Tips and tricks for using Google image search

It's even easier to find the images you need for personal or professional use on the popular search website by following these tips.

Google's ability to search by image is a great tool for finding the exact pictures you want, whether it be for personal or professional use - you can even use reverse image search.

There are a few ways to make your search even easier or more specific to your needs. Just go to and try out the tips below.

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Reverse image search

Using Google Image Search, you can upload a specific image or enter an image URL and the site will tell you where else the picture has been used – just click on the camera icon. This is great for spotting fake images or seeing if your work has been used elsewhere.



You can also drag an image into the search bar to let it look where else it has been used and to find similar images.

Play Atari Breakout

If you fancy a nostalgia kick you can have a go at playing the 70s brick-bashing arcade game, Breakout. Originally released in May 1976, you can play the game on Google Image Search simply by typing Atari breakout.


Find free-to-use images

To search for images that you can re-use you have to use advanced image search. On Google Image Search click the Tools button, and in the drop-down menu click Usage rights.

Depending on which licence you need, select from the below options. We have shown you the definition Google provides for each option.

  • Free to use or share: Allows you to copy or redistribute its content if the content remains unchanged.
  • Free to use share or modify: Allows you to copy, modify, or redistribute in ways specified in the license.
  • Commercially: If you want content for commercial use, be sure to select an option that includes the word "commercially."


Find drawings

To look specifically for drawings rather than photographs, it’s again easy to make use of the advanced search tool.

Click on Tools and then Any Type and click Line drawing. On this drop down menu you can also search via Face, Photo, Clip art and Animated.

line drawing

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