Search Tips

There are several ways to search through LED Sign Studio's database for you to choose from that can help you easily find the right image(s) for your LED signage. Click on a help topic below to learn about specific search tips.

Search with Keywords

You can start your LED Sign Studio search by typing a keyword into the main search bar located at the top of any page of our site. A keyword is any word or phrase that significantly describes the image/graphic you're looking for (e.g., baseball). You can also type in more than one keyword during a single search, separating each keyword with commas (e.g., baseball game, children, teams). To help narrow down your keyword search more, you can use the drop-down menus located on the right side of the search bar to specify the file type, sign type, and/or matrix of the image you're looking for (e.g., jpeg, full color, 32 x 112).

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Filtering Your Results

Once you have entered your keyword(s) into the search bar, your results page will display. You can choose to filter down your results even more using the following options.

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Filter by Keyword:

Once your results page is displayed, a keywords search bar will appear on the left side of the page. You may enter additional keywords into this search bar to further narrow down your search. The more keywords you use, the more specific your search results will become. All of the keywords you have entered will be listed in the top left-hand corner of the results page. You can also remove these keywords from your search by clicking on the [X]

beside the keyword.

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Boolean Search:

You can also filter your keyword search results with the following:

When using multiple keywords, type "AND" in between keywords so that your results only display files related to all of your terms (e.g., the keyword search "house AND car" will only display results that contain both 'house' and 'car' in their descriptions).

Type "OR" in between multiple keywords to display results related to either term (e.g., "house OR car" will display results that contain either 'house' or 'car' in their descriptions).

Type "NOT" in between multiple keywords to exclude certain terms from your search (e.g., the keyword search "house NOT car" will display results that contain 'house' but exclude 'car' from their descriptions).

Use quotation marks (" ") around a specific phrase or sentence (e.g., the keyword search "House with car parked in driveway" will display results that contain that exact phrase within the title or description of the file).

You can combine these search tips within a single search to generate very specific search results (e.g., the keyword search, "Car parked in driveway" NOT house will display results containing a car parked in a driveway but without a house in the image).

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Filter by Media Format:

You can limit your search by media format (full color, tri-color, monochrome, or grayscale). On the left side of the results page, expand the "Media Format" section and check the box that corresponds to the media format(s) you wish to find.

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Filter by Sign Matrix:

You can limit your search by sign matrix (56 x 144, 32 x 112, 48 x 112, 32 x 80, 48 x 96, or 48 x 80 pixels). On the left side of the results page, expand the "Sign Matrix" section and check the box that corresponds to the sign matrix (or matrices) you wish to find. You can also filter your results by the file's orientation or aspect ratio (TBD).

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Filter by Media Type:

You can limit your search by media type (jpg, png, or avi file). On the left side of the results page, expand the "Media Type" section and check the box that corresponds to the media type(s) you wish to find. Animation files (avi) may be filtered even further by selecting the length of the animation (still, 0-10 seconds, 11-30 seconds, or 30+ seconds).

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Filter by Category:

The files on the LED Sign Studio site are categorized by the subjects to which they are related, e.g., Technology, Sports and Leisure, Animals. On the left side of the results page, expand the "Category" section and check the box that corresponds to the category (or categories) under which you would like to limit your search.

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Filter by Collection:

The files on the LED Sign Studio site are also categorized by themes to which they are related, e.g., Holiday, Patriotic, Art Nouveau. On the left side of the results page, expand the "Collection" section and check the box that corresponds to the collection(s) under which you would like to limit your search.

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Keyword Tips

To make your keyword search as effective as possible, all of the files on the LED Sign Studio site have been tagged with several descriptive words by their contributors to describe their content. For example, a contributor who uploads a photographic image of a woman seated at a dining table can tag their photo with the descriptive words, "Woman, 35-40 years, mother, dinner, dinnertime, dining room, table, eating, home interior..." etc. So, when you type in any keywords that match a file's description, it will appear in your search results page. The more keywords you use that match the file's description, the higher up it will appear in your search results.

Depending on your preference, your keyword search can be as general or as specific as you like. For example, a general search might involve searching for images of a "ball," while a specific search might entail searching for an "adult basketball game." The more keywords that you use in a single search, the more specific your results will be. Also, try to avoid words of ambiguity, (e.g., a tennis "court" versus a public "court" house), or use exact phrases or multiple keywords to help produce the results you seek.

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Search by Contributor

You can also perform your search on files from a single LED Sign Studio Contributor that you prefer. You can view a particular contributor's entire portfolio by simply typing their name into the main search bar (e.g., "John Doe," or "Doe, John"), and select the name that best matches the contributor of your choice from the results displayed.

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Search by Sign Matrix

You can search LED Sign Studio's files by sign matrix. Matrices are listed by pixel size, and can include:

56 x 144
32 x 112
48 x 112
32 x 80
48 x 96
48 x 80

Sign sizes will only be listed by these size matrices as indicated. Images will never be listed as "small," "medium," "large," etc. Please note that a single image may be available in multiple sign matrices. Also, you can special order to have a specific file personalized to fit a new sign matrix. For more information on sign matrix personalization, see Media Basket Personalization.

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Search by Category

All the files on the LED Sign Studio site have been arranged by what subject category to which they belong. By filtering your search results by category type, you can easily find files that are relevant to your field of business, e.g., Health and Beauty, Food and Drink, and Transportation. On the left side of your results page, check the box that corresponds to the category (or categories) under which you would like to limit your search results.

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Search by Collection

All of the files on the LED Sign Studio site have been arranged by the themes to which they are related. By filtering your search results by collection type, you can easily view files that are relevant to the type of theme you are searching for, e.g., Seasonal, Holiday, Sales/Promotions. On the left side of the results page, check the box that corresponds to the collection(s) under which you would like to limit your search results.

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Search by Content Item Number

If you know the file number of the jpg, png, or avi file that you would like to view, simply type the file number into the main search bar and you will immediately be taken to that file. On a file's page, you can view a close-up image of the file and other details, such as its available matrices, credits, contributor, keywords, number of views, and number of downloads.

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