PAGE 1 – Explaining what is a CC0 picture and why you want to use them

PAGE 2 – How to tell which pictures are free and which ones are not

PAGE 3 – Which pictures on Pixabay are not free to use

PAGE 4 – How to get hidden pictures from within another picture

One of the main problems when creating our website is finding resources for 100 Percent Free to Use pictures and images. Many people think that they can just use any picture that they see on Google. This unfortunately is not true. The majority of the pictures you see on Google are NOT free.

YOU NEED TO USE CC0 PICTURES

Every picture you see on Google, including the ones you use on your website, are not listed as free to use. A picture or image has to be licensed in a specific way for it to be free to use and even altered, without having to give any attribution or mention of its original creator.

In order to find these types of pictures and images you need to find website directories that display them under the CC0 License. Creative Commons Zero, CC0, is the type of license you want to look for. There are several other CC licenses, but CC0 is free to use worldwide.


As you can see in the above image, the CC0 License it says in part, You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. This means that you can do anything with a CC0 licensed picture or image, even using it on a website that will make you money.

Now you might be wondering if a Public Domain license is the same as a CC0 license, and short answer is no. Though they both mean that you are free to use the picture or image, Public Domain is not always free to use worldwide. CC0 ads an extra layer for rights removal making them more accepted.

NEXT UP = How to tell which pictures are free on a resources website



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DrSDm Premium
Hello Mr. Robert,

I found, you are really an expert in image division, after I read your blogs.

it's Great!

I am facing a problem, please help if you can manage.

I did not get a relevant FREE image from a number of free links as well as CC0 links. Finally I moved to pinterest.com and got a lot, and grabbed a few among those via "save image as" option. Now I am not sure, whether I can upload those images in my post or not ! Please suggest. I guess, there will be copyright problems if I upload those in my post. Please suggest what to do.

For your kind information, my post is about beach tent for babies.

Thanks.
SD
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome SD.

What I suggest you do is stop using pictures from Pinterest and other social media networks because you have no way of knowing if those images are copyright protected. Most of them are NOT free to use in a website.
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DrSDm Premium
Thanks for your suggestion.
SD
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boomergp08 Premium
My pleasure SD.
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Foxhenley Premium
Thank you for all the training in choosing the best photos. I truly learned about image copyrights! I am purchasing a logo and I know I have to make sure I get copyright rights as it is an image!
Janice
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Janice and yes, make sure to get copyrights for that logo for your protection.
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celiacman Premium
Very good training for where to get images for our websites we can use without getting into trouble, I know when I started I did not know about image copyrights to check for.

Jeff
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Jeff. The majority of people when starting out do not realize that pictures found on the internet are not free to use.

One really HUGE mistake people make is thinking that all pictures found on Google Images are free and they are definitely not free to use.

This is why it is important to find and use image resource websites like I mention here, that provide pictures and images that have a CC0 license.
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celiacman Premium
Yes,
This is an important part of the business people need to be aware of, awesome you realize this and provided this training
Jeff
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MMayorga5301 Premium
Great information! Thank you! I will definitely use this.
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boomergp08 Premium
It was my pleasure. I am glad you enjoyed the information I have shared in this training.
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BBurchett1 Premium
AWESOME POST!

Thanks,
Bev
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Bev. Happy you enjoyed it.
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BBurchett1 Premium
I did. It was very helpful. Thanks.
Bev
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mmonterola Premium
Very helpful training. Thanks a lot!

Marita
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boomergp08 Premium
It was my pleasure Marita.
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benzburg Premium
Great post Robert.
Complimentary to the over 1,000,000 images in Site Content are being pulled directly from the much larger inventory of images on Pexels, Pixabay and Unsplash resource websites.

Likewise, some good insights on the discussions below.

Thanks,
>>benjamin<<
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Benjamin.
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marmar463 Premium
I am in need of help, I am having trouble in finding free images and the sites that I found all have to purchase the images and of course I can't do that if you can help me that would be greatly appreciated very much. Thank you in advance.
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bpais1 Premium
Mary, have you read all 4 lessons in this training by Rob (boomergp08)?

