Startup Resources: Photos and Graphics

Images, photos, graphics, clip art, icons, and image editors you can use in your startup. See the "Idea, Design, MVP" chapter in Part I, Products for more info.

  1. Free Stock Photography
  2. Paid Stock Photography
  3. Free Clip Art and Icons
  4. Image Editors

These startup resources are based on the book Hello, Startup: A Programmer's Guide to Building Products, Technologies, and Teams by Yevgeniy Brikman. These resources are a work in a progress. They are also open source, so you can add your contributions by submitting a pull request to the Hello, Startup GitHub Repository. To see how these resources fit into the bigger picture, check out the The Startup Checklist, which is a comprehensive collection of everything you need to do to launch a startup.

Free Stock Photography


Find free, public domain, hi res photos

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone, in their own language.


Use the advanced search feature and select Creative Commons


Free High-Resolution Photos


Totally free photos for your commercial & personal works

Little Visuals

Sign up to get 7 hi-res images zipped up in your inbox every 7 days.

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Free, use as you please, high-resolution pictures

New Old Stock

Vintage photos from the public archives free of known copyright restrictions.

Beautiful Free Stock Photos


CC Attribution 3.0 license photos

IM Free

A curated collection of free resources, all for commercial use.

Free Clip Art and Icons

Font Awesome, the iconic font and CSS toolkit

Font Awesome gives you scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized — size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS.


GLYPHICONS is a library of precisely prepared monochromatic icons and symbols, created with an emphasis on simplicity and easy orientation.

Image Editors

Adobe Photoshop

The most famous image editor in the world. Very powerful, but expensive.


GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows.


An online, in-browser photo editor

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Sumo Paint is an online image editor, without need to install anything to your device. It's the most versatile photo editor and painting application that works in a browser.