A search term can be entered from the home page search box, or by clicking on the Search in the main menu, and entering your term(s) in the box that appears on the left, or by using the search box (shown below) that is displayed on the left above search results.

To the right of this search box is the search icon, with the search filters icon next to it.

Enter search terms and hit return, or click on the magnifying glass to start a search.

The search results appear as thumbnails in a grid. Scroll down to see more results. You can refine your search by clicking on the Search Filters icon . In the Search Filters panel you can click on previous search terms to run the search again. The panel also allows you to select sort order, by relevance or oldest or newest first. You can also refine the search based on one or more selected collections. Tick these and click on the Filter button that appears below to see only those search results in the selected collections.

To view image details below each thumbnail, click on the View Details icon . To view just the thumbnails again click on the thumbnails icon  next to it. When details are shown, each image will have four icons below it:

From left to right these are ‘preview’, ‘add to basket’, ‘add to lightbox’, and ‘share’.

Click on a thumbnail to see more information on the image, and to add it to a lightbox or to a basket. You can also select a licence and use the ‘Buy it now’ button to get to the checkout quickly.

Search Modifiers You can use AND, OR, NOT, “phrase searches”, and strict order << searches. Search operators (AND, OR, NOT) must be in UPPERCASE

‘AND’  is the default when no search modifier is specified so a space will automatically add an AND modifier. + also works.
dog cat mouse
dog AND cat AND mouse
This will return all images that contain all the words dog, cat and mouse.

‘OR’ searching also works using |
dog OR cat
dog | cat
will both return all the images that contain ‘dog’, all that contain ‘cat’ as well as those that images that contain both ‘dog’ and ‘cat’.

‘NOT’ also works using ! or –
dog NOT cat
dog – cat
will return only images that contain ‘dog’ but not those that contain ‘dog’ AND ‘cat’.

The Phrase Search (“”) The phrase search is used to search for exact expressions “The Who” will return only those assets that contain the exact phrase The Who in the text.

Strict Order Searching (<<) returns images in the order they appear in the metadata
dog << cat
will return images where ‘dog’ comes before ‘cat’. For example, it will return ‘a dog playing with a cat’, but not ‘a cat playing with a dog’.

For details about searching specific fields see advanced search.


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