Page 1 – How to correctly find free images on Google

Page 2 – Only 1 image is actually free to use

Page 3 – What to look for when you visit the page the image resides on

Page 4 – What you must do if you want to use the image.

If you are someone who goes up on Google to find images for your website, you better keep reading because I am pretty sure you are probably doing it wrong. First off, the majority of images on Google are not free to use and the ones that are, most require some form of attribution. It is very rare that you will find a Public Domain or CC0 licensed image.

SETTING THE GOOGLE RIGHTS FILTER

It is very important to set the usage rights filter before you can use any image on Google. To do this you will need to click on the “Search Tools” button just under the search bar within Google images as seen in the image above.

This will open up a new row of 5 or 6 selections and you will want to click on “Usage Rights” which will open up a drop down menu as seen in the image below.

For use in your website you will want to select either Labeled for reuse or Labeled for reuse with modification. The differences between the two are pretty self-explanatory.

NEXT UP = What to expect and what to do next.

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TylerH222 Premium
Hello. I need to find images of book covers for my web site. And this will be a never ending pursuit. I am having difficulty finding cover images of books that are free. I was able to contact one author who gave me his permission to use his book image on my site. Do I have to do that for all authors? Because no free images seem to be popping up. And I have searched not just on Google, but on the other sites spoken about in that lesson including Flickr and so on... There needs to be some sort of path I can take to acquire these book images whenever I need them for my site... any help?
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Robert-A Premium
It depends what books you mean.
There are lots of book covers you can use but you have to be specific about the title of the books
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boomergp08 Premium
Unfortunately the only ways are to contact the authors and ask permission to use their photos or find/buy the books yourself and capture the pictures yourself.

However, if you are using Amazon as the place you are affiliated with, they will provide the product pictures for you. Some other affiliate programs may do the same.
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TylerH222 Premium
Except, in reading closely the rules and guidelines, I am not allowed to take a picture of the book cover myself and post it either.
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boomergp08 Premium
No, you are not. But if Amazon is who you are affiliated with they should be able to provide you with the picture.
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WandavdH Premium
Thank you, very helpful!
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boomergp08 Premium
My pleasure. Happy to have helped you.
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queenredgie Premium
Any Country, Any time, All Results is all that comes up after I have clicked on "tools"? Is it different for a Mac?
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jen23 Premium
Try with Bing,I don't have a mac either

https://www.bing.com/images/search

just click on filter and then public domain
I hope it works :)
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boomergp08 Premium
It may have to do with it being an Apple device. When I view it on my iPad I am seeing what you are seeing. When I view it on my Windows PC laptop I see what I describe in the tutorial.
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DSherrer1 Premium
How come my picture image does not show up when making
my website say no image.
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boomergp08 Premium
Which picture image are you talking about?
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DMeyer2 Premium
Thank you for sharing!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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shaneekxoxo Premium
This is some great info! thank you so much!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Happy you liked it.
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Wayne71 Premium
Great tutorials, I'm learning loads. thank you for sharing!
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boomergp08 Premium
My pleasure to help you learn.
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AishaLabefo Premium
Just have to say thank you... Learnt a lot going through your training.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Happy I was able to help clarify things.
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BassetHub Premium
Waow
thank you
great info-
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. It was my pleasure to share this with you and the WA community.
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Robert144 Premium
I was just wondering, is it ok to take a screen shot of an image? Can you use this technique without infringing on copyrights?
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KeliT Premium
Hey Pearl,
There are lots of sites with tons of free images and that's usually the best way to go unless you take the pic yourself. Even then, if it is a patented product, you want to make sure it's clear you don't own the product or have any affiliation with the company. Here are some free picture sites. I prefer pixabay, but there is also: libreshot.com, gratisography.com, skitterphoto.com, fancycrave.com, realisiticshots.com, freenaturestock.com, www.lifeofpix.com, kaboompics.com. Those should get you on your way :) Best of luck!
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VitaliyG Premium
Screenshots are fine, as long as they look like them. You can't screenshot a complete image then only use it, it'll be hard to tell that it's a screenshot.
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Robert144 Premium
Thanks, these sites will help. :)
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Robert144 Premium
Okay, thanks Vitaliy. BTW, I just found a great place for free images... Yahoo Image Search. I then choose "free to modify, share and use commercially."

Are these images okay to use and not have to worry about giving credit or copyright laws?
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VitaliyG Premium
For the most part yes, but I still prefer my own images to this stuff, just a personal preference.
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boomergp08 Premium
Regardless of whether the free images found on Yahoo or Google say free to modify, share and use commercially, make sure to follow the licensing information for images. Just because they say they are free to use, most times you may have to give attribution.
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Robert144 Premium
Thank you so much. I'm gonna avoid getting my images that way.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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iscool78 Premium
Awesome and very useful, Robert!