One he talks about is Pixabay, which offers many free images for commercial use without attribution.

Jim
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marmar463 Premium
No I haven't done those lessons yet I am still working on lessons with Kyle. Thank you for the information I appreciate so very much and thank you for answering my question too.
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boomergp08 Premium
Try the websites of Pexels and Pixabay. You can find the links to these websites plus 10 others in the tutorial at the link below.
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LindaMarie55 Premium
I feel like I put my reading time to very good use today...thanks for sharing such great information, Rob...I've been stressing a little as I'm getting ready to add pictures to my posts, and you've done a good job calming the waters for me :)
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boomergp08 Premium
My pleasure. Most of us when about to take on a new challenge for our websites can experience a bit of stress. But if you just take it slow and not be afraid to fail, the process will be easier.
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yarg Premium
Found your post on CCO just what I needed to get on the right track for using someone else's pictures, so as not to create copy wright issues. I have used what I thought were free pictures and have found they disappeared from my webpage.
Thanks sharing your knowledge.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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GinaGo Premium
Great Robert. Thank you!
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You are welcome Gina.
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Dashnow Premium
Awesome.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you.
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alwhitehead Premium
Hi,
Thanks for the great info.
Alan
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Alan.
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habibrani Premium
Good to know this. Thanks
Habib and Rani
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Happy I could help.
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ElviraC1 Premium
Thanks but I will keep the ones with Wealthy Affiliate they have more than enough God love
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boomergp08 Premium
The pictures WA provides are being pulled from three of the same CC0 websites I am recommending, Pexels, Pixabay and Unsplash. But if it more than enough for you then it will be sufficient.
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ElviraC1 Premium
Thanks so much Author with love Elvira
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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suzzziq Premium
Great share, Robert:). Thank you!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Suzi. It was my pleasure to share this.
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buffetearns Premium
Excellent thank you Robert!

Wayne
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Wayne. Happy you liked my tutorial.
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buffetearns Premium
Always Quality!

Wayne
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TomasB Premium
Great job Robert. I never thought of such an easy but effective way of getting new images by cropping them from an original image.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Tomas. Yes, sometimes when you need an image of something and you cannot find it on its own but can within another image, cropping it out is the best way to get it.
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ELaNere1 Premium
I enjoy your trainings so much. I always learn a great deal from them. Pulling a subject from a larger picture was new to me. Thank you.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Eve. Cropping out an image from a larger photo is an innovative way to come up with new images that I have done several times.
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danomatic Premium
Thanks for doing this, really helpful.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. I am pleased that you found this tutorial helpful.
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Dhind1 Premium
Excellent resource. Thank you.
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boomergp08 Premium
My pleasure to share this. Happy you liked it.
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LisaY Premium
Robert,

Thanks for all the useful information. I always learn so much from your training. Well done!

Lisa
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Lisa. I am happy that you are able to learn new things from my training tutorials.
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TaniaHersel Premium
So useful having this info. I will check Stocksnap out.
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boomergp08 Premium
Stocksnap is a good resource and it is one of my 12 favorite free picture resource websites that I link to in my tutorial here. Pexels and Pixabay are others and New Old Stock is great for free old black and white photographs.
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TaniaHersel Premium
Thanks have noted all this useful info.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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DarleneB Premium
Thanks for all the great information.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Darlene.
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Edi67 Premium
Thanks again for your wonderful post Boomer, it is always a pleasure reading your post. Much blessings. Edi
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boomergp08 Premium
It was my pleasure to share this with you and the WA community to help bring forth some knowledge.
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bigbadjohn Premium
Thanks Robert,
This is great information.
I bookmarked it.

Thanks,

Bill
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Bill. Glad you enjoyed the training.
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4evertrue Premium
Thanks Robert,
Great info. So good to know. Bookmarked for future reference.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Vincent. Happy you liked the information I shared.
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JimSchmitt Premium
Thanks for a very educational post. As others have stated, the section on using parts of pictures is very helpful.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Jim. I have been able to find many pictures for my website that I have cropped out of other more larger pictures. That is one of the great things about using CC0 licensed images, you can modify the picture any way you want.
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gardenguy Premium
Many thanks Robert.......wonderful tutorial. Particularly interested in how you find pics within larger images. That's a section of learning all by itself.

