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Advanced Tips for Google Images Search

Updated on August 26, 2014

Google keep records of all the available images in Internet. Interestingly  Google Bot  cannot recognize images, so far Google Bot is not capable of reading images or its has image recognition system . Instead Google crawls the file name of the image or any link text pointing to an image and make a decision about the type of image based of the texts associated with the image. Google also use very sophisticated algorithm to filter out all the duplicate contents so as you can view the most relevant images for free. This is why when you put any picture on any of your article you need to write the name of that picture, because it will certainly give you some extra traffic generated by people searching Google free images.

How to use Google Image Search:

Despite having Google images search options many people still search in Google’s main page for finding images. For getting Google images free anyone can use image search option by clicking the image option of the top-left side on Google’s homepage. Otherwise you can visit directly Google’s image search engine-Google Image

After the lunch of Google image search in 2001, Google has been updating the features and making image search more efficient. Now, there image searching is much more advanced with many useful features than it was few years back.

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google images free

Safe Search Filter

If you want no pornographic images or any type of offensive content to show up while searching, you can use safe search option. To set safe searching option you need to go Google preference page. To enter the preference page, click the “search settings” option at the top-right part of the Google main page and then a new window will open with a number of options.  In the middle of this new page you will find an option called “safe search filtering”.  You customize your filter as per your preference of image searches. After customizing click “save preference” button at the right-bottom or the top-right side of the page.

Below the “safe search” option you will find another option called the number of results. With this option you can set how many images you want to see in the search result at a time, you can set the value form 10-100. But 10 image searches per page will give you the fastest search result

google image search
google image search

Refine image search

When you get a result of a specific image, you will also have the option to customize the searched results. To filter or customize the results, take a look at the left-side of the results, here you can set “any size”, “any type” and “any color” to filter your results. If you looking for large size images, you need to click the “large” text in the “any size” option. Similarly, Google image can show you which type of image your are looking for. For example, one may need clipart or line drawing for an image, just click “clipart” or “line drawing”. This is an extraordinary feature of Google image, it simply makes images search much more efficient than any ordinary searches without any option setting.

You want to filter and customize the image search results you see, use the options along the side of the results page. For instance, you can choose to just see black and white photos of a certain size. Use the links below to learn about search tools specific to Google Images

google advanced image search
google advanced image search

Secret Google Tip Improves Image Search

Advanced Image Search

The most interesting and useful image search is Google Advance Image Search option. Here you can search any image by specifying the size, type, aspect ratio, coloration, or even by naming a specific domain. The most useful advanced search option to me is the “usage rights” option- this will tell you if an image is labeled for reuse or it is licensed.

Search Options &Tools

On the left side of your search page, there are a number of search customization options when remains unexplored to many Google users. To see more search options click more just below the “image” text on the left side of your search page. Keep exploring not only Google image searchers but other options as well. There is no limit on what you won’t find in Google Searches-it seems to me that the entire world lives in Google.

Finally, spend less time in searching Google by learning advanced searches


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      Iuri 4 years ago

      That's the smart thknniig we could all benefit from.

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      raja zain 5 years ago

      helo everybody

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      ShaamCA 5 years ago from India

      Nice tips to search a it becomes very easy to find images.

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      YAGANTI MEHERJI 6 years ago


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      aware1 6 years ago

      hi i love your page you are so hot i love justin bieber

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      Jacob_Jube 7 years ago

      Everyday Google is adding new features to all of its products.

      I simply like similar images features and also more size option.

      Now image search is really easy task to do.

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      @justin bieber-I think you will find more images in Google images search, because Google images is especially designed for collecting all the image information available on web.Thank you so much :)

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      justin bieber 7 years ago

      hey its justin bieber for real i like hub and i dont so if like i come back to hub can there be more things like more iage s there are more images on google hit images and tipe in google images or just google but aftere all the hard work you put in to this hub it is really good and so are my fans peace yo this is justin bieber

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      Aware1 7 years ago

      Great information regarding searching google images free! :)

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks for this useful information. It is much appreciated. :D

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      Daniel Roo-Thanks a lot

      temp inizer-thanks for stopping by.

      sligobay-Glad to have your feedback.Thanks a lot :)

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      sligobay 7 years ago from east of the equator

      Thank you for the helpful information. I will now find the images that I seek.

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      temp_inizer 7 years ago from Noida (India)

      Thanks... for such a usefull information, I know the advanced search option but I did not know the fillter option...

      Thank you so much..

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      Daniel Roo 7 years ago from Southern England (United Kingdom)

      Great detailed Hub, the advanced feature is a powerful if somewhat overlooked tool. I personally use it all the time and find it narrows down my results to exactly what I am looking for. Disabling Safesearch also helps but be warned folks, sometimes the results can be a bit unpleasant!

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      For checking copyright issues about any Google images you can check out Google advanced image search option, there is an option called "usage rights", enable it; this will let you know if a particular image is licensed or not.thank you so much :)

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      samiaali 7 years ago

      Hi Andromida, This is a great Hub, with lots of good information. Are the Google Images free to use without restriction? I was told that they are free, but they don't seem to be. Is there any way to tell if a Google Image is completely free to use? Thanks.

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      vikassingal2002 7 years ago from India

      Good Work....

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      carmelita 7 years ago

      awesome hub!

