How To Search For Free Images For a Web Site

Images and pictures have been used by nearly every type of publication. Websites, magazines, and advertisements are just a few of the kinds of content medium. Browsing the internet while searching for free images can be a lot of fun and rewarding when intellectual property law is respected.

Why images should be used

Content creators and graphic artists realize the value of acquiring a cache of free images that can be utilized for a specific topic or idea in their production.

Gaining the attention of a potential browser is one of the most critical points to selling an idea or production. The visual senses of all people are attracted by beautiful pictures, especially when they pertain to something of interest. If a writer or content publisher can grab the attention of someone passing by they are much more likely to turn them into a customer.

Images not only help to attract people to engaging content, but if images are named according to the surrounding content with the appropriate ‘alt’ attribute tags, this will entice search engines to index the content in a more relevant manner and possibly even higher in the results. There are also additional search related benefits for images which appear in the image search results for specific key terms.

Best places to find Free Images

A great way to get high quality and high resolution images for a website or other publication is to use a digital camera to take pictures. However, when the photographs are converted into images or logos it is critical that trademarks and symbols are not apparent in the picture, otherwise intellectual property rights may be of concern.

Wikimedia commons is a popular website for royalty free content. This search wiki has thousands if not millions of contributors which upload their content and share it according to specific creative commons licensing. Content is easily found through various search criteria including source, license, author , location, type, and content topic.

A very popular photographer social network, which publishes millions of new images every day, is Flickr. This website is hosted by the Yahoo network and is likely to be the most popular image sharing portal in the world. Since many members on this website are novice photographers, often the contributors to this website will allow their images to be published elsewhere free of charge. The site utilizes a creative commons licensing structure that allows contributors to specify the licensing type they wish applied to their images. An internal private messaging system allows for internal messages to be sent to other members in the event that there may be a question regarding an image. This is a great tool for building relationships and a content sharing network. Many will find that if an image creative commons license does not specify that an image can be shared freely, then they can simply ask for permission and most photographers will welcome their work to be published elsewhere if they are given credit.

The Image search feature on Google images produces millions of results for nearly any image query. However, it is critical that consideration is given to the license of the images as many are copyrighted rather than free. The image search does allow for a query to be made for free images only, It is recommended when searching with this tool that the option is used to search only for free or creative commons license types. The Creative commons license type must be observed for free images because there may be additional terms described by the license which will be discussed later in the article.

Transferring free images to a website

Once a source has been selected for free images, the next step is to determine how the images can be transferred to a publication. The method of transfer depends upon how and where the images will be used. The same method for posting an image to a social blog may not apply to saving an image for printing in a magazine or postcard.

Some of these basic processes are demonstrated briefly in the video titled “images for free”. Hotlinks, downloads and other methods should be considered. Once the various methods are learned then they will become second nature and the process is much more efficient.


Image hotlinks allow an image to be published into a website, blog or bulletin board post but hosted and stored elsewhere. This can reduce website load times significantly which is something that search engines have begun to factor into rankings. However, although an image hotlink can be generated from just about any website it is not always allowed per the website policy. When an image is hotlinked Copyright infringement and intellectual property laws can come into play. It is important for webmasters to obtain permission prior to generating a hotlink. This is especially true if the website does not provide an automated method to generate the code for a hotlinked image. Some webmasters consider image hotlinks to be bandwidth theft and are not tolerant of image theft. This is because they pay for their website hosting by the bandwidth used each month.

Displaying a free hotlinked image on a blog, website or bulletin board could not be easier. When a hotlinked image is utilized this will offload the bandwidth from the website being displayed. To use an image as a hotlink it is best to find a site that generates this code already, then the code can be used as a template to utilize this for other free images from sites that do not generate the code. Typically code will be generated for Bulletin Board (BBCode) or pure Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML). This code can then simply be copied from the site and pasted directly into a form for a bulletin board post or into a websites html page by content management system (CMS) tool etc.

Copy images to a computer

Certain creative commons licenses allow for derivative works. This means that the image can be changed and manipulated to suit a webmasters needs or content. However, attribution must be given to the original author of the work that was copied freely. Most artists and photographers will allow their images to be used if proper credit is given for their work.

