Day 10: The Twelve Days of Author Goodies

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On the tenth day of Author Goodies, it’s all about no cost and low cost images.

Here’s some no cost and low cost image options for your covers and marketing:

No Cost


MorgueFile is a great repository of high res images for personal and commercial use.


Freerange is a smaller no cost stock image site. Membership is required (but it’s free). Licensing covers personal and commercial use.

Free Images

Free Images (formerly Stock Xchng) is a free stock site with a mix of personal use and commercial use photography. Each image needs to be checked for allowed usage. A membership is needed (but it’s free).


PhotoGen allows for both personal and commercial use. No membership is required.

Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons Search is the place to search for creative commons assets, including photography.

Wikipedia’s Public Domain Search

A wiki page with a number of public domain search options.

Low Cost

Deposit Photos

Deposit Photos has more and more high quality professional photography. This site works on pre-paid credits that do not expire.


A very large mirco-stock site, Dreamstime has a great mix of images, with more and more high quality, professional photography. This site works on pre-paid credits which are good for one year. Subscriptions are also available.


CanStockPhoto, one of the first microstock sites, is based in the same city I am…Halifax, Nova Scotia. You can purchase images per image, with prepaid credits or by subscription. Canadian authors looking for specific Canadian backgrounds may have more luck with this site than any of the others.

Dollar Photo Club

Dollar Photo Club works differently than other sites. Membership has a cost (they offer monthly and yearly plans), but some you’ve pad for your membership, images are $1 each. If you need a lot of images in a short amount of time, this may be a good option.


Creative Market is a marketplace where you can source and buy handcrafted elements, textures, fonts, backgrounds…all beautiful. But get on their mailing list.They’ll send you a weekly email with downloads for free resources!

PSDCovers is a site where you can download Photoshop actions that will take flat artwork and create 3D mockups, including lots of book covers. It takes a bit of practice to master using these, but once you do, your marketing images of hard cover and soft cover books will look great!

The Twelve Days of Author Goodies

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