Since February 15, Google Images tuned its services that seemingly tend for the small user instead of the mass user. Google SearchLiaison post on Twitter that Google Image has no longer showing “View Image” button next to the picture. As that said, the “Visit” button remains and the user can still get the image through the proprietary website. It feels less convenient, but luckily there are many browser extensions that can bring back View Image button on Google Images.
Google realizes that their decision will hurt the user experience. But these changes would resolve a problem with Getty Images and at the same time, give more benefits for a photographer, graphic designer, and other stock images provider.
Thanks for Australian developer named Joshua B. that gives us a browser add-on to re-implement View Image button that has been removed from Google. Check out following tutorial.
How to Enable View Image Button on Google Images – Google Chrome
Log in to your Google account, go to the Chrome extension called View Image. Visit the webstore page and click Add to Chrome.
Next, click Add Extension to confirm.
The download process should start immediately and runs the installation automatically. What you need is waiting until these process finished. Once it has done, you can see the View Image button on Google Images as it was.
Note: This extension rarely fails to show View Image button. If that problem happens, simply uninstall and install the extension again.
How to Enable View Image Button on Google Images – Mozilla Firefox
Like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox also has the same browser add-on that actually from the same developer too.
Open Mozilla Firefox, go to View Image add-on page and click Add to Firefox.
Wait until download process finished, then click Add.
Now you can use Google Images services with a new View Image button. If this add-on had a problem to load the button, just reinstall it from Firefox.
Joshua B. also provides a script on Github for a developer to explore its capability and features.
How to Enable View Image Button on Google Images – Opera Mini
I actually did not found identic browser extension as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. But I think I got a good extension that actually can be used to get direct link image for any website, including Google Images.
Open your Opera browser, go to View Image Info (properties) page extension and click Add to Opera.
Right-click on the desired image and select View Image Info (properties).
You will get a window like this. On the link that pointed by the red arrow below is an original directory of the image. In other words, this extension also works as View Image button but not directly.
View Image button was aid user to get original, full resolution image easily without visiting the website. But you probably need to visit the site in order to understand a license of the respective image. The license is very important for the digital asset. So, make sure you are not breaking the rule. Consider learning more about image licensing here.
For now, I only found at least three major browsers that have a chance to restore View Image button. I will update this content if there’s a new extension for other browsers.