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I am trying to image search fantasy artwork. Before I would get thousands of pictures and it was all correct (whatever kind of fantasy art I searched for, that is what I got). Now I get a few hundred at most and a nice "looks like you've reached the end" at the bottom now. The search is lousy now - some of the images are not really fantasy pictures. It's a joke and almost useless.

What is Google doing with image search? You couldn't find any relevant pictures with Google image search now - better have favorite web sites bookmarked instead!
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Hello SLW2K
Welcome to the Google Search Community

Kindly ask this query in Google Photos Community for better assistance 

Thanks and Regards
Ravinder C
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This is a search issue, not a photo issue. Google is dumbing-down the image search for some reason that makes no sense. What's next, dumbing-down any kind of search? "I just did a search on the Roman Empire, and got 3 results!" That's all you need according to Google. I hope Google crashes and fails as a company -  good riddance.
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Please check that there are no Tools filters in use which could be limiting the number of results.
 
If you're using a school or work network, the network administrator may have applied settings to minimize the risk of users misusing copyrighted images.
 
Please attach a screenshot of what you're seeing, so we can maybe get a better idea of what's going on.
 
Edit: Note that Google Search and Google Image Search will never return more than about 400 results, regardless of how many there may be in Google's index.
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I do a search on "dark fantasy". I normally get thousands of hits and 20+ pages of pictures. At the bottom the page selection has been removed - you would get 20+ pages and the "next" hyperlink.

I also included a normal search on "dark fantasy" for comparison. And at the bottom it shows a paltry 5 pages of a subject that has millions of sites - on the third image it shows 900,000,000 results and that is a ton of sites dedicated to fantasy art (Lord of the Rings, ect...).

I don't know what Google is doing, but they do not want to be a search engine anymore because they do not give all the sites and images. Why are they even in business if this is how they operate? They are no longer about providing a service that finds and returns data (sites, images, ect..).

I hope they go out of business when everyone gets wise to it. WHY has nobody complained about any of this? Nobody complains. It is restricting freedom of choice.
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Firstly, the Image Search: You say you "normally get thousands of hits" — did you ever actually page/scroll through and count the number of image results? I can assure you that, at least for the past 10 years or so, Google Image Search has never displayed more than about 1,000 results.
 
Regardless of the number of possible matches Google holds in its index, there's a finite limit to the number of results that will actually be displayed. Way back, I think the limit used to be about 1,000, then it was reduced to about 700. Since early last year the limit has been about 400. So yes, you're right in saying that you're seeing fewer results than you used to, but you were certainly never seeing "thousands".
 
Regarding the Google text search, the number which appears at the top of the first page of search results, "About nnn results", is essentially meaningless. Google only fetches one page of results at a time from its index so, for the first page, it has to make a statistical estimate of how many results there might be. That estimate may be close, or it may be way off!
 
Google doesn't know how many results there actually are until it gets to the last one. That last result may be on the second page, or it may never be reached (Google stops displaying results at about 400*).
 
An added complication is that Google may exclude similar results initially, with a note at the end of the last page allowing the user to click a link to include the missing results. However, including the missing results will still never show more than the ~400 limit.
 
* Note: Google has always limited the total number of results displayed. I think at one stage it used to be 1,000, then a few years ago it was reduced to 700. It's now about 400. If you want to see more than 400 results, you'll need to use a different search engine — Bing currently stops displaying results at about 700.
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Yes, I used to spend a few hours searching for certain images. I recall 50+ PAGES of images. Hits are meaningless? Man you are a fool and a waste of my time.
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Yes, According to me the hits are meaningless. i recall almost more than 40 pages of images and to be honest it's waste of time.
Thanks.
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