Welcome to the third in this series on searching for images the legal way. If you missed them, check out part one (using Google image search and Microsoft to find legal images), and part two (safe picture search engines).
Today we’re meeting (possibly) the best colour search engine in the world, also known as the Multicolr Search Engine from TinEye Labs. Use it to search for pictures by colour. This is a fantastic tool, especially if you’re trying to build a colour scheme for a visual piece of work. All the images have a creative commons licence, which means they are going to be fine to reuse in your academic and professional work.
- Step 1: Select up to five colours
- Step 2: Adjust the proportion of the colours, if you wish
- Step 3: Add tags to refine your search. Here I’ve used ‘garden’
- Enjoy the results. These pictures are OK for you to download and use.
But the TinEye Labs goodness doesn’t stop there. Its second tool to try is the colour extraction tool.
This allows you to take the colours from an image and use them in any way you choose – it would work well if you want to create a colour scheme for an academic poster from an existing picture.