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Three ways to get free pictures for a commission

If you don’t have a good photo, there are a number of ways to get a free picture online for a painting or drawing commission. Here are three tips:

  • Use a stock photo website. There are many stock photo websites that offer free images for personal and commercial use. Two popular stock photo websites we have used are Unsplash and Pexels. Make sure you filter the search to include free pictures.
  • Search for public domain images. Public domain images are images that are not protected by copyright and can be used freely. You can find public domain images on websites such as the Library of Congress and Wikimedia Commons.
  • Contact the photographer directly. If you see an image online that you like, you could contact the photographer directly to ask permission to use it for your commission.

When using a free image from the internet, it is important to make sure that you have the right to use it for commercial purposes. Some free images are only licensed for personal use. You can usually find the licensing information for an image on the website where you found it. Refer to our Terms of Service for more information.

Here are some additional tips for finding a free picture online for a painting commission:

  • Use keywords to search for images. When searching for images on a stock photo website, use keywords that are relevant to the subject of your painting commission. For example, if you are commissioning a painting of a landscape, you could use keywords such as “mountain,” “forest,” or “lake.”
  • Use filters to narrow down your search results. Most stock photo websites allow you to filter your search results by size, color, orientation, and other criteria. This can help you to find the perfect image for your commission.
  • Download the image in the highest possible resolution. The higher the resolution of the image, the more detail we will have to work with.
  • Consider sending the link to the picture with your request so we can review further.
Photo used for inspiration from pexels
Summer glow landscape
Final painting commission. Art prints available.

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