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Google’s search engine is one of the most used for the performance and accuracy of the results. Word searches are the most performed, but the tool searches more often. Google Images has become a faithful companion, when looking for ‘that image’ for ‘that situation’. The results are surprising, not only for the volume and variety of formats and styles offered, but also for the quality and punctuality, including informing about licenses for use. How to perform searches for maximum precision in the results, is what we will see later in the article.

  • How to access the tool?

  • Tips for getting the most out of Google Image

    • How to search?

  • What does the right to use images found on the web mean?

  • The use of the search engine with a defined format demand?

  • Are you already an image search expert or do you want to stay?

How to access the tool?

The best way to get started is to open the engine page by clicking on the Google Image link:

This way, you will already be in the tool environment and its resources. Remember that you can change the engine language. To do so, in the lower margin to the very right of the interface, click on Definitions > Search Definitions > Languages. Select the language you want as default or only for certain searches > Save. The manipulation, in the latter case, must be repeated, if you want to return to the initial language, by default:


Tips for getting the most out of Google Image

You can search for drawings, paintings, photos, illustrations of all kinds, animations of different shapes and origins.

How to search?

Searches can be performed by different methods:

  • Drag an image to the search field: or reverse search, is a super practical way, since you don’t have to think about which keyword, title or expression would guarantee me accurate results – an image is worth a thousand words. To perform the search in this way, previously have the image at hand on the device, for example, on the PC desktop, to simply drag it into the Google Image engine interface, targeting the typing field. See, in the image below, how it happens:

  • URL: Typing or copy-pasting an image URL at the type prompt is also quite simple to ensure accurate results, especially when you want to get more information about the image. In the Google Image interface, click on the icon of Camera, at the prompt, and in the open dialog box, paste the image URL to be searched:

  • Enter a specific term: as we are used to doing in Google’s web search engine, type a word that is related to the desired images to obtain very varied results, around the typed term and expression.


What does the right to use images found on the web mean?

The critical point is, without a doubt, the copyright of the images. It is true that there are many free image banks that can be used without the obligation to inform the credits of the photos, but there are billions of images that circulate on the web, which are copyrighted, that is, they cannot be used without informing the credit and , even, even cannot be reproduced at all. It is for this reason, so important, that the terms of use of the web must be strictly observed.

Google Image has provided a feature for the user to feel secure in saving, or not, certain images, with or without credit, to use in any type of project, work and online environment.

Let’s see how to know what type of license, such and such an image, is available.

Suppose you want to find ‘landscapes’ for the purposes of an educational project that is not copyrighted. What to do to be successful in the search?

Firstly, bouquet eg ‘landscapes’. In the menu at the top of the interface, where the results are displayed, click on the button Tools to scroll a small menu with three options:

  • All: Google will indifferently present images of landscapes with or without a license.
  • Creative Commons Licenses: this will show images under Creative Commons license which indicates that the photos presented can be used by any user and any purpose. Although the original source must be credited.
  • Commercial and other licenses: the photos have an ‘owner’ – artist, photographer, advertising agency, brands or commercial image bank, that is, they can only be used with the author’s agreement or upon payment. They must be credited.



The search engine is also responsible for alerting users about copyright, as does the web page, where the images are viewed.

The use of the search engine with a defined format demand?

Don’t worry, Google’s image search engine has provided a feature to filter results by format or type:

To filter the search by format, click on the same menu as above, but this time on the button Type to choose what you want: Any type, Clip Art, linear drawing, Gif. Or, if you prefer, do it another way, for example, type the keyword and format from the file > landscape.jpg, to get this file format only.


Are you already an image search expert or do you want to stay?

If you’ve become an ace or want to become an ‘ace’ in the quest, there’s a feature that will please you along with many others – Advanced Image Search. It offers many options and filters.

Start by accessing the Advanced Image Search link to take advantage of numerous fields, to be filled, with options and filters to find exactly what you want and with alternatives, using for example ‘or’. Explore the resource before using it, to help yourself when you need it with the certainty of success in research:

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