★ TouchArcade needs your help. Click here to support us on Patreon.

Where to find royalty-free images/sounds

10-19-2009, 05:39 AM
#1
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: The Dirty South
Posts: 7
Where to find royalty-free images/sounds

I'm working on an old-school 2d side-scrolling game for the iPhone for a personal project, but I only have the programming knowledge and not the talent/knowledge required to create the images and sounds. Obviously, I'm not just going to steal this stuff from other games and I can't afford to hire folks to do it for me. Are there sites out there that provide royalty-free access to graphics and sounds?

Thanks.

LSL
10-19-2009, 06:18 AM
#2
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Posts: 262
MIDI files from dead composers like Beethoven, Mozart etc. are public domain.

Also images from that time is public domain.

I did this for Avoid Hitting Piano (my first thought was, that I want to do a game using op. 131 from Beethoven)...

anything what is more than 50 years old should be public domain, right?

10-19-2009, 07:07 AM
#3
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Posts: 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by brof View Post
anything what is more than 50 years old should be public domain, right?
50? Try closer to 100. Due to successive copyright extensions, practically no work made since the 1920s has, or likely will lapse into the public domain barring a massive sea change in IP laws.

Any newer works that are public domain are only there because they've explicitly been released into the public domain, so you're best off looking for those.

For sounds I know that Freesound has a large library of user-submitted sounds under an attribution license (i.e. you just have to say where you got it and who made it). The quality can be a mixed bag, but if you're willing to dig you can usually find what you need.

For images I'm not as sure - maybe someone else here will have some suggestions.

Edit: Also, royalty free != free. Are you looking for stuff for no money, or can you spend a small amount on a one-time license fee? There's not much great quality stuff in the former category, but there's a fair bit more in the latter.

-- DaVoid Digital --
Check out AstroSerf - Update now available!
>> For more information, mosey on over to AstroSerf.com
>> Follow AstroSerfGame on Twitter for the latest news!

Last edited by dawvee; 10-19-2009 at 07:14 AM. Reason: Added comment
10-19-2009, 07:10 AM
#4
http://www.freesound.org/ has tons of sounds with CC Sampling+ license. It's a great community, and they provide lots of quality stuff.

The pictures are much more complicated. You can buy royalty free images from many sites (just google it), and there are sites with Creative Commons licensed images, but these are photos in most cases, so you have to work a lot on them to be ok for a game.

Check deviantart, there're many talented folks there who do excellent character designs. Ask them if you can use their artworks. Many people there don't really care who uses their images for what reason. Maybe you can find someone there who'll work for you for revenue share.

Good Luck.
10-19-2009, 07:14 AM
#5
Quote:
Originally Posted by LeisureSuitLarry View Post
I'm working on an old-school 2d side-scrolling game for the iPhone for a personal project, but I only have the programming knowledge and not the talent/knowledge required to create the images and sounds. Obviously, I'm not just going to steal this stuff from other games and I can't afford to hire folks to do it for me. Are there sites out there that provide royalty-free access to graphics and sounds?

Thanks.

LSL
Soundsnap.com for sounds.
10-19-2009, 07:47 AM
#6
Joined: May 2009
Location: Tampere, Finland
Posts: 35
I don't know if you would find use for the textures at: http://www.cgtextures.com/
Great resource for textures, as well as inspiration and reference photos.
10-19-2009, 09:00 AM
#7
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 439
I use: http://www.soundsnap.com

for all my sound effects.
10-19-2009, 09:47 AM
#8
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: UK / Toronto
Posts: 602
Public domain is a good suggestion, there are also plenty of other royalty free sources.

A favorite source professional sound effects is: http://www.soundrangers.com/ –– You need to pay a small fee per sound effect (similar to iTunes) but there aren't any royalties to pay once you've bought it. They do have a few free sounds too.
10-19-2009, 10:03 AM
#9
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: The Dirty South
Posts: 7
Thanks for all the replies.

Good info here.
10-19-2009, 10:14 AM
#10
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 546
For sound, I like these guys (Much cheaper than SoundRangers, and tailored for games specifically)
http://www.indiesfx.co.uk/

For music, this guy is fantastic: http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/

I haven't uesd it yet, but have been looking at this site for stock art: http://www.dreamstime.com/