Adding images to blogs

Pictures can look great on blogs. They split up too much text into useful chunks and add colour – even if they’re in black and white!

Where to find images

There are plenty of places to find useful images.

1. Copyright free and licenced

  •  Wikimedia Commons has lots of great material you can look at and most of it is copyright free or licensed with Creative Commons. That means you are allowed to use the photo under certain conditions.
  • You can also find Creative Commons images on Flickr.

2. You can also make your own images

  • create a Cooltext logo (leave your image in the LRC dropbox with your name)
  • borrow a camera from Mrs Macfadyen and take your own pictures

3. Google Images

Most pictures on Google Images belong to someone. If you really want to use the image, we can ask the owner for permission to use it on the blog. If they say no, or don’t reply, then we can’t use it. Luckily, most people we’ve asked so far are delighted that their picture will be used by a school and say yes.

How to use your image

The blog set-up means that only staff can do the actual uploading, but the rest is up to you.

1. Put a marker saying IMAGE HERE PLEASE at the place in your blog that you want the picture to appear.

2. Write the word WIKIMEDIA or DROPBOX after the marker. If your image is on Wikimedia Commons, copy and paste the URL (web address) of the page under the marker. and paste the URL under your request.

Please don’t copy and paste the image itself. We need to resize the image and add licence information before posting it to the blog.

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3 Responses to Adding images to blogs

  1. You might find http://johnjohnston.info/flickrCC/ useful. It lets you search Flickr and will produce images stamped with attribution.

    • Jennifer Macfadyen says:

      Cheers, John. Flickr’s not the easiest to use for the pupils. We’ll give it a go 🙂

      • That is why I made the page, it searches flickr for cc images and either gives an embed code that includes the attribution or lets you download an image with the attribution stamped on it. The ‘stamped’ image can be downloaded and used this means the pupils do not have think about attribution.

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