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Finding & Using Images

Guidelines, tips, and links for finding, using, and citing images for non-commercial use.



What kind of image do I need?

Questions to consider as you start your image search:

  • What kind of image do I need?
    • Quality or resolution of the image
    • Size requirements
  • How does it need to look?
    • composition, color, action, people/places/things, etc.
  • What is it communicating?
    • Feelings or reaction from viewers?
    • Particular style? (Real vs. Abstract, etc.)
  • How do I plan to use it?
    • In-class use
    • Referenced in a paper or project
    • Posted online as part of a portfolio
    • Incorporated into a piece