Images, likely one of the most confusing and scary aspects of building a website for folks. To be honest, there is no reason to feel like this. Within this training I am going to show you some of the most popular sources of "royalty free" images for your website.

I am also going to be offering you two strategies for creating your very own images, covering the spectrum within absolutely any niche.

Royalty Free/Free Use Images

In this training I refer to a few different royalty free/commons images sites. These are:

Do note that just because images are on these sites does not mean they are copyright free. Some authors will want you to give them credit for the photo, some will give you "full purpose" access. This is an image on image basis.

And there are some CC0 (Creative Commons ZERO) sites, which essentially means the images are full public domain and you can use the images how you like.

One thing you can do to find the "full purpose" (ie, no rules) images, is to do a search in Google:

"I grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law." + type_of_image

In this case, if I was searching for a picture of a raspberry, I would search:

"I grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law." + raspberry

Screen Captures

I also walk you through taking "screen captures" for your website. To do this, you can use the following software:

  • SnagIt (30 day free trial)
  • Droplr (completely free)
  • Print Screen (on PC) or Apple + Shift + 4 (on Mac)


Taking Your Own Photos

Almost all of us have a camera these days attached to our smartphone or tablet. This is a perfect opportunity to take photos of ANYTHING. If you are in the dieting niche, you don't have to go further than your fridge to get some high quality images of food. If you are in the "dog training" industry, take a picture of dogs when you are out and about. Electronics, go to your local electronics stores and start snapping away on products you want to review and put on your website.

You take the picture, you OWN the picture and rights to that. Make use of this technique, it is very powerful.

Using Paid Images

I also tend to use "paid" images sites, sites in which you can just search and buy an image for usually less than $1 per image (you can get cheaper with subscriptions). One of the main sites I recommend with super high quality images is..

You can use these images several times throughout your websites after you buy them, there typically are not royalty fees for ever use of the image.

Inserting Images into Your Website

I also walk you through the process of uploading and inserting these images into your Wordpress website.

If you have any questions about "images", please leave your comments below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

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amandatorres Premium
Has anybody else had the problem that when you go to www.sxc.hu, the photos are NOT free?? Every photo I click has a cost. Even if I click on browse free photos. The site also doesn't look the same as the one Kyle goes to in the video.
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amandatorres Premium
I'm also not finding very many good, relevant images to my niche on Wikimedia Commons. Maybe I'm just searching wrong?
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RuBecca Premium
Question: As far as screenshots, is it all fair-game, just as long as we aren't selling the image?
Another question: Since it's okay to take pictures of things for sale in real life, could I use photos from Craigslist or Ebay? I am not finding a lot of great sewing-related pictures otherwise. I have been taking some photos with my camera, but of course I want to show images of things I don't have here, like antique sewing machines etc.
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SteveCrozza Premium
My opinion is that using a screenshot is violating copyright of that website but I know that some sites encourage the use of screenshots (eg WA). But another reason for not using a screenshot is that it would lack the quality I would require.

Check this out: If my profile was in a screenshot of a website I wouldn't be all that happy about it!
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RuBecca Premium
Great. Thanks, Steve. I'll check that out right now.
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Marc1001 Premium
Steve is correct. A screenshot can be in violation of copyright. Try using the content writer and the images there. They have lots of free images available there without the need to worry about infringement.
Marc
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RuBecca Premium
I figure this is the case. I desperately wanted a picture of a sewing basket that I couldn't find in 6 listed free photo sites. I found one right away on amazon.com! It's the first picture on my site right now http://stitchuniversity.com/ What do you think of that?

On my website, the pictures will be ones I take myself. It's the whole mission of my site, how to sew with easy step by step photo instructions. I'm trying to find a reasonable photo editor for this but I don't know where to start looking.
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anja1111 Premium
Hi Kyle, I loved your suggestions about taking screenshots! That's an awesome idea! I also wanted to highlight another great source of images, where you can add text to the images and even random quotes. They are all free stock images. You can search by keyword. And they have a browser add on for Chrome etc. as well. It's called Pablo and you can use it for free: https://pablo.buffer.com

You mentioned the ALT text, that was not correct my friend. The ALT text is for people who don't see images in their browser and/or mail. It describes the picture. It's not a hover text thing :-)

I'll check out that site you mentioned with the .hu domain, it looks great!