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      lezama 7 years ago

      Hey great stuff, there are a lot of great features to google that internet users do not know about, such as safe search. Take a look here at this great example :~

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      Rismayanti 7 years ago from Tropical Island

      thanks for share the information, good hub

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      DjBryle 7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Thanks for sharing this very helpful information on image search. Be wary also on using copyrighted materials =)

      I am reading more of your hubs... I find them so interesting, and I enjoy them a lot! =)

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      TroyM 7 years ago

      Be sure to watch copyright issues. Don't want to use images that you don't have permissions to use, like to sell or anything.

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      belliott 7 years ago

      Great hub. Thanks for the info.

    • profile image 7 years ago from bear, de, 19701

      The images come free, how about the appreciation for designers? They make it within few minutes, and we get if within few seconds.

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      shrishtipillai 7 years ago

      nice post . you are doing great job it help me lot to search and use google imgaes. keep it up dear. and waiting for other useful information from your side

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      multimastery 7 years ago

      Nice image search tips. Learning tricks for advanced search queries can work wonders!

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      Artoflegendindia 7 years ago

      Tremendous hub.Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I like Google.I daily use Google search options.i am satisfied of Google search facility.It is a great source of searching.

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      map65 7 years ago

      Google is a great source

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      @Eiddwen-Google image search has been very effective for me to get useful images for my hubs.thanks a lot :)

      @charlottelacar-Google images help to filter out pictures with copyrights and without it. But I find most of the pictures has copyright tag.thank you so much :)

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      charlottelacar 7 years ago

      Oh! I was not aware at all about that images issue. See for instance in my hub, I just used to search for a certain pic then post them with my articles..I never know too that a certain pic has a copyright

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      hank you so much for this hub. It's helped me loads.

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      theboxmeister 7 years ago

      Here is another search engine that will find you free images and videos.

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      @Debbi Cook-thank you so much for the feedback :)

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      Debbie Cook 7 years ago from USA

      Thank you for making the issue of using pictures from the internet more clear.

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      Meoww 7 years ago

      "go to advanced search option and select "labeled for reuse"-these pictures are selected by Google for reuse by anyone."

      Thanks for this information!

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      samiaali 7 years ago

      This is great information. Thank you andromida!

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      LotteMae 7 years ago

      Interesting stuff. Has anyone seen Gazoomy - Google Themes?

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      @Lifeallstart-Hi,thanks for your interesting questions.Finding pictures without copyrights is possible, but for that you need to search with a list of synonymous keyords.If you search for a picture without any copyrights then the easiest way is go to advanced search option and select "labeled for reuse"-these pictures are selected by Google for reuse by anyone.

      You are right our own hub pictures are not protected. As you know the size of Internet is mammoth and it's really difficult to monitor by any authority. So, until your website become very famous, no one will bother you with copyright images.For image search traffic, you can use label you picture with keywords, in captions. Thank you so much :)

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      Lifeallstar1 7 years ago

      Hi! very interesting. I'm just curious you said in response to someone that "you can still find picture without any copyrights, but you need to search a lot for that." Are you saying that we really shouldn't be using them because you explain the search as very easy. Plus if we label pictures and it brings them to our article through image free search, is that if we chose one of their's? I guess I'm wondering if we use our own pictures which I've seen all over hubpages, that those are not protected and are allowed to be used? I didn't understand about having it get to our articles. I wouldn't want people taking others personal pictures that are not for free images. Thanks!

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      @katiem2-thank you so much rating and glad to see you in my yard :)

      @puebloman-you can still find picture without any copyrights, but you need to search a lot for that.thanks :)

      @Pamela -thanks a lot for stopping by.

      @arman-thank you for your visit.

      @Elena-Actually I've been using this image search technique for a few weeks only.Thanks a lot:)

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks so much for this. I use Google nearly every day and have never used the Advanced Image Search.

      Glad I read this Hub. :)

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 7 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Very useful hub. Thank you!

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      puebloman 7 years ago

      Thanks for the hub. Finding free images always takes up much more time than the writing.

      But I must have missed something in your article. I always used to search Google images but found that there was (is) a warning on every single one that the author's rights are protected. Surely non of these are free images? Or is this wrong? Are you saying that all images accessed on Google Image are free?

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh I'm so glad to see this hub, now I have a great reference for folks who need to learn how simple getting great pictures from google is. This is a hard one to explain in a brief email response to the question. NOW HubPages will be even better. Thanks, rating this everthing good and sharing, bookmarking for reference. Great Job! LOVE IT!

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      Lamme-thank you so much for stopping by.Google image search is very effective n helpful.

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      Great information. I'm always looking for images and this will be very helpful.

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      @Joni Douglas-thank you so much :)

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thanks for the info. Great hub!

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      @wren- I love this image search option of Google, you can also use google video search. Thank you wren :)

      @webyy- Glad to have your feedback. :)

      @Shalini Kagal- image search is much more efficient than searching for images in goole's homepage. thank you so much :)

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Great hub, thanks! That makes searching for images so much easier!

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      WebbyAvatar 7 years ago from India

      Nicely done, Andromida. Thumbs up!!

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      This is as ever a very useful hub andromida and I learnt a lot from it. I often wondered why I don't get the sort of images I expect to find when I search, but like you said 'it can not recognise images' and just picks them due to tags ect. Am now better prepared thanks. :)


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