Thursday, November 7, 2013

Creating Images & Resizing Photos

Here are some useful tools for writers who want to resize photos, create their own images, and make banners for their blog sites, websites, Facebook, and so on. But before you use any images you have downloaded from the Internet, read Karen Cioffi's article on the perils of using photos that are not ones you took yourself. Even though you credit the owners of these images, you may still be liable for a financial penalty if the owners required payment of a fee for using their photos. 

The Perils of Using Internet Images without Permission

photo credit: <a href="">Fouquier ॐ</a> via <a href="">photopin</a> <a href="">cc</a>
Anachronism, Fouquier
Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic
To find a Creative Commons photo (free for public use under certain conditions) on a specific subject, use the Flickr search box. Click on the photo to go to the photo's page. On the right side of the photo page, the Additional Information line shows the license type or you can right click on the photo itself. To check out the license terms on the license page for Creative Commons photos, click on "Some Rights Reserved" in the Additional Information space, or on the photo itself. (If you see the line "All Rights Reserved," the photo is not available in the Creative Commons and you will have to apply for the owner's permission to use it.)
To download: right click on the photo for information on size. Click on your preferred size and then click download.

You should, of course, provide the proper attribution for your downloaded photo. Each photo has a caption, with title and author information. You should also provide a brief license description, found on the Additional Information (license) page. To find the link to the Flickr photo, which you can show with your downloaded photo, click on the "More Ways to Share" icon underneath the photo (the icon with an arrow curling out of a rectangle).

You can find out more about how to attribute a photo at this website: 

Help with Downloading Flickr Photos, Individually and in Batches

Excerpt from the site referred to above: 
Flickr FAQ:
How do I download a photo? With Flickr you can only download one at a time. 
1. Right click on the photo (on it's own page). Click on the required size. Then, just above the photo, click the link to download the large size of this photo
2. Or Click 'Actions' above the photo and select 'All Sizes'. Choose the size you want to download and either right click or click download.

Free accounts don't have access to the original size, only up to the Flickr generated 'large' T

Here are 3rd party batch downloaders. Try a Google type search, or there are a few in The App Garden.
Bulkr - I used this successfully for quite some time, but some of the features, such as downloading the tags, are now only part of the paid version, but the free version does batch downloading
FlickandShare - is very easy to use and works well, and quickly, for whole sets but doesn't keep any titles or tags added or altered on Flickr. This is my preferred app now. You can generate a link to download a complete set. And if you want to share that set with anyone you can send them the link

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Fickr Photo Downloaders
(video instructions on downloading photos from Flickr)

"3 Awesome Tools to Download Flickr Photos and Sets"
Features a collection of Creative Commons Flickr photos with credit lines and URLs, but to find the title of the photo and the owner's name, you'll need to link back to Flickr using the URL provided..

Resizing photos at Resize My Picture
Easy way to resize a photograph. You can even resize to Facebook banner dimensions, but be aware that the photo may be distorted.

Create Your Own Images
Karen Cioffi shows you how to create your own images

"6 Tools and Resources to Help You Create Shareable, Likeable, and Pinnable Images"

Creating Facebook Banners
Mylene Boyrie’s article, “Facebook Banner Size and 10 Tips to Make It Stand Out,” on Creative Blog, offers tips on making a Facebook banner

Yaara Lancet’s article, “Six Best Places to Design Your own Facebook Banner,” at Make Use Of, lists useful banner creation sites:

Writers and Authors blogspot owner Jo Linsdell lists twelves sites where you can create your own banner for free:

I'd love to have your comments on these suggestions and recommendations of free tools to help writers find and use images to use on their blog sites, websites, and so on. Please leave a comment or e-mail me at maggielyons66 at gmail dot com.

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