Want to spruce up your PowerPoint presentations, or add some interesting visuals to your course site or social media posts? We’ve put together a short guide to free image resources you can easily access online, as well as tools to help you do some simple browser based image editing.

Image sources

Stock photos
Stock photo websites have become a lot more sophisticated over the last few years. While you’ll still find plenty of photos of overexcited business teams giving the thumbs up, women laughing while eating salad and clip art characters holding arrows and exclamation points, you’ll also find lots of thoroughly modern and aesthetically pleasing images (think laptops, lattes and landscapes).

Here’s our top 6 picks for free stock images you’ll actually want to use:

Griffith image library
If you’re after Griffith specific images, check out the Griffith image library. The image library has an array of photos of Griffith students, as well as shots of buildings and photos from events. You will need to login and can access the credentials here.

If it’s a great icon you’re after, Noun Project is the place to go. With over a million curated icons, you’re bound to find something that works.

Editing images

Cropping and resizing images
Need to crop something out of an image, or make it smaller? ImageResize.org lets you quickly and easily resize, crop and compress images. It also lets you convert images between formats (for example, from .jpg to .png).

Adding text and other effects
Stencil lets you easily add text to an image, and do some basic editing to add a filter, colour overlay or other effect to an image. A free account lets you create up to 10 images per month.

Adobe Spark enables you to create a wide variety of visual content, including images and video, and offers a free plan.

Animated GIFs

Online sources
Giphy is sure to have the perfect animated GIF to punctuate your point. You can search by keyword or browse by category.

Making your own
Is there a scene from a movie or a clip from YouTube that you would love to turn into an animated .gif? Imgflip is a quick and easy way to create a gif from a video or animate a series of still images.

Copyright considerations

We recommended taking a look at the Teaching section of Griffith’s Copyright Matters website to find out more about copyright considerations when using images in your work. The site also has information about Creative Commons images.

Want to know more?

Check out the Digital Basics entry on ExLNT (Explore Learning and Teaching).