Google image search is a great way to find images for work and personal use. Perhaps you need help showing someone what a USB-C connect looks like? Google it.
Listening to that podcast all day and wondering what the person talking looks like? Google it!
Need an excellent picture of a unicorn for some reason? Look no further than Google.
Easy to access
You can access Google image search by going to images.google.com or by clicking the images tab after googling your keyword or phrase.
Google has a number of tool categories to help you narrow down your search results to get the image you need. They are:
- Usage Rights
Google allows you to choose a specific size for your image search. They have more generic size categories such as large, medium, and icon, as well as the option to search only for images larger than specified dimensions. Additionally, you have the option to enter your exact dimensions needed, but unless its a common size, like a wallpaper, this may severely limit your results.
The color options include narrowing images to full color, black and white only, transparent, or picking from one of 16 color options. This is very helpful if you need a specific color image such as a blue unicorn or an image that you know looks good printed in black and white.
This option is important if you plan to use the images in any public or commercial manner. You do not want to use any images that you are not authorized to use.
Google has the option to narrow your search to images labeled for reuse with modification, labeled for reuse, labeled for noncommercial reuse with modification, and labeled for noncommercial reuse.
Google will deliver you a wide range of images, so narrowing down by type can help you find what you really need. Perhaps you need a more cartoon-like image or you may need an actual photo. The options you can select from are face, photo, clip art, line drawing, and animated.
The option to select what time the image was uploaded is important when current results are needed. You may want to see the latest examples of your image, or just search for newer content. You can filter by images from the past 24 hours, the past week, the past month, the past year, or create a custom range filter.
The last critical option for when using Google is the safe search mode. Remember to turn this on especially when Googling images at work. Here’s how:
- Go to settings
- Click search settings
- Safe search will be the first checkbox at the top
Google image search provides so much valuable content. It’s important to know how to narrow that down to exactly what you need. Try this out on your own, and get the images you need for your next project.
Not sure of what to search for? Here are a few tasks to try:
- An image of your hobby as a coloring book page labeled for noncommercial reuse
- A real photo of a green poodle
- A desktop background image of your favorite movie uploaded in the past year
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