TinEye: The reverse image search to find specific photos

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The following scenario: A customer sent me an email yesterday with the request that I add an attached picture to the background of her website. You have the photo included Pixabay (pixabay.com), so that it would be for free use. I look at the attached photo and see that it only has a resolution of 514 x 340 pixels. You don't have to be a great mathematician to realize that you can't fill a website background with such a small photo.

I thought to myself that I might be able to search for the image on Pixabay in the metadata or the file name, but the customer renamed the file and the metadata has also been removed. So my last option was to search for "poppy field" because the picture showed a poppy field at sunset. After clicking through a number of search results pages, I gave up mentally and complained to my wife that people kept sending photos that were so small that you just couldn't do anything with.

The Tineye search mask is kept very simple. Simply upload a photo or enter the URL to a photo and off you go!

The Tineye search mask is kept very simple. Simply upload a photo or enter the URL to a photo and off you go!

The solution: backward search with TinEye

As a graphic designer, my wife, of course, had a solution ready at once: "Find the photo using TinEye!". Me to her: "About what ???" And so on ... at some point I understood that TinEye is an online image search robot that is similar to Google image search (there is also a Reverse search!) works, just the other way around: you upload a photo you want to search for and the TinEye search engine throws you out the pages and occurrences where you can find the corresponding photo.

In my case, of course, I wanted to limit the results to Pixabay, since the photo was loaded from there. This is very easy to do with the domain filter in TinEye.

The TinEye domain filter can be used to limit the search results to one domain.

The TinEye domain filter can be used to limit the search results to one domain.

Free, quick and intuitive

Incidentally, I was able to pull the photo provided by the customer directly from the email into TinEye without having to save it somewhere beforehand. Using the image search engine is really very convenient - and free of charge.

After a good 30 seconds, I found the corresponding subpage on Pixabay via TinEye and was able to load the photo in a resolution of 5147 x 3400 pixels - free of charge, as is usual with Pixabay.

With TinEye I found the image on Pixabay within a few seconds.

With TinEye I found the image on Pixabay within a few seconds.

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TinEye plugins for Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera

A discovery I just made when the article was published is Plugins or extensions, which TinEye offers for the four major browsers. You can find them right here in the corresponding add-on lists for the browsers:

With the TinEye plugins for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera, the reverse image search can be integrated directly in the browser.

With the TinEye plugins for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera, the reverse image search can be integrated directly in the browser.

With these plugins you can right-click on an image on every website that you have just opened in the browser and start an image search with TinEye via the context menu. In the future I'll do that for my blog articles to see where my photos end up. That will certainly be exciting and sometimes probably negative and surprising when you see that the photos are stolen without naming the source.

Conclusion: A recommended reverse search for images

Starting today, TinEye is one of my online tools selection that I really appreciate. I don't look for any photos on the internet every day, but when the time comes, TinEye does the job very well. You can do the same research with the Google image search, but with TinEye you get there much faster. When I search Google images, I always forget the exact procedure and then first have to read a little guide. You can save yourself that completely with the intuitive interface of TinEye.

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