How to Copy a Photograph from Internet to Hard Disk

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We often find images online we need for projects or just want to have. Follow these steps to download them (PC only).


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    Find the high-resolution version. Online images are often 'thumbnails,' which are smaller, lower-quality copies posted online to allow the whole page to download faster. Usually, simply clicking on the image will open the high-resolution version, which will be much more suitable for printing or enlarging.
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    Right click on the image you want In most cases (if not, see below), this will cause a drop-down menu to appear.
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    Save As. Save the file to a convenient place on your hard drive, usually in "My Pictures." Ensure you name it and/or remember the name and where you saved it. Ensure the "File Type" is something your software can work with. Common image file types are .jpg, .gif, .tiff, and bitmaps. Once you hit "Save," you will have the image for use and/or manipulation.
    • What if it's protected? Almost all images belong to the copyright owner or photographer. Few people really care if you use them around the house or just on your own machine. But when you publish them publicly or try to make money from them, you're opening a real can of legal worms. Sometimes when you right-click on an image, an "image protected" message appears. Seek permission of the webmaster. If that fails and depending on how you intend to use it (see the note on Fair Use below), you can still copy the image.
    • With the image on screen, hold down the Alt key and press the Print Screen key (or Prt Scr, it's usually up and right of the backspace). This will make a low-resolution copy of everything on your screen.
    • Open your image editing software or the program you wish to put the image in (if all else fails, try MS Word). Create a new file. Hold down the Ctrl key and press the V key. This will paste your screen image.
    • Now crop away the unwanted portions.

Fair Use

  • Save wikiHow and yourself the trouble and don't use images that belong to others. But know that if you meet a few criteria, your use may fall under "Fair Use." Here's what wikiHow has to say when you upload an image under the premise of Fair Use:
    • This work is copyrighted and unlicensed. However, it is believed that the use of this work falls within one of the following categories:
      • To illustrate the object in question.
      • Not used in a manner which could possibly deprive the copyright holder of income.
      • Placed by the editor with the intent of educating others.
      • Used on wikiHow, hosted on servers in the United States.
        Thus, it qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law. Any other uses of this image, on wikiHow or elsewhere, may be copyright infringement.


  • Using someone's copyrighted image can result in legal action against you.

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