How to Insert and Attribute Images

Understanding how to insert and attribute images is a critical skill for all CopyPress creatives. Unless otherwise stated, all our articles require at least one attributed image. The article below shows you how to add and cite images into content. 


The best place to search for images that are licensed for reuse is Flickr. It has a large database of images that are licensed for reuse. When using these images, you can be absolutely sure that you are using images that do not have a copyright.

For CopyPress assignments, we only use images from Flickr Creative Commons (unless otherwise stated in the Style Guide).

How to Attribute Images

All images added to the CMS need to be properly attributed. We recommend using Flickr Creative Commons to find images for your assignments unless otherwise outlined in the assignment brief. 

A properly attributed image from Flickr will look like:

Image via Flickr by  emilio  labrado

Notice we hyperlink the word "Flickr" and direct it to the page with all available image sizes. The format of the link should end in "/sizes/m/" not the file format ".jpg" or ".png" for instance. You can find more details about attributing Flickr images below.

Getting Started

When adding images, you need to utilize the Insert Image functionality inside the Article Writing Window.

When you are ready to add an image, click the Insert Image icon or press Ctrl+P inside the writing window to add your screenshot. 

When the window above opens, simply drag your image into the "Drop Image" field or click the box to open your browser to upload. 

You can also insert the image via URL or select from managed images.

How to Search for and Insert Flickr Images

Search:

  • Perform a search on the Flickr Creative Commons Search Page.
  • When you find a photo that you would like to use, click to open it.
  • If you do not find a photo that you would like to use, go back to the Creative Commons Search Page to search again. Do not search from the Flickr search bar as that is not within the Creative Commons Search.

Insert:

  • Click on the down arrow in the right-hand column.
  • Select “View all sizes.”

  • On the next page, select the size “Medium 500” (if Medium 500 is not an option, choose the next closest size).
  • Right click on the photo and select “Copy Image Location” or “Copy Image URL.”
  • On the article page in the CMS, place the cursor in the article content where you would like to insert the image.
  • Click on insert/edit image (tree icon).
  • When the image box opens, drag the image, paste the image URL, or select from the manage images.

Attribute:

  • Add the attribution under the image.
  • Write attribution using the following format: Image via Flickr by [Username].
  • Link to the webpage by adding the webpage URL on the word Flickr (Need help inserting links? Review instructions in our guide to linking).
  • Don’t link to the Image URL (the same URL that you used to insert the image).
  • Example: Image via Flickr by Olle Svensson.

Understanding URLs for Images and How to Attribute in the CMS

Don’t use the user page URL for anything in the attribution.

Other Options for Creative Commons Flickr Search

You can use the two following other options for finding Creative Commons Flickr Images. Insert them into your article in the same way as described above.

Image Search from Flickr Advanced Search

  • If you want to search directly from Flickr’s advanced search, you need to filter the results to show only images that are licensed for reuse.
  • From the Flickr homepage, select the search icon then select Advanced Search.
  • Remember, you must be logged in to access photo URLs.

  • On the Advanced Search page enter your search term
  • Select “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content” and search

  • When you find a photo that you would like to use, click to open it.
  • Insert the image by following the directions stated above.
  • If you do not find a photo that you would like to use, go back to the Advanced Search Page to search again.

Image Search From Creative Commons

  • If you want to start on Creative Commons, you can use their search page to search for images with a license for commercial reuse.
  • Only use images from Flickr that are Licensed for Commercial Reuse.

  • When you find a photo that you would like to use, click to open it.
  • Insert the image by following the directions stated above.
  • If you do not find a photo that you would like to use, go back to the Creative Commons Search Page to search again.

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