Another way to find free images is to simply go to google images and there you click on the tools tab, and from there to the user rights. They have tons of pictures and images you can use freely on your website.

And the last way to make images your own is to simply use Photoshop. I use a website online, fotoaanpassen.nl It is Dutch, but you can select the English language. There you can play with your images. Go have a look and have fun. It's a great website!

Cheers!
~Anja
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msubhadeep Premium
That was very helpful Anja!
Pablo rocks!
Thank you for sharing.

Subhadeep
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anja1111 Premium
You're very welcome Subhadeep! Pablo works great if you need image content fast!
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RuBecca Premium
Thank you Anja, for sharing this additional information! I checked out both sites you recommended. Pablo is really neat. I had some issues trying to upload on the Dutch photo editor. Which is too bad, because I really need a great and free photo editor. I'll try again today. Thanks again!
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randbrose Premium
I got ahead of myself and inserted images I just pulled off of Google. I also put images in photos I actually took. I have a couple of questions.
1. I am a retired police officer. Will I be alright using an image of me in my uniform? I know the Dallas Police Department has a copyright on the name.
2. I pulled some images off of Google that did not show to have any kind of copyright. Are these images going to be alright.

I used images of a product I want to promote. If I can get an affiliate agreement for advertising will I be able to use these images?
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dalwhu Premium
With regards to photos of google you can select to view photos in the free dondin however you can also try the site content tab uunder the site rubix tab.

There are thousands of free images you can use and they are already compressed for website use.

Search site content in the search bar for tutorials.

With regards to you in uniform, could you not blur the badge out?

Maybe it’s best to double check with ex-colleagues to be safe?

I’m not sure on tbe product photo but i have seen posts about having an affiliate disclaimer somewhere on your website.

If your using an affiliate platform like shareasale or awin or you have signed up to an affiliate program directly with a specific company then they provide images and links on the tools or resource pages.

That’s just my understanding but if you research using Wa search bars every post or lesson will be available that is linked to your search subject.

Hope this helps
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eosegueraf Premium
Great lesson Kyle, the information about free images is great, thank you for sharing it. I had already added some images to my website, but I now have more important information as to how to do it correctly.
Best regards from México.
Eugenio.
P.S. Following are some images I took several years ago of Michoacán coast in western México. They are free to use.
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Louie-Gigi Premium
I enjoyed that video, Kyle. And it does make the whole process easier.

Earlier on, prior to this lesson, I tried inserting an image into the website home page itself, and it did not work out so great. I dominated the entire page and was blocking out the text. So I ended up taking it out, Is the process the same for both, inserting an image to the homepage as it is inserting one into your content or post?

Thanks in advance for any clarification you, or anyone, can offer.

Louie and Gigi
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Triblu Premium
Hey Louie and Gigi,

