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Finding Images For Blog Posts

A guide for finding Public Domain and Creative Commons images for your blog posts.

All images on the blog must have a Creative Commons license, a Public Domain designation, or be useable under the laws of fair use. If you aren't sure whether or not an image meets these criteria - do ask.

 Image from  Wikimedia Commons . Fair Use.

Image from Wikimedia Commons. Fair Use.

Google Images

Google Images is familiar and easy to search - and they make it relatively easy to find images you can use fairly.

To sort for usable (Public Domain & CC) images, run your search term. Then choose the "Search Tools" button from the toolbar. Select "Usage Rights" and then "Labeled for Reuse" or "Reuse with modification."

 Image from  Wikimedia Commons.  Fair Use.

Image from Wikimedia Commons. Fair Use.

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons does a lovely job of making clear which images are usable - and which aren't. You can also browse by region, quality, and type of image.

Most images in Wikipedia pages are part of Wikimedia Commons. On any Wikipedia page, click on an image and select "more details" to make sure.

 Image from Wikimedia Commons. Fair Use.

Image from Wikimedia Commons. Fair Use.


Flickr is another site that works hard to provide transparency about which images you can use and which are copyrighted or "rights reserved."

After you run your search, look for the dropdown box in the upper left labeled "Any License." Switch to "Creative Commons" or one of the other options that allows for modification or reuse

 Logo from  Wikimedia Commons . Fair Use. Image altered with  Canva .

Logo from Wikimedia Commons. Fair Use. Image altered with Canva.

Getty Images

Getty Images usually requires a subscription BUT they've made 66 million images available, free of charge and free/fair access, for embedding in websites and blogs. Click on the image to search and use images from Getty.

Alternatively, you have the option to search directly through our Squarespace website. When you add an image to a page or post, you can click the option to search Getty Images instead of uploading a file.

The only downside to searching on HWC is the ugly watermark that stays on the image. You can avoid the watermark by embedding the picture instead.

  The Destruction of Jerusalem , created ca. 1415 (J. Paul Getty Museum). Available through Getty's  Open Content Program.

The Destruction of Jerusalem, created ca. 1415 (J. Paul Getty Museum). Available through Getty's Open Content Program.

Google Arts & Culture

The Google Arts & Culture is a database for images from museums, fine art galleries, and cultural institutions. They have an extensive collection of high quality images and a related YouTube channel with thoughtful videos and tips for how to use the Cultural Institute.

The only tricky thing with this one is that the images aren't easy to download. In most cases, you'll need to check what museum provides an image and then head for the museum's website to download.

 Created with  Canva . (Not the Canva logo...)

Created with Canva. (Not the Canva logo...)


If you're a DIY person, you can create your own images with Canva or edit fair use images with Pixlr or PicMonkey.