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HOW TO FIND FREE WALLPAPER PICTURES USING GOOGLE
Tired of the wallpaper that comes on your computer? Want to find an exact image of something for your blog/website? Here's a tutorial on how to find new wallpaper or images of any type for your desktop or phone using Google image search (Advanced) to find all the pictures in the right size range for the device you want to put it on. It's ok to use any picture on your personal devices, just don't try to sell them, because you don't own the rights.
Unfortunately, every device has a different screen size, so you'll have to know what size will work for you and fill in the size choice correctly.
Start by going to: Google Advanced Image Search.
Find images with...
All these words - If you have a generic subject to fill in, such as "birds" but not a particular type, just type "birds" into here. If you want to match a set of words, you'd type in something like, "blue birds".
This exact word or phrase - You want only a bird of a specific type or species, you would typ in something like, "cardinal bird".
Any of these words - Would be less exacting, which you would care only a little what exact picture came up, like, "big tree". Well, most trees are big, so most of the pictures would be about trees that happen to be big anyway.
None of these words - Would negate or leave out certain ones. Say you want trees, but not dead ones, just lush green trees, you would write in, "dead, brown, fall".
Then narrow your results by...
Image size - Too bad Google doesn't allow you to pick an exact size here. You kinda have to pick a range. If your searching for a PC size, you would normally need one larger than 800x600 (you need 1900x1200 for an exact match for a PC widescreen, but your computer will stretch to fit whatever size you get). A 640x480 will usually shrink well for a cell phone.
Aspect ratio - Will let you pick by your screen shape. Some people still have the "old timey" square screen monitors. Your choices are: Tall, square, wide or panoramic. You can leave it on, "any aspect ratio" and just choose the size of picture you're looking for. Google lists the image sizes at the bottom of each picture when you mouse over it on a PC.
Colors in image - Only fill in if you want certain colors in your image, otherwise leave it as, "any color".
Type of image - Only sometimes you might want to set this to something other than, "any type". I would change it to, "photo" if your having trouble finding photos, but they are usually what comes up by default anyway. Your other choices are: face, clipart, line drawing or animated, if you're looking for something other than wallpaper, you might choose one of these.
Region - Leave as, "any" unless your looking for pictures from a certain country, then you can choose many countries here.
Site or Domain - Only fill in if you want pictures from a certain website you've seen. Maybe a cute pair of shoes or bass boat or something you might have seen before, but didn't have the exact image to copy in front of you.
Safesearch - I'd just leave it. You've probably already turned your safesearch preferences on/off for Google already.
File type - Already set up for, "any format". I'd leave it unless you're looking for a specific type, like: .gif, .jpg etc. Most large pictures will be .jpg or .png anyway. .png's are better in that they can be shrunk or enlarged without much distortion. Try shrinking a .gif! Pixelate!
Usage rights - If you're just getting images or wallpaper for your personal use, you don't have to change this setting. If you are finding pictures to use on your blog/website, you'll need to set this to, "free to use or share, even commercially" or "free to use, share or modify, even commercially"
Below are some searches I already did as examples of what Google will display after doing the above.
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