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Note: We have recently changed our search default method from relevance search to exact search. You may still perform a relevant search by selecting [any of the words] to the right of the search field. Feedback would be appreciated.
The Search is a RELEVANCE search. This means the images that are returned during a search contain at least one of the keywords entered. The images that contain the largest number of keywords entered will be shown first. Searches for 2 or more words may include many images that are not wanted; however, these will appear further down in the results. When you notice the images changing from the desired theme this means there are probably no more images with that theme in the results.
If you were searching for a happy baby, your search might look something like this:
+baby happ laugh smil giggl
1) By using a shortened version of the words happy, laughing, smiling and giggling, you are insuring that the search results will include images that contain keywords such as happy, happiness, happily, laugh, laughing, laughter, smile, smiling, giggle and giggling.
By using a plus (+) sign in front of the word 'baby', you are insuring that all the images found contain the word baby.
When you notice the images no longer depict happy babies this means there are probably no more images of happy babies in the results.
2) The advantage of the relevant search method over the exact search is that you do not need to perform multiple searches to find a baby showing the emotion of joy. A relevant search of +baby happ laugh smil giggl displays all the pseudonyms indicated in one search.
Using the exact search you would have to perform separate searches for 'baby happ', 'baby laugh', 'baby smil' and 'baby giggl' if you want to insure you get all the pseudonyms. Images which have more than one of the pseudonyms in their keywords would show up in multiple searches, resulting in duplication of images viewed.
Boolean search which helps to remove unwanted images from your search criteria and make your search more intuitive. The Boolean search functions and their definitions are as follows:
Insert a Plus sign (+) in front of a search word to find those images that must contain the search word, or a word starting with the search word, in their keyword list.
Insert a Minus sign (-) in front of a search word to exclude those images that contain the search word, or a word starting with the search word, in their keyword list.
Insert an Equal sign (=) in front of a search word to find those images that have that exact search word in their keyword list.
Insert an Equal sign (=) in front of a plus sign (+) to find those images that must have that exact search word in their keyword list. Example: 'sleep =+cat' (to find sleeping cats but exclude all other words that begin with cat).
Insert an Equal sign (=) in front of a minus sign (-) to exclude those images that have that exact search word in their keyword list. Example: 'boxer = - dog' (to find prizefighters but exclude canines).
Searching for =cat will find the feline, but will exclude cathedrals and catheters.
Searching for -bikini +israel +girl will find girls from Israel, but will exclude those wearing bikinis.
Searching for +bikini +israel +girl will, of course, find that girl from Israel wearing a bikini.
Searching for +boxer +dog will find the breed of dog, rather than prizefighters.
Searching for boxer -dog -pupp will eliminate canines from your search on prizefighters.
Searching for +dog +cat will find images containing both a dog and cat.
After you perform a search and have found an image you like, click the Similar link next to an image. This will automatically start a new search using the keywords of the image you selected. In some cases, the Similar search may take more time because of the greater number of keywords to search. This feature will find all similar images with a common theme and place them at the top. Similar search results may include many images that are not wanted; however, these will appear further down in the results. When you notice the images changing from the desired theme this means there are probably no more images with that theme in the results. A similar search is also useful to view images, of the same subject, by the same photographer. Since photographers provide the keywords for their own images, individual subjects will have similar keyword structure.
Image ID Search
You may search for the 6 character Painet Image ID. Simply type the ID in the Image Search field.