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If you’ve used Google Image Search 10 Tips to Have Fun Using Advanced Google Search for Images 10 Tips to Have Fun Using Advanced Google Search for Images Read More recently you will probably have noticed that it looks a bit different than before. That is because Google recently unveiled a major update to the service.

This update added many new features that make Image Search quicker and easier to use. Some of the new features are obvious, but some are a bit under-the-hood, so you may not realize that they’re there unless you go looking.

Improved Tile Interface

The first new feature you’ll notice when you use Google Image Search is that revamped tile layout that is used to display images. Previously images were displayed with their file name, image size and other information listed below each image. That information has now been moved and instead appears when you hover your mouse cursor over an image.

In addition to the tile layout, the interface has also been improved by adding an “instant scroll” feature. In the old Image Search you had to view images page by page, but now you can simply scroll through a huge number of them at a time. If you want even more images to appear you can simply click the “Show More” button. More images will load on the same page.

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Better Image View Pane

One of the most annoying traits of the old image search was that clicking on an image did not take you directly to it. Instead a framed window opened with the image in thumbnail at the top and the webpage the image was on at the bottom. To open the full size image you had to click the thumbnail again.

Not anymore! Clicking on a thumbnail now loads a full size version of the photo instantly in the foreground. The webpage the photo is located on is in the background, fully visible but grayed out. If you want to view the full webpage you can simply click on the X to close the image.

Information about the image, including website name, resolution and file size is available on the right side of the browser. Also, if the image has a very high resolution it won’t be displayed at full size automatically. To display it at full size you’ll need to click the “Full-size image” link.

Better Keyboard Integration

The new features of Image Search are a mouse cursor’s best friend. The larger tile layout, with bigger thumbnails and clearer links, makes navigating with a mouse much easier than ever before.

However, the old-fashioned keyboard has not been forgotten, and Image Search now makes use of the Page Up/Page Down keys. Try it. You’ll find that moving through Image Search with your keyboard can now be every bit as accurate as using your mouse.

New Search Methods

Not all of the improvements to Image Search focus on the interface. Google also has made changes to how you can search for images, and the changes are actually quite fantastic. For example, you can now search for individual images based on color. Let’s say you want to find red bicycles. On the left side of Image Search there is a color palette. If you select red and then search for bicycles you will only receive images of red bicycles.

There are twelve colors available that you can currently search for, and you can also search exclusively for images that are full color or in black and white. Other search functions, like the ability to search only for faces, photos, clip art or line drawings, remain.

Conclusion

These new Google Image Search features are long overdue, but now that they’re here the service is quicker, easier to use, and more powerful. Image Search was beginning to look a bit out of date compared to its competitors 5 Good Image Search Engines Apart From Google Image Search 5 Good Image Search Engines Apart From Google Image Search Read More , but not anymore. These new features work only on Chrome, Safari, Firefox 3.x, and Internet Explorer 7/8, so if you have an older web browser this is another good reason to upgrade.

Which part of the new Image Search do you like the best?

  1. thenonhacker
    September 23, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Bing Image Search, dude, because this is what's Google is threatened about. They are trying to copy its features desperately.

    Without Bing, Google would not have made these big changes.

  2. thenonhacker
    September 23, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Not only does it suck, it's also broken. I always see Page 1 followed by Page 18 full of gray rectangles. Oh look, a poor version of Infini-Scroll by Google!

    WORKAROUND: You can click "Switch of Classic" and you'll get the regular Page Next navigation of images.

  3. No
    August 25, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Google is just as annoying as Bing now.

  4. c1b0rg
    August 19, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I would like a way that the "Switch to basic version" was my default. I don't like pressing the damn link every time I make a search.

  5. Davefair
    August 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Dude, you backed the wrong horse on this one. the new image search blows. are you paid directly by google to write this stuff or is their some sort of intermediary?

  6. ron
    August 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    The new image search SUCKS

  7. Qoop
    August 12, 2010 at 7:22 am

    You can make the switch AFTER the slow, clunky page has loaded. So, yes, it IS Google's fault we can't read it because it does not show the text for us to read until after a long wait, you miserable sack of stupidity.

    AND it does not stay that way. You need to do it every time! It's like Steve Ballmer took over Google!

  8. Ten
    August 12, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Did Google pay you for this? Seriously, your drooling praise is so over the top it's suspect. Yes, speed is fucking king. That's one of the complaints about Windows- every release seems to get slower despite the increases in hardware power.

    I have Macs that last forever. I have a quad core desktop, but I browse in bed with a *10* year old Powerbook G4 that is still humming along. The new Google image search brings Safari and Firefox on that machine to a dead halt. A couple images pop in and then it just stops. The old image search was quick and snappy even on that old machine.