Organization planning should be the first priority for a webmaster that plans to build a local image cache for offline manipulation. External storage has become relatively inexpensive and it is a good idea to purchase a storage device or even online storage when planning to build an image library. Also, it is good to plan a file and folder structure according to a commonly known standard. This can be accomplished by naming folders according to date, subject, topic or even season, etc. Many image editing applications provide a image name prefix to be added to each image as it is saved or processed. It is much easier to plan this ahead of time rather than depending on software to help organize later. The time saved in creating an efficient structure will be well valued in the long run.

If a webmaster allows their images to be copied for free, then it is very easy to copy the images to a local PC. Most websites allow the right click option to be used which will produce a menu option “save as” or “save target as” when right clicking on top of a website image. Again make certain this is allowed prior to copying images. Nothing could be worse than building a great web page or nice looking web post and then receive a DMCA take down notice. It is always better to ask first as many professional photographers will allow their images to be copied free of charge as long as they are given credit for their photography work.

Legally copying free images

Intellectual property laws have recently become a more prevalent issue since the inception of the internet. Hence the US government has heightened copyright laws and penalties for breach of copyright. If a webmaster were to receive a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) take down notice from an internet service provider or other legitimate authority it is in the best interest of the webmaster to immediately comply with the request. This is especially true if the webmaster knows that they have copied the image from another website.

A common licensing structure is well known throughout the internet called creative commons licensing. This license structure is not only applicable to images but to video and written work as well. Webmasters which plan to copy free images would be well advised to first research creative commons licensing regarding which models allow copying and which allow derivative works, et cetera. This is important for hotlinked images as well as copied images.

With a little time and research, artists, webmasters, developers and graphics designers can find many sources of images for free on the internet. All image content needs can be fulfilled while complying with copyright laws, this will help to build relationships with content providers for months and years to come.

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Enlighten Launches New Site for University of Michigan Athletics

Ann Arbor, Michigan (PRWEB) June 19, 2015

Leading independent digital media, design and technology agency Enlighten today announced the launch of (, a first-of-its-kind athletics recruiting hub for the University of Michigan Athletics department. Ann Arbor-based Enlighten was retained by the esteemed college – which counts Google co-founder Larry Page and football great Tom Brady among its alumni – to execute an extensive responsive website design that would assist U of M in continuing to attract the caliber of talent that has already generated 56 national championships, 307 individual championships and 150 Olympic medals.

In the Define phase of the project, Enlighten interviewed every University of Michigan coach along with potential recruits, recently signed recruits and current student-athletes to assess their recruiting site needs and digital behavior. The resulting web destination incorporates innovative design trends and such visual assets as student-produced imagery and original video, created in collaboration with third party video production vendor Dark Spark Media. Behind-the-scenes features provide potential recruits with a candid, in-depth look at the University of Michigan, its world-class Athletics program and the city of Ann Arbor, ranked 13th Best Place to Live in the US by in 2014.

Site sections include Academic Success, Health & Welfare, Leadership & Career, Campus Life, Traditions and For Parents & Advisors, and are supported by rich visuals, video and original copy to assist visitors in the decision making process. In the We Are Michigan section, dozens of interactive testimonials from past and present University of Michigan athletes are coupled with bold photos and social media feeds to create an engaging and memorable site experience, while the Experience Michigan interface offers both Ann Arbor- and Campus-specific galleries and insider facts to familiarize visitors with the area.

The site delivers information on all 31 of the University of Michigan’s sports teams, and is completely responsive for use on desktops, tablets and smartphones of all kinds.

“Recruiting sites for university athletic programs are rare, but in the competitive world of athletic recruiting they’ve become critical to securing top talent,” says Tom Beck, President of Enlighten. “ goes beyond facts and data points to tell the compelling story of the program, its participants and the beautiful city of Ann Arbor in a visually dynamic and wholly engaging way.”

About Enlighten

Enlighten ( is an award-winning digital marketing, online advertising, web development, data analytics and strategic consulting firm building innovative online experiences for major brands including AAA, Domino’s Pizza, Hunter Douglas, illy caffè, Janus Capital Group, Jimmy John’s, Johnson & Johnson, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, The Henry Ford and more. Based in Ann Arbor, the independent digital marketing agency was founded in 1983.

International Speedway Corp. and Digitaria Launch New Web Site to Help Daytona 500 Fans ‘Feel the Experience’ of Racing’s Biggest Event

San Diego, CA, and Daytona Beach, FL (PRWEB) February 10, 2009

Digitaria Sports, a division of Digitaria, a leading digital marketing and technology firm, and International Speedway Corp. (Nasdaq: ISCA) (OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB) (“ISC”), a leading promoter of motorsports activities, today announced the launch of a new online destination and resource for race fans at Daytona International Speedway.

