Google’s Images search engine is a useful tool for photographers in a number of ways. Search for a particular type of assignment or a theme, and you can browse through an ocean of inspiring photographs. Do a reverse search on your own photo, and you can look up whether it has been used without your permission online.
To make your image searching experience even more powerful and friendly, Google has been working on a significant redesign that aims to improve speed and usability.
The new look, which is based on feedback from users and webmasters, was announced yesterday on Google’s Webmaster Central Blog.
Preview screenshots show that the image results will soon be displayed inside an inline panel rather than a new page, making browsing “faster, more beautiful, and more reliable”. Relevant metadata associated with results will be shown next to the photo in the panel. The inline format will also allow users to use their keyboard to quickly flip through photographs.
Previously, one had to open up a bunch of results in new tabs, or repeatedly click the photos and then click a browser button or website link to return to the search results.
The new design will be rolled out to users across the web over the next few days.