The MorgueFile: Free images

Modeling digital literacy is HARD.  One of the hardest parts (for me at least!) is finding good images that are free to use without copyright infringement.  Quite often I just don’t have the time to find sources and reference them properly, so I end up not using any images at all (or unfortunately, using education as an excuse to use whatever I want, even though I’d probably jump all over my students for that!).  So what are we to do?

Well, my new favorite source of great images is the  A site with high quality images for use by anyone needing reference source material.  The description on their site at the bottom of every page is:

This morgue file contains free high resolution digital stock photographs and reference images for either corporate or public use. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for illustrators, comic book artist, designers, teachers and all creative pursuits.

Most of the photos at the come with their own modified CC license that allows users to use and modify images without even needing attribution (although it’s always appreciated).  

About the only thing you’re not allowed to do is claim the photos are your own or use them in a stand alone manner.  For teachers this is great!  Grab a part of a photo, work them into a website design, or clip it to fit a worksheet, but do modify them to suit your own work.  (If you use a Mac, then masking and transparency can be a quick easy way to modify it right within the document you are creating.)

Here are a few examples of great pictures available at the

Blue Circuit Board by ppdigital

Photo by Jane M Sawyer

Photo by Ivan Melenchon Serrano

Photo by Penywise


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