Unsplash: Beautiful, Free, Unrestricted-Use Images

I should spend more time talking to designers. An excellent designer I’m working with on a few projects noticed me Googling for a sample image to put into a new site design, and told me about Unsplash. It’s a major step up.

Unsplash is a huge repository of free-to-use images. Where it’s a bit unique is that the images are beautiful. The name “unsplash” presumably comes from these images’ suitableness as splash page backgrounds. They’re also ideal for landing pages, or for homepage hero images.

One other lovely element of Unsplash are the crystal-clear “do-whatever-you-want” licensing terms. If you’re fuzzy on the nuances of free image licensing—reuse with or without attribution, reuse with our without modification, what “Creative Commons” means, and so on—then you’ll find Unsplash’s guidelines refreshingly simple:

All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.

Highly recommended!


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  • Be careful! Even though unsplash is giving you a free license, the underlying image still needs a model and property release before it can be used commercially. You still need to get those from the photographer as Unsplashed does not collect those…. in short if you use unplashed images commercially you could be taking on a ton of liability.

    See Zack’s Arias’s great write up on this: http://dedpxl.com/finalish-thoughts-on-unsplash/

  • Petrov says:

    @Peter Adams

    Not entirely sure what you mean?

    From Unsplash License page (https://unsplash.com/license):

    “All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.

    More precisely, Unsplash grants you an irrevocable, nonexclusive copyright license to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and use photos from Unsplash for free, including for commercial purposes, without permission from or attributing the photographer or Unsplash.”

    That seems to suggest that people actually can use the photos commercially?

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