Quick And Easy Ways To Get More Out Of Images
Sarah Stewart (Sarah’s Musings) commented on my These Are My Favourite Tools! What Are Yours? post that as a result of my posts on presentation skills she has discovered FlickR and have started using the images on blog and in presentations but she is finding it time consuming finding images. What she would like is advice on quick and easy ways of finding images that you are allowed to use.
So here are some of my suggestions:
Search for images using FlickrCC
FlickrCC is the best online tool I have found for quickly searching creative common Flickr photos. It is considerably faster than using FlickrStorm, Creative Commons Image Search or the creative commons advanced search at Flickr. Unlike the other search options FlickrCC also provides facilities to edit the image using their online editing tool – click on this link to view their image editing options.
Thanks to Judy O’Connell (Hey Jude) for telling me about FlickrCC! Check out Judy’s post on Find Free Images Online – My List for options other than using Flickr creative commons photos. I personally prefer using Flickr creative commons photos because there are more photos at Flickr so I am more likely to find photos faster.
Remember that when you use Creative Commons images you are allowed to use these provided you follow the terms specified by their Creative Commons license. In simple terms you are allowed to use these images provided you credit the original source by linking back to that source – you need to refer to Flickr Creative Commons information for a more detailed explanation as there are a range of different licenses with different restrictions.
Creating your own images
There are several ways you can create your own images:
1. Start building up your own collection of photos
I now tend to carry my camera wherever I go and like to share my photos online at Flickr.
2. Use an editing tool to create your own images
I use SnagIT to take screen shots of web pages, software applications or add check information to photos (my screen shot of FlickrCC above was created using SnagIT)
3. Use an image creating tool to create images
I love using fd’s Flickr Toys to remix photos into lots of different images like Mosaics etc.
However today I decided to check out Alan Levine (CogDog) Web 2.0 Gem Starter List because I knew Alan was bound to have some cool tools for editing photos (he loves photos). As a result I came across Dumpr which is a lot better than fd’s Flickr Toys. Here is a same of the different photos I created using Dumpr (can use photos from your computer, Flickr, a Web 2.0 mashup or URL)
The other tool that Alan suggested that I liked was spell with Flickr.
Hopefully you find these tools save you time. Please let me know if you have any similar photo editing, image creation or photo searching tools that I should check out.
15 thoughts on “Quick And Easy Ways To Get More Out Of Images”
I know you are fond of Snagit for screen captures. If anyone can’t afford to buy that, MW Snap is a wonderful free PC alternative that I think is almost as good as Snagit. I use MW Snap all the time. You can download it from the author at http://www.mirekw.com/winfreeware/mwsnap.html.
+10pts to Sue for flickrCC! One of the best finds I’ve found in several days.
Thanks, and keep up the good work.
Hey Sue, you will find photos faster on Flickr!!!! – but the point is there are many there that you shouldn’t be using. It takes a lot of time to search and then check out the copyright…yes, you can filter … but most people don’t because they don’t realise the whole Creative Commons licensing thing. So I recommend FlickrCC… and I love the whole visual look of FlickrCC.
Hi Paul – thanks for telling me about MW Snap I will definitely download it and give it a try. Looking forward to road testing it.
Darren – have to give the +10pts to Judy she guided me to locating it. Although if I had made time to work through Alan Levine’s Web 2.0 gems I would have located it.
Hey Jude – sorry the wording was not good. Reading my post I realised that people could assume that I was saying Flickr but what I meant was it is faster using Flickr creative commons photos than other free photo sources because of the shear volume of photos on flickr. So I have reworded my post to reflect this. Definitely FlickrCC Rocks and the +10pt from Darren goes to you for putting us onto this. Although I am quite taken with the images I created using Dumpr.
You could consider some of the various free to cheap stock photo places as well. Starting point blue vertigo. (http://www.bluevertigo.com.ar)
FlickrCC is slower than using the advanced flickr CC search.
Thank you so much for the FlickRcc reference – I just love it!
cheers Sue.. will use some of these for sure
Hi Gary – thanks for the link I have bookmarked it.
Hi Sarah – glad you like FlickrCC. I suggest you also check out Dumpr and my next post on image generators cause they are a great way of creating your own images really easy.
Good to see Michelle you had fun with the image generators on Friday. Hope you get to try them out with your students and son.
Great to see that people know about Peter Shanks’ brilliant flickrcc search page (bluemountains.net)
i spend so much time searching from that page, and every time i hope that other people are getting it too 🙂
thanks for your tips, Sue !
One of my fav tools for online photo mashing is http://www.FotoTrix.com where you can do much with your photographs.
If you do not have a pic to upload, then there’s http://www.TXT2PIC.com for thousands of image generators that you only need to edit the text message (fill in the blanks).
Hi Michael – yes we are all enjoying FlickrCC.
Thanks Nerdful Things I have just tried out FotoTrix and it is definitely cool. Love TXT2PIC for adding text messages to images.
I love this site. I have made many things and sent thn to my family. It is a great way to work in some fun into keep sakes. I will continue using FLickr forever.