quick start guide

quick start guide

  • Welcome to Imageflows - the innovative, fast and reliable website from
  • Enjoy Endless Scrolling - no more clicking next or previous
  • Drag and Drop images directly into your active lightbox
  • Use Search Term Stacking to refine your search by: Image Attributes, Collections, or a set of Collections
  • Browse and re-run your Search and Download History
  • Enhanced lightbox features to help you build, share, email and download lightboxes more easily

1.How do I? Search

The search boxes on the top left and right both do a NEW search in ALL PICTURES using ALL terms you have entered. This is the default selection.

For example, if you search for RICHARD WAGNER the results will show you all images containing the terms RICHARD and/or WAGNER - use EXACT SEARCH to limit the results to images of RICHARD WAGNER only.

You can search by LATEST UPLOAD / RELEVANCE / or EXACT SEARCH by typing your search term in to the top right search box and using the drop down menu.

The search box on the left under Refine Your Results will filter your existing search when you enter your new term and click AND, OR, NOT via the dropdown menu.

You can also Refine by Orientation or Colorspace (please note that some b/w images have been scanned as RGB and will only appear in an RGB search). Click update to activate the refinement.

Refine by any number of collections by using the checkboxes. Click update at the bottom of the list to activate the refinement.

All your search refinements will stack as a list. You can remove any refinement stack simply by clicking the x before the refinement, the results will automatically update.

Don't forget - if you can't find what you are looking for online then email us for a free assisted search of our offline and unscanned archives, including content from private collections.

2.How do I? Download

You need to have download permissions; if you do not have download access and require permission please contact us:

To download a single image in your browser simply click on the icon under a thumbnail in the results grid, or in the preview window.

To download a single image via email simply click on the icon under a thumbnail in the results grid, or in the preview window. You may send the high res file to any email address.

To download multiple images by zip you need to add them to a lightbox first then use the download lightbox icon (this will also email you a link - please note for security download links are only active once.)

Please note: If you encounter a lengthy delay please check your Junk or Spam folder and make sure that we are white-listed as a Safe Sender.

Please note: all downloads are recorded and will be followed up by ArenaPAL if you do not report useage.

3.How do I? Create a new lightbox

Hit the + icon in the lightbox bar at the bottom

In the pop up window add a Name and Description for you lightbox and click CREATE.

4.How do I? Add images to a lightbox

Select your preferred lightbox from the dropdown menu in the Lightbox Bar - this is now your Active Lightbox.

Clicking the icon under a thumbnail or in preview will add the image to your Active Lightbox.

Alternatively, you can Drag and Drop thumbnails into the lightbox bar to add images to your active lightbox.

5.How do I? Change my password

Click on Preferences in the side bar and click on the Password tab. We advise that you create a secure password including a combination of upper and lowercase letters with numbers.

You can also update your name / company / email in the Account tab within Preferences.

6.Did you know? Closing preview

You can close a preview box by clicking on the preview image, or the red cross-icon in the top right hand corner.

7.Did you know? History

You can browse your search and download history from the History link on the sidebar. You can also re-run previous searches and downloads with a click.

8.Did you know? Share lightboxes

You can share your active lightbox with another registered user of ArenaPAL by clicking the icon in the lightbox bar. To do so you will need to know the email address of the person you are sharing with, the system will tell you if the email is not registered on ArenaPAL.

Please note: the recipient will receive a COPY of your lightbox in their lightbox list. Should they add or delete any images you will not see changes - nor will they see any changes you have made.

9.Did you know? Magnet to lightbox

For searches that result in less than 100 hits you can add the entire result to your active lightbox by clicking the magnet icon in the lightbox bar.

10.Did you know? Maximising your view

You can hide the sidebar to increase the grid by clicking the tab. You can re-open the sidebar by clicking .

You can also view your lightbox in half or full screen by clicking the icons in the lightbox bar.

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