A Lightning-Fast Way to Grab
Graphics for Your Website
Copyright © 2005 Ron Hutton
Just the right photo or graphic strategically placed on your website can
go a very long way to achieving the desired effect, whether it's
motivating someone to spend their money, click a link, download a free
report or just keep reading. However, finding graphics that are
available for your use without copyright infringement can be a real
challenge when you don't want to pay a huge subscription fee for access
to professional photos and graphics.
NOTE: This article has a free companion video tutorial that demonstrates
how to quickly and easily grap copyright-free graphics for use on your
website. The video can be viewed here:
As a marketer or webmaster you surely appreciate the fact that original
graphics works on your website belong to you and as far as everyone else
is concerned, the sign says "Hands Off". It's only fair. If your blood,
sweat, tears and moolah went into the creation of your site's graphics,
you'd be upset if you found that someone else had blatantly stolen your
copyrighted work and was using it for their own commercial purposes.
That's just not cool.
So, where can you go to find photos and graphics that you can use
without having to spend an arm and a leg? Here are a couple of sites
that offer tons of copyright-free pictures:
I learned of Stock.xchng from another marketer and if I could remember
this person's name, I'd gladly give him credit. I've found the inventory
of photographs available at Stock.xchng to be excellent, especially
consider the cost! Here's what you'll read on their home page...
"Welcome to Stock.XCHNG, the leading FREE stock photo site!
Whether you just want to browse our huge image gallery or want to share
your personal photos with others, this is the site for you!
Browse through the categories of our huge gallery containing over
100,000 quality stock photos by more than 9,000 users! Need a wallpaper
for your desktop? Need a pic for your commercial website design? Looking
for inspiration? Have a look around."
The following two paragraphs are quoted from here:
"Wikipedia was created on January 15, 2001 by founders Jimmy Wales,
Larry Sanger, and some enthusiastic collaborators. Three years later, as
of December 2004, there were 13,000 active contributors working on over
1,800,000 articles in more than 100 languages. As of today, there are
700,437 articles in English; every day hundreds of thousands of visitors
from around the world make tens of thousands of edits and create
thousands of new articles to enhance the amount of knowledge held by the
All text in Wikipedia, and most images and other content, is covered by
the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL). Contributions remain the
property of their creators, while the GFDL license ensures the content
will remain freely distributable and reproducible (see the copyright
notice and the content disclaimer for more information)"
You'll find additional supporting documents and links to documents
find this site to be very useful.
So, now you've found a photograph that suits your purposes perfectly,
but it's provided in a high resolution file format that just won't
resize well. You've tried altering the image dimensions in your photo
editing software and the resulting image quality is just plain poor. Now
My favorite program that solves this problem is call Snag-It. This
outstanding little piece of software offers lots of slick tools and
features, but as it applies to this discussion, the simple screen
capture function is indispensible. More information on Snag-It is
available here: http://snagit.gothrive.com and the following video will
show you just how quickly and easily Snag-It will give you the perfect
graphic for your website. Go here to watch a short demonstration of
Ron Hutton is a 20 year sales and marketing veteran with a passion for
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