Tools for Finding Creative Commons Images

Via Michael Guhlin I’m playing with some tools to find creative commons images for use in things like blogposts, slide shows, etc. I thought I’d give Sprixi and–by Peter Shanks, a new year’s test drive. My key word for testing was FREE!

Michael gave a precise review sequence in his blog, so I’ll skipped that and just did a quick “do it now” comparison.

Sprixi – chose the picture, downloaded to my hard drive, then inserted into the blog post.  A black frame with the attribution information is included in the picture. Small to read tho! No link back to the image source.


On Flickr CC you have a nice editing option, but there are a few more steps to getting the image and the proper attribution into the blog post – you have to do it manually. This is more steps, but more flexibility. Here is the image I chose.


And here is the attribution!

Image: ‘Free 2 Run
Free 2 Run

Note the copy/pasted attribution does not indicate the CC license but does include a link back to the Flickr picture.

So two tools, two approaches, both useful, but the choice depends on what you are looking for. Bottom line? There are fabulous images out there, waiting to help us communicate better and add beauty to the world, so go out and get them, and thanks to all the photographers who are sharing their images with license forms that allow us to use them. Bravo!

4 thoughts on “Tools for Finding Creative Commons Images”

  1. I use the Flickrcc.bluemountains site and I really like it. I also like having the link back to the original image. For me, I feel like I am being more careful about sending people to the originator of the image.

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