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How can I paste images to my hub that I copy from the web?

Updated on April 15, 2020
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Tamara Wilhite is a technical writer, an industrial engineer, a mother of two, and a published sci-fi and horror author.


First, you need to make sure you have the right attribution information, before you add an image to your Hubpages Hub. Even public domain images need to be referred to by the license information as public domain.

Hubpages help suggests only using images you own, have Creative Commons (CC) licensing or are clearly in the public domain. If in doubt, fill out the attribution per the guidance available through Hubpages Help.

Uploading Images Locally

How do you upload a file from the web "locally"?

  1. Save the image from the internet locally to your computer.
  2. Insert a photo capsule in your Hub.
  3. Select to edit the photo capsule.
  4. Hit the "upload" button.
  5. Select "choose photos".
  6. Navigate to where you saved the file off of the internet locally. Select it. After you select the image, hit "Open" to upload it.
  7. Let it upload to your Hubpages photo directory.
  8. You can click on the red X to delete it, return to the locally saved image to edit it and start over. Or continue. You have the option of adding source information and the source URL to the photo at this time but it is not necessary. Source information added at this point will be filled in on the Hub.
  9. Once you hit save, the picture with attribution information is placed in the Hub and the image will be available in the "My Photos" section the next time you insert a photo capsule.

The benefit of taking this route is that you can crop, rotate or otherwise alter the image within the limits of the license. For example, you are not allowed to remove someone's watermark but you can crop dead space if the watermark is unaffected. Uploading locally is sometimes the only option when trying to upload an image from the web fails.

The benefit of using images you own is that there are no limits on how you use them.
The benefit of using images you own is that there are no limits on how you use them. | Source

Adding Images Via Links

  1. Find the image online you would like to use, ideally one that does not require royalties or editing to use.
  2. Create a photo capsule in the Hub if it doesn't already exist.
  3. Chose the option to edit the photo hub.
  4. Select to "import" the photo.
  5. Paste the link to the photo's URL in one of the URL boxes. If you are pulling the image from Wikimedia Commons, be sure to use the File URL, not the Page URL.
    Note: if the import fails because the site is blocking the import or the file type is not compatible with Hubpages, you can save the file locally, edit or convert it and then try the first method detailed in this Hub.
  6. If the image successfully imports, add the source name and source URL.
  7. Save the photo capsule to save the image with attribution information.
  8. If you save the photo without adding this information, you can still add the proper attribution and licensing information by later editing the photo and saving it. Or you can edit the photo to add an engaging description.

Once you've imported a photo via the link, it will be available for subsequent use in any other hubs in the "My Photos" list. At that point, you can simply select it from the photos list, and you have the option of editing the attribution information and image description.


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