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Free Images and How to Use Them

Updated on August 24, 2011

A Collection of Royalty Free Images and Graphics for your Squidoo Lenses

This is a listing royalty free image resources to use on your lens or website.

Also, it includes several detailed How-To sections on how to add the necessary HTML to control and enhance the images in your pages (or lenses). Examples included.


f you do find this helpful, please consider rating it.

What is Free Content?

Free content encompasses all works in the public domain and also those copyrighted works that are free for public use. These are also known as "creative commons", "Copyleft", "Open content" (similar to Open source), "Public domain", "royalty free" or "Share-alike".

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Free Gifs - Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)

The format uses a palette of up to 256 distinct colors from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations. The color limitation makes the GIF format unsuitable for reproducing color photographs and other images with continuous color, but it is well-suited for more simple images such as graphics or logos with solid areas of color.

iStockPhoto Images
iStockPhoto Images

*Not free, but you can buy full rights for as low as $1 per image.

Basic: Linking to an Image

How to Use Free Images and Graphics

In Squidoo you can either upload the image into certain modules (Polaroid and Introduction) or you can link to the image using html code.

*In some cases you would want to upload your images to a free image hosting site and then link to it.

Here is a simplified example of the html you would use:

Normally you can simply right-click on the image to find the url (address) of the image.

Select Properties

Highlight and then copy the location address. Then paste it into the src part above.

*You will replace the url (http://) with the link to the image

Basic: Making a Clickable Image Link

If you wish to make a "clickable" Image link, you can use the following example, after modifying for your needs.

Simplified HTML code for you to use:

- You can click on this link.

You can use this for any image, including banners, icons, buttons, or whatever.

The target="_blank" attribute allows you to have a new window open whenever your visitor clicks on your image link (this can be used in normal text links as well).

Just add target="_blank" to your link.

Simplified html code for you to use:

Advanced: Resizing Your Images

More advanced anyway than the other section

You can change the sizing of images that are hosted elsewhere by using the size attribute.

It is easy to use. The harder part would be to get the dimensions right, so the image doesn't appear squished.

The html image (img src=) and size (height="pixel size" and width="pixel size") tags looks like the following:

If you wish to keep the images current size dimensions, you do not need to to include the size tag (width="" height="").

The Golden Gate image above is kept as the current dimension of a 375x500 pixels, as I found it (as seen in properties).

I can resize it to whatever dimension I want by using the size tag.

But what if I just guess at the ratio between height and width? Let's say I make it 200x300 pixels?

Here's the code for the image below:

It doesn't look good, does it?

This is why it is important to find a good aspect ratio. But how?

You can use either online or offline (software on your computer) methods to determine the correct "aspect ratio" and resize your image, if you wish.

Here's a list of free ways to resize an image (and determine aspect ratio):


Irfanview *Recommended



Shrink Pictures

*Just remember, you may not need to truly resize the image, but just determine the aspect ratio. The size tag will do the rest.

Using the correct aspect ratio, in this case I chose 200x266, it appears to look correctly proportioned.

Here's the code after using Irfanview to determine aspect ratio:

Simple HTML code for you to use:

Intermediate: Creating a Row of Images

In order to make a row of separate images you will need to not have any spaces between the image html.

One easy way to make sure there are no spaces is to copy the html into Windows Notepad (without wordwrap). Otherwise, carefully check the code to make sure there are no spaces.

Bad - Notice the space?

Good - No spaces between the image html.

Things to consider:

♩ The total width is approximately 600 dpi, so your images must total less than that pixel width.

♩ You can use padding (see advanced section below) to separate the images.

Advanced: Other Image Attributes

In addition to the other attributes (ie. height and width) that I mentioned, there are others that you can and possibly should use.

The Align attribute:

With the align attribute, you can designate where on the page an image will display.

For example: using the attribute will align the image to the left, right, center, bottom, middle, or top of text on the page.

The html code for the image below:

This is just a bunch of example text to see that the image is to the left of the text.

The alt attribute allows text-only browsers to display only the text that is specified in the "alt" attribute for the image.

More importantly though, it is helpful for search engines to identify image content and is important toward Search Engine Optimization.

It is actually important to include the alt attribute on all images that you use, if you want to improve your on-page SEO.

Simplified html code for you to use:

The border attribute defines a border around an image, however it will not work properly in Squidoo lenses. You need to use the style attribute instead.

