Legally Blonde

Oh, who am I kidding? I could never be here. My hair is too short.

Oh, who am I kidding? I could never be her. My hair is too short.

If you’re like me (and who wouldn’t want to be like me…well, okay, don’t answer that), you enjoy fun and interesting pictures to adorn your fun and interesting bloggity blog words.

I mean, what’s a post without pictures?


Boooorrrring. (Unless you’re Stephen King, and I’m guessing he doesn’t blog too much).

I knew the man couldn't be writing all the time. But wait. Did he write the song he is playing? Probably.

I knew the man couldn’t be writing all the time. But wait. Did he write the song he is playing? Probably.

But what if you’re like me and are photogenically-impaired?

No. No. No. I didn't mean that you are poppy-faced ugly. I meant you can't take good photographs.

No. No. No. I didn’t mean that you are poopy-faced ugly. I meant you can’t take good photographs.

What if you have to rely on other people’s images to help your blog visually pop?

You (and by “you,” I might actually mean “me”) could get into a hurt locker full of trouble.

In this country, you (and by “you,” I sure don’t mean “me”) can stockpile as many assault rifles as you want, but we have a zero-tolerance policy on copyright infringement.

Hmm. If i take out my lip gloss, I think this little baby will fit in my purse.

Hmm. If I take out my lip gloss, I think this little baby will fit in my purse.

Since I don’t want to end up in the slammer, and I can’t resist using other people’s handiwork in my blog posts, I had to come up with a solution.

Since I’m a dizzy blonde, but not a dumb one, I found the answer.

So listen up, People Who Pirate Photos From Google Images Like I Do.

Yes, I'm talking to you.

Yes, I’m talking to you.

Not all of those images are copyright protected! Yessiree!

And there’s an easy way to find the ones you can safely (by “safely,” I mean no one will slap you with a lawsuit after your post has been Freshly Pressed and people finally start to notice you–talk about a total buzz kill) use.

Do you mean I didn't have to take those supplements and spend years at the gym to get noticed? All I had to do was violate copyright law? Ah, shucks.

Do you mean I didn’t have to take those supplements and spend years at the gym to get noticed? All I had to do was violate copyright law? Ah, shucks.

Here’s how.

  • Using the search bar, type in the kind of image you want.
  • Before you hit the “search” button, hover your cursor over the “tools” icon (looks like a gear) at the top far right of your screen.
  • Click the little gear thingy and a drop-down list will appear. Click on “Advanced Search.” You’ll feel so superior knowing you are in the advanced class of Google Images Searchers. It’s worth going through all of this just for the ego boost.
  • A new screen will pop up. Don’t panic. Take a deep breath and simply scroll down until you see the last option setting: “Usage Rights.”
  • Click on the little arrow and you’ll see your options for the types of copyrighted photos that Google will show you. The first one is all images (even copyright protected ones). The second option is the one I pick now that I know about this feature. I know that any image Google shows me is fair use. I can’t change it–that’s another option–but I can use it.
  • Click on “Advanced Search” (the blue button on the bottom) and you will be returned to the Google Images search screen to search with peace of mind.

See? It’s that simple to be legal. At least as far as displaying images that you didn’t create are concerned. Sure the selection is limited, but that only creates more of a challenge for your bloggy imagination.

And, yes, all the images in this post are fair use. Furthermore, none were harmed in the making of this post.

Are you sure about that?

Are you sure about that?

I hope you find this information useful. Let me know, will you?

And if you know about any other neat tricks to keep me out of trouble, I’m all ears!

And this is why we should try to stay away from tired idioms.

And this is why we should try to stay away from tired idioms.

~ by Lorna's Voice on October 23, 2015.

54 Responses to “Legally Blonde”

  1. I am, Olga. Edging out of the energy vacuum…

  2. Thanks for the tip, Lorna. I hope you’re feeling better.

  3. What fun!!! Tee hee!!! Look out world indeed!

  4. 🙂

  5. Absolutely! Look out world!

  6. I’m glad! But I can’t remember it…there have been so many!

  7. That’s not you? Who is it?

  8. I have confidence in you, Janni!

  9. Great info! Thanks so much. 🙂

  10. Thanks so much! You summed up my blogging style perfectly! 🙂

  11. 🙂

  12. Thanks. I think that is basically what I’m doing. In the end, I am getting images that are filtered so I only see the ones that I can use without violating any copyright issues. Maybe there are different ways to get there?

  13. Yeah, it’s a real balancing act…no matter what the “it” is that we’re talking about! 😉

  14. Peter, you don’t need pictures. Your words paint rather vivid images all by themselves! 🙂

  15. As you know, I seldom put pictures up on my Blog, which is probably part of the reason it has not been “Freshly Pressed” or even lightly squeezed. I’ve managed the odd book related picture, but spreading the out through the post is well beyond my steam driven intellect I’m afraid. Always love your witty choice of pictures though. 🙂

  16. I’ve gone from just using want I could find to using either my own or embed Getty Images. Meanwhile, Hi Lorna … as you know, I too am trying to get back into the swing.

