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PicsLikeThat Lets You Search Images By Picture Similarity [Web]

Image search is never easy; even if you’re using Google Images, searching and finding the right image is something that will take some serious time. The more obscure the search or the longer the phrase you enter, the harder it is going to get to find the perfect image. Watermarks and image size not being taken into account, most images are not named properly and even a sophisticated engine like Google cannot always find the right image. If you consider the fact that there are also large image repositories like Flickr, Instagram and Picasa to search from, your search is going to get a lot more complex. PicsLikeThat is a web app that searches the Fotolia databases for images to match your search. When you enter a query, a large number of images are displayed that match it. To search similar images, just double-click any image of your choosing. You can also repeat this process until you find the right image, and once you have it, click to preview the image in Fotolia.

The app’s default page features a simple tutorial on how to use the service. Enter a keyword in the search bar, use the little dropdown menu next to a flag and select the language you’re going to enter the keyword in. Use the cog wheel button to select how many images are displayed in the results. You can have up to 500 images appear in the results at once. Since the web page can display so many images on one page, it is likely to be hard to navigate which is why there is a navigation pane at the bottom right corner of the page. If you don’t see it, go to the cog wheel button and enable it there. To search, enter your query in the search bar located to the top left of the page. To look at images clearly, use the scroll wheel to zoom in and out. You can also drag the page to view images displayed above or below the page.


Use the preview option to enlarge the image in a pop-up. This pop-up offers two options; you can either find similar images, or go to the image website using the Get this picture option.


Selecting similar images refines your search and makes it easier for you to find the right one. PicsLikeThat is a user-friendly web service with a slick interface that helps you find the prefect image in only a few clicks. Visit the website at the link below, and let us know what you think.

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  • jasray

    Are all the pics watermarked?  It would be a meaningless site for most users if so.

    • This is a search engine of sorts for similar images. There are no watermarks as this web app is not doing any editing or modification.