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Home > Engines & Directories > Image Search 

 Image Search Engines 

A couple of tips

  • Use keywords which might appear near the image
  • Use a keyword which you would use to name the image file

 Google Image Search 

Google has an index of 1.3 billion images. It also has images with the .png extension, which makes it the first image search to do so.


 Visoo - Text Inside Images 

Visoo is now owned by Cobion, and this demo is via It uniquely looks for text inside images (for example, search for "king").
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Search for text within the picture 
Search for text within the file name  
Pictures of people
Exclude banner advertisements 

 AltaVista / Yahoo 

Results appear as thumbnails. The same results can be obtained with the Yahoo image search. Index is a whopping 1 Billion images

Type: Photos    Graphics     Buttons/Banners    
Color: Color      Black And White  
Source: The Web       Partner Sites:

 MSN Image Search  

MSN seems to be using their own index these days... 

Ask Jeeves - offers related keywords for you to search


PicSearch is a Swedish image search engine. Smaller index, but results are often the most relevant. Family filter is permanently on (you should never see any indecent pictures).

 Only Images
 Only Animations
 Images and Animations

 Only Color
 Only Black&White
 Color and Black&White

Picture's size must be







GoGraph is best for graphics/clip art/icons (not so hot for photos) has 6 million royalty-free images, available by subscription

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PSDPNG has 170,000 royalty-free photos, available by subscription

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Thumbnail Size:
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 More Resources

  • NetVue - image search engine. Results displayed as a full image slideshow, as opposed to thumbnails.


  • PhotoTag - community photography project, where the camera goes travelling, passed from person to person.
  • Trek Earth - browse photos within Continents, Countries, Regions, States and Cities



  • Rob thinks this is a wonderful siteThis resource is not free Fotosearch Stock Photography - every royalty-free stock photo that there is, available for purchase from the one site. Amazing search engine. Similar is Artzooks
  • Free for non-commercial use: FreeFoto, Free Images UK, FreeStockPhotos, iStockphoto (free to use, but 25c per download), PhotoNet
  • EveryStockPhoto - meta-search engine for creative commons photos, using Flickr, freerangestock, stock.xchng, ImageAfter etv.
  • This resource is not free Inmagine - royalty-free stock photos - search 300,000 images
  • This resource is not free Comstock - Offers images in three licensing models in three divisions – Royalty Free, Flat Rate and Rights Protected
  • This resource is not free Pictures Now - search a large collection of digital images - art, illustration & photos
  • This resource is not free  ShutterStock - monthly subscription for huge amount of royalty-free downloads
  • This resource is not free CanStockPhoto - over 10 million professional royalty free stock photos, from $0.56 each


  • Images Canada - provides central search access to the thousands of images held on the websites of participating Canadian cultural institutions. Images are free for personal use.
  • This resource is not free Picture Australia - places and events in the collections of libraries, museums, galleries, archives, universities and other cultural agencies
  • Matapihi (New Zealand) is your window onto the places, events and people of Aotearoa New Zealand. You can search around 50,000 pictures, sounds and objects
  • BioScience Image Bank - 1400 images from Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Plant Sciences.

  • Virginia Tech ImageBase - lots of agricultural and civil war pics
  • US Dept of Energy
  • NASA
  • FEMA
  • NY Public Library - a collection of 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923.
  • The Internet Picture Dictionary - multilingual picture dictionary designed especially for ESL students and beginning English, French, German, Spanish and Italian language learners of all ages.
  • ...a big directory of similar resources can be found at Photographic Libraries or Wikipedia


  • Internet Archive: Moving Image Archive - more than 5,000 free digitized movies (not Hollywood movies!)
  • Open Video - thousands of video clips, many from the US Govt & NASA
  • This resource is not free British Pathe - world's first digital news archive - the entire 3500 hour British Pathe Film Archive covers news, sport, social history and entertainment from 1896 to 1970


Photobucket / PhotoJerk / / Flickr / Webshots

Stock photography consists of existing photos that can be licensed for certain uses. Customers include book & magzine publishers, ad agencies, tv, movie & documentary makers, web site creators, graphic artists and interior decorators. The use of stock photography instead of hiring a photographer can save time and help keep costs down. Stock photography databases are quick and easy to search, and images can be purchased online.

Stock photography is also known as photo archives, or image banks, and outside the U.S.A. they are often referred to as picture libraries. The phrase photo archive can refer to the website or even physical location where the photographs are stored. Photo archives are also sometimes called image banks.

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