Frequently Asked Questions

Free images

Are the images really free of charge?
How many images can I download for free?
Can I use free images in the app I am developing?
How do I publish a credit?
I don't want to publish a credit, can I still use the image?
I am using several free images, can I just put "images from FreeDigitalPhotos.net" (or similar) at the bottom of my site?
Can I put the credit in the image alt text or have it appear when you hover over an image?
Why can't I see the security challenge needed for downloading free images?
How do I save an image I've downloaded?
Instead of downloading a free image, my computer tries to download a file called agree-terms.php

Purchasing images

If I buy an image do you remove it from sale?
Why do the prices of high resolution images vary?
How do I save an image I've bought?
Where can I see a history of the images I've bought?
How much do Extended Licences cost?

Using the images

Which size do I need?
How many times can I use the image?
Are the images copyright-free or in the public domain?
What's an 'Editorial Image'?
What are 'model releases' and 'property releases'?
Can I use the images in school projects?
Can I use the images on merchandise that I sell?
Can I use the image in my company logo?

Miscellaneous

Do I need to register to use the site?
What are the benefits if I do register?
How do I contact FreeDigitalPhotos.net?
How do I sell my photos or illustrations through FreeDigitalPhotos.net?

Free images

Are the images really free of charge?

Yes! You can have a free, small sized version of every image in our collection. In order to use a free image you'll need to publish a credit to the artist who created the image, but that's all. Find out more about publishing a credit.

How many images can I download for free?

As many as you need.

Can I use free images in the app I am developing?

Images can be used in apps provided they are used in an incidental way, for example as backgrounds, icons, for illustration or decoration. If the images are a fundamental part of the app, where the app would not work without the images, then an Extended Licence would be required.

How do I publish a credit?

You simply need to include some text adjacent to the image which refers to the artist who created it and to FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Read our guide to publishing a credit for our recommended wording and what to do when it isn't possible to place a credit next to the image.

I don't want to publish a credit, can I still use the image?

We understand that it's not always possible, or convenient, to publish a credit. So all our images can also be purchased in a range of sizes (starting from just US$3 per image - or the equivalent in your local currency). A credit does not need to be published for purchased images.

I am using several free images, can I just put "images from FreeDigitalPhotos.net" (or similar) at the bottom of my site?

No. Each image must be credited individually on the page on which it appears. Otherwise our image creators are not being acknowledged for their work.

Can I put the credit in the image alt text or have it appear when you hover over an image?

No, as we consider this to be "hiding" the credit. The credit should be visible on the same page as the image

Why can't I see the security challenge needed for downloading free images?

We have a security challenge for free image downloads to prevent automated programs hacking into our website and downloading all our pictures in one go. The challenge is invisible to these programs so they can't complete the download process. If you cannot see the challenge, or are repeatedly told your answer is incorrect (even though you are certain you got it right), you can try an alternative download method. The link to the alternative method is near the bottom of the download page. If you cannot successfully negotiate either challenge, the problem is possibly due to the security settings on your computer's internet browser - please refer to your browser's help file or contact your network administrator for advice.

How do I save an image I've downloaded?

When you've chosen your image and clicked on the 'download' link you'll be taken to a page to complete the download. Once you have clicked on the 'download' button at the bottom of this page your computer will do one of three things:

  • Pop up a new window giving you the options to Open or Save the image.
  • Open the image automatically (you can then save the image to your required location).
  • Save the image automatically (this will generally be to your 'downloads' folder).

Instead of downloading a free image, my computer tries to download a file called agree-terms.php

This issue is usually caused by 'download accelerator' browser add-ons you may have installed on your computer. An example of such an add-on is 'Download Accelerator Plus', however there are many others. Our website is not compatible with these add-ons, so if you get this problem, please disable the download accelerator and try again.

Purchasing images

If I buy an image do you remove it from sale?

