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Photo search made easy

One of the toughest challenges in creating a hot Web site, PowerPoint production or printed publication usually centers on finding good photos or graphics to give life to your message.

Well, if you’re a seeker and have access to the Internet through the WSU network, mark April 15 on your calendar, because the hunt for great photos will get much easier. On that day, WSU will boot up its new Photos Online service at , giving anyone with WSU Internet access — faculty, administrators, staff, graduate or undergraduate students — access to a large database of top-quality, professional photos taken by WSU Photo Services.

Photos Online has been in the works since the summer of 2001 and features an intuitive search engine that lets you search for photos using a multitude of keywords — topics, names of personalities and photographers, program titles, building names, dates, event titles, and other related topics. When a search is complete, the system will often show the user a gallery of thumbnail-sized photos. If the user wants to take a closer look at a specific photo, a click of the mouse brings it up, complete with related information.

You can also access historic WSU photos through the Holland Library’s Manuscripts and Archives department via

Photo Services has catalogued about 500 photos from all over campus, but that collection will grow daily as new photos are taken and past photos catalogued and brought online.

“Once people tour this site, they are going to love it,” said Bob Hubner, WSU Photo Services.

This service will also benefit WSU Photo Services. Each photo can be quickly downloaded for use in Web sites and PowerPoint presentations. If someone is producing a printed publication and needs high-resolution photos, the process is almost as easy. An order form can immediately be brought up online, filled out and e-mailed to the Office of University Printing and Publications, which can quickly locate the original photo file, resize it and incorporate it into the printing workflow.

This process will free photographers to do more of what they do best — shoot great photos!

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