For most Internet users, Google is the primary search tool for information, and Google Images is the most popular place to find images. It is enough to enter any query, and you will see thousands of images associated with it. Everything seems simple enough, but is the service really limited by this? There are always additional interesting opportunities.
If you don’t need to get that many images when you search, or if you want to learn some additional tricks, here are some helpful tips for searching in Google Images.
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- How to search for images in Google Images
- Additional search tools in Google Images
- Search Google Images by file type
- How to search images for a given image in Google Images (reverse search)
- Restore the Image Preview Button
- Advanced search operators
- How to save the images you want to Google Images binaries
- Mobile search capabilities in Google Images
- Pictures of the world in your hands
How to search for images in Google Images
Before moving on to the advanced tricks, let’s go over the basics. To find an image on Google, just visit Google Images.
You can also click the link “Pictures»In the upper right corner of the Google home page to quickly navigate to the desired location.
Enter what you want to find in the search bar and click “Enter”…
You will most likely see a variety of results.
Click on the image to view it in the detachable window that appears on the side of the screen. This will display the resolution of the picture and associated images, as well as buttons for going to the page with the picture, sharing the image and saving it for future use.
Now let’s take a closer look at the Google Images tricks so you can better use them.
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Additional search tools in Google Images
On the search results page, under the query string, click “Instruments”to see several options for filtering the results.
An additional line with parameters will appear:
The size: choose one of the basic sizes: Big, Middle and Badges… Google removed options from this panel “More than” and “Exactly”so you will have to rely on the suggested rough parameters.
Colour: prompts you to show only black and white images or transparent images. You can also filter images by a specific color. If you are trying to search PNG images with transparent (background removed) on Google then filter “Transparent” makes it easy to find them as JPEGs will be filtered out of the results.
Use rights: This tool allows you to sort images for reuse in different scenarios. Most of the images that Google displays are not publicly available, so make sure you have permission to use them for your own purposes.
A type: Shows the types of images such as Clip Art, Drawings and GIF…
Time: allows you to search for images uploaded in a specific period of time.
Delete: Click this button after applying one or more of the above filters to remove them. Please note that you can apply more than one filter, such as showing large images uploaded last month.
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Search Google Images by file type
If you are only interested in a specific type of image file, there is no point in looking through all the results looking for it. Unfortunately, Google Images no longer has a simple file type switcher below the search box.
You can use the additional operator instead filetype… For example, with the request filetype: png PNG images will be in Google.
Example request: yablyk filetype: png
After you enter the operator and search, the text filetype disappears and the page is refreshed with only images of this type. Moreover, in the menu “Instruments” a new command will appear. You will see a menu “File type: PNG” (or the format you entered) and you can click on it to select a different file type.
It may already be, for example, JPG or BMP.
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How to search images for a given image in Google Images (reverse search)
A regular Google image search returns images for your text query. But you can also use an image to do a Google search, which is called a reverse image search.
To try this, visit the Google Images homepage and click the camera icon in the search bar.
Here, you can insert the URL of an image from the Internet to search, or download an image from your computer. If you’re comfortable, you can drag the image directly to the search bar.
Once you have done that, Google will try its best to guess what is in your picture. You can click on the button “All sizes” or choose the suggested size option and see a copy of the image in it.
Below you will see the section “Similar Images»With links to web pages with visually similar images. This is a great way to get more information about an image that you don’t know much about.
You can add a qualifying word to the picture. In our example, logos with the image of an elephant were found similar in color.
If you’re using the Chrome browser, it has a handy built-in tool for reverse image lookups. Right click on the image and then press the S key to instantly search for it on Google. If you use this function a lot, then you may need a specialized application for this search.
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Restore the Image Preview Button
In 2018, Google upset many users by removing the button “Open in full size” from Google Images results. It’s all to blame for complaints from the stock photo company Getty Images. It is now much less convenient to get images from Google, especially when you need to visit a page where the image is not available.
Fortunately, this button is easy to restore with an extension. We recommend View Image, which is available for Chrome and Firefox. The extension returns the image viewing and image search functions. And View Image, in its new guise, even offers several customization options.
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Advanced search operators
Above we have already considered the operator filetype, but you should also know about other advanced Google image search operators.
For example, try using site: to search for an image only on a specific site. Or use the operator – (minus) to exclude certain words from the search. By placing your query in quotation marks, you will only search for that whole phrase (in detail).
If you don’t like using operators, you can click Settings → Advanced Search on any Google Images results page to open Advanced Image Search… This allows you to access many of the same commands, but through simpler text fields.
In particular, several options can be selected in the image size field. “More than”that no longer appear in the panel “Instruments” in Google Images. Also pay attention to the menu with the shape of the pictures, as it allows you to choose the aspect ratio, such as square or panorama.
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How to save the images you want to Google Images binaries
Has it happened to you that you found the exact image you wanted, but forgot to save a copy? It is often difficult to find this image again next time. This is why Google has implemented its own function to save images right inside the service.
To use it, simply search Google Images with your Google account. Click on the image that interests you to open its callout. There press the button “Save” (which looks like a bookmark ribbon) and you will see the ribbon icon fill up and highlight in blue.
Now when you want to view your saved images, click the three-dot menu on any image and select “Selections”… You can also follow the direct link google.com/collections to access this page.
The saved images are displayed in the folder “Featured Images”… Click on the picture from there to view it or use the button “New selection” on the left if you want to create new folders to better sort your pictures. Use the button “Choose” top to select multiple images to move to another folder or delete.
The Share button makes it easy to send your favorite pictures to your friends.
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Mobile search capabilities in Google Images
When you search for images using the Google mobile app, there are a few special features that you may not be aware of.
First, notice the icons at the bottom left of the images. Depending on your request, this could be Recipe, GIF, Product or similar. When you click on it, you get more information than just a picture.
For example, if you enter the word “donut” in Google Images and tap the image with the “Recipe” icon, you will find a recipe for these donuts.
Google Images also offers more filtering options when searching on mobile devices. For example, if you are looking for “sweater”, you will see additional options under the search bar, such as “Knitted”, “Short”, “Fashionable” etc.
Searching for TV allows you to perform additional searches by display type, screen shape, etc. This will help determine exactly what you are looking for when you initially find something versatile.
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Pictures of the world in your hands
We’ve covered some of the more useful Google Images search commands and techniques. While this is a simple tool, knowing a few additional features will help you use it more effectively. But do not forget that to use images found on Google, you need to verify the rights to them.