Last week, I wrote an article about Copyright Free Photos. Well, I’ve got another great resource for you. Stock.xchg has a huge collection of free photographs available to publishers. With over 350,000 photographs from 30,000 photographers, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding the right picture for your next pattern. If you create free account, you’ll be able to add photographs to your light box (a photo bookmarking tool) for future reference. You’ll also have access to blogs, tutorials, and a forum. This is an amazing resource, so be sure to bookmark it.
I’ll warn you, though. There is a trick to using this website. Stock.xchg is a website brought to you by StockXpert, a paid stock photography service. When you do a search in Stock.xchg, you’ll get some results at the top of the screen (usually one line of photos labeled as “Premium”). These are photos from StockXpert and require a fee to use. Below this section, you’ll see your results. These are the free images you can use. Stock.xchg and StockXpert uses the same design and layout, so keep an eye on the URL to make sure you’re in the right area. Also note that some photographers may have restrictions, usually to be notified where and when their photo is being used. Be sure to read the license before using any of the pictures. Have fun!