  9. jay
    August 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Indeed. Google images is a mess of a thing. I will now be using Cooliris 100% of the time.

  10. Tkkg
    August 2, 2010 at 12:07 am

    cool improvement?.. are you high? this is by far the worst "enhancement" to a perfectly good UI. its hard on the eye and slows down the search process. i'm sorry, but if the programmers in google are bored - they should go to the company pool more often and chill out instead of screwing with their users' livelihood.

    this new image search is crap.. change it back google and fire the decision makers because the obviously have no regard to their end user

  11. Tkkg
    August 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    cool improvement?.. are you high? this is by far the worst "enhancement" to a perfectly good UI. its hard on the eye and slows down the search process. i'm sorry, but if the programmers in google are bored - they should go to the company pool more often and chill out instead of screwing with their users' livelihood.

    this new image search is crap.. change it back google and fire the decision makers because the obviously have no regard to their end user

  12. marc
    July 31, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Better solution:
    http://userscripts.org/scripts...

  13. marc
    July 31, 2010 at 8:58 pm
  14. anonymous
    July 31, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Google must have paid this Matt Smith guy to shill the new image search, which from the thousands of user complaints is largely hated. The old version was quick, simple, efficient, and everyone liked it.

  15. Watever
    July 31, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Just use greasemonkey with firefox there's a script that auto selects google basic image search.

  16. Watever
    July 31, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Just use greasemonkey with firefox there's a script that auto selects google basic image search.

  17. Albertegreene3527
    July 31, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Was the writer of this paid by Google ?
    The new Image Search sucks balls !

  18. Albertegreene3527
    July 31, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Was the writer of this paid by Google ?
    The new Image Search sucks balls !

  19. Guest
    July 27, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    What was Matt Smith smoking when he found this new search to be quicker and easier. It is neither. When you press the "show me more" button, it can take minutes to show anything extra. It is absolutely awful. A dreadful move by google.

  20. Allen
    July 27, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    @Aseek: Your attempt at being a wise ass...FAIL

    Sure you can go to the bottom and click the little "Switch to basic version"....but because you have to do it every damn time you use the image search it's not a true solution now is it?

  21. Nessdufrat
    July 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I hate the new image search. I loved the old one, because in the blink of an eye I could check the images size and choose the one I wanted according to it. Now I have to go over each image to see the size, and that totally sucks. Google just lost another user, I'll switch to another search engine, at least for the images.

  22. Jmg2005
    July 27, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I will stop using Google. period.

  23. Wz2001
    July 27, 2010 at 9:05 am

    This is the most god awful thing I have seen in a long time. When you use an image dashboard you want it to be simple and easy to use not more complicated. The old system was excellent, it didn't need to changed. What the hell is the matter with google.

  24. Aseek
    July 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    You can go to the button of the page (END key) and there it says "Switch to basic version".

    Do you expect a big advertisement to switch to basic version? It is not Google fault when you can't search and read.

  25. Zavesa
    July 26, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Greasemonkey
    +
    http://userscripts.org/scripts...

    Problem Fixed :D

  26. Zavesa
    July 26, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Greasemonkey
    +
    http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/48293

    Problem Fixed :D

  27. Joshua
    July 26, 2010 at 4:22 am

    I'm on my way to finding a new image search =(
    It's so slow now...

  28. Joshua
    July 26, 2010 at 2:22 am

    I'm on my way to finding a new image search =(
    It's so slow now...

    • Aseek
      July 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm

      You can go to the button of the page (END key) and there it says "Switch to basic version".

      Do you expect a big advertisement to switch to basic version? It is not Google fault when you can't search and read.

    • Wz2001
      July 27, 2010 at 9:08 am

      The point is Aseek! We shouldn't have to! Why give us features no one wants. It just makes things more complicated then is necessary.

    • Allen
      July 27, 2010 at 9:17 pm

      @Aseek: Your attempt at being a wise ass...FAIL

      Sure you can go to the bottom and click the little "Switch to basic version"....but because you have to do it every damn time you use the image search it's not a true solution now is it?

    • Qoop
      August 12, 2010 at 5:22 am

      You can make the switch AFTER the slow, clunky page has loaded. So, yes, it IS Google's fault we can't read it because it does not show the text for us to read until after a long wait, you miserable sack of stupidity.

      AND it does not stay that way. You need to do it every time! It's like Steve Ballmer took over Google!

  29. Allen
    July 26, 2010 at 2:51 am

    He really didn't just use the word "obtuse" did he?

