The Practical Keyworder – Visual tools for Visual people

The Practical Keyworder – Visual tools for Visual people

What is the difference between cataloging your images and just randomly tagging them with keywords? The answer can be found in the definition of cataloging itself –

Cataloguing uses langauage (words) to describe objects or works of art (images) in a way that gives a full sense of each object’s significance in relation to other objects in the collection, in other collections and in relationship to the world at large….

The key idea here is relationship. In many of my earlier posts I explained that the keywords themselves have relationships to each other – i.e. broad concepts are linked to narrower ones, and that the narrower and more specific the concepts become the more effective they are ( Concepts - one thing leads to another). In a closed system like a museum or an art gallery, professionals who catalog art and images and are trained in these principals. Here at dreamstime however the contributors themselves need to understand how cataloging and keywording work in order to have their own images be found (of course), but also because whenever an accepted image is keyworded on this site, it becomes part of the data that drives the dreamstime search engine and it has an effect on the search results for all images (really).

I’ve explained how these relationships work in earlier posts – but because we are all visual artists – I thought that a visual explaination would help. I found this neat tool – a visual dictionary/thesaurus:

Visuwords - visual dictionary

Type in a word – and you get not only the definition – but a visual representation of the relationships between your word and other words. You can get a sense of how your keyword fits into the universe of words and concepts. This is not only a good practical tool for everyone (especially those people who are trying to perfect their language skills) – it is also an imagination stretcher! Try it, and as always –

Good Luck!

Photo credits: Erengoksel.

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November 17, 2010


I plan on using that tool. Thanks so much.

November 17, 2010


thanks for sharing it!

November 15, 2010


Excellent tool, it works amazingly! thanks for sharing

November 15, 2010


Visuwords is an excellent tool. I tried it on three existing keywords in one image and was able to generate some more specific concepts and synonyms for them.

November 15, 2010


very cool tool :)

November 15, 2010


Nice tool, need to get used to it but can help to pull up keyword or two more. Thanks for sharing.

November 15, 2010


This is really interesting! Thank you for sharing!

November 15, 2010


That is great! Thanks for sharing!

November 15, 2010


Wow, that is pretty cool! I have it bookmarked. You have to not look at it in the beginning or it will make you dizzy, LOL!

November 15, 2010


Thanks for sharing!

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