The new site at contains all the information race fans need to enjoy the Daytona 500, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 15. The site is aimed at helping fans both ‘feel the experience’ of NASCAR’s biggest event, as well as provide a valuable resource. The site features extensive online video and multimedia content, exclusive news and information, driver features, camping and parking information, seating charts, the ability to buy tickets, and much more.

“We’re excited to launch this new online resource for our race fans,” said Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig. “Daytona 500 fans will be able to get all the news and information they need, whether they’re going to the race, or just watching from home. In addition, the site is a must-see destination in advance of our other prestigious events such as the Daytona 200 Week By Honda and the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola.”

The new Daytona International Speedway site is the first of 12 new track sites that [Digitaria is building for ISC as part of long-term digital strategy designed to engage fans and generate more incremental sales. Each track site will serve as a year-round resource for all racing events held at that venue.

“Our goal for each of these sites is to help recreate the unique experience on the track, as well as provide an ongoing resource for race fans,” said John Van Spyk, general manager of [Digitaria Sports, which caters exclusively to sports organizations worldwide. “We are proud to work with the ISC and look forward to seeing fans enjoy these new sites.”

About Digitaria:

Digitaria is a leading digital marketing and technology firm headquartered in San Diego with additional offices in Los Angeles and New York. Since 1997, Digitaria has consistently led the field in creating digital experiences online through Web sites, intranets, extranets, digital asset management, interactive marketing campaigns and business solutions that are both measurable and memorable. Digitaria represents many of the largest brands in the world. Active clients include Atlanta Falcons, ASICS Shoes, Best Western International, CBS Corporation, Cobra Golf, Comcast Corporation, FOX Corporation, Gateway Corporation, Gordon Rush, Hasbro, Inc., KCET Hollywood, NBC Universal, QUALCOMM, Inc., Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing, WPT Enterprises, Inc. and many others.

Digitaria believes strongly in the power of collaboration and strategic thinking and often integrates internal teams with the talented staff of its clients to ensure all stakeholders contribute to the success of the engagement.


Consumer Health Insurance Site Founder: Health Reform or No Health Reform, Americans Can Help Reduce Rolls of the Uninsured

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) March 4, 2010

The highly publicized health care legislation being debated in Congress is intended to reduce the ranks of America’s uninsured. It remains to be seen whether Congress will pass significant reform, but what’s not in question is that many of America’s uninsured don’t have to wait for new legislation to pass to get coverage, according to the founder of the one of the Web’s most visited consumer-focused health insurance sites.

For many uninsured Americans, finding health coverage may be a simple matter of getting information about coverage that’s already available to them. And, while state governments and health care advocacy groups are making concerted efforts to direct the uninsured to coverage, efforts by ordinary citizens can also help reduce the rolls of the uninsured, says Charles Smith-Dewey, founder of the Health Insurance Resource Center.

The growing problem

According to “State of the States,” a 2009 publication by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the number of Americans without health insurance rose to 46.3 million in 2008 – or 15.4 percent of the population. Even working adults – 26.9 million of them – are increasingly uninsured.

The growing number of uninsured Americans is driven in part by a continued rise in premiums which, according to the report, have increased by 131 percent over the past decade. In recent weeks, both the media and the Obama Administration expressed outrage over WellPoint’s decision to increase health insurance rates by double digits in 11 states – and as much as 39 percent for some policy holders in California.

As a result, the percentage of Americans with private health insurance is dropping while the number of individuals with employer-sponsored insurance rates also continues a long-term decline.

The consequences

The consequences of not having insurance are numerous for the uninsured – and for the insured. A report from the Institute of Medicine on the consequences of not having insurance noted that

    uninsured Americans “experience worse health and die sooner” than their insured counterparts;
    families suffer emotionally and financially when a family member is uninsured;
    the uninsured cause instability at the community level for health care providers and institutions and for the services and programs accessible to residents; and
    the nation suffers economically due to the “poorer health and premature death” of uninsured Americans.

Where the uninsured turn

As Americans lose their private health insurance and their employer-sponsored coverage, more and more people are turning to public programs to find whatever affordable coverage they can secure. Many states, in response to increasing demand, are making their own efforts to expand access to programs.

