Google Image Search Shows Its True Colours

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News | Jürgen Siebert | May 7, 2009

As mentioned on ZoomFeed, Google Image Search is offering an interesting new filter – Search by Colour. Upon having input your Search query (for example “Reid Miles” “Blue Note”) a new colour selection menu appears next to the input field in the Search Results page.

This fold-out menu holds 12 options which you can choose from. As an example I have clicked blue, which yields the results below. The Search Results now only show images that correspond to the text string in your search query but are predominantly blue.

Selecting another colour like red for example dramatically changes the search results. If you want to revert to the standard search results regardless of any specific colours simply click “Show all colors”.

The grey colour option does not result in greyscale images. If you need black and white you need to select the corresponding option in the Advanced Image Search.

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  1. I noticed this the other day.

    To me it’s one of the coolest new features on Google Search in a long long time.

    Posted by Torbjørn Vik Lunde on May. 7, 2009
  2. At first I doubted this could have any practical applications, but indeed this actually can be useful. It isn’t foolproof though, because apparently the blue filter removed John Coltrane’s Blue Train in the example above. Not very logical.

    Posted by Yves Peters on May. 7, 2009
  3. I’m looking for same filter but for type!

    “Return only images set in:”

    Posted by Jean F Porchez on May. 11, 2009
  4. Now that would be cool feature! :)

    Posted by Yves Peters on May. 11, 2009

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