Wayne
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Wayne. Seeing how all CC0 images can be modified in any way, finding new pictures within a bigger photo by cropping it out is a great way to find new images.
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gardenguy Premium
Might you do a tutorial on that, Robert?

Wayne
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boomergp08 Premium
I guess I could but I think that the information I shared here is kind of self explanatory. Was there something about the process that you are not clear about?
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gardenguy Premium
Yes, how to pull a small part of a photo out of the whole photo. Is there some kind of software you have that makes that happen? I don't have a way of doing it that I know of.
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boomergp08 Premium
I use Microsoft Paint, which every Windows PC has pre-installed on it. Do you have a Windows PC or an Apple Mac?
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gardenguy Premium
I use Windows......the only thing I have is an old Toshiba laptop with the Vista operating system. I doubt it has your Microsoft Paint. Where would I look to see?
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boomergp08 Premium
Every Windows computer comes with MS Paint. It is part of the Windows Accessories package.

To find it on your PC in Vista do the following...

1. Click on the Windows Start button
2. Click on All Programs
3. Click on Accessories
4. Click on Paint
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gardenguy Premium
Thank you Robert, I do have paint in my accessories. I'll mess around with it....maybe I can find a tutorial some place to see how to use it.

Wayne
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Even though I do not know everything about Paint, you have convinced me to do a tutorial on using MS Paint for editing images and screen shots.

I see many members asking about how to find programs and apps for doing screen shots and photo editing, not knowing they have a program already on their computer.

All Windows computers have MS Paint and with the latest update to Windows 10, there is also a MS Paint 3D. So now Windows 10 has both versions.
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gardenguy Premium
Fantastic Robert..........I for one, will be looking forward to it very much. I've wondered about it for a long time, but never had a real reason to get into it until now.
Many thanks.
Wayne
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Wayne. I am now in the process of getting a better understanding of MS Paint 3D so that I can include that into the overall training on the regular version of MS Paint. When I know more I will create the training.
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gardenguy Premium
Wonderful. Can't wait
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HowardJaros Premium
We also have access to the over 1,000,000 CCO images in Site Content.

Thanks for the post, Robert!!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Howard.

Yes, and those over 1,000,000 images in Site Content are being pulled directly from the much larger inventory of images on Pexels, Pixabay and Unsplash resource websites.
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ChrisShouse Premium
Great Training thank you. I use a Chrome Extension for Pixaby and I get a new image whenever I open a tab. I can download it right there. I can choose what kind of images I would like to see and I can click on the author to see what else they have done. It works great and they are always free to download.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. That sounds like a cool feature you have with Pixabay.
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RVsRock Premium
Absolutely incredible training!

Thanks boomer.

RVsRock
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. I am pleased that you enjoyed my training tutorial.
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dabs94 Premium
crystal clear!!!
Thanks
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boomergp08 Premium
My pleasure.
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RositaW Premium
It’s great to know
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boomergp08 Premium
I am happy to share this information.
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phoeby123 Premium
Thanks, I've bookmarked this page!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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BBurchett1 Premium
Your post is essential to our posts and blogs! Thank you!
Bev
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Bev. Glad you liked it.
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celiacman Premium
One thing bloggers always need are free pictures for our blogs

Jeff
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boomergp08 Premium
This is very true Jeff.
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bpais1 Premium
This looks like an updated version of your .

I've been using Pixabay - though I have to be careful to make sure that they are CC0 - and can be used commercially.

Stocksnap is a new one I will check out.

Thanks, for the new info, Rob!

