36 Image & Icon Search Engines Designers Should Know
[March 17, 2016] Update: Due to the changing nature of this topic, this post has been updated with new content.
Looking for free stock photos? Once you’ve exhausted your regular spots to find high quality photos, you might resort to Google Images once more. Well, in truth, you have a lot more options than just Google. There are many types of search engines out there that run on varied formulated algorithms and hence they might be able to turn up results that Google’s engine couldn’t or wouldn’t.
Regardless of the restrictions, variety, as we all know, is the spice of life. It’s time to change things up a little. So here are 11 search engines for specific searches of icons and icon packs, both free and premium types, as well as 25 more places to look for images and pictures, some of them in the public domain or released by the creators for commercial and non-commercial use. If you know of more, share!
Icon Seeker is specifically an icon search engine that lets you filter the icons based on size and resolution. The results are displayed fluidly and it allows downloading of images in PNG, ICO and ICNS formats.
Mr. Icons hosts exclusive sets of icon packs made by designers, and even allows to submit your own logos and images. The site also host few rare images, which look extremely simple but are crafted beautifully.
Find Icons is a major icon search engine that lists most popular icons in over 2600 icon packs. No matter it’s social media icons or emoticons, you can download them for free and can even upload your own icon sets.
IconArchive includes fresh sets of 2400 icons from over 4000 designers, and similar to most icon search engines, you can download the images in ICO, PNG and ICNS formats. Users can also upload their own icons.
Iconspedia brings you the latest and best icons of all time, and you can also submit your own icons. This site is specifically used by designers to showcase their work and let users download them for free.
Ixquick lets you search images from various sources and display them using its built-in proxy server. Though most images are watermarked, yet you will find most of them useful because of their high quality.
PicFinder sorts out images based on given keywords and uses Adobe Flash Player to show images from different sites. It also lists stock photos in public domains, which can be used for commercial purpose.
Karma Decay does a reverse image search of Reddit, which allows you to use an image to search for a thread in which that image appeared. The search engine also can locate duplicates of the image you are searching with.
Picsearch includes more than 3 billion images in its database. You can easily find wallpapers of great quality, which fits well on your desktop. You can filter them according to color, size and orientation.
TinEye Labs is a multi-color image search engine, which searches from more than 20 million Flickr images. You can adjust the color combination and even add tags to filter your results per requirements.
Kidzsearch is an image search engine, which is developed specifically with kid safety and safe browsing in mind. It’s powered by Google SafeSearch and prevents the occurrence of any offensive materials.
Image Finder consists high quality and free stock images, which can be used for personal as well as professional purposes. The site provides images in various categories and also includes rare pictures.