Photos, Photos, Photos

Were you an avid Microsoft Clip Art user because you needed free images for your newsletters or website?  And now you're lost because it's gone.  Well, dry those weepy eyes and check out Flickr!  There are ways to legally download pictures to use for free!  Here's the deal.

  1.  Go to
  2. Hover over Explore and click on "commons"  Any picture you find in The Commons is in the public domain.
  3. Search
  4. Choose a picture of your liking
  5. In the bottom right corner of the black space around the picture you'll see an arrow pointing down.  Click on this and choose the size picture you want.
  6. That's it!

Another way to use Flickr for pictures is to:

  1. Keyword Search what you are looking for in the main search bar.
  2. After your search results are returned click on the "any license" drop down and choose the license restrictions you can work within.  Creative Commons means that people are willing to allow you to download their pictures with appropriate credit and possibly some other restrictions.
  3. Choose your picture
  4. Look at the "rights reserved" which will define for you how you can use the picture in very easy to understand terms.
  5. If you are going to follow the "rights reserved" rules download the picture the same way as before.

If you have any questions, I might be able to point you in the right direction!  Comment below.


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building