If you are the type who rely on Google Images when it comes to finding images on the internet, you’re on the wrong side. Honestly, Google Images is crap. There are better image search engines out there that does a far better job that Google. Don’t believe me ? Here is a comprehensive list of them, try them out yourself.
1. Alamy images
Don’t let that Google style image search fool you. They’ve got the largest collection of stock images on the internet today (and you didn’t know right ?), 18.2 million to be precise. That includes all sorts of images including vectors, photographs, 3d etc and their search engine is pretty impressive. Try it out.
2. Pic Search
Pic search does a better search of the web, finding you images in a simplified search format showing the file size and dimensions. There is an advanced search as well that gives you access to further refinements.
This one is a popular image storage space online, and many of you might have already used it. But not many knows that it lets you search for images from within its storage space. It lets you search images in various categories like icons, photographs, albums etc. You can find many gems here.
“The” stock photo search engine that gives you access to millions of stock photos and for the cheapest rate you can find, starting from $1. What impresses me is the variety of images available in each category and the versatile search engine.
5. Top Pictures
Top Pictures is an interesting image search engine that lets you search images from all over the internet through various free image hosts. You can select from various categories and content types.
6. Stock Xchng
This is a great image search engine that lets you search from thousands of completely free stock images. Images mostly are in high resolution with no copyright issues what so ever.
7. Tin Eye
Tin Eye is a reverse search engine, that will take you by surprise. What it does is that it lets you upload an image OR give the URL of an image you know from the web and it will find matching images to that image from the web. Awesome stuff !
8. Free Foto
Free foto is a free image search engine, and one of the best ones out there. FreeFoto.com is made up of 129902 images with 172 sections organized into 3555 categories. You can use any photo you find there on your site provided you link back to the source.
9. Go Graph
This is a search engine for icons and such graphic stuff, not photos really. But they are very good at finding graphic interfaces related stuff like icons, animated gifs, wallpapers, arrows etc and best at that.
This is one of the best search engine for stock photos. It finds you stock photos based on creative common license and is free to non-commercial uses. Its best for a picture researcher as it offers tool like “collections” to save your searched images. Highly recommended.
So next time you are pissed off with Google images, you know where to head.