Google Images is a great way to find inspiration, cure boredom, or just explore the internet for a while. I always use it to find ideas for things and it is a rich source of media of all kinds. However, the random search only gets you so far.
It is much more productive to have a plan, such as searching Google Images by size, phrases, or other filters. Fortunately, the advanced Google image search lets you do just that.
You probably know everyone Google Image Search and you have probably used it extensively in the past. I only know it in passing, but a photographer friend of mine uses it daily. First, to find inspiration for the shots and secondly, to check your images to make sure no one else is using them. That second usage is a relatively recent phenomenon and my friend says he spends too much time doing it because people now think everything online is fair game.
Regardless of why you want to search Google Images, here’s how to make the most of it.
Search on Google Images
The main Google Images console can be accessed here. It looks, feels and works the same way as regular Google search. Enter your search criteria and press Search. The results are displayed in the window as usual. The difference of Image Search is that the results are all images. You can also upload your own image to perform reverse image searches.
Do a Google image search
If you’ve never used Google Images, open the page as above and type anything into the search box. Awards Near and the results will appear as an image. You can scroll through the results to find what you are looking for. Select an image and you will have the option to visit the web page on which the image is hosted.
The process is basically the same as normal Google Search and uses the same algorithm, the results are limited to images instead of pages.
Search images on Google by size
If you have a better idea of what you are looking for, you can add filters to your image search as you would in a normal search. A key criterion for images is size. For example, if you’re looking for a new desktop wallpaper, you’ll want a minimum image size for it to work. Instead of scrolling through the images to find one, you can specify the image size.
- Go to Google Images, click Settings in the lower right corner of the screen and select Advanced Search .
- Add your main search criteria in the box above.
- Then, click on the drop-down menu of image size select the size you want and then any other criteria you might need.
- After specifying the image requirements, click the blue button Advanced Search .
The returns should appear in the same Google Images results window, but the results will be refined based on what you’ve added in the Image Size box.
Do a reverse image search on Google
A reverse image search in Google takes an image you have and looks for others that are similar. It’s a cool feature that lets you find similar images easily. I know that reverse image searches are used to find wallpapers, wall art and other things, as well as to check for copyright infringement.
Here’s how to do a reverse image search in Google:
- Open Google Images and select the camera icon.
- Upload an image or paste the URL it’s hosted on, then select Search by image .
The results will be displayed much like the standard search. You can also drag and drop the image from your computer into the search box and reverse image search from there. You can do this on desktop or mobile. The URL works the same on all devices, as well as all image searches.
There is another way to search Google Images that is less well known. You can right-click on many images within websites and select Search images on Google from the dialog box that appears. Depending on how that webpage is built and whether the images are code-protected or not, Google can take the image and perform a reverse image search. It’s another useful tool if you work a lot with images.
Use of operators in Google Images
Adding operators to your search to filter results also works the same way as regular search. For example, if you are looking for an image that has been tweeted, you can add ” @twitter ”In the search bar to filter only the results on Twitter. You can also use hashtags with ‘ # ‘, exclude common results with’ -keyword ‘or combine criteria with’ keyword OR keyword2 ‘.
There are many options to use when searching for images with Google, take a few minutes to explore the advanced search features available to you.