How To Credit The Images & Photos You Use in 3 Steps
How To Give Credit To The Photos and Images That You Have Permission to Use
When creating content for a web site, it's important to credit your images & photos.
Here's a quick tutorial on how to do that. Just copy and paste the HTML code, changing the parts of it that point to your own image and description.
Images & photos are an important part of creating an attractive web site. They add interest for your readers. Rather than having only lengthy text, break it up with images.
However, unless you own the image yourself (for example, you took a picture of a robin & added it to your web site), you need to make sure that you have permission to use any image or photo you find. Just because an image or photo is on the Internet does not mean it's okay to use.
Note: Clip art from a software package has a license allowing you to use the clip art free. But the license usually states that you cannot sell the clip art as-is. If you are going to sell it, it needs to be part of a greater design that you have personally created.
Step 1: Find your image.
You can use clip art, public domain images or take your own photos.
Here are some great sources for finding images that are in the public domain or licensed for free commercial use. Make sure to check the permission for each photo to make sure you're compliant.
"Turkeys" by Claude Monet Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
(Click on this link to see that this artwork is in the public domain in the United States.)
Note: Some licenses may require that that you give credit to the original creator.
You can right-click the photo you've found to use, select Save Image As... and save the photo to a file on your computer's hard drive. Whatever image you find, remember where it's located on your computer.
Fantastic software! I've used this for years to edit photos.
Step 2: Upload your image.
Now that you have a photo or image, you need to get it on your web site.
JPEGs and GIFs are the most common types of image files. (Use JPEGs for photos, GIFs for graphics.)
Upload the photo to your web host account.
The advantage to uploading your photo to a web host is that you can make the photo any size you want.
Step 3: Point to your image with this HTML code.
Now use HTML code to point to the image you uploaded so that the image can be seen on your site.
Place the following code in the Text Module, which gives credit and a link to the location of the image.
<p style="width: YOURIMAGEWIDTHpx; float: left; margin-right: 15px;"><img src="http://YOURWEBHOSTFILENAME/NAMEOFIMAGE.jpg" /><b style="font-size: 16px;">DESCRIPTION</b> <p style="font-size: 12px;">Photo Courtesy of <a href="http://WEBADDRESSOFIMAGESOURCE" target="_blank">NAMEOFSOURCE</a></p>
YOURIMAGEWIDTH is the number of pixels WIDE of your image. (To find the width, you can right-click on your image and click "View Image Info.")
YOURWEBHOSTFILENAME is the file where you upload your images, using whatever web host you use to store images.
NAMEOFIMAGE is the name you used to save your image.
DESCRIPTION is the text that will appear under your image to let readers know what they're looking at.
WEBADDRESSOFIMAGESOURCE is where the image was found.
NAMEOFSOURCE is the name of the site where you found the image.
Congratulations, you used HTML code to place an image on your site and you have given credit where credit is due!
Claude Monet Self-Portrait in Beret 1886, age 26
Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Using another Monet image from Wikimedia Commons, I uploaded this image to my web host and pointed the HTML code to it. (This link indicates that this artwork is in the public domain in the United States.) Here's the HTML code for the above so you can see what it looks like:
<img src="http://www.dwellinthegarden.com/creditimage/claude-monet-self-portrait.jpg"><b style="font-size: 16px; color:#CC0099;">Claude Monet Self-Portrait in Beret 1886, age 26</b> <p style="font-size: 12px;">Photo Courtesy of <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Autoportret_Claude_Monet.jpg" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons</a>
© 2011 CoeGurl
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