Jim
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Jim. About 98% of all images on Pixabay and the other CC0 websites can be used commercially as stated by the Creative Commons Zero license image on page one of this tutorial. So you can feel safe using them.
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dhartert Premium
Thanks for the training Robert. It helps to have several sources for images, and knowing how to use them legally.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. You can never have enough resources of free pictures.
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CDeMoss1 Premium
Thank you for the great information about using pictures.
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boomergp08 Premium
It was my pleasure share this information.
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Internetgranny Premium
Thank you very much!

Question: Can we assume that all the photos in Site Content are CC0?
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes. Though I do not use Site Content, from what I understand, all of the images are pulled directly from Pixabay, Pexels and Unsplash. And all images on these websites, except the ones I mentioned in the training above, are all CC0.
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sharon22 Premium
Find hidden images within a picture. This really caught my attention. Didn't think of cropping out or superimpose another image into it. Silly me.
Thanks, Robert. Giving me another way of doing things.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Finding other images within bigger pictures is a neat concept in find other images. It is almost like taking a broad niche and finding a focused sub niche from it.
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sharon22 Premium
Indeed. Loved how you link/explain the picture concept to a niche. Wish my mind is as clear as yours!
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boomergp08 Premium
I have always had a mind for thinking outside of the box. Being creative helped me to stay in the video game industry for 25 years, so now I am taking that creativity to website design.
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dlum11 Premium
Thank very much for bringing that to our attention. Kinda on the run this morning but I'll be back
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. You can always get back to this at your leisure.
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Loes Premium
I like everything that has something to do with visuals:)
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boomergp08 Premium
Like Kyle says in his training, we are all visual by nature.
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Loes Premium
Yes, but some more than others;)
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes, and I am one of them. :)
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Loes Premium
So am I, I just love everything about visual graphics
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yessharon Premium
Love the idea of cropping out an item from a photo.

Lately, I have been using the SiteRubix Content Writer to find free photos. We have over 1,000,000 free photos available for us at WA.

I keep one document on Site Content (Titled Photos) that I use to keep photos that I find while browsing my keywords on site content. Then I download them to a folder on my computer so that they are easy to view and find when I need them.

If you use Site Content to write your articles then you just insert the photos into your document.

Sometimes I cannot find what I am looking for, so I appreciated you listing these other resources.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.

The photos in Site Content are pulled from the Pixabay, Pexels and Unsplash websites but there are millions of more free pictures available online. Plus when you can crop out images from other pictures, even more become available.

Personally I do not use Site Content. I have been creating content the same way for 5 years and I see no reason to change now. I write all of my content using MS Word because it has an automatic real time spelling and grammar checker.

All I do is copy the content from MS Word and paste it into WordPress. Then I upload my images from My Website Images folder on my computer, where I have all of my saved images, I click Publish, and I am done.

But regardless of whether you use Site a Content or not, using CC0 free image directory websites are the best way to go, seeing how images on Google are not free.
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3dandelions Premium
Thank you! Very helpful. I have bookmarked :)
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Happy you found it helpful.
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Give It A Go Premium
Hi Rob.
Thanks again for your wonderful training on the free photos. I especially liked your idea on how to find hidden pictures. I had never thought of looking in other photos for what I am specifically trying to find. Duh! I normally use Pixabay so thank you for reaffirming for me that I am using the photos there correctly. I will definitely check out Stocksnap. I haven't heard of that one yet. Or if I had I have forgotten it.
Great work and thank you for your training. You always seem to know what people are looking for.
Ange
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Ange. It is quite interesting when you can find an image you may be looking for within another larger image. As long as the image is a CC0 image like those on Pixabay, you can modify the image by just cropping out what you do not need.
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MelaniLukito Premium
Great idea to get the images from bigger free pictures, thank you.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Melani. I have been able to create some great images by just cropping them out of a bigger picture.
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tommo1968 Premium
Great tips Robert on getting FREE images.

I am one for cropping larger images to make them more unique as I see images being used again and again all over the web.

Adding text is a great way to personalize it.

I also like adding the website logo to images I use on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook something I have recently started to do.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you. I too have not only cropped images from larger ones, but on some of them I would add my website URL to the bottom. It gives my site some extra exposure should the picture get shared on social media.
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