Eighteen states have passed or enacted legislation to expand Medicaid and CHIP programs. And last year, Congress provided funding to states so they could expand eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP.

Some individuals – including many who can actually afford insurance – have been denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Those individuals are increasingly looking to high-risk insurance pools, state-sponsored pools of individuals who have been denied coverage by private insurance companies.

Unfortunately, not all states offer risk pools – and when they do, the pools are often markedly more expensive, which still puts coverage out of reach for many individuals.

Communities offer help

But even with increased funding and promotion of these programs by the states, millions of families continue to go without insurance because they’re not aware that they’re eligible for publicly administered health insurance programs. And sadly, many Americans aren’t aware of how easy it is to help the uninsured.

“In response to the current debate about reform, Americans are sending loud, clear messages to Washington about their desire for legislation that will cover more of the uninsured,” says Smith-Dewey, who founded the Health Insurance Resource Center in 1994. “But their voices can accomplish as much, if not more, in their own communities.”

Smith-Dewey says that more and more, communities are witnessing grassroots efforts to raise awareness of affordable coverage options for the uninsured. “It may be as simple as using your school or community group newsletter, bulletin board or Web site to post directions to insurance resources,” he says.

For CHIP and Medicaid assistance, the most convenient resource is often a state’s department of insurance. For Web sites and phone numbers of each state’s department, visit Individuals seeking coverage through state high-risk pools can find contact information for participating states at

Beyond posting the information, an increasing number of community groups are hosting insurance enrollment drives, Smith-Dewey says. Well-organized initiatives such as “Cover the Uninsured,” a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, give individuals the information and tools they need to learn about insurance options in their states and to start their own community drives.

Cover the Uninsured Week” – a nonpartisan campaigned organized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – has endeavored for seven years to help millions of uninsured Americans find coverage. The drive this year will take place March 14-20.

“Through the ongoing debate, we’ve all learned that a lack of health coverage can have catastrophic consequences,” Smith-Dewey says. “Fortunately, we’ve also learned that Americans genuinely want to help solve the health care crisis – and that they’re willing to take steps in their own communities.”

For more information about health coverage resources – both public and private – available in your state, visit is a free online source of consumer health resources, including information about individual health insurance, major medical insurance and affordable medical insurance. Access to free health insurance quotes – private and online – is available by visiting

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Magnetic White Boards: One In Particular Answer To Obtain Writing And Bulletins Site

White board has been used in various place and office. This board has been widely used for the efficient and clean maintenance. Comparing this equipment to other equipment such as black board, this white board offers more advantage than black board. As we know that having black board means that you will need to have chalk.

The disadvantage of using chalk is that you will make your place dirty since you will erase the text in board. While the text is written using chalk, the common problem of this chalk is the dust. Moreover using chalk means that you will use more earth soil to fulfill your demands. The solution for this condition is white board.

White board offers cleaner erasing result. You do not have to worry about the dust since the marker that is used to write on its white surface produces ink. You will not be bothered with the dust. The other advantage of having white board is the additional feature. You may not find all white board will be able to be used as bulletin board but the fact is you can have bulletin and writing board as the same time.

White board that has magnetic surface is also called as magnetic white board. You will be able to put various bulletin and announcement on the board. All you need is to have the magnetic pin which can be bought in various shops. Having white board will give you many advantages that one of them has been told in previous paragraph.

You may find this equipment in an office or school or other public service office and place. You will find that some of the board is used as writing board. It can be caused by the ability of the board to be cleaned and written in very easy way. You may find various kinds and shape of white board. This article tries to give you one of the best boards for your needs and demands.

The product is Board Dudes home decor magnetic dry erase board. You will find that this equipment will help you in very good way. This board has been designed to have black frame. The size of the board is 22 x 35 inch that will give you house or boarding houses have their place to put any announcement.

This white board can be used with various dry erase markers. You can place various bulletin and paper using a magnetic pin up. You do not have to worry about the installation since the manual and instruction is listed in the product. This product must be a good choice for a small office to conduct their seminars or meetings. Sometimes we need to use white board instead of power point to give and illustration.

Having magnetic white boards will give you the most essential function of bulletin and board function. You will not regret buying this equipment. You may also need dry erase magnetic board for your office and house to accommodate your business and personal activities.