If you are a designer, an artist, or if you just like collecting images from the web, there are a few tools you can help make this process a lot easier.
While right-clicking and Saving As doesn’t take a lot of effort, doing it multiple times a minute can become tiresome and inefficient.
As a Chrome web browser user, I have a few extensions that make my life easier, including extensions for downloading and managing images, By the time you have read this tutorial, you will have some new Chrome extensions to download or manage images too!
These are just a few of the many extensions for Chrome that make working with images easier.
The View Image Chrome extension brings back the feature of the same name in Chrome that did reverse image searches. A reverse image search is a web search for images based not on text but on an image itself. A reverse image search returns versions of the same or similar images.
Google removed the ability to view and save images to help prevent copyright theft.
As someone who used Google Images with the ‘Labeled for reuse’ setting enabled, Google removing this feature really annoyed me. From the sheer number of downloads this extension has, I’m not the only one who has a need for this sort of feature.
Since removing the option, Google has been changing things again. I have the View Image extension and it works well for me.
Lightshot is a fast screenshot tool that I find exceptionally useful. I used to use the Windows Snipping Tool which was okay but not very intuitive to use. Lightshot makes taking screenshots for writing tutorials like this one a breeze and it just works. Install the extension, then simply highlight the area of the screen you want to capture and save it using Lightshot. Lightshot even gives you some simple image editing capabilities so you can edit your screenshots before you take them.
The Lightshot Chrome extension is about as simple as it gets for taking screen shots.
Hover Zoom is excellent. Once added to Chrome, you can hover over an image on a web page and the app will zoom in for you. You then get a closeup of the image and a large size image to capture using Lightshot or the Snipping Tool. The extension is compatible with lots of websites and social networks and seems to work like a charm. I have only been trying it for a little while but like what I see.
Image Downloader is one of many Chrome extensions to download images but one of the easiest to use once you get the hang of it. You need to maintain focus on a tab for it to download images but once you figure it out, it’s simple. You can configure where to store images and have full control over what and where you download. It works well and for prolific image downloaders, should save a lot of time.
Bulk Image Downloader
If you’re a seriously prolific image downloader, check out Bulk Image Downloader. It does exactly what you would expect an app like this to do, enable bulk downloading of images from the web. You can filter images by resolution and control what and where you download. If you’re collecting wallpaper or something this is an exceptionally useful extension.
Image Preview is for forum users who don’t want to click a link to Imgur or somewhere to see what someone has linked within a post.
Click the image link and this Chrome extension will preview the image in Lightbox without having to visit the new page. If you like what you see you can go to the page, if you don’t, you have saved a few precious seconds of your life. This Chrome extension is superb for places like Redditt or forums that don’t allow nesting images.
TinEye Reverse Image Search
TinEye Reverse Image Search is an alternative to Google reverse image search. It works very well and includes a right-click option. Right-click an image, select Search Image with TinEye and the extension will look for other versions, sizes or resolutions of the image.
You can then use or download images as you see fit. This is useful for finding images to use but also seeing if someone else uses your images.
PicMonkey is a screenshot tool that lets you edit too. It adds an icon to the Chrome browser and once you click it, you can capture the image of the web page before you and then crop, rotate, add fonts, layers, effects, textures and all that good stuff. It’s a fairly basic image editor but it does work well.
Pablo is very useful for preparing images for social media. It allows you to design images that are fully compatible with specific platforms using some intuitive tools. This is more useful for those new to graphic design and are still learning the ropes for social media images but is a quick way to format an image, add filters or text and get it ready for posting.
Those are what I think are the best Chrome extensions for downloading and managing images, doing reverse image searches, and taking quality screenshots. If you enjoyed this article, you might enjoy The Top Four Google Chrome Extensions to Download and Save YouTube Videos.
If you have any similar Chrome extensions that you have found useful, please comment below.