Whether it is an essay, a presentation, or a school project, images add a sense of creativity to every project. Offline projects require scrolling through thousands of images on the internet to shortlist the perfect images, and then loading them in a pen drive and running to the cyber cafe used to be another task in itself. Now even when the world has shifted online, the one constant in everyone’s life is projects and schoolwork. Luckily for everyone, Google has many tools and access to other websites that provide high-resolution images for your every need.
One can use google images, an inbuilt feature that lets you pick and choose high-resolution images on any and every topic possible. However, when one picks up images directly from Google, there is a big chance that your image gets copyrighted which is considered unlawful. Hence, along with google images, many other websites available on google can be used to avoid this conundrum.
Websites to search Images
Some websites on Google that can be used to search high resolution images are:
Google Images is a separate search engine owned by Google that lets you search images present on the world wide web. Through thousands of web pages, Google presents all images available and the websites where they can be found. Google tries to ensure that almost all images available through its engine are high quality. Later, other features were added once it was widely accepted, including Reverse image search and advanced image search.
Reverse image search lets you search for visually similar images to the one you upload on the website. Once you upload a picture on Reverse image search, Google shows hundreds of photos that look similar to the one you upload. This becomes very useful when you don’t remember exactly what you are looking for or a particular kind of image you are searching for.
In advanced image search, you get further freedom to search images specific to your needs. Once you type your search in the search box, another tab labelled Tools appears where you specify your image attributes such as image size, colour, usage rights, type and time of publishing. This helps you polish your search and makes your task easier.
2. Getty Images
Getty Images is a British-American visual media company that provides high-quality images among various media pieces. It is one of the largest use platforms for stock images and other audio and visual media. Many of its subsidiaries, like iStock, WireImage etc., are equally successful and are used by thousands of people daily. Since Getty is a commercial organization, they are very strict about their copywrite issues. There are stock images available by Getty that lets you use and download its images for free. However, when not using stock images, one usually needs to purchase the license that allows the owner to use Getty images. Getty is improving its library constantly by introducing new features such as 3D imaging.
Unsplash is a stock content website that was owned privately under Unsplash’s license. Last year, it was bought by Getty Images. It was cited as one of the leading photo-sharing platforms by several big-name magazines, and its images from the websites have appeared in many articles. Unsplash recently changed its license terms to restrict the sale of photos without first updating, modifying, or otherwise incorporating new creative elements into the photos, thus ensuring quality photos. An advantage of Unsplashed compared to other websites is that it ensures extra quality checks has a team that curates every submission before it reaches the masses to provide the best quality pictures that one can get on the internet.
Shutterstock is one of the leading global stock content based in New York. Image sharing is one of the many media content it provides, others including music, videos, and other editorial pieces. It is one of the largest image libraries on the internet and contains more than 350 million images, with more being added constantly by its members. An average of 50,000 images are added daily. Along with the website available on Google, Shutterstock launched its application for different platforms once it rose to fame on Google. First, it launched its app for IOS, where features like downloading directly on IOS was added later. Soon, it was followed by an app for Android.
Pexels is a German free stock photos website that sought to provide high-resolution images to its users. It has a library of over 3.2 million photos divided over 200,000 files and includes other media files like related videos and audio clips. Once you type your topic in the search box, you can toggle between photos, videos and audio clips. All the media files it suggests are free to download and does not require any license for use. A feature of Pexels that makes it superior to other websites is that it is committed to providing a diverse database by including LGBTQ+ stock content and pictures representing POC (People of colour).
Vecteezy provides thousands of high quality and clear images to its users. It contains a massive library of images and videos that is updated constantly to include new trending topics and areas of interest. One reason Vecteezy reigns superior to other websites is that each and every image or video submitted to be uploaded is checked manually by a team. This ensures that the image is relevant to its submitted topic and ensures only high-quality photos get through. Another advantage Vecteezy has is that you can filter your searches based on specific attributes, like colour, type, number of people, etc. This is similar to the options provided by advanced image search on Google.
Google is one place everyone looks up to when it comes to finding beautiful and contrasting images to make any creative project shine. The websites mentioned above ensure that people always have aesthetic pictures for everyone’s needs.
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