There are multiple sources for scripture illustrations. In general, the kind of images that are most suitable for printing in Bibles are black and white line drawings, while it is better to use color images for app and Web, as they are more engaging for the reader. For a more consistent look and feel, avoid mixing illustrations of very different styles in the same publication/product. See How to tell Paratext which images are for print and which are for electronic outputs.
SIL Illustrations Repository
All needed permissions shall be obtained prior to using illustrations in Scripture publications. Write to: [email protected]. Trial print editions of 50 or less copies do not need to request permission to use illustrations.
NOTE: Illustrations from all non-SIL partners (e.g., Cook) may NOT be modified except to rotate, flip, crop or resize them.
Use in Digital Publications
Note that for on-screen use, black and white images are generally not as engaging to the user.
Only for the DY, GT, DH, and MH images does the license agreement (CC BY-NC-ND) have no restriction on app/web use.
For Cook images (CO, CN), app and web use require advance permission, as they do for print.
If you wish to use the LB/HK/BK series of illustrations within Scripture Apps, then it is possible to negotiate a licence with the British and Foreign Bible Society (BFBS). However, the terms and conditions of that agreement are not straightforward, and they also expect “usage reports” at least annually. (An example agreement - that CIC was able to negotiate can be found here.) If you want to pursue this, then please contact [email protected]lesocietyresources.com at BFBS.
App Picture Sets
The following app pictures sets are available: