The concept of reverse image searching is quite simple – it is a kind of online search in which you upload an image or paste the direct URL to an image online (instead of entering a text-based or voice-based keyword) and the search engine will match the shapes/patterns to locate copies of this image to find information based on the query.
Find your image on Google or Tineye
Google’s Reverse Image Search tool an absolutely awesome tool that works similarly to TinEye. Just upload an image (or give it an image URL) and find all the indexed instances of that image usage throughout the web. Like TinEye (I actually use both now), Google Reverse Image search turns out to be an awesome help for various tasks.
Visit the site http://images.google.com/ and find the tiny camera icon in the search bar (usually next to the microphone). If you hover over this icon a tooltip will appear that reads “Search by image”. Click and the input box will transform asking for a direct image URL. Alternatively you may click “Upload an image” to upload your own.
TinEye another good reverse image searche tool . They’ve been around for a long time, they have over 25 billion images indexed and they focus exclusively on image search.
Obviously Google has more powerful indexing algorithms than TinEye and thus returns a lot more stuff for any typical search. You can also check out image dimensions, a higher-quality version, on the results page, along with the external website URL.
Google has made the process even easier, it provides the built-in feature directly into chrome—just right-click on an image and select “Search Google for image”—or you can install a Firefox / Chrome extension that does the same thing.
Reverse Photo Search can help you in different situations. The uses are infinite but let’s have a look at some of the examples:
Find the Original Sources of Images – If you needed to credit the right source of a particular photograph but had difficulty in discovering who the original creator is, then image search engine is your answer.
Find Visually Similar Images – Thinking you need almost the same image but with different styles? picture search engine allows you to discover visually similar or related images to the sample one.
Find Plagiarized Photos – Photo pilferers may think they are smart, but this tool makes you smarter! If you have lots of original photos and want to know if someone is using them without your permission or giving any credits, then a image lookup tool is your new pal. You’ll even be able to see how many other pages have your image.
Detect Fake Accounts – You have nice and cute social profile image. But someone might be using your photo on a fake social media account? Reverse photo lookup will help to keep your personal reputation clean.
Create Backlink Opportunities – Don’t just use RIS to find people who are using your photos without attributing credits, ask them to mention you as the author and link back to your page. Great for SEO!
Identify People, Places, and Products – Have photos of people, places, or things that you don’t know? Don’t worry! Just search with “Reverse Photo Search” tool that help you to identify them as long as there are identical images or information online.
Discover More Versions of a Particular Image – Maybe your current version of an image is not getting the job done. With similar images search, you can get more versions of a particular image, whether that means a different size, format, or one that’s not as blurry.