Archive for the ‘Web resources’ Category

Music for Video

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Because more students are creating videos, it is worth pointing out that using popular music in a video can be problematic. Music rights are more tightly controlled than any other form of copyright. For videos that students want to use in an online portfolio, or if faculty want the videos to go onto the School of Art Vimeo account, it is important to use royalty-free music. The UW Story website has links to a variety of music sources.


Since writing the paragraph above, I have learned that the UW Story website is no longer being maintained. The general text is still worth reading, but many of the links do not work.

Two resources for free music to use in videos are:

Creative Commons

Free Music Archive | Music for Video

One other resource provides music at relatively low cost:

The Music Bakery

Searching Google Images

Friday, May 11th, 2012

While soaMDID and ARTstor are usually your best source of images at the UW for teaching and presentations, there are times when a Google Images search is necessary. Since the size of images found in a Google search can vary widely, it is important to use the tools Google provides to narrow your search. The image below is a screenshot of the upper menu bar you see after doing a Google Images search; you can click on the image to get a bigger view. The numbered arrows show the order in which you click menus to narrow the search. To get the best images for presentations, you want to have images that are 1024 x 768 or larger. Anything smaller than that will likely appear pixelated if you try to fill a PowerPoint slide with the image. However, keep in mind that much larger images will tend to slow down your PowerPoint slideshow.

Google Images screenshot showing steps to filter by image size

SepiaTown = Historical Photos + Architecture

Friday, July 29th, 2011

This website allows registered users to upload scanned historical images of architecture and map them. Visitors see thumbnails of the images on a map. You can click on the thumbnail to bring up a full image with information and then click on that image to get a larger one, which is big enough to use in PowerPoint. Note that, on the page with the smaller full image, there is a box towards the bottom with a permalink. This is good to note in the image title, PowerPoint notes, or elsewhere so that you have a record of the image source.

It is helpful to visit the “How to Use SepiaTown” page before delving in too far since there are some interesting features that may not be initially obvious. Two examples are the figure on the map that shows the location of the photographer and direction of view and the “Then/Now” button that shows a contemporary street view from the same perspective. Images for many cities from around the world have already been uploaded.

Yale Silk Road Database

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

A database of over 6,000 images shot during Silk Road site seminars from 2006-2009. There are many ways to browse using categories at the left. Click through to the large images and download with a right-click (control-click on Mac). The large images vary in size, but many are 1000 pixels on the long side, which will work well for PowerPoint.

David Rumsey Map Collection

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The David Rumsey Map Collection is one of the premier collections of maps available online even though only a portion of this private collection has been digitized. You can access images in a variety of ways including Google Earth and Google Maps. However, if you are looking for images to download for teaching, launching the collection in the LUNA Browser is the best way to go. Tips for using the LUNA Browser are also provided. After finding an image you want, you can click on a thumbnail to bring up a larger image. Use the export button above the image to choose the size you want (small or medium will work well for PowerPoint). If you download the largest image size, you should be able to create your own details in any basic image editing software. To save groups of maps for future reference, you can create an account.

Rembrandt drawings at British Museum

Monday, November 29th, 2010

The British Museum has an excellent collection of 374 drawings by Rembrandt and his school. They have developed an online research catalog around this collection, which includes essays and images. In some cases, there are both front and back images of a drawing. You can click on image thumbnails to get larger images that are 750 pixels wide. These should be sufficient for PowerPoint. However, larger images are available for personal use at no charge if you are willing to create an account, make a request (quick and easy), and wait up to 48 hours to get the image. This can be done by clicking the “use digital image” link/icon below each image (it looks something like a floating piece of paper).

Note: Many of these images are available in ARTstor. However, the majority of the ARTstor images were scanned from slides that were shot from books. The images on the British Museum’s site are of much better quality.

Sidney D. Gamble Photographs

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The Sidney D. Gamble Photographs collection at Duke University Libraries provides a wealth of historical images. Gamble travelled in China several times and also took photos in Japan, Korea, and Russia. Currently available on this site are his images from 1917-1932. One can browse the collection by place and subject. Since the bulk of the images are from China, there is an interactive map that shows where and when he photographed. The images are available in a medium size that is appropriate for PowerPoint and a larger size that could be used to make details for teaching.

Marinetti’s Papers

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has several hundred images online from the Filippo Tommaso Marinetti Papers. Marinetti was one of the leaders of Futurism. The collection includes many historical photographs (notes on back scanned as well), some writings, and printed materials. It is possible to download at least two different sizes of each image by clicking through to the image size needed and then right clicking (control-click on a Mac) to save the image locally. The largest images are actually a bit bigger than what is needed for PowerPoint; the medium images will work for PowerPoint as long as they are not stretched to the point of pixelating.

Daumier Lithographs

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Robert Macaire architecte

Robert Macaire architecte; Paris, 1837

Brandeis University has posted nearly 4,000 digital images from their collection of lithographs created by Honoré Daumier. The collection can be searched by either basic or advanced methods, or it can be browsed by title, subject, or date. The images provided are 800 pixels on the long side, so they will work fine for PowerPoint; just don’t try to stretch horizontal images to fill a slide or they will pixelate.

Sistine Chapel QTVR

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

If you want to get a better sense of how the architecture and art of the Sistine Chapel are integrated, check out this QTVR. I learned about it on the VRA listserv. You can use the mouse to rotate the image in any direction, and the plus and minus buttons in the lower left allow you to zoom in and out.  Music accompanies the site.