Google Images: tips to improve your search engine

Google Images is a search tool that brings as results a set of photos, illustrations and even animations of the most varied formats and origins.

Using this feature is as simple as browsing Google Photos or the traditional search engine, but you can improve the accuracy of your searches with simple tools or techniques in your browser.

Below, we’ve separated some of these suggestions so that you can master the platform and find exactly what you’re looking for.

What do use rights mean?

One of the Google Images filter fields is especially important, especially if you’re going to use the photos in some project, product or online environment.

Using the Usage Rights filter.Source:  TecMundo

This is the “Usage rights” field, which indicates the copyright status of the photo. In “Creative Commons Licenses”, you only receive images that have been marked as reusable as a result. This means you can save and use in other ways, but always crediting the original source.

The field “Other commercial licenses” displays the photos and portraits of amateur or professional photographers, or news agencies and image banks. In these cases, it may be necessary to pay for licensing the material.

The details of a license.The details of a license.Source:  TecMundo

When you click on an image, the browser itself displays some information about the license so you can get informed before saving it.

Specific formats

You can do an image search in Google’s search engine by choosing exactly what format the results will look like — be it PNG, JPG, GIF and more.

The use of The use of “filetype” to optimize the search.Source:  TecMundo

To activate this filter, enter the desired term and then enter the command “filetype: [formato]” (without the quotation marks). In place of [formato], write the desired extension.

Google's automatic format filter.Google’s automatic format filter.Source:  TecMundo

In the case of GIF, clipart or linear drawings, Google itself offers a filter option in the “Type” item, located in the “Tools” menu, which is just below the text box.

reverse search

Instead of typing in a term and searching for images, you can upload a photo file and use it to get results. This is called “reverse search”, which is easy to be performed on the platform.

Click on the camera icon and add a photo in the field.Click on the camera icon and add a photo in the field.Source:  TecMundo

To do this, go to the Images tab and, instead of typing something, click on the camera icon next to the text box. You can either paste the address of a photo or upload a file from your computer. After doing this, go to “Search by image” and wait for the result.

The results show source links, similar photos or even larger files.The results show source links, similar photos or even larger files.Source:  TecMundo

This function is very important for you to find the primary sources of a photo or options in better resolution or similar composition. The results can also be sites related to the location, in case you want to know exactly where that landscape is, for example.

The view image button

The removal of the “View Image” button from Google’s photo search was very much felt by the community. The feature was taken offline in 2018 and was a great shortcut for you to open the search results without having to visit the original website.

Fortunately, it is possible to return this tool to the browser in an easy way: with a browser extension.

As you can see above, there are options for the main browsers on the market, all with the same simple and intuitive operation.

Advanced search by image

If you’ve already mastered the Google image search engine and are looking for something very specific, one option is to access the “hidden” menu with more options and filters.

This is Advanced Image Search, which brings a series of fields that can be filled in to bring up the most accurate result possible. To access it, just click here.

In advanced search, you can find images with different terms and word combinations.

Some search possibilities for advanced terms.Some search possibilities for advanced terms.Source:  TecMundo

It is possible to search based on exact phrases or expressions (by putting the terms in quotation marks), selecting options (using the terms “or” between the alternatives) and even eliminating results (with the minus sign “-” before the word that should not be used in the procedure).

In advanced search, you can automatically filter by size, region and even format before searching.In advanced search, you can automatically filter by size, region and even format before searching.Source:  TecMundo

Furthermore, you can limit the results even further by selecting exactly the size, type, proportion, region, license and even domain of the desired file. With everything set up, just click on “Advanced Search” and wait.

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