Where to find Creative Commons images for collaging

My favourite websites to get pictures for making digital collages

If you’re looking to make digital collages, the first thing you need is pictures to work with. Luckily, there are more and more organisations making beautiful pictures available to the public domain.

Here are a some of my favourite websites to use when I make digital collages. You can also see an example of the work I’ve made with their help.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rijksstudio from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is my most valued resource. It has completely transformed by artistic practice.


Its collection is extensive and very beautiful and easy to use. You can always find what you’re looking for, and it’s great for when you don’t know what you’re looking for as well. Before you get started, check out my collections. Maybe they’ll inspire you to start your own.

Made with Rijksstudio


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Unsplash is great for when you need a more ‘modern’ subject – for example you won’t find the hamburger you’re looking for in the Rijksmuseum’s collection!


Made with Unsplash and Rijksstudio


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Europeana is the destination for you if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Their collection spans European museums, galleries, libraries and archives, and includes images, sounds and videos.


It’s a huge collection, and I often find searching it difficult. So if you don’t know where to start, take a look at their collections, or read the blog series, which will introduce you to all sorts of wondrous stories and images.

Made with Europeana and Rijksstudio

Flickr: The Commons

Rating: 3 out of 5.

You can find a lot of interesting photos on Flickr: The Commons. The only downside is that the resolution can be quite poor, but you can take that as a challenge to work in miniature.

Flickr: The Commons

Made with Flickr: The Commons


Rating: 3 out of 5.

Photogrammar holds a collection of photographs taken for the US government between 1935 and 1945.


I find the website a bit harder to use than others, but you’ll always find a wealth of diverse subjects you would never think of to search for yourself.

Made with Photogrammar and Rijksstudio

Let me know which sites you use to find digital images for collages!

Published by scissorsandglueandyou

I am a London-based digital collager with a masters degree in human geography. I like thinking about things (stuff, belongings, objects), walking (aimlessly, purposefully, tours, alone, together), and finding lost coins.

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