5. Inserting Images with Pexels

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Word’s Online Pictures tool provides lots of results, but with inconsistent quality. The Pexels add-in enables you to access the Pexels library of stock images which are all of high quality and under a creative commons license.


Lesson Goal

Add some free to use Stock Images to our document using Pexels.

What is Pexels?

Pexels is an online source of high-quality stock photos. Access to all content on Pexels is free and all content carries a creative commons license which permits them for royalty-free re-use, even commercially.

The Pexels add-in for Word enables instant access to the Pexels library and is similar to the Online Pictures command in the Insert tab of Word.

How to insert an image with Pexels

From the Insert tab, click the Open Pexels command. This will open the Pexels pane to the right of the interface. Here we can type a search term to reveal a list of related stock photos.

We can use the Search by Color tool to reveal images that more closely match the selected color.

To insert a photo, simply click it and it will be placed next to your cursor.


In the previous lesson, we learned how to use the Consistency Checker add-in to remove inconsistent language from the document. In this lesson, we'll add some stock images to our document using Pexels.

All Pexels images are guaranteed for free use as they all use a creative commons license.

Pexels images are also consistently of a high quality.

If we return to our document, we can see a picture of a dog. Unfortunately, we don't know the source of this picture, so we can't guarantee that it's available for free use.

We'll replace this with a similar image from Pexels.

To open the Pexels pane, we'll navigate to the insert tab and click the open Pexels command.

We'll then search for dog snacks.

Pexels quickly returns a long list of images.

The first result looks great, so we'll click it to insert it into the document.

We'll leave it there for now, but let's see if we can find an image that's a little more faithful to the original.

Beige was a primary color in the original picture, so we'll look for images with a similar color.

We'll click back and type our search term again, but this time we'll click the search by color drop down.

We can enter a specific hex or RGB code for our color below, or we can choose one with the selector above.

We'll drag the color bar to the yellow range and then click the top left corner to find beige.

If we drag the selector around, we can see a preview of the color in the square below.

We'll click the magnifying glass icon to finish our search.

As we can see, many of the results match the color scheme of the original picture.

None of these are better than the picture we've already selected, so we'll keep that one.

To finish, we'll need to delete the original and make a few adjustments to our new picture.

We'll resize it, change the layout options to square, and add a border.

Finally, we'll ensure that it's in the same position as the original picture.

Let's stop the lesson here.

In the next lesson, we'll learn how to use the Symbol Search add-in to quickly find and insert symbols into a document.

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