There are 4 main types of images a website uses:

  • business specific: logo, photos of business outside/inside, etc.
  • icons: small graphics that reinforce visually what accompanying text is trying to say
  • larger graphics: maps, floor plans, flow charts, etc.
  • supporting photos: often include pictures of people or objects from image collections

Getting great images and photos from online or clip art collections often involves having a good feel for what collections are best bets for the specific type of image you’re looking for. And just as importantly, which collections offer free images.

Some of the best known include:

Microsoft Office also has extensive free image libraries online, and Wikipedia has a free use Creative commons license,