New: Find Animated GIFs In Google Image Search, Images With Transparent Backgrounds


Animated GIFs have been making a comeback, particularly since Google+ gave them support when it launched, not to mention Tumblr. So, no surprise, Google’s now pushing a new way to find GIFs within Google Image Search.

Google posted the news today on Google+, explaining that a new “Animated” option is available for those who search on Google Image Search:

“Starting today, there’s an easier way to unearth those gems: when you do an image search, click on “Search tools” below the search box, then select “Animated” under the “Any type” dropdown box.”

You can see the option below:

gangnam style - Google Search-2

Google also added another feature allowing you to find images with transparent backgrounds, useful if you need to drop them into a webpage or other images:

“We’ve also added a second handy filter: if you’re after the perfect picture of Easter basket clipart but must have one with a transparent background, simply select “Transparent” under the “Any color” dropdown box.”

Here’s how to find that:

gangnam style - Google Search-1

The Google Operating System had earlier spotted this feature coming.

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  • Pat Grady


  • Adam Hankey

    Hopefully they will be animated on the results page too, unlike now when they are all stationary until you preview them. One could only wish…

  • Jane Carroll

    just before I looked at the check for $4132, I accept that…my… neighbour woz like they say truly bringing in money part time from their laptop.. there dads buddy had bean doing this less than 13 months and just now cleard the morgage on their home and purchased a brand new GMC. I went here, jump15.comCHECK IT OUT

  • Michael Griffin

    Awesome; cue up the Tumblr meme-making machine!

  • Henry Dempsy

    wtf is it?

  • Sanket Patel

    Such a fantastic way to read animated gifs blogs. Google has accelerated its improvement and growth over last few years.

  • Jawad Latif

    Fantastic. A good advancement.

  • onlytech

    Since months I’m waiting for that functionnality. Thx GG :)

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