image Relay - A new digital asset system called “Image Relay,” which has thousands of high-quality, searchable, UT photos that are available for download to use on websites (and other communications needs).

Websites with Copyright Free Images

  • StockSnap - High-resolution photos added weekly. Free to download and use in commercial or personal projects.
  • Unsplash - Freely-usable images for download in commercial and non-commerical purposes. Attribution is appreciated but not required.
  • Pexels - Photos and videos that are free to use and modify. Attribution is appreciated but not required.
  • Pixabay - Free, high quality images and videos.
  • Burst - Free stock photos for websites and commercial use.
  • Canva - Free and premium photos.
  • The Noun Project - Database of icons that can be used for free with attribution
  • The Gender Spectrum Collection: Stock Photos Beyond the Binary - A stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models. This collection aims to help media better represent members of these communities as people not necessarily defined by their gender identities.

Open Access Photographs & Historical Images

Examples of Copyright-Free Image Use

The formats below show several instances of how UT faculty and staff use copyright-free images in web and print destinations. Using interesting and appropriate images can elevate the presentation and appearance of your departmental content. 

four examples of posters, documents, web material, and online course graphics

Additional Guides and Resources

***Make sure to select copyright free for use images if the option arises*** 


Searching for Copyright Free Images on Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a great place to find images that are copyright free for use on the COLA websites.

Step 1: Go to Creative Commons


Step 2: Click on the image you would like to use & make sure that it says “Public Domain” at the bottom right


Searching for Copyright Free Images on Google


Step 1: Search for Image


Type in relevant titles for the image you are looking for; you can be as specific as you want

Step 2: Finding the “Right” Photo

Once you click search, there will be bunch of images that pop up. But it is important to make sure that you are using a COPYRIGHT FREE IMAGES. To do so, you click on: 

“Tools” → “Usage rights” → “Labeled for noncommercial reuse with modification”


Getting Access to Image Relay

Image Relay logo, blue and red

A fantastic new resource that has been rolled out by our colleagues at University Communications. A new digital asset system called “Image Relay,” which has thousands of high-quality, searchable, UT photos that are available for download to use on websites (and other communications needs).

To get access to Image Relay, send your name, email address, and UT EID to submissions@utexas.edu, and someone will create an account for you.