The Great New Features of Google Advanced Image Search
Perform a Web search on Google for a word or a phrase, and Google will right away come up with millions of results from webpages. With a few advanced search commands learned, you can quickly have Google automatically filter out results that you don’t need.
What many don’t realize is, that Google advanced image search can perform the same kinds of search refinements for you, giving you increasingly relevant images more quickly than you ever imagined. Google’s image search wasn’t always as versatile though.
When Google’s image search first started out, if you searched for, say, Vogue magazine covers, you certainly would get what you wanted – magazine covers from Vogue – but to begin with, you would get them from editions of Vogue in a foreign language, or unsorted by date and even easily get covers of magazines that had nothing to do with Vogue.
There are plenty of additional refinements that have been added lately that make image searches just as productive as Web searches. What you can do with Google advanced image search today easily rivals how close to your intended results you can get with text.
To begin with, Google’s image search has for long had the feature where you can pick image size and color quality. With Google’s latest version of image search though, once you have your initial page of hundreds of image results, you can refine them on-the-fly for image type (clip art, face, etc.), tell public domain images apart from copyrighted ones, and much more.
The way you go about it is the same, whichever way you wish for Google advanced image search to refine your results page – you type in the basic search string you wish to search by, and when your results page appears, you select from one of several different refinement parameters on the left margin.
There is a lot more you can refine your search with if you go in deeper with the Advanced Search button under the search box. Here, you can narrow down to an image for instance that is free for different levels of usage – you can select from among the choices you are given under usage rights.
No matter how free it seems you are to use something though, you need to credit the source it came from. And that would be especially safe considering that Google is known to miss-label images from time to time.