OK, so taking an image from the web and using it on your site without permission probably won’t land you in jail.
But many webmasters have paid hefty fines for doing just that.
So why take a chance when the solution is so simple.
I’ll explain an easier (and safer) way in this post.
I’m no technophobe, but there is one online business necessity that I am just awful at…
Anything image related.
Whenever I need a picture for my site or for a client’s site, I spend literally hours looking for something decent to buy. And they’re all so expensive!
And that’s just finding an image!
When it comes to customizing the image and saving it, I am totally lost. I don’t know a crop icon from a resize to a jpeg to a png. Sad, eh?
And yes, I’ve tried Gimp, Paint, Photoshop and even many web based image editors.
But with every program I open, all I can manage to do is stare at the screen with no idea what to do next.
After clicking around blindly for an hour or so trying to edit one single image, I’ll still hate the results. I’ve even been know to scream obscenities at my screen.
Well this week I was saved. No more hours of frustration trying to find images and edit them.
Now I use a simple, little WordPress plugin called FotoPress.
This thing is so cool.
Each time you add a page or post to your WordPresss site, you just click this little button in your WordPress dashboard…
You then simply type in what kind of picture you’re looking for and it searches multiple sites for royalty free images you can use.
Then, and this is the best part… it lets you edit the image right in your browser with no external tools necessary.
See the image of that cartoon lady behind bars at the top of the page?
I made it with FotoPress in 3 minutes flat.
To show you how simple this really is, and that even a photoshop failure like myself can do it, I’m going to add another image right now and add in the words BizWeb eGazette.
I’ll tell you how long it took me as soon as I post the image. Here goes…
Bam! I found that image and added my text in 4 minutes flat. This is so fun I’m going to do another one…