Thanks for sharing!
Israel.
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boomergp08 Premium
It was my pleasure to provide this information to you and the WA community.
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missmel1204 Premium
So helpful. thanks so much
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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Tezsie Premium
Hi, Robert, thanks for this very useful training. I shall now check and probably replace the images on all my websites´ pages and posts as well as my WA blogs!

Better safe than sorry thanks to you!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Tessa. Yes, better safe than sorry.
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RManfredi Premium
Every day something new. WOW!
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boomergp08 Premium
Happy you liked my training.
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MukeshG Premium
Thanks Robert for your very helpful information. I was really tired of finding images to use on my site. This will resolve the problem.

Thanks again.

Mukesh
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Mukesh. I am happy I was able to help you out.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Robert, I use your links all the time for free images. I also use the method above but am tired of drilling down to the licences. When you do use this method how do you provide a link to the licence? I tried to do this in the image descriptions but that didn't work. What I use currently is an author attribute with their name done so if you search it you get the page and information there on.
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boomergp08 Premium
I rarely use Google for images because drilling down to find the licensing info and to see if it is truly free is very time consuming. This is why I mainly use the links I offer in my other training tutorials because all of those images are free and you do not need to drill down to find any licensing.

Both Pixabay and Pexels are the two I use the most. You can find their links in this training. My third favorite is Public Domain Files. The link to that one can be found in the below training. I prefer using these resources more than Google because these images do not need to have their licensing agreements searched for. They are all free images. In the case of Pixabay, all images along the top of every page that say "Shutterstock" are not free, but all other images are free.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
As I said these I use mostly (Pixabay in particular). We have to do enough drilling down elsewhere.
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boomergp08 Premium
You could always search on Google for other resources for images other than the ones I have posted. Just do a search for images that are CC0 (Creative Commons Zero) and those will be like the ones I have posted at these links.

Public Domain (PD) images are the second best to search for. Both PD and CC0 are pretty much the same but CC0 is free worldwide where PD are free in most (but not all) countries.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Thanks for all this and will do.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Helen.
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Can you take your own pictures without getting into any trouble? and does the same apply to videos?
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NickL88 Premium
Yes, from what I can tell, your own pictures are your own. However, you have to be careful not to included copywrited or trademarked material in those pictures you take, i.e. you can't just take a photo of a coca-cola label and call if your own. Same goes for video, although you need to be even more weary of copyrighted material in a video
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boomergp08 Premium
You sure can. Using your own pictures and videos is the best option.
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n8cheatham Premium
Thanks for the info. Just made things that much faster.
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boomergp08 Premium
I am glad I was able to help.
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NabaseDuaba Premium
Thank you boomergp08, for the tutorial I just needed that so I can now continue to write my contents to pages and add the images in the right way.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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Cavan Premium
i have used images from google without setting these filters does this hurt my site.
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boomergp08 Premium
It could if the owner of the image finds it and objects to you using it without permission. The original owner could sue you.
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CalebWycliff Premium
Awesome stuff Boomer, thanks! These tips are really useful. :-)
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boomergp08 Premium
You are most welcome Caleb. I hope these will help in your website development.
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JoanaD Premium
Hi, and if the image from google (a photo of obama and putin) which is free to use, directs to a youtube video (which is about body language) after clicking 'visit page' button, can i still use it for my website?
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boomergp08 Premium
If the image is a screen capture from the video, yes but I would play the video and do my own screen capture, just to be safe.
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JoanaD Premium
ok thanks.
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shiannechin Premium
Ahh.....So that's the secret! Pretty awesome, Boomer. I smell a beneficial friend here!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are most welcome and I am glad I was able to make it understandable.
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Pios2012 Premium
Thanks for this great information.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are most welcome Pio.
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manifestator Premium
Amazing, so much to learn over images...a question, what is the worst scenario to use Google images without care?

