Free Historic Digital Assets
Where does one get free historic digital assets for compositing? I am talking about free public domain digital photos that can be used for compositing into digital artwork. Historic or vintage photos like old documents, maps, portraits and the like can really add flair to your photography and digital artwork, and this video presents multiple locations where they can be had for free.
There are several websites mentioned in this video where these types of digital photos can be downloaded for free and are able to be used without copyright restrictions. These are the links mentioned in the video, but do please watch the video for specifics about the sites:
Pond5, The Public Domain Project: https://www.pond5.com/free
The Library of Congress (can search for many image types): https://www.loc.gov/pictures/
The Library of Congress Daguerreotypes: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?st=grid&co=dag
The Library of Congress Maps: https://www.loc.gov/free-to-use/maps-of-cities/
Free Vintage Illustrations: https://freevintageillustrations.com/
The Smithsonian Maps (can search for multiple other picture types from this page): https://www.si.edu/search/collection-images?edan_q=maps&edan_fq=media_usage%3ACC0
The British Library Public Domain Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary
List of sites from Public Domain Sherpa: http://www.publicdomainsherpa.com/public-domain-photographs.html
If you have any questions about the digital assets or compositing in general please ask them in the comment section and I will do my very best to answer them!
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