For blog post screenshots, do not cut and paste full frames of photos or graphics

Hi all,

When using the screen shot to add an image to your blog,  make sure you are not copying the entire image or graphic, even if you have some of the text as a border. I wasn’t clear on this in class.  A lot of the WordPress themes are picking these up as featured images, so we have to be more careful.

Also, make them smaller; half the width of the screen. Flush right or lefts is good.

Instead of this…


Or this… 


Sames goes for maps, charts and other graphics.  


Instead, make a picture of part of the page.

Don’t use the full imageCapture10.JPG or graphic.

And reduce the size.

Put it flush right or left with some text around it.  








Or,  get the whole page or a big chunk and  and post itcapture8 very small. (I had to reduce this to get all that in the shot.) 

None of these solutions are ideal, but you have to be careful not to use someone’s photo or graphic without permission. Your screen shot does not have to have an image in in. 

 Or use Getty images

Embed from Getty Images



Students: How to find fair-use images you can use on your blog

When in doubt about copyright, don’t use it. Screenshots are good but don’t crop so tightly that it looks like you are stealing the  image. If possible, take your own photos or create illustrations or visualizations.

First stop: Creative Commons: Find public domain or CC licensed content you can use. This site includes Flickr and Google but your can search those separately as well.

How to Search Google images for images that are free to use on your blog.

Click  on “Settings” in the lower right corners.


Click on “advanced  search”

Got to the very bottom and choose “Free to use or share”

If you plan to use the image for commercial purposes: For an ad, or as an image on a business or commercial website, you need to choose the “free to use commercially option”Capture2

If you want to change the image, you need to choose the “free to modify” option.