Thanks a lot Robert, thanks for share.
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boomergp08 Premium
The worst scenario is you use an image that isn't free and the original creator finds out and sees it is on a website that you make money from and that person sues you for using the picture without permission.
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Veanna Premium
Thanks so much for this revelation boomergp08. We did not have a clue this option existed. We will be sure to use it in the future. Have a great weekend.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are most welcome. One of the reason I created this training was because I knew many people did not know of all the aspects of correctly searching for images on Google.
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KatieMac Premium
Very useful Robert thank you hope you have a good weekend
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Cathy and you have a good weekend too.
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bsmith1222 Premium
Some valuable information.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks Brian and I'm happy you find it valuable.
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Marcel92 Premium
Thank you, Robert, for an excellent and informative lesson. Your training lessons are very good and well researched.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Marcel. I am happy you liked the information I shared.
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dickw Premium
Hi Robert, From what you are saying here it seems that it makes little sense to pursue Goog's images. There are a lot of other sources. Many you have published right here.
Thanks for the warning....Dick
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boomergp08 Premium
For the most part Dick, yes, it is far more work to find a good free Public Domain and CC0 licensed image on Google than it is worth. Especially when there are a bunch of websites, many that I provided links to, that provide Public Domain and CC0 licensed images, without having you have to go searching for the licensing and usage rights.
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dickw Premium
Thats' what I thunk. :-))
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Bart87 Premium
Good stuff, Robert. Thank you for putting this up.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Bart. I hope it helps you and many others.
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Shazza63 Premium
Thanks Robert for the awesome information here, I have learnt a lot. Thank you
sharon
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Sharon. It was my pleasure.
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mijareze Premium
Thanks Boomer. Great resource.
Ed
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Ed. Thanks for stopping by.
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dunbar Premium
Hi Robert definitely something to think about,the last thing we want is to get caught up in something illegal. great training will bookmark and check out your other sites as well cheers Helen
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks for bookmarking my training Helen. It is best if people know the correct way to search Google for images so that they do not use images that are not really free.
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AdamBalogh Premium
Valuable! Bookmarked. Thank you for this!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome and thanks for the bookmark.
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LesleyHamlin Premium
I had no idea how to dig into Google images like that.
Thank you.
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boomergp08 Premium
A lot of people do not either. Though they may know about setting the usage rights filter, they do not know about viewing the page to make sure what the license is.
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AnnieB Premium
Robert, thank you for the good explanation of the google search filter. Very helpful.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Annie! Good to see you here.
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NWTDennis Premium
Thanks Robert. I've been in denial that my image strategy for my first site was going to work. It's clear to me now that it is at risk and that I might be back to square one.
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boomergp08 Premium
I personally do not like to use Google images because of all the hoops you need to jump through in order to use a completely free image and most times it will not be the original image you want.

It is because of all of these restrictions that I wanted to do this training because many people, even if they do set the usage rights filter, do not realize that setting the filter is not the only thing you need to do before you can safely use the images.
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Sui_generis Premium
Great tutorial, Robert! I'm sharing the link so you get credit. Thanks!!! ~Debbi
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks Debbi! Are you enjoying this early spring weather? I know I am. :)
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Sui_generis Premium
Yes, but it's pretty warm for a Spring. I went out on my first hike Monday. Enjoy but stay out of trouble. :-)
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boomergp08 Premium
Trouble? Me? I know not what is this trouble you speak of. ;)
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Sui_generis Premium
LOL. Spoken like a true troublemaker. :-)
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boomergp08 Premium
Sounds like you are speaking from experience. lol
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Sui_generis Premium
Busted!!!! lol
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MatteoMeli Premium
Thanks for the useful information! :)
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Matteo. Happy you enjoyed my training.
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Loes Premium
Thanks! Added your training to my A-Z Dictionary!
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks Loes for the inclusion.
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Loes Premium
My pleasure, this is very needed for newbies
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boomergp08 Premium
I agree! :)
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ralphhusa Premium
Thanks, Robert. I just tried this approach and it works great. I have always been afraid of using any picture I find on the internet, but with this information, it makes it very clear what can be used.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Ralph and I am happy it worked great for you.
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Dmorrow Premium
Thanks Robert. I thought I was doing this right but this will be a good reference for using images from google.

Blessings,
Debby
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Debby. I personally don't use Google because after you use the filter and search for the license, it is such a waste of time, because though they are free you still have to give credit to the author. But I prefer to use a website of images that I know is 100 percent free to use. Less of an unknown hassle.
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Dmorrow Premium
Sounds good to me too! I'm probably going to stop using Google's images altogether.
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boomergp08 Premium
Pixabay and Public Domain Files are the 2 websites I use the most.
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Dmorrow Premium
Thanks!
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samirn Premium
You the man Robert... Good job!!!! Love the tutorial :)
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks Samir. I am glad you liked my tutorial.
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2Al Premium
Robert, it's a great tutorial. Thank you for sharing.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Alma. It was my pleasure to share.
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Brooklyn2008 Premium
This is great. Thanks for sharing!!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Nicki. My pleasure.
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Judy-B Premium
Great tutorial, Robert. When I first started out with a website, before finding WA, I was told "Oh, sure use Google images, no problem," blah blah, I am so happy I found WA in time and took that site down and all the images before I got in trouble. I had no idea of all the scammers out there at the time. Yeah, for WA and members like you. Thank you. :)
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Judy and you really do need to be careful with what people tell you to do online. But don't feel bad, we all were mislead before joining WA.
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HowardJaros Premium
Hi, Robert! Good stuff as usual!