  17. I think you may be mistaken about the meaning of “not filtered by license.” I don’t believe that means it’s free to use but that you must check the usage rights having clicked on any you like to see if whether they are or not. So here is how you get to ones you want to use by clicking on the item you want to search for, then images, then search tools and finally usage rights–where you select whether it’s labeled for reuse, etc.

  18. 🙂

  19. Thanks for that sweet little tidbit from one charming blonde to another.

  20. Reblogged this on Lets Talk About IT or NOT and commented:
    I love “Quirky” with a dollop of knowledge thrown in for good measure.

  21. Thanks for the great share Lorna. You can also check out and it offers a selection of pictures that are free to use as well as a separate section for copyrighted ones. And for some fun stuff, check out, it gives you fun templates to insert your own photos into! 🙂

  22. See there? That’s not me!

    Gayle 😦

  23. That is very useful, thank you! Going to try it right now. Though I fear my fuddle brain will screw it up somehow and I’ll have to come right back here again lol 😉

  24. This was really helpful, Lorna, thanks! Now if you could help me figure out why when I recently changed my blog photo on my WordPress site my little photo no longer shows up when I leave comments on other people’s sites. I’m very sad about this and can’t figure out what went wrong. What went wrong?!

  25. Wow! Who knew? This is great info, Lorna. Except, I couldn’t find all these prompts you shared. Then I realized, I have Bing as my default search engine. 😛 I eventually figured it out. Thank you for sharing this.

  26. Good one, Lorna. You are the Queen of purloined-and-essential photos. And now it’s official! (PS. I’ve still got your one of Prince Charles staring at the postcards with your caption. Still laugh at it most days.)

  27. Whew! It’s a good thing we met then! Lol! I think it’s a good thing for me that I met a writer-editor who is kind, generous and fun too! Seems that fun art and fun writing might pair well? Maybe we should try it again soon? Hmmm? Thanks again!

  28. But only if you are SUPER lucky to find a wonderful artist who is kind and generous and fun–but I’m lucky like that! 🙂

  29. Exactly what I was thinking!

  30. You’re very welcome!

  31. Glad this helped! I know I feel much better now that I am using only “legit” images. And I don’t think giving credit to Google cover you.

  32. And another way to get “legal” images is to know an artist and ask them to create an image for you! Yes, they may want some pay, but they may also do it for link to their blog or website. Also, if you have some skill – like editing or writing – you can sometimes trade your editing or writing skills for their drawing skills. Most artists – myself included – love to draw stuff and are more than willing to come up with some workable arrangement with you!

  33. very helpful, thanks! not knowing any of this, I’ve always put in acknowledgements at the end of a post, which looks a bit unweildy (and is it actually ok?), but now I’ll follow your suggestions to keep on the safe sife

  34. Great to know! Thanks. 🙂

  35. It wouldn’t be long before they let us out for “reasons of insanity”……theirs!

  36. Yeah!

  37. Right. I don’t think you could trace the origins of most of them.

  38. 🙂

  39. I’m glad this was helpful, Gerry, although you snap wonderful photos!

  40. If they (whoever they are) use past transgressions against us, Al, I’ll be in the big house with you. They’ll be sorry they put both of us behind bars!

  41. Hopefully, this helps. I find that even with limited options I can make things work. That’s why I loaded this post with silly pictures.

  42. Hmmmm, lemme think ’bout that, lol. ‘Nuf of my thinking = Yup, not fair!

  43. At least you don’t have to provide attribution for THEM!

    If I did, I’d just say “my dad used to say this.” Because he used idioms all the time!

  44. Why is it that men have the full eyelashes, great dimples, and … um …? Not fair!

  45. You’re a good soul, Lorna! I tried it and it really works well!

  46. Go for it, my friend. Sharing is my middle name. Not really, but you know what I mean…darn those idioms!

  47. You’re so welcome, Elyse! Thanks for the reblog and I’m happy to help all the photo pilferers out there! 🙂

  48. […] this post, Lorna of Lorna’s Voice shows those of us with only Google-oriented photography skills just how to stay out of jail! Whoo […]

  49. Reblogged this on FiftyFourandAHalf and commented:
    This may be as close to a “Get Out of Jail, Free” card as we can get! Thanks Lorna!

  50. A great public service, Lorna, I’m going to reblog this as long as you promise not to sue!

  51. 🙂 Those supplements will put plastic surgery out of business.

  52. I’ve been wondering/worrying about using any image I find. I’ve tried the fair use search, but there is usually not much to choose from. I’m so torn…

  53. Thanks for this great tip. A little late though, now that I’ve already purloined enough copyrighted pictures to send me up to the big house for life ….wait, now that I think about it, that’s not all that long for me, is it? I guess I’ll just keep on copy wronging.

  54. Noted and questions later… very informative thanks….

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