I'm not an artist, so if you guys know some good links, please post them here. Likewise, if any of you want to release some mountain/forest images with permission for others to use them that would be excellent for the community.
Wikimedia Commons is a large collection of public domain or freely licensed images collected by the Wikipedia people.
Flickr advanced search lets you specify to search for images with a license that allow you to modify and build on them.
Google Earth / Google Maps. The Google logo AND the source of the data (eg DigitalEarth 2006 or 2007 NAVTEQ) must remain, HOWEVER they can be moved to a more convenient spot on the screen.
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MAP COLLECTION
"Most of the maps scanned by the University of Texas Libraries and served from the web site are in the public domain. No permissions are needed to copy them. You may download them and use them as you wish." Full copyright statement can be viewed here at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/usage_statement.html?maps=yes
"All the graphics and meshes are freeware. Even for commercial Games… You can modify my graphics in every needed way to fit it to your needs…" Full copyright clearance can be viewed at http://reinerstileset.4players.de/englisch.htm
Here's a free stock photo site:
The National Archives is a useful place to find "mood photos," or as El Toro like to call them "ghosts." The site is pretty difficult to navigate (hint use the subject index) but there is a wealth of free resources there.
If you aren't totally broke you can get some pretty good stuff here for pretty cheap. Usually the smallest 1 credit image is more than adequate for Lux maps (which comes out to a little more than 1$).
And then of course there's the Anti-holy archives:
Free Lux Map Graphics (They are lossless images so give it time to load)
If any other map makers would like to make some of their graphics available I'd be happy to add them to that site.
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