Touhou Image Searching

Right, it’s come to my attention that a significant amount of the community aren’t sure of how to reverse image search, or are requiring new methods and resources to search websites for images of their favourite character(s). This is a quick guide on how to search, my way.

Sites:

http://www.pixiv.net/ {My favourite site, it’s all in Japanese, but has the best resources}
http://www.zerochan.net/ {Defiantly my second favourite, has high quality images with an amazing search feature}
http://gelbooru.com/ {Largely NSFW, but you will find decent images}
http://danbooru.donmai.us/ {Similar to Gelbooru, but with fewer images}
http://www.sankakucomplex.com/ {Somewhat similar to Gelbooru, but with less images than Danbooru and the problem of a slow website}
http://konachan.com/ {Website solely for wallpapers}
http://www.deviantart.com/ {I’m not fond of this place, but there are a few decent artists.}
http://www.google.co.uk/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi {Yes, its Google images.}

Search terms:

Well many people will be searching for their characters in English, IE: “Sunny Milk”. While this is fine, let’s take a step back. Where does Touhou originate from? Japan. What language are people in Japan likely to use when tagging their images? Japanese. Look up the Japanese equilivant of the characters you use, I do not recommend using a translator as this will likely mess up, but instead look at the various wiki’s for the names {http://touhou.wikia.com/ is good and so is http://en.touhouwiki.net/}. ?????? is Sunny Milk in Japanese and thus giving an entirely new list of search results, if you plan to use pixiv, then you must learn to use the Japanese versions of names, very few tag the characters with English on that site.

Google Operators:

(“”) searches for a single word or phrase,
(site:) Search a specific website
(-) immediately before a word will exclude that search term.
(*) The Google wildcard, Google will treat the * as a place holder for a word within the phrase.
(OR) Use this in caps when you need to search for either one thing or another, usually with dates admittedly.
(define:) Defines a word, bit useless for image searching, but handy if you can’t be arsed to visit a dictionary site.
(filetype:) then the file suffix, ie, PNG or JPEG. This is good for looking for lossless pictures, or gifs when needed.
Google actually has quite a lot more such as allintext, cache and inanchor, but I doubt you’d ever use these anyway.

Gelbooru/Danbooru/Konachan Operators:

f(*)k Use a * in the middle of a word to find anything that starts with the first section and ends with the last {My example has f*y, thus FiretrucK is a possibility, amongst other things}
(-) Write before a tag to exclude a tag from search.
(user:) Put this before a search term to search for a specific users uploads, IE (User:Tengu)
(md5:) Put this before a search term to search for a specific post that has a certain MD5 tag. (Probably too complex for most of you).
(Rating:) Use this to filter out the ratings, there are three ratings. Safe/Questionable/Explicit. Aka Safe/Ecchi/Hentai.
(Width:) Rather obvious, find an image with x pixels width.
(Height:) Rather Obvious, find an image with y pixels height.
(score:) Out of ten, the commands for this are (>, >=, =10 would be Greater than or Equal to 10.) I rarely use this tbf as hardly anyone votes.
(sort:x:y) Sort those pictures out where x is (score, rating, user, height, width, parent, source, updated) and y is (Asc, Desc)

Reverse-Image Searching:

This is relatively new in the world of the internet, there was a few third party search engines out there which specialised in this but now Google has this feature. Go to Google images and drag a picture into the Google search bar, it will then attempt to reverse image search. I use this method for finding specific artists, or higher quality versions of images I see elsewhere.

Hope to some degree or level that this helps you, any querys, comments or thaughts, leave a message. Also, I know there are still tons of other image directory websites, I listed but a mere few I use regularly.

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