Searching the image library

There are thousands of images within the image library. Here are some useful tips and tricks on how to find the image you need quickly and effectively.

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When you first open the library a list of categories are available to you via a dropdown list, every image sits within one category.

TOP TIP: When we add new images, these will be added near the front of a category, so browsing through this list is a good way of seeing anything new.

Browsing through these is a great way to get to know the library. If you know what you are looking for, it’s quicker to 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 a supported language
    You can search in English (US and UK), Spanish or Portuguese

Browse and Search Image Library

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.  At the time of writing this article, a search of ‘People’ will produce 2,000 images over 112 pages. You’ll need to refine things a little to help you find the person that represents what you need.

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You can narrow down your search quickly by adding more keywords. For example, I need a female paramedic for the project I’m making. If I add those two keywords to my search then this will show me all the images that contain people, females and paramedics. That gets rid of a lot of unsuitable images.

search female paramedic

While the thumbnails give a great idea about the content of an image, it’s good to be sure you have the right image before adding it to the canvas. You can preview the option(s) that interest you the most. 

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 the image being drawn.

preview image

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.