Yesterday morning, I read this story. Freepik: your graphic resources search engine. There were two things that caught my eye – “Graphic” and “Free”. I had to check it out, and from the number of retweets, a great deal of my Twitter followers did as well.
Acid test for me – search for “House”.
The results come displayed, first with results from Shutterstock, sponsored results, and then a collection of “free results”. The thumbnails click through to the full sized image. You’ll want to be careful here and check the results to ensure that the copyright places them into the public domain or some sort of licensing which will need to be referenced in your use of the image.
What I like, in particular, is the ability to tell Freepik just what type of image that you want – obviously, there are times and places for vector images. It’s a great lesson for those students who like to stretch out jpg images to fit the target area!
An option that’s worth the time to explore with students is colour filtering. You’ll notice above that I’ve selected green. To that end, Freepik has filtered its results to show images that have a high saturation of green in them. How often have you seen students grab the first image that comes along only to have a primarily purple image into a theme that’s primarily green? Little touches like this lend to teachable moments and, hopefully, better results whether it be desktop publishing or a presentation or …
Freepik is definitely a resource to bookmark and add to your suite of online tools. If you have a portal that takes students to useful websites, you’ll want to add this resource to the list. Like most things, you do need to do a bit more than provide a link. Use the functionality of the site to talk about copyright, file types, colour saturations, resizing, etc.
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