Google Adds More Options To Image Search

A few months ago when we announced the Search Options panel, we images_toolbeltpromised that you would soon see similar functionality across our other search properties. Today we are rolling out Search Options for Google Images.

This new feature offers quick access to existing tools, including search by color and image type. Color search will find images that are only in color or only in black and white, or even images that contain a specific color, such as red, pink, or green. Type search is a great way to narrow down your results if you are looking for a specific kind of image, such as a photo, clip art, line drawing or face.

We’ve also revamped our size search. In addition to choosing from commonly searched-for sizes, now you can search for an exact image size or any image larger than a certain size. You can find images of practically any size, including 70 megapixels or more.

The new layout makes it faster and easier to combine and toggle between options. It also makes it easier for us to add additional image search options in the future, so keep your eyes peeled. Just click “Show options…” in the blue bar on the search results page to try out any of these tools.

Filter Images by Aspect Ratio and Size

Google’s image search engine constantly adds new features that help you filter search results. Here’s a list of some new options that aren’t yet available in the user interface:

1. New ways to specify image sizes

The current interface lets you find images that are small, medium, large or extra large, but you can’t find 2 MP photos. Now you can restrict results to 2 MP, 4 MP, 6 MP, 8 MP, 10 MP, 12 MP photos or larger photos:

http://images.google.com/images?q=panda&imgsz=2mp

http://images.google.com/images?q=panda&imgsz=4mp

http://images.google.com/images?q=moon&imgsz=8mp

http://images.google.com/images?q=egyptian+pyramids&imgsz=12mp

2. Aspect ratio filter

A feature that’s already available in Microsoft’s image search engine and it’s useful to find photos that have certain shapes.

Squared photos:
http://images.google.com/images?q=panda&imgar=s

Nearly squared photos:
http://images.google.com/images?q=panda&imgar=ns

Tall photos:
http://images.google.com/images?q=tour+eiffel&imgar=t

Wide photos:
http://images.google.com/images?q=niagara&imgar=w

Panoramic photos:
http://images.google.com/images?q=niagara&imgar=xw

Wide photos related to Niagara

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Wallpaper Search

Let’s use the latest features added to Google Image Search to find a beautiful advanced-image-searchwallpaper for your desktop.

1. Go to Google Image Search and click on “Advanced Image Search”.

2. Enter your query in the first input box, for example: flower.

3. Select “photo content” from the list of content types. wallpaper-search

4. Click on “Use my desktop size” to find images appropriate for your desktop.

5. Perform the search.

6. If you have a favorite color, click on “All colors” and pick one of the 12 options.

Visit: Google Image Search

Similar Images Feature Refines Google Image Search

This video introduces our new Similar Images feature. Similar Images allows you to search for images using pictures rather than words. With the similar images feature, most images have a link below them that lets you find other images like them. There’s no need for you to refine the text of your query. Your new results will be tailored based on whatever image you select.

Visit: Google Similar Images

YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, and Yelp Content Now Available Through Gmail

Google rolled out yet another new feature for Gmail Labs today that makes gmailpicasamultimedia content more easily accessible through the Webmail service. The Preview feature lets users view content from YouTubes, Picasa, Yelp, and Flickr in their e-mail.

Once the feature is enabled through the Labs tab (located under Settings), photos from Flickr and Picasa; videos from YouTube; and ratings and phone numbers from restaurants in Yelp will be embedded directly into e-mail messages.

For more information check out the Official Gmail Blog.