Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Creative Commons and Your Creative Projects

Creative Commons is a great site to visit if you are "looking for images, music, writing, code, or other creative works." It's basically a site with lots of stuff in the Public Domain... which means items here are available for "fair use" at no charge to you.  Of course, you are encouraged to donate, either financially or by uploading works of your own that you wish to share with the world, but you are under no obligation to do so.

I was interested to see what images were available for use in my holiday card.  A quick visit to CreativeCommons.org provide me with lots of options.

Here's how you can search Creative Commons:
1.  Go to CereativeCommons.org (The opening screen is shown above)
2.  Click the "find cc-licensed work" button in the "Explore" box on the far right column.
3.  On the Search page (shown above) type in what you're looking for and select where you'd like to search. For my search, I chose to look in Fotopedia, but several different places are available. I also selected "labeled for reuse."
4.  Select the image you like. For this example I selected "snow day."
5.  To download an image, right click your mouse and select "save image as."  Your file will download. Or you can click on the "download" button on the right side column.
6.  Click on the "Attribution" button on the right hand column to view how this image can be used, and to whom credit should be given.

7.  Go to your download area to find your new image and begin using it!

Have fun searching the Creative Commons database... and maybe consider sharing an image with others!

Freeze Frame Publishing offers FREE downloadable software to help you create custom photo books, cards, calendars, and posters using your images.  Please visit our web site for more information on our products and services.  If you would assistance along the way, please contact us... we're happy to help you freeze time and frame your memories forever!

~Laura

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