Searching the image library

There are thousands of images within the image library and on this help page, we will give you some useful tips and tricks on how to find the image you need quickly and effectively.

When you first open the library a list of folders are available to you under the search bar and all of our images are housed within these. When we add new images, these will be added near the front of the folders, so browsing through this list is a good way of seeing anything new. 

If you know what you are looking for, browsing through these folders is not the best way to get to what you need specifically, for this we have search. Here are a few key things to remember when searching:

  • Use keywords only
    Images are tagged with relevant keywords and not joining words. For example, if you want to find 'a group of people’ just search for ‘group people’ the ‘a’ and ‘of’ in the search term will confuse the results
  • Search for words, not symbols and emojis
    Search for ‘question’ rather than ‘?’ or ‘smile’ rather than ‘☺’
  • Search in the language that you are using VideoScribe in
    You can use VideoScribe in English or Spanish, if you are using VideoScribe in Spanish and search in English you will not find any results. The same applies to the use of any other language when searching, if you are searching in Chinese while using VideoScribe in English then you will not find any images


How to refine your search

You may find that you get your search bang on the first time, if so, well done! But don’t worry if not, even the staff here at VideoScribe who know the library best may need to refine a search a little to get to what you are looking for. 

For example, at the time of writing this article, a search of ‘People’ will produce 1,645 images over 83 pages. Good luck finding the person that represents what you need in amongst that!



There are two main ways to refine, the first is by adding more keywords. So I know I specifically need a female paramedic for the project I am making. If I add those two keywords to my search then this will show me all the images that contain people, females and paramedics and gets rid of a lot of unsuitable images.



The other way to refine your search is using the facets that appear under the search bar once the search is complete. Different facets will appear for different searches. I know that I am making a color project so if I select the color facet I am left with just the color images within my search results. Perfect, now all that is left is to pick an image.



While the thumbnails do give a great idea about the content of an image, I have spent time narrowing down my search so I would like to be sure I have the right image before I add it to the canvas. To help with this I am going to preview the options that interest me the most. To do this right-click on the thumbnail (Windows) or Ctrl+click in the thumbnail (macOS) and select ‘Preview Image’. This will load a larger window where you will see a preview of the image being drawn.



We hope you found these tips useful and if you have any feedback on images you would like to see in VideoScribe please contribute to our customer forum.