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Grabbing Images From the Web?
Need a photo for your website? Google makes it incredibly easy to search great images like the one shown here.
But hold on just a minute. Just because an image can be downloaded from the web doesn't mean you have the right to use it. Most images carry copyrights and you need permission from the photographer to use them. Otherwise, you're breaking copyright law.
So what, you ask? The big threat is from organizations that license photographers' work and will try to prosecute: they're very persistent and can sound very intimidating. Some people say you just ignore them and they'll go away, and that may be true. Others recommend contacting your own attorney. But even if they don't collect, who wants to receive endless threatening letters demanding thousands of dollars?
Honestly, it's not worth the trouble. In our search for mobile friendly web design image sources, we've found that there are plenty of sources providing free or very low cost images, and some of those images are quite spectacular. Below is just a short list of our favorites, but there are a lot more to be found online.
Photo Websites to Try
Pixabay and Pixel have good, artistic images for free. You can pay a few bucks from time to time if you want, to show the photographers you like their work, but it's not required. 123rf.com and Dreamstime.com are sites with very inexpensive images you can use. There are many more sites to visit for low cost images, but these three sites are our go-tos.
Editing Photos for the Web
It's often helpful to have some sort of image editor for resizing and optimizing pictures for web use. Professional designers usually use Photoshop, but Pixlr.com is a free online image editor that works well.
If you are sending us images for a website, though, we ask for your raw photo at maximum size. We'll do the editing and optimizing for you. Or we can search stock images for you as we build your site.
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