Google Advanced Image Search: A Guide

Date2January 17, 2019 categoryTools and Tech

Is Google Advanced Image Search an overlooked resource for your business?  Google is about much more than searching phrases, for example its image search tool has some superb features.

Let’s take a look at the FREE tools Google Advanced Image Search brings to your workplace…


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What Can You Do with Google Advanced Image Search?

Google advanced image search is easy to use. It allows you to fine tune the results of your search using several categories. To get started, you can find the Advanced Search menu under the Settings icon.

There, you’ll find:

  1. Colour

    With this setting you can pick the colour you want your results to be focused on. For example, if you pick black and white only the black and white pictures in the results will show up. However, it is not only limited to colour and black and white, you can search for single colours like red, blue and orange.

  2. SafeSearch

    Enabling SafeSearch means that you will not be shown any explicit results. If this is your preference, you should make sure that it is always enabled. This is helpful when setting up the searching options for kids. It will select only the options that match your preference.

  3. Domain 

    Choosing the domain will narrow your search results down to results from a single website or domain. If you are looking for images from a specific site, using this option is really helpful. In addition, Google’s advanced image search can help you locate an image if you remember the domain in which you remember seeing it.

  4. File types 

    Images come in various types and formats. To ensure that your image search results fall within a certain file type, make sure to use the Google Advanced Image Search option. This option will let you select the file type that fits your need. 

  5. Size

    Alongside file types, images also come in various sizes. Sometimes, you need to be conscious of the sizes of images you share to make sure that it is easy for you to upload and for other people to download. Also, size will sometimes also affect the quality of the image if you wish to enlarge it. As a result, you should decide whether you need small, medium or large images to be shown in your image search.

  6. Keywords

    This is a similar to Google’s regular web search, where you can filter your results to match any or all of the keywords in a phrase. The Google advanced image search feature will ask you if you’re looking for an exact word or phrase. In addition, it may ask for a selection of words, or even words you want to exclude from your search. Therefore, your results will be  narrowed down. This will be helpful in specifying your results when your keywords have several meanings.


Google Reverse Image Search: How to Use

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Google’s Reverse Image Search (GRIS) allows you to search with images rather than text. This tool can be used in a number of ways:

Find the Source

Using Google Image search you can also locate the sources of images. A tool like this can be useful in the spotting of fake images. This will also help you find where else your work is being used online. This also allows you to find other similar images for your work when searching for appropriate visuals.

‘Search Google for Image’

If the image you would like to search is itself an image you have found through a google search. A simple right click on the image will prompt a small menu bar to appear. On this bar you should find the option for Search Google for Image. This option show where the image is being used.

Uploading From Your Desktop

Another way to accomplish a reverse image search (GRIS) is to upload an image from your library. Under the Camera option, there are two tabs, the first of which is called Paste image URL. The pasting of an image URL onto this bar, will yield the same results as the Search Google for Image option.

Similarly, if you would like to use an image saved onto your computer. The Upload an Image tab will allow you to do this. You can select whatever image from your desktop to upload. Then, you can reverse image search to achieve the same results. 

However, GRIS does have its limitations. GRIS tends to be able to easily recover images from the main pages of sites, however it does appear to struggle with sub-pages an other subsequent links.




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