The style attribute would look something like the following example:

style="border: 3px solid #000000; padding: 8px;"

border: 3px being a border of 3 pixels (change this to change the width of the border)

solid #000000 being a solid black color. Click here for other color choices.

padding: 8px being the distance from the edge of the image

The following html was used in the image below:

Feel free to change it however you like for your situation.

Simplified HTML code for you to use:

More great resources

Take a look at

Squidoo Tools and Resourcesfor Squidoo utilities, lens addons, guides, news, and linkbuilding links and info

And please add Free Images and Graphics to your Squidoo favorites by clicking here.

If you found it helpful, please rate it.

*Due to spam, HTML is stripped from comments. Sorry.

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      Plush LM 5 years ago

      Thank you for the info. I've bookmarked this lens so that I don't lose it.

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      KateH2 5 years ago

      Great lens, with lots of resources, I will bookmark it as I am sure I will be referring to it time and time again. Thanks Kelly!

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      FamilySolutions1 5 years ago

      I'm so happy that I stumbled upon this lens since I didn't realize that I could use HTML coding to do all these great things with images. Great lens and great resource! Thanks!

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      Kegnum 5 years ago

      Wow, what a great resource! Thanks so much, this will come in very handy.



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      toppers lm 5 years ago

      This is super valuable to anyone running a site or blog, not to mention for those building lenses. Liked!

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      shelleymax 5 years ago

      Brilliant. I love all of your info. Very much appreciated. Just what i needed

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      stunnINgblue 5 years ago

      Thanks! It has helped me build my first lens.

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      Michael Shepherd 5 years ago from Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

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      jvcronje 5 years ago

      Excellent and very handy lens. I've bookmarked it and will use it in future.

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      I did not know the border code didn't work in Squidoo. Went back with your style code (replacing the border code, because it wouldn't work otherwise). It works like a charm! My photos were touching the text before. Many thanks.

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      David328 5 years ago

      very informative, great lens!

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      avid reader rev 5 years ago

      One of the best lenses I've found - you've got loads of info! Thanx!

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Good to know. Thank you for sharing this great lens

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      shewins 5 years ago

      I'm new here, so excuse the silly question, but how do you attribute an intro photo or make it clickable? The only option seems to be uploading a photo. I tried your code for the photo, and it works fine, but I still have that empty intro photo box at the top.

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      missmary1960 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info

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      cbjones 5 years ago

      Love these public domain resource sites. Always a great source for ideas. Very useful for not only squidoo, but Zazzle as well.

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      cbjones 5 years ago

      Love these public domain resource sites. Always a great source for ideas. Very useful for not only squidoo, but Zazzle as well.

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      Monarch55 5 years ago

      Really great stuff and tips. Thanks

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      Ashly Rain 5 years ago

      Some great stuff here..a lot i want to try out. Great lens!

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      ababe-singh 5 years ago

      Great stuff and I like this stuff so much If you want more free Public domain image with out attribution a great website is waiting for you

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      JuliaAnnPayne 5 years ago

      great tips for images. Have a great day!

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      Ksushella 5 years ago

      Thank you for good tips!

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi thanks for all the info and tips, wow so much to learn. Thanks for sharing. Blessed and added to my lens..Squid Angel flinnie.

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      So much to learn. Thank you for the resources.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Been too long since I stopped by here. Just saying hi to an old friend.

      Blessed again! :)

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      fantastic lens

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I needed this information for so many projects - thanks so much. I have bookmarked it, Blessed it, Stumbled it and generally turned cartwheels in your honour!

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      kulla 5 years ago

      Thums up for this great lens. Thanks for so many resources and tips and tricks of html to improve images.

      However I have one question if I may.

      Is it possible to have an intro image with a link? If so how?

      I am asking this because that many times I find images which are appropriate for the Intro section but you need to give proper attribution to them.

      Would be looking forward to helpful suggestions.

      Thanks in advance

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Very helpful resource that I'll bookmark and surely use often. Angel Blessings**

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      Lots of information, great help! Thanks.

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      Pat 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Thanks for the code. This is very helpful. Also, appreciate all the good links for photos and images.

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      Thanks for the great info!

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      RCGraphicsDesign 6 years ago

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      Thank you. Pretty much solved all the doubts I had :)

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      beautyandtherest 6 years ago

      Thank you. Pretty much solved all the doubts I had :)

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      RuthieDenise 6 years ago

      Thank you for the information on pics. I have been trying to figure it out.

