18 Mar 2013 How To Find and Save An Image From Google
When posting on Facebook or your website, you may need an image to illustrate what you’re talking about – for example a photograph of the person speaking at your upcoming event or a place you want to show your customers.
If you don’t have an image of your own, you can easily find one via Google. Here’s how.
1. Do a Google search
2. Click on the ‘Images’ link just under the search box
3. Click on ‘Search tools’ on the right under the search box, then click on the ‘Any size’ link that appears at the left side of the second row of links. This shows a dropdown list that enables you to narrow your search for images of a particular size.
4. For most purposes, select ‘Medium’ from the dropdown list. Medium images are not too tiny and not too large, and should be fine for using on a blog or Facebook.
5. Find an image you like and click on it. Google displays it in a black area. Click on the ‘Visit Page’ button to the right of the image and check it is ok for you to copy and use it on your website or Facebook page i.e. that you won’t be infringing someone’s copyright.
6. Once on the webpage that contains the image, look around and make a judgement about whether you think you can use it. In the vast majority of cases, images that have been put on the internet can be used freely, as long as you acknowledge where you got it from i.e. credit the photographer or website.
In this example, the image was on photo sharing website Flickr, and had been uploaded by ‘State Records NSW’. By looking around the page, I could see a heading saying ‘Licence’ with a link beneath it saying ‘Some rights reserved’ – visible at the bottom right of the screenshot below. Clicking on this showed me that this image is covered by a ‘Creative Commons’ agreement – so I am free to use it however I like, as long as I acknowledge the author – in this case ‘State Records NSW’.
If the image you find is from Wikipedia, Wikimedia, Amazon or similar, you can just go ahead and use it.
7. Once you’re happy you can use the image, save it to your computer. To do this, click it with your right mouse button, and select ‘Save Image As’ in order to save it to your computer. On most computers, this will save the image to your desktop.
8. You can then add the photo to a Facebook post or your website, and remember to add a credit to the photographer/owner if appropriate. You may like to include a link to their website – this is a nice gesture, especially for a local photographer or local business.
Seven Mile Beach near Berry, as viewed from the Gerroa Headland. Photo courtesy of State Records NSW.