Not sure exactly how you went about inserting your image. However, here is a tutorial that may help you: If you deem your image needs resizing BEFORE uploading to your posts or pages, the following tutorial may offer you help with doing that: Hope this helps you.
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Louie-Gigi Premium
Thank you! We used our own photo and I think it may need resizing. :)
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Triblu Premium
Hopefully the resizing tutorial will help you.
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kimwolfe Premium
Not sure if this has been mentioned but WA just added a new feature called SiteContent Images which connects you to over 1 million free images. It's very easy to search and add the images to your content and prevent you from having to leave WA to find images. In most cases....
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SeanGreentre Premium
Cool. That's great. I wasn't aware of this. Thanks for letting us know.
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kimwolfe Premium
Happy to help!
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eosegueraf Premium
Thank you for reminding Kim.
Best wishes.
Eugenio.
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IsayaM Premium
If I'm not mistaken, another place to find free pictures is on google. If you search for an image then go to advanced search, there will be an option at the bottom that says "usage rights". Select the "free to use or share, even commercially" option and your search results will now all be free, safe content for you to use!
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eosegueraf Premium
Thank you for the tip Isaya.
Greetings from México.
Eugenio.
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sukumarth Premium
This is a very important lesson, I believe. Since a post or a page in a website in most cases has an image or images, I think one should know from where we could get the images that are not copyrighted. The free photos websites given are interesting. However, in google images, how do we know if the image is "free for use" or a restricted, copyrighted one??
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phakacha8 Premium
Click the free images in Google. Switch on the Safe Search 'on' from the setting. Search again to get step by step guide from Google.It will show you the steps.
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sukumarth Premium
Thanks! Let me check.
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Isabellers Premium
Hi, just wondering how I can upload an image at the top of my site? I'm not sure what that type of image would be called, or how to drag it there. Is it a banner pic or header pic? Here is a link to my webpage -I want to insert a long horizontal image in the tile 'Empowered Seniors!' In the media section of Wordpress, it only give you the option to upload a background pic and that takes up the entire screen on that page. thank you for any help provided!!

http://supersmartseniors.com/
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Isabellers Premium
hi, someone replied to my above question but I accidentally deleted the response before I could read it.
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tmaltz Premium
Not sure, your sites coming along nicely. Sounds like a banner in the header section which can be done in appearances.

Sorry, not much help. Here's a webinar on styling that might help out.
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Isabellers Premium
thanks, I figured it out last night after a couple of hours! Now I am trying to figure out how to increase the font size/style on the tope menu (Navigation) as they are tiny and seniors (my niche target) would not be able to read the menu titles. Have tried installing Easy Google Fonts, then the What Font App, and the Firebug lite app. That didn't work, so then I tried search for the code in CSS directly, couldn't find it there either. This is certainly a learning experience!!!
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tmaltz Premium
Do have a free theme or paid theme. If paid, this is in appearances and you have control over every font in your site. I got a them about 5 months into this and it's also a learning curve, but not that hard and allows you much more freedom and creativity.

At this point, I'd still be focusing mostly on content creation. Although you want your site to look the way you want it, not as important as traffic for now.
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Isabellers Premium
Hi, yes it is a free theme and I found out there is no fixing it. So I will just switch to a paid theme once I get onto that upcoming lesson on how to switch themes : )
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tmaltz Premium
There you go. It's just another good step in the process forward. Let me know if you need any theme recommendations.
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Isabellers Premium
Sure, if you are up to it! www.supersmartseniors.com
Not sure if I should get a blog theme or a shop-type theme.

thanks!
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tmaltz Premium
I used MyThemeShops and they've been good to work with. Jay likes the Genisis by... can't remember, but he's got a webinar on it.

I honestly don't think it's that important at this moment. I was looking around your site and it's a nice theme for now. You seem to only have about 4 pages and a post.

So for now, I wouldn't even worry about a theme change or adding whatever extra stuff you want.

Content, Content, Content!!! is the key at this stage. Your goal should be 2-3 post per week about your theme topics or product reviews.

There's a ton of info to target based on your niche, forget theme for now, produce content.
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Isabellers Premium
Yes ,I agree. I am doing my first blog today. I need to get on that!
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tmaltz Premium
Your focus should be on keyword research to target you niche audience with something that they would be searching in Google.

You can use Google Instant plus the free Keyword Tool here to figure out low competition phrases that are easier to rank.

The focus on providing quality content related to the keyword phrase. You can even use the new Content Writer in Site Rubix to make sure your content is structured so that it will be optimized for search engines and easy for your readers to follow.

Then keep doing that. Focus on your content and helping people for now. Don't worry about putting any money making affiliates or programs until you get this aspect down and are bringing in consistent traffic.

