Finding Images: Retrieving Photos from Flash Files

A number of museum websites allow the use of some or all of their images for non-commercial purposes. However, a few of these sites (including the Louvre Museum Official Website) make it remarkably difficult to download, use, and attribute available images because they use Flash-based software. Since I'm asking you to use and cite original sources of fair use images, here's a quick walk through (based on Make Use Of's article) for using images contained in Flash galleries. (And it's only four steps!)

1. On the page containing the image, right click (or two finger tap) the page. Then select "Show Page Source" (Safari) or "View Page Source" (Chrome).

Safari

Safari Page Source
Safari Page Source

Chrome

Chrome View Page Source
Chrome View Page Source

2. In the source window, locate the image URL. You're most likely looking for something ending in .jpg.

Safari

Safari File URL
Safari File URL

Chrome

Chrome Image URL
Chrome Image URL

3. Click on the URL or copy and paste it into a new window. The result should look like this:

Safari

Safari JPG File
Safari JPG File

Chrome

Chrome JPG FIle
Chrome JPG FIle
  1. You can now use the file URL in the new window to either upload the image or insert it via the URL on Hello World Civ. Once you've added the image to the site, you'll need to add your attribution information (caption, URL, etc.)

Heather Bennett

Professor, feminist, sci-fi geek. Historian interested in pedagogy, technology, gender/sexuality, archives, pop culture, medicine, intellectual history, world history.