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Claude-MonetCreate Eye-Catching Picture Quotes from the Masters

If you’ve been running your business online for a while, you’ll know that it can be time consuming (or expensive if you don’t make your own) to continually create great backgrounds for your Facebook or Pinterest images

However, we’ve discovered a fabulous resource of FREE Public Domain Art.

Read on to find out more..

What is Public Domain Art and How do I Find It?

Here is a definition of Public Domain as defined by Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain

Now there’s a fair bit of text on that page to work through, but the key message is this:

Art in the public domain consists of works that are publicly available, or are available for public use because the copyright has expired, and usually because the work (art or music) was published before 1923.

Note: Works of living artists generally won’t be in the Public Domain, so don’t use them!

However, you don’t need to worry about all that complicated stuff.

Wikimedia makes it all really easy

Here’s what you need to do

All you need to do is to go to this fantastic site – Wikimedia
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Step 1. Place a search term in the top right hand box.
Let’s just say you wanted to search for artwork by Toulouse Lautrec.
Place this term in the search box.

Step 2. Click on the main entry for the Frenchman – see here in this screenshot #1

Click-on-the-main-entry

That will take you to a page showing his works.

Step 3. Click on the piece of art you like – let’s say it’s the Aristide Bruant (poster) 1892
Underneath the image you will see this box:

Public-Domain

That means the work is free for you to use without any attribution (that is giving credit to the artist)

Step 4. At the top right of the image is the Download button. Click this and you’ll get a dialogue box that states the Page URL, the File URL and the html code for Attribution. You will notice that this attribution is not legally required.

Step 5. At the bottom of this box are the images sizes. Download the ‘Full Resolution’ as it’s always much easier to reduce the size with no loss of quality than to have to increase the size of  small image.

Step 6. You have to then ‘Right Click’ on the image and select the ‘Save Image As’ function and you can then save it to your computer.

Now Let’s Have Some Fun

Do you have a favourite ‘Old Master’? An artist that you’d love to use the work of to enhance what you do? Perhaps you already use works of famous painters?

Either way, let us know in the comments below. I think there’s going to be some very diverse thoughts on it.

 

Bio:

Caroline Jones, co-founder, with her sister Davina of  Useful Graphic Design Tutorials, works with small business owners who want to learn how to make their own graphics, and create visuals that will to generate a steady stream of prospects. To access more free practical tips on creating great images, take a look at their recent On-Demand Demo covering 2 easy to action techniques.

 

 

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