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For most of us, a simple image search on Google is enough to return the results we’re after. However, Google Images also has advanced search options you can use to better refine the results.
If you’re having trouble finding large images on Google, for example, you can adjust a filter so that only high-resolution images are shown. Or, maybe you’re looking for images of a certain color that are on a particular website, and you want to hide all other results that don’t pertain to that.
Here are two ways to run an advanced image search on Google, both of which have their own set of options.
Google Images Advanced Search Filters
You can access the regular Google Images page at images.google.com. After entering a search term, selecting Tools gives you five ways to filter the results. You can also use more than one Google Images search filter simultaneously. This method works particularly well when you are doing a reverse image search and want to filter the results.
FILTER BY SIZE
Selecting Size lets you choose how big the images from the results should be. If you’re looking for really small photos, you might pick Icon or Medium. High-resolution photo searching can be done by selecting Large. This is particularly useful when you are looking for high-resolution images.
FILTER BY COLOR
The Color option when using the advanced Google Images filtering options will show you pictures where the overwhelming color is whatever you choose. You can pick Black and White or select a specific color. This is not particularly the most useful of filters but comes in handy when you want an image with a transparent background.
FILTER BY USAGE RIGHTS
Another way to use Google’s advanced image search tools is to find free images. There are several useful options you can pick from, including ‘Labeled for reuse’ and ‘Labeled for noncommercial reuse with modification’
FILTER BY TIME
The Time advanced image search option lets you restrict the results to photos that became available on the web during a specific time period. Past 24 hours is the heaviest filter here but you can also choose Past year. Google recently removed this from their advanced search tool, so this is now the only way to apply this filter.
There are a few more filters available. You can try them out to see what they do.
Advanced Image Search Tool
Google Images also has a tool called Advanced Image Search that employs some of the same filters as above, but with even more advanced options. If fine-tuning your search results using filters didn’t work as well as you had hoped, you might have luck using these options to narrow down the results. Most of the options here can be performed using the advanced search commands, but this provides a nice UI which makes it easier if you are not tech-savvy.
Here are some of the unique advanced search options you’ll find with this tool:
- This exact word or phrase: Identical to using quotes in a web search, this option helps find images on Google when your multi-keyword search includes words that should remain together as a single phrase.
- Aspect ratio: If the images you want to see on Google should be tall, square, wide, or panoramic, use this advanced Google Images option.
- Region: Use this option to have the results show only the images that were published in a particular area of the world, such as Cuba, the United States, Italy, 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 or TLD.
- SafeSearch: Enable or disable SafeSearch to decide whether to filter sexually explicit content.
- File type: If your Google Images search needs to include certain file types, you can pick which image file format Google should look for (e.g., JPG, PNG, SVG).