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Google Docs and Drive Add-ons for CC0 images

If you use Google Docs and Slides to create and communicate, you may be interested in how easy it now is to incorporate free, copyright-friendly images into your projects without having to leave your document to search for them. I was surprised to discover my very favorite image portals were available in the form of add-ons.

To install an Add-on, open any Google document or presentation. You’ll find the Add-ons menu to the left of Help.  You’ll find “Get Add-ons” on the bottom of the list. Similar to Chrome Extensions, Add-ons add functionality to the applications in the Google suite.

Here are three of my favorite image add-ons to consider.

Pixabay Free Images offers access to the thousands of free images in Pixabay, all of which offer CC0 licensing and allows you to use and modify them without asking permission or sharing attribution.  Images are inserted with direct URLs linking back to Pixabay.
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Full Deck for Google Docs is a free Add-on that uses Unsplash to locate stunning images, “gifted by the world’s most generous community of photographers,” also for use without attribution in your own documents.  Simply find the image you’d like to use, click on the insert button and resize it if you like by dragging its borders.  Look for the Unsplash Photos Add-on to use with Google Slides.Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 3.24.23 PM

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Top Stock Photos for Google Drive: pulls photos from another of my favorite CC0 portals, Pexels – without ever having to leave the Google Slides interface.  When Pexels’ images are not available, the tool seems to default to Pixabay and sources of other free images.

You may also be interested in my curation of CC0 portals.

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


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