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      Nicole Pellegrini 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Great resource. I'm bookmarking this to link to each person I see on Squidoo who says they "don't know how" to find legally usable photos...

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      DesignsByAlex 6 years ago

      thanks for the great lens!

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      Barbara Walton 6 years ago from France

      This is one of the few lenses that I have on my screen permanently so that I can come back time and again. Truly blessed.

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      I have been searching for how to line your images across instead of up and down.Thank you.Bookmarked for easy reference.

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      Excellent lens, great resource.

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      AshwinSajith LM 6 years ago

      One of the best lenses I have seen in squidoo :) Thank you

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      JillY88 6 years ago

      thanks for a great lens. I will be using your suggestions a lot (trying). Very informative.

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      Hi triathlontraining

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      Really great resources. I have bookmarked this page.

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      I was looking for something like this

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      Very very helpful and much appreciated for newbies like yours truly.

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      Totus Mundus 6 years ago

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great and informative lens, thanks!

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      Bellwood-Antiques 6 years ago

      Hello, First I want to thank you for your critique on my lens. I did have more photos on my stick furniture lens but Squidoo told me the I was using to many links of one source, when I tried to upgrade my lens, so I ended up pulling about 8 pictures off!! I will try to use some of your tricks and see if I can get back in the swing of it. I can see that I will have to play with it for a little while to be able to use it properly. I do want to say thanks again so much for your help!

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      Mary 6 years ago from Midwest

      I'm glad it's stripped because i am still trying to learn it.hehe.

      Nice lens. I see i am going to have to come back when i do my next lens but i'm sure you don't mind LOL.

      Thanks for liking my lens.

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      buttercup007 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these links to public domain images web sites! I have already used a few pictures I found using the links you listed.

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      RealMonstrosity 6 years ago

      Great work, thanks!

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      CelinaHamm 6 years ago

      This is a Great Lens! Thank you for all the useful information :)

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      Great lens, thank you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      OMG..i was so much carried away by 'Lnking' content on this Lens that I forgot to mention in my comment about the Imaging part, though i came here searching content on 'Free Images' ..just got double of what i was looking for..thnxxss :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Content Rich Lens for anyone who is looking for the link related Lens !(off-course Html Rich as well )....Thnxx for sharing buddy!!

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      Goldenpig999 6 years ago

      Awesome lens thank you. It coers a lot of my questions.

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      sapheyerblu lm 6 years ago

      Very cool lens and one I'll be using again and again. One thing however. I clicked on the link to download the CC plugin for Firefox and it no longer exists. But still a killer lens.

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      sapheyerblu lm 6 years ago

      Very cool lens and one I'll be using again and again. One thing however. I clicked on the link to download the CC plugin for Firefox and it no longer exists. But still a killer lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks

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      BageAKumar 6 years ago

      Great tips on free squidoo images and graphics.Thanks.

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      ComedyFrog 6 years ago

      Loads of great info and some brilliant links. Thanks for sharing such a great lens. Answered my question straight off!

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      tt1998 6 years ago

      This looks like pretty good information. Thanks.

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      Rockett LM 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great information. Very helpful and will definitely be used!!

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      LensSeller 6 years ago

      An excellent lens for solving the perennial problem of finding good images to use. Thank you!

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      mattseefood lm 7 years ago

      VERY Useful! Thanks a lot :)

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      thank you for sharing this helpful lens! cheers

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      jvsper63 7 years ago

      Love you this is great!!!!!

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      nightbear lm 7 years ago

      Wow! Great job with this. Huge resource. thanks!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens and insights. Thanks for sharing.

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      Wow. This is a huge list for free images. Thanks!

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      itsmuzza2011 7 years ago

      very good lens cool and full of useful info , many thanks

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      itsmuzza2011 7 years ago

      very good lens cool and full of useful info , many thanks

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      RStiltskin 7 years ago

      Thank you-this is very helpful

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nice lens.Thanks

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      jeffryv, you are a boon to Squidoo, a great mentor and willingness to teach and share your knowledge. Thank you so much.

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      jvsper63 7 years ago

      HI, Just want to thank you again. I booked marked this its coming in very handy!!!

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      lens4Him 7 years ago

      This is a very useful resource for all things image related. Added to my bookmarks.

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      Bill Armstrong 7 years ago from Valencia, California

      Awesome, been looking for something like this to guide me, many thanks