How do you like the beautiful Silver Fox thumbnail image I’ve chosen to use on this site? Oftentimes I will create my own graphics through various formats and applications, but this isn’t always something I have time to do. If you have a scattered sense of craftiness like me, then you’ll completely relate to this.
One of my favorite sites for locating great Free and Beautiful images is Pixabay.com .
If you haven’t been to this site, you must change that now – click on the link right now to browse any subject/ keyword – go on, I’ll wait!
Did you see? It’s truly amazing, the quality of graphical arts and photographic images that can be found online for free use – especially via this site. Now, there are some other free photography sites that I’ll go over and compare in another post… but for now, let’s just focus on my go-to for free images.
When I finally decided to begin this blog that I had been planning in the back of my mind for some time, the first thing I did was hop onto Pixabay and typed in a search for “fox.” I already knew what I wanted to call the blog (Holistic Fox Creative!) and where I wanted to set it up (WordPress software with Mochahost hosting!). I already had the idea down and knew what I wanted to talk about (Arts & Entertainment!), so I didn’t really need to do a brainstorming session or come up with more blog post ideas or descriptions. All I really needed at that point was a good image to go with my blog title and design.
Why the Fox? Well, the fox is an animal spirit which I identify with heavily. If you know anything about Totems or Spirit Animals, then you know that there are many types and some travel with you for just a while and others a whole lifetime. The fox has been with me my whole life. It is a representation of my personality and creative energy. I won’t delve too deeply into this topic here, but this is essentially why the fox. You may know me online in other forums as HolisticFox, perhaps on Instagram or EyeEm.
Here are a few of my favorite images that came up from my “fox” search on Pixabay, all of which were in the running for first use on my site!
As you can see, ultimately I chose this Silver Fox beauty. It’s both elegant and understated. Also, it was a clean transparent graphic available as an SVG. If I had chosen a photo, I would’ve had to put in more editing – maybe another time on that!
Oh, and did I neglect to mention that all the images and graphics shared through Pixabay are Creative Commons? What that means, if you didn’t already know, is that the images you find here are free to use for any of your creative needs without being bogged down by any fine print. Scroll down to the bottom of Pixabay’s website and you’ll see it in writing:
“Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes. Learn more…“
So, the next time you are heavily concentrated upon one particular project and don’t feel up to switching gears mid-stream to create your own graphic or run out and take a photo – why not first run a quick search here? They will most likely have something that perfectly fits the bill for what you need. Trust me on this, I’ve utilized this source on a number of occasions for many projects, both personal and commercial.
I’ve even shared a few images here, which reminds me – I really need to add some more, you know – pay it forward a little more. Check it out.
To gain the most from Pixabay, you’ll find it’s helpful to join. It’s free and easy and so long as you’re signed in, you can easily download images without filling out a bunch of captchas. And, if you’re joining anyway, why not upload a few of your own image offerings for the community at large? You can use any image you hold exclusive copyright on (one you actually took or created with graphics software).
It’s important to note here that Pixabay maintains a strict policy for high quality images – so don’t be surprised if some images are declined. They give precise details on their site for the image quality upload standards, so if you’re not sure you should start there.
Alternatively, you can edit another free image from the site and share your work that way. Of course, it’s just good courtesy to give a like and a comment or shout out to the creator/sharer of an image you use, which provides transparency for everyone.
Beyond this, you can show your appreciation and support for an artist by buying them a cup of coffee (which is code for donate through Paypal) – to do this, simply click on the green “coffee” button below an uploader’s screen name when viewing the image you like. You can also follow your favorite uploaders.
That’s pretty much all there is to it. As you can probably tell, I actually do consider this an essential creative source.
I hope you found this post useful – or at the very least, interesting. If you did, be sure to leave me a comment – and share with me what you think about Pixabay. And, I’d love to see anything you’ve created with their help!