How to Find Free Images You Can Use on Google Search

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While stock photos are a staple for most of us content creators, finding the right image is often a hassle when you want to make sure it doesn’t carry any legal liabilities.

When you search for images on Google, not all images that appear are free to use, in case you don’t know. Although some images may be used giving credit to the original source, you could be breaking some very costly copyright laws if you use some of the others without purchasing them.

While stock photos are a staple for most of us content creators, finding the right image is often a hassle when you want to make sure it doesn’t carry any legal liabilities.

Read also : Google Images makes it easier for users to find images they have rights to use

However, with Google’s new updated image search, it’s easier to find free images. And also find images that are not free, but you can license them and use them for free.

Here’s how:

– Search for the image you want as you normally would on Google search. Once the results are displayed, click Images in the options under the search bar.

– Click on ‘Tools’ to get the filter menu.

– Now click on “Usage Rights” and you will see the option to sort the images according to their license – Creative Commons or commercial use.

Google also now tells you how to get the rights to a licensed image directly from its description.

Now, if you don’t click on any of the usage rights options, Google will show you all the images that match your search criteria. Any images that do not have license data will be labeled with a warning – “images may be subject to copyright”.

Google only provides licensing details for images if a creator or publisher has already provided that information, so the best option to avoid unknowingly using a copyrighted photo is to filter out photos that lack this information.

If you can’t find the right image on Google, you can always browse royalty-free stock photo sites like Pixabay. They certainly don’t have comprehensive options like Google search, but they do have some great options and the photo quality is better.

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