I'm sending out Judi Barrett's fantastic tutorial post on how to use Google Images in your blog so even more eyes can see it. It's important for everyone to be mindful of copyrights and not infringe on them. Here you learn one way to find images that are available for use, and how to use them properly. Thanks Judi!
Using Google Images in Your Blog. Not all images that are returned via a google search are OK to use due to copyright. But there is a way to use Google Images to find photos, clipart, etc that is OK to use in your blog posts.
Using Google to Find Creative Commons Licensed Images For Your Blog
In July 2009, Google changed their filter options on their Advanced Image Search Page, to search results using the Creative Commons Licenses as a Filter.Start by Choosing the Images Option at the top of the Google Page.
Then choose the "Advanced Search" Option
You can filter your search so that only images which have been tagged with the Creative Commons License are returned.
The two filters that you would be interested in, for your blog are:
- Labeled for commercial reuse
- Labeled for commercial reuse with modification
Creative Commons is a non-profit licensing organization for creative works which allows an easy way to indicate that photos can be used by others.
There are several sites online that have creative works available for use, with Flickr being the web's single largest source of CC-licensed content.
Many of the Google Images that are returned using the creative commons license do come from Flickr.
Input your search term. I've chosen Zoo Animals in my example.
Make sure that your filter is set for Commercial Use.
Notice that you can change your filter settings from this page that has loaded the photos. Also you can choose images, line drawings, clipart... etc Further filtering to find just the right image for that wonderful post that you're working on.
One thing that you will want to do is, VISIT THE WEBSITE THAT HAS THE PHOTO AND MAKE SURE THAT IT IS LICENSED WITH A CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE.
If I use the Google Search Engine to find a photo, I click on the link and go to the photo and the website to make sure that Google is correct.
This is a good idea since we didn't get to the photo by using the creative commons license directly on Flickr, but by searching from another site.
Clicking on the License on this page leads me to the License.. which is the creative commons license.
And Thank you to echoforsberg user on Flickr for licensing his photo through the creative commons license and then putting it on Flickr. Be sure to give credit to the person that owns the image and has graciously allowed you to use it.
There are other excellent ways to find creative commons license images on the internet which are free to use. Please feel free to share your favorite spots. Some of you may be using only your one photos. I use many of my own but sometimes I use others that are licensed through the Creative Commons License.