Hope that helps,
Todd
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LouisaB Premium
I am happy that you found your answer. I have learned a lot as well. Truly a learning experience.
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RayBergeron Premium
I would like to add an image to my home page header, or just below the header. I know how to add images to post on my home page but I can't figure out how to add an image to my page itself, like a logo or something beside the title of the site. Does anyone know how to do this? I would also like to have a "Home" tab on my main menu to bring me back to the home or opening page of my site.

Thanks,

Ray
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Triblu Premium
Hey Ray,

The following video tutorial will show you how to upload a logo to your website: https://youtu.be/GnDDQJxwTao

Hope this helps you.
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Stuart777 Premium
Hey Ray,

I just did this today, go into your site through your dashboard in wordpress, in the top right hand corner the best way to go in.

It will bring you to your website, but you will have a Wordpress task bar running across the top of your site. There is a section there called "Customize", go in and you will see a section for "Header" of your site. Click on that, then you can upload images from there and manipulate them to the way you want on your site.

My advice would be, to mess around in this area, to see what you feel is the best layout for your site from there.

Hope this helps?

Cheers Stuart
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RayBergeron Premium
Hey thanks Stuart, I will give this a go.

Ray
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Sftat Premium
Finding the images, editing them and inserting them is a breeze, but getting them to display properly is a problem. They look great when I edit them and in the edit mode when I publish, but online is a different matter. Some are blown way up and ugly when viewed online on a PC or a phone, and Tech Service has no cure but to contact the theme developer. Here is an example of the mess:
http://failsafeisolation.com/choose-your-life-boat

Have I chosen a "Bad Theme" from my WA theme selections? Any suggestions as to what I should do next to resolve this?
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billyghawaii Premium
It could be that the theme you chose is meant to be a fixed width across and yet you have it trying to dynamically fit in the available browser window. Try viewing it on the web and make your bowser size less than full screen. Now grab the bottom right corner of your browser window and resize it slowly ... doesn't the text creep around the displayed images as you make the browser window smaller? If yes than it is a dynamic theme.

But the thing to worry about is that large images doesn't give the text wiggle room so that it can look good on smaller window sizes. So you may need to make full size images smaller.

Hope this helps
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Sftat Premium
Thanks for that input and for the browser sizing trick. Unfortunately that experiment does show dynamic action, but shows no trouble with my widest images, just with some of the small ones. I have several wide (over 1100 px) images and 4 smaller ones under 400 px. I only have trouble with two of the smaller images, one of which is less than 190 px wide. As I vary the browser size, the text adjusts and the images keep doing what they were doing, bad or good.

Tech service gave me a contact with the theme developer, so I've thrown them the ball. Hope they don't blame EWWW Image Optimizer. That's probably what I would do :-)

Speaking of smaller window sizes, the problem is identical on the PC wide screen and the android phone in portrait orientation or landscape.

In any case, thanks a heap for your assistance. If the theme tech service folks don't come through soon I'll try another theme, while hoping that EWWW Image Optimizer has nothing to do with the issue.
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Darren69 Premium
I don't comment much since I'm so focused learning what I can with the free time that I have, but I have to say that since I joined WA, none of my free time has been wasted. The tutorials are excellent and with each lesson I get an AHA! moment. This one was definitely an eye opener.
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wealthwoman Premium
When I signed up for the Starter pkg. in 2012, I wanted to sign up for the Premium pkg. so I could keep going. WA can be a bit addicting.
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sjulien Premium
Most stock photo sites now require a buy-in to download images. They usually start around $15 to $30. Depending on the size and quality of the image, they charge you 1 to 5 credits or so to download the image. One of the best ones I found is CanStockPhoto.com. You can sign up for $9. Small photos are around 75 cents each. Fotolia.com is now Adobe Stock. They charge $30 for their buy-in. No longer a cheap option.
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donyutuc Premium
Thanks for this information, Sharon! You've passed me and you just joined! Awesome!