    Yes Smithy, speed IS king! If it weren't we would all still be using dial-up connections. The desire in todays world is to create things that are LESS "resource intensive" thus making them faster and more efficient. Google is actually progressing backward thanks to this new "improvement".

    Google became #1 by keeping thing as simple and efficient as possible. Now they are screwing it up by trying to imitate sites like bing. People, like you, who are easily impressed with shiny objects may think it's great. However, those of us who value efficiency and productivity are not impressed.

  30. Jim Boyd
    July 26, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Thank you....

    I suspected you had no clue what you are talking about....but you just removed all doubt.

  31. M.S. Smith
    July 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Don't be obtuse. The new image search is solid.

    It may slow down your computer, as it the improved image view is undoubtedly more resource intensive (personally, I noticed no such thing on either my MacBook or my desktop PC).

    But if we used the logic that speed is king we'd all be running Windows 95.

  32. Rob Hamn
    July 25, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    If they do not find a way to let me optout of the new image search permanently...I will definitely stop using Google permanently.

  33. Jim Boyd
    July 25, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Mr. Smith....you are an idiot! The new image search sucks! It is NOT faster that the old methods...in fact it's 30% slower across the board!

    Are you sure you are qualified to be writing articles about this kind of thing?

  34. Jim Boyd
    July 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Mr. Smith....you are an idiot! The new image search sucks! It is NOT faster that the old methods...in fact it's 30% slower across the board!

    Are you sure you are qualified to be writing articles about this kind of thing?

    • M.S. Smith
      July 25, 2010 at 9:19 pm

      Don't be obtuse. The new image search is solid.

      It may slow down your computer, as it the improved image view is undoubtedly more resource intensive (personally, I noticed no such thing on either my MacBook or my desktop PC).

      But if we used the logic that speed is king we'd all be running Windows 95.

    • Jim Boyd
      July 26, 2010 at 12:10 am

      Thank you....

      I suspected you had no clue what you are talking about....but you just removed all doubt.

    • Allen
      July 26, 2010 at 12:51 am

      He really didn't just use the word "obtuse" did he?

      Yes Smithy, speed IS king! If it weren't we would all still be using dial-up connections. The desire in todays world is to create things that are LESS "resource intensive" thus making them faster and more efficient. Google is actually progressing backward thanks to this new "improvement".

      Google became #1 by keeping thing as simple and efficient as possible. Now they are screwing it up by trying to imitate sites like bing. People, like you, who are easily impressed with shiny objects may think it's great. However, those of us who value efficiency and productivity are not impressed.

    • jay
      August 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm

      No....No... He's right. You are an idiot.

  35. Terry Canaan
    July 25, 2010 at 5:24 am

    My conclusion is entirely different: this thing sucks. It takes forever to load, it crops the images, and waiting for the mouseover slows everything down more. I can't begin to express how much I hate this. And, to make matters worse, they give you access to the old version (after the insanely huge page has loaded fully), but you can't make that the default! You have to wait and switch it every time you start a new session.

    All in all, I'm in the market for a new image search engine. Anyone have any suggestions?

  36. Terry Canaan
    July 25, 2010 at 3:24 am

    My conclusion is entirely different: this thing sucks. It takes forever to load, it crops the images, and waiting for the mouseover slows everything down more. I can't begin to express how much I hate this. And, to make matters worse, they give you access to the old version (after the insanely huge page has loaded fully), but you can't make that the default! You have to wait and switch it every time you start a new session.

    All in all, I'm in the market for a new image search engine. Anyone have any suggestions?

    • thenonhacker
      September 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm

      Bing Image Search, dude, because this is what's Google is threatened about. They are trying to copy its features desperately.

      Without Bing, Google would not have made these big changes.

  37. Laura831
    July 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    personally i feel that the new image search sucks and isn't user friendly, if i liked bing's search i would've switch, but i want something quick, clean and simple that's why i LIKED google...but really with this, i'm ready to look for an alternative

    • thenonhacker
      September 22, 2010 at 10:18 pm

      Not only does it suck, it's also broken. I always see Page 1 followed by Page 18 full of gray rectangles. Oh look, a poor version of Infini-Scroll by Google!

      WORKAROUND: You can click "Switch of Classic" and you'll get the regular Page Next navigation of images.

  38. Timoverbeek10
    July 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    the color feature is really old it isn't new at all.

    • M.S. Smith
      July 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm

      That is correct. They did mention refining it in their blog post about the new features, though, so I figured it was worth pointing out.

    • thenonhacker
      July 24, 2010 at 1:24 am

      SUMMARY: Google Image Search copies Bing Image Search.

    • M.S. Smith
      July 24, 2010 at 4:27 am

      They're playing catch up in a lot of ways. Bad Google!

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