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Idée Multicolr: Search Flickr using a Color Chart

Idée Multicolr is a search tool for Flickr Images. What makes this particular search tool very interesting is the way it searches images/photos. It allows you to search images using colors and not keywords. You can select which color you want on the color chart. The engine allows you to choose up to ten colors and then it will display a list of photos from Flickr containing the colors that you have selected.

We extracted the colours from 10 million of the most “interesting” Creative Commons images on Flickr. Using our visual similarity technology you can navigate the collection by colour. Also available with Alamy Stock Photography.

To use the service, just select a color and the engine will immediately display a list of images containing your color of choice. As you add color the list changes. You can also remove a color and idée results will change immediately.

This is a neat service that do not use the traditional way of searching, through keywords. When searching photos/images on the web, the colors included on those images are not tagged, so to speak. The Idée search engine changes all that. It’s very useful for designers looking for images on the web that will match their designs. Finding images to match the color of a theme or template just became easier.

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5 comments on “Idée Multicolr: Search Flickr using a Color Chart
  1. shortapps says:

    This is niiiiiiceee… Test searches proved it to be a valuable tool…
    For instance red, white, and blue returned appropriate flags.. :)

  2. Web-Betty says:

    This looks very interesting. I’ll definitely have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Louie says:

    @ShortApps: Thanks man. It’s a really cool cool search tool for images. Of course, you can always search for images using keywords, but what if you’re looking for images with specific colors? This one rocks.

    @Web-Betty: You’re welcome. I’m sure that you’ll enjoy using it.

  4. A. says:

    I really do like this idea. I can think of plenty of occasions it would be useful. I believe it’s possible to search for images similar to one you supply but I can’t remember the details, nor where I read about it.

  5. AgentOrange says:

    @A: Searching for images is very difficult. The only way for algorithms to recognize what an image is about is by manually tagging them. I’m very much interested on the service that you mentioned. I’ll try to search for other services similar to idee or one that is just as unique. Thanks for the feedback. :)

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