Fotolia this month saw its 30 millionth image uploaded to the site consolidating its position as one of the world’s largest stock agencies.

Users need not worry however that finding the right image for your needs will be akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Fotolia’s advanced search engine ensures that the creative resource you are looking for is only a few clicks away.

There are however some useful tips on how to make this process even quicker and more effective.

Fotolia allows you to choose between photos, vectors, illustrations and video files if the user already knows which file type they wish to download. Simply type in the search term and using the drop down menu choose the desired format.

Next to the search bar once you’ve entered your relevant keyword/s you’re be directed to the initial search page results. You can filter these through a few means including:

Newest’: Most recent uploads using these keywords

Relevance’: Images with the most amounts of key words related to those you’ve entered

Downloads’: Highest number of downloads shown first

‘Price’: Use the arrows to the side to dictate whether you want to view cheapest, or most expensive images first

Popularity’: The best ratio of “Downloads / Views” first

‘Undiscovered’: Images that have never been downloaded from Fotolia ensuring a unique edge to your design brief.

saveSyntax elements will always help you refine your search. ‘And’ for example will find images containing both your chosen keywords. ‘Or’ will display results containing either of the two search terms. ‘Not’ is very useful when it comes to searching for a word that has two different meanings or when you want to exclude certain aspects of the image. For example, if you want to find an image of a dog but not pictured outdoors then simply search ‘dog’ NOT ‘outdoors’ and it will remove all images of a dog outdoors (only where the contributor has made this a keyword).

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Fotolia has a selection of categories located on the home page where by it recommends images based on their allocated key words. You can narrow these search results by selecting the sub-category, which appears under the filter ‘descriptive’ or ‘conceptual’ (search results are refreshed automatically when selecting the sub-category).

When you have done your primary search from the home page you’ll be able to narrow your options by using the ‘Advanced search’ options on the left hand side of the page. Choose from ‘Recency’, ‘Collection’, ‘File Type’, ‘People (with or without), ‘Orientation’, ‘Options’ (panoramic or isolated), ‘Price’, ‘Descriptive’, ‘Conceptual’ or ‘by colour’. Use a variety of these to taper your search results.

Fotolia’s search engine is also able to auto-correct misspellings related to accented words (in languages where such words exist, for example, French, German, Spanish, Polish). If you type a word that does not exist into the search bar, it will automatically try and match it as a misspelling of an accented word that does exist. For example “medecin” (doctor in French) does not exist and so will be matched with the correct keyword “médecin”, returning all the relevant results.

Finding an image on Fotolia has never been easier. The user-friendly search results combined with the vast array of images will ensure that the perfect image is just a few clicks away.

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