No. When you purchase an image you are purchasing a license to use the image, but it isn't an 'exclusive' license. All images remain on the website for other people to purchase.

Why do the prices of high resolution images vary?

The price of each high resolution image is set by the person who created the image. Prices start at $10 (or your local currency equivalent).

How do I save an image I've bought?

When you have chosen the image you want and the size you need it in, click the link to add it to your cart. When you've finished shopping you can checkout and pay securely using a card or PayPal. Your image will be available for you to save as soon as you have completed checkout. If you are a registered user and have logged into the system then the purchased image will remain in your account so you can download it again if you need to.

Where can I see a history of the images I've bought?

This is only available if you choose to register with FreeDigitalPhotos.net (registration is free of charge). When you are logged in you can go to your account 'Options' and view your 'Orders'. Please note that we can only track orders which you placed while logged in to your account.

How much do Extended Licences cost?

Extended Licences are required if you intend to sell the image on merchandise where the image is the sole, or main, reason someone would buy the product (eg T-shirts, wall hangings, etc). Extended Licences cost US$75 (or your local currency equivalent) and one is required for each image you wish to use in this way. There is no limit on the number of print runs with our Extended Licences. For more information see our terms.

Using the images

Which size do I need?

All our images are available in a range of sizes which can be viewed in our size guide.

How many times can I use the image?

You can use our images as many times as you like and for as long as you want. They are 'royalty-free' which means that you only pay for them once, rather than paying a 'royalty' each time you use them.

Are the images copyright-free or in the public domain?

No, the artists who created the images retain the copyright for them. You are using them under license – find out more about how our licenses work.

What's an 'Editorial Image'?

Editorial images are 'factual' pictures which may only be used for non-commercial and non-promotional purposes. They can be used, for example, to illustrate articles in websites, magazines, newsletters, books, broadcasts and newspapers. Find out more about Editorial Images.

What are 'model releases' and 'property releases'?

When a picture is sold for commercial use the image creator needs to obtain permission for the inclusion of any people or property (which is protected by copyright) featured in it. They do this by asking the model, or the owner of the intellectual property rights, to sign a legal document called a 'release form'. Where we have a release form on file for an image this is indicated by 'Model release on file' or 'Property release on file' being displayed with the other information about the image.

Can I use the images in school projects?

Yes, that's fine. You can read our terms and conditions for further information on how our images can be used and, if you've downloaded a free image, how to publish a credit to the creator of that image.

Can I use the images on merchandise that I sell?

In most cases yes, by purchasing an 'extended license' you can use our images on products such as T-shirts, mugs, greeting cards, etc. However, you cannot use our images within merchandising print-on-demand sites such as Zazzle and CafePress. Find out more about our extended license.

Can I use the image in my company logo?

Our images cannot be used as company logos if the logo is going to be acquire trademark or copyright protection. However it is OK to use our images for logos within personal projects or small business enterprises where you will not seek to trademark or copyright protect the logo.

Miscellaneous

Do I need to register to use the site?

No, you can download any free or purchased images without registration. However, if you do wish to register you can benefit from some additional features - see below.

What are the benefits if I do register?

If you choose to register with us you will be able to:

  • Track your orders and re-download images you've previously purchased.
  • Display your favourite images in lightboxes.
  • Email lightboxes to friends.
  • Send images to friends.

How do I contact FreeDigitalPhotos.net?

You can contact us by email. If you have purchased an image and have a query you can call our after-sales team on +44 (0)203 086 8635. This is a London, UK number. Calls made from outside the UK will be charged at your normal international call rate. Calls made from within the UK will be charged at your usual national rate. Calls may be recorded for training purposes. Please note that we aren't available to answer calls 24/7 but will always call you back if you leave a message.

How do I sell my photos or illustrations through FreeDigitalPhotos.net?

If you'd like to join our community of artists contributing to the site then please visit our contributor registration page. While we only accept professional quality images, you do not need to be working as a professional photographer or illustrator to apply.



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