Images


There were big happenings yesterday at Google over its new addition to image search.  My buddy, TheCleverSheep was all over it immediately.  Just announced on the Official Google Blog was the inclusion of a filter to allow you to quickly identify images by type.  Of interest to bloggers and web developers are images that are released under a Creative Common license with permissions to use the images in a variety of ways.

Often, you’re looking for that perfect image to demonstrate a concept in a post or for a presentation.  There are great ways to do it.  TheCleversheep even produced this presentation and spoke about the concept and resources at an Ontario Educatiors’ Meetup.  Until now, you needed to use the search at the Creative Commons website, Compfight (the Sheep’s favourite), or The Flickr CC Search Toy (my favourite).  More recently, I’ve been using Zemanta for this sort of the thing.  The integration into ScribeFire makes this functionaity so useful.

Now, the filter addition to Google lets you have control over the use of images right into Google Search.  Make sure that you’re using the Advanced Search and it’s one feature that’s there among a number of others.

For those who are Photoshop lazy, there are also options for the size of graphic file or the file type.  Need a photo that has a face in it?  How about clipart as opposed to a photo?  All of these are options that let you zero in of the exact type of file that suits your needs.

Upon returning to the results, there’s another interesting feature.

Often, you’ll need an image with particular colours or shading to them.  By clicking the “All colors” option, an additional filter narrows your results to images that have a particular colour to them.

To test this out, I did a search for “Detroit Tigers“.  As you might suspect, what you get is a potpourri of images and graphics and it comes as no surprise that most of them include the Tigers’ logo which is navy blue and orange.  However, if you’re going a green themed post or presentation, can you get results that have green as a predominant colour.

It should come as no surprise that the results now include a lot of photos of the diamond itself.  What could be more green at Comerica Park than the grass itself.All of these features make for expanded functionality of the Google Search facility.  Let’s hope that people explore and use them rather than doing a simple search and compromising with the first result returned.
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