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Tech Tip
by Brad Appleby
Appleby Arts

Google Image Search

Last month I wrote about a nice internet search trick I utilize, Google Voice Search. Here’s another search trick relating to images, Google Image Search. Go to Type in the image you are looking for in the search bar like, “Hoover Dam.” You will see lots of photos of Hoover Dam. Remember that most of these photos are copyrighted so always get permission before you use them for any reason. You can either click on the photos to see a larger version or go to the websites the photos came from. Next, click on “search tools” at the top of the page and you will see more options to narrow your image search. Options like “time” - when the photo was taken, “size” - what size photo you would like to view, “color” - to search by full color or black and white, or “type” - to choose from face, photo, clipart or line drawings. All of these tools will search for photos relating to what description you type in the search bar. This search for images is helpful if you have a textual description of a subject but no visual to go with it.

Google Search by Image

Here is something else for you to try. Go to and look to the right of the search bar. You will see an icon of a small camera. Click on the camera icon and another search bar will appear. With this search bar, you can insert your own or others’ photos and use them to search for that photo or similar photos on the internet. You can upload an image, paste an image URL from a website, or drag an image from your computer or a webpage to the search bar and Google will try to locate that image and others like it. I put in one of my photos of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge and found it being used all over the internet. I also put in a photo of Angelina Jolie and Google’s “best guess” for the image was - Angelina Jolie! The search provided 383 places the image was being used, together with links about the celebrity. This search by image is helpful if you have a picture and you don’t know what it is, or if you would like to know where the image is being used.

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