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How to find Public Domain pictures on Google Image Search

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This video will show you how to find public domain pictures in a google image search. This will make it so Google only shows you pictures that you can legally reuse on your website or in really anything else.

Step 1: Go to google, type in the image you’re searching for, and click on images.

Google image search window

Step 2: Select the setting next to safesearch that looks like a little cog wheel. This will bring up a menu with sevaral options. Choose the option for advanced search, as shown in the picture below.

Choose the advanced search option under the settings

Step 3: At the bottom of the advanced search window, there is a Usage Rights dropdown box. Select this box, and choose the usage rights option that you are looking for. All the options are explained in detail below. Also, the picture below shows the Usage Rights box I was talking about.

Usage Rights dropdown box on the Google Advanced Image search option for Public Domain images

There are a few options for the public domain pictures.

Free to use or share: This setting allows you to use the pictures and share them with others, as long as you don’t modify them, or use them in a commercial application, such as on you website with ads.

Free to use or share, even commerically: This setting will show you picturest that you can use to make money, but you still can’t modify them.

Free to use share or modify: The images you can share with others, and use them in things like reports, and slideshows, and even modify them for these applications, but they can not be used for commerical gain.

Free to use, share or modify, even commercially: These images can be used in any application, even ones that make money, and can even be modified for use in those situations.

In all of these, even when an image is in the Public domain to modify and use commercially, give credit to the original authors and contributors.

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