The stock photo industry is thriving on designers’ money. It has been supplying creative professionals with royalty-free images for years, and most of us prefer to reach out to their archives whenever we have an ongoing project. I don’t subscribe to this point of view. I believe designers should always have a steady supply of first-rate resources, and especially authentic-looking images. Microstock agencies are, for the most part, comprised of millions of low quality photos that are sold for sky-high prices.

I know of a place where you can find plenty of commercial images made by real photographers – and take as many as you like for free. I am going to tell you all you need to know about IMCreator’s great new service: IM Free. If you didn’t know, you may be surprised to learn that this project is attached to one of the most innovative site crafting tools of nowadays. It is a fast-growing anti-stock photo center that curates nineteen collections of stellar images coming from Flickr.

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These works belong to professional photographers, who agreed that they would be associated with a creative commons license. Therefore, you would perform a great service by giving proper credit when you use one of their captures, and besides, doing so ensures that this cost-free model will go on for a long time. For the artists, it all brings in many potential customers, as it publicizes the high standards of their practice.

Download as many photos as you wish, at any available size, without having to create an account first – which is exactly how stock photography ought to have been in the first place. The collections are organized by topic and category, so that you won’t have any difficulty finding the right images. In addition, a search box has been placed at the top of each and every page for that same purpose.

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Here are several examples of image collections stacked in IM Free: Ambient is rich with Patterns & Shapes, Backgrounds, and Blurred images, whereas Nature contains genuine photos of Animals, Flowers & Plants, Landscapes, and Weather. But the most fascinating collection by far is People: that is were you will come across heartwarming depictions of Couples, Cultures, Faces, Families, Men, Women, or Kids. And there’s so much more in store.

Building websites anytime soon? Enlist the help of IMCreator, and I bet you won’t be sorry. Its page editor is going to have a direct link into IM Free. Until then, enjoy these samples and don’t forget to visit the collections!

Michigan City Dune Grass by Steve A Johnson

1 - Michigan City Dune Grass by Steve A Johnson

Shaka Ponk Faate de l’Humanita 2012 by didy b

2 - Shaka Ponk Faate de l’Humanita 2012 by didy b

Toshiba Laptop by garryknight

Toshiba Laptop

Untitled by Thomas Leuthard

4 - Untitled by Thomas Leuthard

crossing by Robert S. Donovan

5 - crossing by Robert S. Donovan

Clever Girl by liquene

6 - Clever Girl by liquene

Charlotte G by Fervent-adepte-de-la-mode

7 - Charlotte G by Fervent-adepte-de-la-mode

Cherries by Stuart Webster

8 - Cherries by Stuart Webster

Tropea, beach by piervix

9 - Tropea, beach by piervix

the noble stand by greg westfall

10 - the noble stand by greg westfall

Bokehlicious Beck’s Beer! by 55Laney69

11 - Bokehlicious Beck’s Beer! by 55Laney69

VFS Makeup Design Students Display Halloween Makeup on Urban Rush by vancouverfilmschool

12 - VFS Makeup Design Students Display Halloween Makeup on Urban Rush by vancouverfilmschool

Ice Cream… by Thomas Leuthard

13 - Ice Cream… by Thomas Leuthard

Adam Jones by Keith Allison

14 - Adam Jones by Keith Allison

The Red Arrows by wwarby

15 - The Red Arrows by wwarby