As non native I struggle with in, on and at. I usually ask Google for help in cases like this, but here Google reports similar number of results for both options, so I'm not sure what is the best and why.

see ON the images vs see IN the images

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Here's a pair of general rules for you:

When the image contains something, or is an element of it, the better word to use is in.

  • Is that a dog in the image with Jacob?
  • The backgrounds in these images are really crisp!

When speaking to something not contained by the image, or when referring to the image itself as an object, the better word to use is on.

  • I used a Sepia filter on the image.
  • Shouldn't we put borders on these images?

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