How To Find and Download Creative Commons Images From Flickr

creative-commonsFinding images on the web is easy but if we want to use them on our blog, we definitely need to make sure that we do not infringe on the copyrights in order to remain safe. Creative Commons is the best source when we are looking for images to use on our website or blog.

Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license. You can browse or search through their content using Flickr’s dedicated page for images under a creative commons license. The images are categorized according to license type and it makes it fairly simple to search for the right image under the desired license.

Search Flickr: Creative Commons directly or use sites like CompFight, LiteFlickr, FlickrCC and FlickrStorm, which are in some ways good alternatives to Flickr’s search interface.

Images from Flickr creative commons can be searched directly but lets walk through the steps for searching and downloading the images using LiteFlickr, a free Flickr search tool.

  1. Open LiteFlickr and click the advance button next to the search bar.
  2. Type in the search term and tick the license type under which you desire to search the photos.
  3. From the search results select the image you want, click ‘more info’ and click the image on the newly opened window to go directly to the owners page on Flickr where the image is hosted.
  4. On the Top left of the image click actions and choose view all sizes.
  5. Choose the size of the image you want and click ‘download’ right above it.

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