Cheers!
Don
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sjulien Premium
No problem! I've been a web designer for years, but I joined this community for the marketing and general support. Thanks for your feedback! :-)
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Gamborreta Premium
Let's then take the Rolex example... If I were promoting Rolex watches in my site, would there be any problem if I go to Rolex official website and take images from there? After all I would be promoting their products anyway.... I mean, I wouldn't mind if I were the Rolex's owner....

So, can anyone go to the official websites of the products they are promoting and take images from there.... to keep promoting them?
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MarkPerkins Premium
Interesting question.
I personally would email them and ask for permission, explain what you are doing.
As a photographer, I would appreciate that.
I have done that for some videos as well and they have always been happy.
Also, draws their attention to the fact that you are promoting their products

Mark
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Gamborreta Premium
Thank you Mark.

What you say it seems the right thing to do.

I appreciate it.
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Rgunter9939 Premium
I just added a couple of images to my content. When on the edit pages the images are to the left and right of the text. Just the way I want them. But when I save and look at the published page the images have moved to the top and the text starts one line below the images. Any idea about how to fix this?
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wallactb Premium
Try moving your curser. I believe the photo is inserting where the curser is. I also think you can adjust the text wrap around the photo such as "in line" "underneath" etc. It is an icon that has a small box picture image with three lines to the right of it. Hope that isn't too confusing and helps fix your problem.
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Rgunter9939 Premium
Thanks for your response. I set the cursor to the left of the text and the image goes right there. The text wraps to the right of the image just like it should. But when i go to live pages the image sits on top of the text. Can't find the icon you talking about. Sorry.

Bob
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lgobeille Premium
I really appreciate the lesson on screen shots. I've never done them. Will have to practice! Quick question: has anyone ever run into a problem taking pictures of merchandise in a store? I wouldn't think anyone would mind, but do you have to mention the store, like in a caption?
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drjec Premium
Its a good idea to acknowledge where a shot comes from if its a store specific display. Stores set up displays to motive shoppers so someone could object to finding a display online. Something informal acknowledgement would good. "Here's an example of the kinds of paper clips available display in Penny's Pen and Paper in Pittsburgh, Pa." I don't think it really matters if you just have a shot of a pair of shoes or a boat without any identifying information in the shot.
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JulieHarris Premium
I had that same question. I would imagine it would be best to ask permission. Especially if it is something with a brand name. I would think photos of generic items like fruit or produce would be okay.
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PBloom Premium
Kyle didn't address using Google images in his video. As I searched old posts about using Google, I came across a way to use Google images legally. Advanced settings and select "free to use or share, even commercially". Is this OK? Is it legal to do? Can someone clear this up? I love Kyle's training videos and appreciate them immensely. Learning a ton; however, why didn't he dive into this arena? Thanks.
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Patrick!

Kyle covers the Google Images later. But, yes it's okay to use Google images as long as they are from the "free to use or share etc."

Other sources for free images are Pixabay, Upsplash and Flickr. Not all images in Flickr are free to use, you have to filter for them like in Google.

Gary
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PeterVX Premium
Screen capture is a good way to capture images. That way you won't get any hidden links to ads. On my Windows machine I use Alt+PrintScreen, then I open Irfanview, a handy and free photo editing program that you can download, do a Ctrl+V to paste the image, crop it as needed, and do any needed changes, then save it to disk. Irfanview has some neat features that can enhance picture quality. There an "Auto adjust colors" that often improves the appearance and "Sharpen" that can be very helpful too.
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lgobeille Premium
Thanks for posting this info. Will look into it, I know zip about screen shot images right now!
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stanharry777 Premium
I'm quite new to all this, and haven't had the patience to go through the detail. i like to visit sites and read and copy and paste. that's how technical i have been, thus although a gd communicator, haven't spent much time on discussions.
for the first time through this program, i have been in and out of a few and am beginning to enjoy the contributions that many unselfishly offer.
i'm sure i will be applying lots of them in my website improvements over time..Thanks kyle and all who share, I'm learning heaps and eternally grateful
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Rich908 Premium
Don't make the mistake I did when I started .. I jumped through many lessons quickly without taking time to let it sink in and the result was information overload. I have learnt to take my time and as a refresher gone back to the lessons I skipped.

