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A Guide to Google’s Advanced Image Search

It’s easy to conduct a Google picture search.

The majority of us can easily find a picture of what we’re looking for by using a straightforward Google ima search.

Google fills the results with rows and rows of photos, sometimes with advertisements in the first row, and links back to the source websites.

When searching for a photo on Google, most of us are accustomed to seeing this typical image search option.

It is a very typical structure for search results, clearly laying out and classifying different kinds of image results.

But despite the fact that it can enable us all to conduct more precise image searches, many of us frequently overlook or underutilize Google’s advanced image search option.

Here are a few techniques for using Google’s advanced image search to locate the images you’re looking for more quickly and effectively.

Advanced Search Filters

Your usual picture search can be started by going to

You can enter your search in the default search field that appears.

However, many people are unaware that by selecting “tools,” you may view a number of additional sophisticated filters to help you narrow down your search even more.

You can filter image results in the following ways:

Image Size

You have the option of selecting an icon, large, medium, or small.

This might aid in finding an image quickly based on the precise size you require.

This feature can speed up the process of specifying sizes, whether it be for a larger “hero” image or a smaller thumbnail.

Image Color

You have the option of black and white, transparent, or a specific color such as blue, red, yellow, etc.

This can help to easily narrow down an image search to pick up on any certain tones or colors you’re after.

Say you are writing a blog post on beach vacations, and want some images with light blue water, you can quickly find those using this filter.

Image Usage Rights

Labeled for reuse with modification, labeled for reuse, labeled for noncommercial reuse with modification, labeled for non-commercial reuse.

This is helpful in order to easily identify what photos are up for reuse and which ones are not.

Image Type

Options include clip art, line drawing, and GIF.

This can help to easily locate images based on animation or illustration type.


Options include the past 24 hours, past week, past month, and past year.

This can help to pin down more recent photos that may be more relevant, dependent on the topic you are after.

Google Advanced Image Search

Now, by navigating to Google’s Advanced Image Search, you will find that this tool uses all of the filters listed above, and then some.

If you still cannot find a specific image that you are after with the basic filters, this is a great tool to try.

This Exact Word or Phrase

This option lets you find images after inputting multiple keywords, to narrow down and specify your search further.

This is very similar to using quotes when searching for something online.

Aspect Ratio

This feature allows you to search specifically for certain image aspect ratios.

So, if you wanted to see an image that should be wide, tall, panoramic, etc., you can find those images here.


This feature allows you to see which photos are public in a specific part of the world.

This makes it easy to pin down photos from places you plan to visit, etc.

Site or Domain

Like a Google site search, use this advanced image search option to limit the results to photos from a particular website URL.


Enable or disable SafeSearch to block inappropriate content.

File Type

If you are after specific file types, you can pick which image file format Google should look for (e.g., JPG, PNG, SVG).

Reverse Image Search

By going to and then selecting “images” in the top right corner, you are brought to Google’s reverse image search.

Now, when you select the camera icon, you can then search for other images by uploading an image.

You can either place an image URL or upload your own specific image.

This is useful for a few different reasons.

Refine & Narrow Your Search

A reverse image search can help you find images that fit a granular set of search criteria, saving you time scrolling through hundreds of images to locate what you’re after.

It helps to refine and narrow your search, creating a better overall user experience.

Pinpoint Image Sources

Say you had saved an image of something when you were searching – for instance, an in-end table that you had been interested in.

You saved the image to your computer, however, cannot remember what website you had pulled it from.

Performing a reverse image search can help you to quickly pinpoint the source this can save you a lot of time and hassle, for various types of search results.

Integrate Advanced Image Search

Every day, billions of searches for images are made.

However, a lot of people are unaware of Google’s complete capability and capabilities for carrying out more thorough picture searches.

When searching for a certain image or for an image that needs to satisfy certain criteria, using these skills might help you save a lot of time.

Use sophisticated filters and reverse image search the next time you’re trying to find a specific image so you can be more precise.


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