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Finding and Using Rights Free and Light Rights Images


Al Gore. An Inconvenient Truth.

Al Gore and his spectacular slide show, "An Inconvenient Truth," by James Morrison. Source: Flickr. CC BY-NA-SA 2.0

There are several tools that allow you to present images using a computer & digital projector. These tools are particularly useful for classroom presentations.

PowerPoint : Part of Microsoft's Office suite of programs. Add pictures to text presentations, or leave the text out all together!

Keynote : for Mac only. This is what Al Gore uses! Part of Apple's iWork suite of programs, Keynote enables "cinema quality presentations for everyone"

For Cornell community members only:

ARTstor's Off-line Image Viewer (OIV)

Luna Insight's presentation mode is available once you log in. See our Luna page for more information.

Storing Images

Storage attic

The Attic, by thesoupboy. Source: Flickr. CC BY-NA 2.0

Picasa : Google's free image management and delivery software. Organize, edit, create, and share digital images. Also offers a slideshow feature.

iPhoto (for Mac only, part of the iLife suite) : Apple's image storage software. Organize and edit digital images, then export to other applications in the iLife suite to share via e-mail, in print, and the web. Also offers a slideshow feature.

Adobe Bridge : part of Adobe's Creative Suite, Bridge indexes documents you produce using the various Adobe products, and provides easy access to Adobe Stock Photos.

Cool Tools

Try out one of the many browser plug-ins or other software tools that provide innovative interfaces to your image collections:

Cooliris (formerly PicLens) : A Firefox browser plug-in

Photosynth : combines "the cinematic quality of a movie, the control of a video game, and the mind-blowing detail of the real amazing new experience."

More :

Photos, Music & Videos plug-ins for Firefox

Adobe Reader (PDF) -Snapshot Tool

The Snapshot tool in Adobe Reader allows you to easily select images in a PDF document, copy these to the clipboard, and save to another document or software program (Photoshop, etc.).

Follow directions on or watch the video below (both are unaffiliated with Cornell University Library).


Share!, by juliocrockett. Source: Flickr. CC BY 2.0

Private and public photo sharing; Free version or paid premium service.

Picasa Web Albums
Private and public sharing; Free version with option to upgrade storage.

Private sharing. Not searchable.

Kodak Gallery
Private sharing. Not searchable.

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