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What is happening to image files I download? They show up as blanks. Any ideas?

Asked by DarlingRhadamanthus (11205 points ) December 1st, 2010

I found a website that had old (out of copyright) images from old books, prints, etc. I like to keep old illustrations simply because I enjoy them so much. So, on this website, there were quite a few images. I “Saved the Image” on to my computer and it registered as a gif. When I went to open up the files to look at them again, they were just blank. This happened on all of the ones from this site (not others). The name of the files were there, and just a big square blank. My files are being saved on a program called “Serif” (basic) but I have had no problems with saving illustrations off other sites. Is it that it is a “gif” and that’s why it doesn’t show up? What can I do to copy these illustrations onto my computer? Am I not saving them properly? Is there a block that this site has? It shouldn’t have one as the illustrations are in the public domain now. Any ideas on what to do?

Thank you very much!

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Brian1946's avatar

Have you tried saving any of the images as JPEG?
Do you have a link to the site?

theichibun's avatar

What’s the site? It sounds like Flickr, which has an option where users can put an invisible gif image on top of the real image so people can’t just download it.

Brian1946's avatar

From what I can see, those are scaled-up images and their dimensions are actually only 1 pixel by 1 pixel; therefore they probably appear as barely visible dots in your viewer.

mrrich724's avatar

Sounds like the site doesn’t want you taking the images from them and instituted what is a common method of download prevention.

You can try screenshotting the images and saving from there, but there is a way to prevent that as well.

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

Thank you (belatedly) for these answers!

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