How to Download Pictures From Wikimedia Commons

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 6th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/z1iv-82j/
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There are many excellent sources of photos on the Internet that are free to use in your articles. One of the best organized sources is Wikimedia Commons.

Registration Required

The media files on Wikimedia Commons are all protected under the Creative Commons License rules and are royalty free. You can use them in your creative works without permission from the Creative Commons License holder. You do need to register for a Wikimedia Commons account to use the service. The happy news is that registration will take less than five minutes and registration is free. Once you have created a free account, log in and start downloading pictures to your hearts content. Here is how to do it.

Select the category

Once you have logged in to your account, select the category of pictures that you want from the category pane. For the sake of discussion, if you are doing an article on food, you might select “Food”. By clicking on “Food” you will be taken to the Foods Subcategory Menu shown here.
Select “Close-Ups of Food”.
For this tutorial, I have selected the photo “Close-Up of an Oreo...” by left clicking on it twice.

Step-By-Step Download Procedure

  • Set up a file folder on your computer to save the downloaded pictures to.
  • Select the size you want to download the picture at. I prefer the 800 Pixel size for use online. Remember that many people still use dial-up so the smaller picture files will load quicker.
  • Right click on the image and select “Save image as”. Navigate to the file folder that you created and click on save,
  • Up-Load Picture to Article Using Picture Tool on Pub Tool.

Link to the Photos in the Text

  • Select the text that you want to use to link to the text. We will use a close look at the Oreo cooky here.
  • Copy the URL for the picture from the “Download this Picture” menu.
  • Select the link tool from the Wikinut pub tool's tool bar.
  • Select “Internet URL” and paste in the URL copied from the “Download This Picture” menu.
  • Click on “Check URL”
  • Click on “Insert URL”

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Creative Commons, Creative Writing, Creative Writing Techniques, Creative Writting, Download, Downloading, Downloads, Embed, Embed Links, Embedded, File, Files, Files Folders, Pictures, Url, Urls, Wikimedia Commons

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author avatar Jerry Walch
6th Apr 2011 (#)

@Mark. I have used Morgue File for quite some time but it is not as well organized as Wikimedia Commons. It takes longer to find suitable photographs on Morgue File.

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author avatar rama devi nina
6th Apr 2011 (#)

Oh my, it sounds complicated and thank you so much for sharing these detailed tips and instructions. Much appreciated, Jerry!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
6th Apr 2011 (#)

Jerry Walch,
Great guidance step by step.
Thank you.

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author avatar jayababy
19th Apr 2011 (#)

Very nice read and useful too...Thx for sharing.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
6th Apr 2011 (#)

It just sounds complicated. The registration is free so you have nothing to lose by trying it. If you make a mistake just go back to the first step and start over. Practice makes perfect, as someone once said.

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author avatar Carol
6th Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks for this Jerry, although I am not sure I could do it. Obviously it gives you much more choice of an image to back up your articles though.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
6th Apr 2011 (#)

Excellent presentation of a process all writers need to know!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you James.

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author avatar Blossom S
7th Apr 2011 (#)

i have not heard it before. very helpful. xx

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Apr 2011 (#)

Glad to have been of help Blossom.

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author avatar joan marie
7th Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks for the info, but what is setting up a folder. Do you mean like using notepad? I don't mean to sound ignorant, but I just don't get it. How do I get another folder?

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author avatar joan marie
7th Apr 2011 (#)

I guess I will stick to my own. I don't understand the latin names for flowers, etc.on the site you recommended. Thanks anyway. jm

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Apr 2011 (#)

Creating a new folder is easy.
1. Right click on your desktop.
2. Select "New".
3. Left click on "Folder"
4. Give the new folder that appears on you desktop a name.
5. Left click on the desktop to save the folders new name.

There are other ways to create folders. you can even create sub folders within folders, but this new folder on the desktop will serve your purpose.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
7th Apr 2011 (#)

I save the images into a Pictures File Folder. I guess everyone's computer is different.

I will warn people - celebrity images, movie / tv images, may also be protected by Image Rights Law and not all are safe to use even if they are on Wikimedia.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Apr 2011 (#)

You can save them into the picture file Mark and I do but I have almost one hundred folders in my Picture File Folder. The folders within the folder makes finding the pictures that I want quicker.

I also have a temporary folder on my desktop where I download to when I only want to use the photo once and then dump them. All computers with Window OS work the same way, it the users who have personal preferences that work differently :-))

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author avatar simplyoj
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks Mark for this reminder.

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author avatar Jill Vance
7th Apr 2011 (#)

I love these explanations as it saves the rest of us lots of work. As usual a well thought, self-explanatory article. Thank you.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Jill, I do try to practice the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle as my wife, the retired schoolteacher, keeps telling me that I have too. Actually, I learned a great deal about writing these types of articles from reading books in the "For Dummies" series. Explain how to do something using as simple a language as possible and then get more technical as an extra for my more advanced readers.

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author avatar foxpete88
7th Apr 2011 (#)

interesting and useful article..thanks

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author avatar Tranquilpen
7th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Jerry very handy indeed.

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author avatar Aileen Tecson
8th Apr 2011 (#)

Very helpful and I do get some of my article photos there ;-)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Apr 2011 (#)

Great Aileen.

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author avatar WordWulf
8th Apr 2011 (#)

This article was a great source for me. I'm heading over there now. thanks!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Apr 2011 (#)

Happy to have been of help, WordWulf

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks for info, Jerry, it is really helpful.I tend to use freedigital for my picture source, and always show a photo credit....

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author avatar Denise O
9th Apr 2011 (#)

What a very well explained article on a site I agree, we should all know about. I use my own photos but, I am going to venture out in the next few weeks to do some work that will require me to use others photos, thank you for the 'know how' my friend. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Val Mills
10th Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks Jerry, I needed this!

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author avatar Jack Vorster
10th Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks Jerry. This is good info to have.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
10th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank everyone. I'm happy that you find this information useful.

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author avatar Greenfaol
12th Apr 2011 (#)

I wish this had been about a few weeks ago. i really struggled with it for days. Great work Jerry :D
Oh heck, mark, i just used some film trailer shots for an article on factoidz - just going to check that that's ok! Thanks for the heads up :D

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th Apr 2011 (#)

Oh, sorry Norma, I try to be timely but it doesn't always work out that way :-))

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author avatar SiddiQ
23rd Jun 2011 (#)

So that's how wiki
Commons
works! Thanks!

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author avatar J A Ridley
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

Wow, thanks that should maje it easier!

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author avatar S C Germani
29th Sep 2011 (#)

The images I would like to download seem to be in a format that I cannot access -- they are .png files. Is there a way to convert them to .jpeg or .doc? Thank you!

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author avatar Lodewijk
7th Dec 2011 (#)

Nice guide. However, registering is not required at all to download images. It is only necessary for uploading. You can remove that step from your guide and make it easier that way.

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author avatar simplyoj
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks a lot Jerry for this article, I am going to register. By the way, congratulations for being the author of the day. :-)

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author avatar princess
23rd Dec 2011 (#)

Very useful info Jerry! I will try this. Thanks. The article deserves a star indeed! :)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
23rd Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you, Princess, you are a Princess indeed!

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author avatar Jules, The Cowboy
1st Jan 2012 (#)

thanks for this sir. often times i am hesitant to use pictures from the web....

this is of great help.

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