Acquiring Images - Downloading an Image from the Web

Sources for copyright-free images

Creative Commons Image Repositories





Morguefile - Free Photos area

Copyright Information

See the Copyright Library Guide on the SRJC Library site to learn more about copyright.

How to Download Images from the Web

There are sites that have copyright free images that are legal for use by the general public. Before downloading any image off the Web, make sure it is copyright free. For further information on copyright laws go to the SRJC Library Copyright Issues page.

  1. In many situations you will find an image on the Web you would like to use on your own Web pages.
  2. First, ensure the image is not copyrighted and that you have permission to use it.
  3. Even if you have permission to use the image, it is considered very bad manners to use the original copy as it exists on another server. In addition, you have no way of knowing how long that image will be in place and available for your continued use.
  4. Therefore, you should "snag" a copy of the image so you can keep that copy under your own control.
  5. Go to the Web page where the original image resides.
  6. Place your cursor over the image.
  7. If you are using a PC, click the right mouse button. If you are using a Mac, hold down the mouse button.
  8. A pop-up menu will appear at the cursor.
  9. Look through the options. The exact wording will vary depending on whether you are on a Mac or a PC, and whether you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.
  10. Select the option "Save this image as..." or "Download image to disk" or "Save Picture As..." or "Save Image As..." or one with similar wording, depending on exactly what system and browser you're using.
  11. Once you've selected the option from the pop-up menu, your system filer will appear.
  12. The filer allows you to determine whether to save or cancel, and where to save the file on your local computer.
  13. Use the filer to specify the location on your computer where you will save the image. You can save the file in any directory/folder desired, but be sure to remember where you put it.
  14. Click "Save" to put a copy of the image file on your local computer.
  15. The process will quickly complete and you will now have on your local computer an image file suitable for use on the Web and under your control so you know it will continue to be available to you.