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Search like a Pro for outstanding imagery at Cutcaster

Cutcaster’s improved search feature, which uses contextual filtering, lets you easily refine your searches to find images that meet very specific parameters. You get the image you need quickly, with the assurance that you’ve seen all the images that fit your parameters.

1. Type a keyword or phrase in the search field, and click Search. Our search engine parses language for context, so be as specific as you can.

Keywords can include of what you are looking for, such as flower or tree, concepts like growth, or emotions like excitement.

For example, if you search for ‘yellow flower,” results include all images with both of those keywords.

2. Filter your search to narrow your results:

  • Roll over your search terms, which appear at the top of your results, to choose a more specific contextual filter. In this example, you can clarify the context of “flower.”
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Choose your word meaning

  • Make selections using the filters that appear in the column to the left of your search results. You can filter for image orientation, file type, size, and so on.

3. Experiment with adding and removing keywords to specify your results quickly.

Type keywords in the fields to the left of your search results. In the “yellow flower” example, if you want a woman to appear in your photo, type “woman” in the Add Keywords field. If you don’t want that woman to be a bride, type “bride” in the Remove Keywords field. Click Apply to see the filtered results, which will include just images with the keywords “yellow,” “flower” and “woman” and NOT the keyword “bride.”

Filter your search result

4. Broaden your results if necessary.

At any point, if you’ve narrowed your results too much, you can broaden them by removing filters.

Each filter or keyword you specify appears at the top of your search results. Click the “x” next to any filter to expand your search results.

Broaden your search results

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Cutcaster makes stock photography search faster, more accurate

Today, Cutcaster re-launched with several upgrades that address growing needs in the stock image marketplace for both image buyers and sellers.

We wanted to make changes that would translate to real improvement for all our users. Our search engine now helps buyers find, filter and download relevant images more quickly, and we’ve made it easier for our contributors to sell their images and earn good money doing it.

We’ve now combined an easy-to-use search interface with a highly accurate contextual search engine that disambiguates word meanings. As the user types in keywords, the engine determines their meaning and the intention of the searcher to provide more accurate image results. As the searcher applies additional filters—for number of people, orientation or dominant color, for example— search results are updated immediately, making it easy to focus and expand results as necessary. If a keyword has multiple meanings, a user will be able to select their meaning by clicking on the keyword to choose the right meaning. We do all the rest.

The checkout process has been improved as well with simplified pricing, shown in credits and dollars, and the introduction of PayPal. Our goal was to make downloading images as seamless as possible for people. Users don’t even have to register to buy, and now they have even more secure payment options.

For its contributors, Cutcaster has increased its royalty payments to one of the highest rates in the industry. Our rate are going from 50% to 55%. We want to continue offering excellent images from great contributors, and our rates help us attract and choose the best. At a time when other sites are reducing their royalty percentages and payouts, we’re increasing them.

A greatly simplified user interface facilitates how contributors upload their images and view their image stats. We will have the FTP upload option enabled again after next week but you can upload images now via the upload area in your account. The whole site is optimized for our sellers now. There’s no guesswork, from signing up to providing the right tax forms, to getting paid.

We hope you enjoy all the improvements and we welcome your feedback.

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