Search For Images. The internet is full of graphics and images, photos and paintings.
How do you find the one! That holy grail of images that will finish your project and push across the line for that “A” that you have always dreamed of. How do you know what you are allowed to do with it?
In this tutorial, we are going to investigate the best way to search for images and the licenses available to you so that you know what you are allowed to use it for.
When you can’t see the trees for the forest. So many images and people uploading images, What do I search for? How do I know what the producer of the image called it?
People are visual creatures. We like to judge immediately and make a decision in seconds. If we have to read 1000 words, there better be a signature at the bottom and include a pay rise. This is why images are so important. To keep the focus, allow the content to be judged immediately and give the right impression. We grow up from a young age reading visual books. Learning from images and adding our own story. We learn the words later.
Getting the right image can make the difference. You can’t judge a book by its cover, but everyone does.
Where can I get the best image?
Searching google images (https://images.google.com/)will give you some great ideas about everything. It’s a great place to learn and get ideas for new projects. Please be careful. If you find the perfect image from Google images, it doesn’t automatically give you a license to be able to reuse the image in your online document. There are classifications and laws behind those classifications that can curdle the milk in your coffee, leaving you a bad taste in your mouth and a lawsuit to follow. Most of the photos and images on the net are subject to copyright. So you have to get permission before you are allowed to use them.
Am I allowed to use it?
Public domain: CC0 is a universal symbol. All copyright laws attached to this image or document have been waived. If you see an image with CC0 attached, you are allowed to use it in any way you see fit. You can change it, print it, embroid it onto a shirt and sell the shirt. You can add it to a book cover and sell your book. This symbol is what you need to have to know that you are safe to use this image. If you are interested in the other Creative Commons Licenses available and how you can use the material in certain circumstances, visit https://creativecommons.org
For CC0 Images visit https://pixabay.com, Create a free account and start searching for free images. If you like them and they are of value to you, you can offer to buy the photographer a coffee on the site. A small fee to help the photographer out. Another source of potentially free images are Wikimedia Commons
There are a lot of different photo editing software packages available, not many are genuinely free. I have been using Gimp for all of my photographic editings for many years. It is a great graphics tool. It can do everything that I need to crop, resize and edit images for website creation. You can download it for PC, Mac, and Linux from https://gimp.org