You will understand what I mean later on
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chrisvelez Premium
I have been using pexel.com for my free pics. I found it originally by typing "free images for commercial use " into google. I still read the info beside the image to make sure it can be used as is, manipulated and that there is no attribution required. I also use some of my own pics
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kwikev Premium
Do you still use this site. I checked the address and it seems to be just a domain for sale with links to other photo sites. Did I do the address correct?
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ShawnT2 Premium
Hi guys. Here's my 2 cents on the screen shot segment of the video. I went to Droplr to check them out since I have a windows computer. Even though it is free for up to 10 drops per month, I personally don't like unnecessary downloads or sign ups. What I found is the snipping tool. I have Windows 10. I believe it is available on all windows software and is very user friendly short of having the direct shortcut. Hope this helps.


The Snipping Tool
While this isn’t a keyboard shortcut, you might want to take a shot of a specific region of your screen. To do that, enter the Snipping Tool (an often-forgotten tool included since Vista and Windows 7).
To access it, hit the Windows Key and type: snipping tool and select the results from the top. Then select New from the menu and drag the cursor over the area of the screen you want to capture. The captured screenshot will appear in the full Snipping Tool program. It has basic editing tools and is a good option for a quick shot if you need one.
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Don111 Premium
how do you use your own pictures on the home page of the website
I see how you add them to a blog but i"m trying to modify a template that I loaded and it seems to be quite difficult moving things around on the first page (home page ect) ?
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Balsam Premium
Do you want to change the header image of your website?

Please do the following:
1) go to your website and log in
2) under Dashboard go to Appearance and then select Header
3) click on the tab Add new image
4) choose the image you want either from Media Library or Upload Files --> Select Files from your computer

Good luck!
Balsam
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Don111 Premium
thanks I was trying to manipulate the background picture it doesn't seem to center & i can't scroll down the page?
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kwikev Premium
I have a couple of images I have saved to use in the header but have been unable to upload them. How do I ensure they are optimized for the web?
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Balsam Premium
I am sorry but I don't know how to optimise images for the website! I just noticed that I wasn't able to upload my own photos!
Wishing you a great day!
Balsam
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kwikev Premium
I found a post here late last night and need to find it again. It mentions an app called shortpixel that sounded like the answer. I expect to play with that today and will let you know what I find.
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Alysanna Premium
Just the info I was hoping to find, thanks a lot!
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RSWarner Premium
2 questions on adding images and how to find out if they 'free to use'...
1. I find images directly on google under the images link, how can I find out if I am using them legally or not?

2. If I use my phone to take a picture of a product specific sign (coca cola for example) can I use that picture legally without concern of reprocussions?
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GlenPalo Premium
Bring up the images page for your google search term and then click search tools. Under search tools you will find usage rights. If you select an image under labeled for reuse with modification, you will have to modify the image either by cropping it or adding text or adding an overlaid graphic (like an arrow). If the image is marked labeled for reuse, you are good to go and use it.

If you take a photo of a product, which you can under fair use, you are still subject to libel and defamation if you misuse the representation of the product. Don't quote me; I am not an attorney, let alone an intellectual property attorney.
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RSWarner Premium
Thank you for the help, I was wondering how to find the properties for those images. Also for the input on misuse. very insightful.
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breadtalk Premium
Essential training, kyle, thanks a lot!

Btw, Kyle, do images slow down loading of our sites? Or embedded youtube videos?

I'm not sure if it's a really helpful, but I took the liberty of adding an image plugin called Smush.it to strip the photos of certain unnecessary stuff and help load pages faster. According to the plugin details, it removes .jpeg, etc, etc thus resulting in savings.

Best everyone!
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onmyownterms Premium
Yes, images and video do slow site speed.
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