Respecting Copyright While Doing SoulCollage®

SoulCollage® is grateful to the artists and photographers who make this deep awakening process possible. SoulCollage® seeks to be respectful of their rights under copyright law, and provides these resources to assist SoulCollagers to access copyright-free images

For more information about respecting copyright while doing SoulCollage® please read the Principles of SoulCollage® and SoulCollage® FAQ.


Copyright Free Images - Books 

Books for Purchase

  • Denise Bossarte Copyright Free Image Books - Books of images by SoulCollage® Facilitator and photographer, called Do Your Art Your Way, for the SoulCollage® card maker, Collage Artist, Mixed Media Artist, or Crafter who wants to include beautiful copyright free images in their art.

Copyright Free Images - Web

Please Note: Because every site's image terms of use and policies can change over time, it's highly recommended to review image use guidelines, FAQ, privacy and any other pages that relate to correct use of the site's images before downloading or purchasing.
For every site you consider using for images always be sure to read the “fine print” for usage guidelines or terms of use. Once informed, take great care to adhere to the terms.

Free Images for Downloading

  • Getty Museum - Open Content Program. High-resolution, reproduction-quality images with embedded metadata, some over 100 megabytes in size. 

Online Images for Purchase

Photos come with restrictions; price per image varies depending on how you intend to use it

How to Find Copyright Free Images via Google Search

A tip from Daniel Cook, SoulCollage® Facilitator and owner of

Google software engineers unveiled a change to Google's Image Search that will speed up your ability to find copyright free images!

  • By checking a few boxes in the "Usage rights" section of the advanced image search page, you can now filter every image Google has ever indexed so that you see only files tagged with a license that allows re-use of the image.
  • What if you need to modify the image and then use it for commercial purposes? No problem -- just select which level of usage rights you need in a drop-down menu and Google will narrow the search even further.
  • See full article by Google

Here is a sample that Daniel compiled of search terms and how many images appeared, showing only images labeled for "reuse with modification":
Spirit: 573      Woman: 481      Man: 508       Lion: 413      Stress: 444
Beauty: 393    Nature: 461       Birds: 501

High Resolution/Pixel Guidelines

Use the following minimum numbers to select images that would be sharp (not fuzzy or “pixilated”) when large enough for a full 5”x8” SoulCollage® card:

  1. File Size: 744 KB    
  2. Width: 5" or 750 px    
  3. Height: 8" or 1200 px

(all above translate to 150 dpi)

Files that are larger than this file size (1) or larger than these dimensions (2,3) yield an image that is 150 dpi and is safe to use to fill the entire 5”x8” card.

(dpi = dots per inch and designates whether an image is scanned or created with enough pixels to yield a quality print for the method which it is printed. 150 is generally sufficient for inkjet or laser desktop printers and 300 is required for traditional offset printing which you would go to a print shop for.)