Graphics. We all need them. Okay, once in a while we blog something with our own personal photos, but most of the time I need something quicker than creating images from scratch. So I look for other image sources.
You can go to a site that offers free photos, and there are a lot of good ones out there–pixabay.com, wikipedia, and publicdomainpictures.net are three I often use. But downloading from these sites takes time because these are usually larger files, and you need to search each site individually. A Google search is so much faster.
But most of those images aren’t published for anyone to use as they please. Someone else put time into making that image, and they haven’t told me it’s okay to use it. I should respect that.
I used to do a Google image search and then hover the mouse over each image. If it came from a site that I knew allowed others to use their pics, like the ones I listed above, I could use it. This was still faster than running individual searches, and that’s the method of choice I used on my blog for over a year.
Then I found out about this awesome tip. Google will actually allow you to filter your searches by showing only those you can reuse.
- First, search Google and choose Images from the menu at the top, so you won’t get a lot of articles as well. Most of us already know to do this.
- But there’s something else on that menu bar you need to know about as well. On the far right, you have a menu option for Search Tools. Click it.
- Google will give you another menu just below with several options–Size, Color, Type, Time, Usage Rights, and More Tools. Click on Usage Rights.
- Now you’ll get a drop-down menu. The default option will already be checked at the top–Not filtered by license. Instead, click on the third option–Labeled for reuse.
Ta-da! Now you have images that you have permission to use. If I want them for anything but a blog post, I trace them to the original web page. I wanted an image for my short story, “Unicorn,” recently, so I double-checked to make sure it really was okay and if the owner wanted attribution.
I hope this tip is as much help for you as it has been for me. Image searching is so much faster now. Happy blogging. 🙂