Working with images

Images are a key part of creative work but can require manipulation to reduce their sizes before use. 

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Reducing image file sizes

Finding free images to use

Reducing image file sizes

Images should be reduced for use on the web, both for storage size and page speed.

To have creative control to crop and re-size images we recommend using Adobe Photoshop.

For Bulk sets of images that are already the correct dimesions in pixels we use

Find out more from our help sheet on Reducing image file sizes (PDF, 0.3MB)


Finding free images to use

Make your blog or website more interesting by using images

Free images requiring a credit

Most of these images will require an acknowledgement credit.

Britannica Rights cleared for educational use. Requires York St John Login.

Flickr Creative Commons  millions of creative commons photos plus a good explanation of different creative commons licences.

Getty Images Best for embedding into websites but come with the Getty logo and link

Google Images Click on Search tools and usage rights to select images that are re-usable. Always check the original source page.

New York Public Library Lots of mainly historical images, not all USA based.

Icon Finder Computer Icons, clip art and symbols with free option.

Wikimedia A lot of Google search results come from Wikimedia


Free images not requiring a credit

Pixabay Images that are free to use without any credit required

Unsplash Some beautiful, high resolution images



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