Here's a question on the other side of this issue. I only use photos on my website that I have taken. I have seen them used elsewhere on the internet without credit given to me. Is there a way for me to protect my photos?

This may not be an easy question to answer, but if you have some ideas, or can steer me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it!!
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boomergp08 Premium
What kind of images are they? Scenics or images of RVs?
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HowardJaros Premium
Pictures of our travels, corgi, work, etc.
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boomergp08 Premium
Have you tried placing a watermark on your pictures? It could be something subtle across the front or bold in a corner. The attached image is of an item I am selling on eBay. If you look at it I placed a subtle watermark across the front that has my user ID of idak01 and date 2016. This is one way to protect an image.
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HowardJaros Premium
Thanks Robert! Good idea!!
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boomergp08 Premium
Do you know how to do this or do you need me to tell you how and where I did it?
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HowardJaros Premium
I'll research that Robert! I know,you have more important things to do!! Thanks for the offer!
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boomergp08 Premium
I used the free website tool BeFunky which I provide the link to in this training tutorial I did a few months ago.
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freedom1207 Premium
Hey Robert, I use BeFunky all the time too. Love it. Awesome training as usual. Happy Spring! :-)
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks Heather. I love BeFunky. I have used it for many image modifications and watermarks. I have even started taking some of my photos and tuning them into black & white images with BeFunky.
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freedom1207 Premium
That's awesome, Robert. Black & whites are my fav. So great to be able to do that with BeFunky.
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boomergp08 Premium
B&W are classic IMO
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CaroleG Premium
Great info, and very useful! Thanks for sharing.
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boomergp08 Premium
It was my pleasure Carole.
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GeorgeEkman Premium
Thanks again Robert this is priceless info, much appreciated.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are most welcomed George.
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flygirl Premium
Thank you for this detailed information. I'm going to start using it immediately.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Peggy. I hope it helps you in your search for free images on Google.
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LLiu Premium
Thank you Robert for sharing this important information.
I feel I learned something from this lesson and thank you!

Linda
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Linda. I know many people don't really know everything that goes into finding a totally free image on Google, which is why I did this training.
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Edser Premium
Robert, Just in time. Thanks mate
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boomergp08 Premium
It was my pleasure Ed. I am happy you liked it.
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rodeves Premium
Thank you. I found this very helpful.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Rodney. Glad you found it helpful.
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Debs3 Premium
Thank you, Robert!
:)
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Deb.
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MasterEd Premium
Great info as always Robert, but what happens when people don't do the appropriate thing? What does Google do, if anything? I guess what I asking that I haven't seen anyone ask is, what if people just use whatever they like? What are the consequences?

Does Google sandbox your domain or do owners come after you?
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boomergp08 Premium
Google more than likely would not do anything. But if the creator of that image should see it being used on a website, especially one that makes money for the website owner, that person could legally sue the website owner for using an image without their permission.
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MasterEd Premium
Fair enough. I didn't realize that photos can be so, how do you say, sensitive.

Thanks
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boomergp08 Premium
It mainly depends on the person who owns the rights of the image.

I recently saw another eBay seller using one of my custom product pictures the other day because she was selling the same product I was. I contacted her and she removed it.

If she didn't I could have legally caused problems for her, especially since the picture she was using had a subtle watermark I placed on it. Though I couldn't actually sue her because this happened on eBay, I could get eBay to remove her listing and place a warning on her seller's account.
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MasterEd Premium
I have another question regarding this. What's to stop people from grabbing photos from Google Images and modifying them and saving them, making it a different photo, per say?

Would the owner have any claim on the new version created?
Just being devil's advocate here. Curious to know.
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boomergp08 Premium
If the owner recognizes that their image was altered/used without their permission, they can make a claim on the new image.

Personally I feel that bigger and more established websites would be the types of websites that would be the ones to complain the most. But that is just only my opinion.
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MasterEd Premium
Thank you sir.
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iainclarke Premium
Thank you Robert. Very useful info. Have a great day
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome and you have a great day too!
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johnwnewman Premium
Great info! Thanks Robert!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome John. Thanks for stopping by.
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DJ-Yogi Premium
In chrome you can do the same inside the expanded search options.
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes that is how I used to search but this way is a lot more straight forward an option, especially for newbies.
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Kimsh Premium
This is great thanks. Your stuff is always really helpful and very clear to understand. Always a pleasure to read.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Kim. I try to always make my taining as easy to understand so even the newbies can grasp it.
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Iosbourne Premium
Very helpful!
Thanks Robert.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Iv. I am always happy to share with the WA community.
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