Google’s reverse image search is an extremely useful tool for finding the origin of images or photos

We all know about Google Images, the image search engine by El Goog. But do we all know about Google’s reverse image search engine? I for one didn’t until a day or two ago but once I learned of it, I started using it and so far it has been great.

Google’s reverse image search engine is a service that allows users to search by images. No, that isn’t search for images per se — it is search by images: you input an image URL or upload an image, and then Google finds similar looking images. Although the service may sound simple, it can actually be very useful.

Let’s say you have an image on hand but you have no idea where it is from. How will you learn more about the subject of the image or find similar images? Google reverse image search will provide you with a trail of the image as it appears on the Internet, allowing you to find the source if you are diligent enough. For example, I was able to learn the 3D art of Batman is painted in Madrid by using Google reverse image search, a fact I didn’t know before. I’m sure there are many other uses, too.

TinEye offers a free reverse image search engine, too. However, TinEye simply cannot match the power of Google when it comes to finding things on the Internet. So while TinEye is great, Google’s reverse image search is better. Hit up the link below to get started with Google reverse image search.

Google reverse image search engine

[Thanks Eric!]

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  2. Eric

    @Jyo:
    Yeah, that’s right, but I wonder how long that has been there? I am guessing not very long but I could be wrong.
    I am just guessing but I think Google probably learns from our searches with this service. and the more people that use it, the more results and the better the results will be.
    I think we should credit TinEye. If TinEye didn’t come first, then would Google have this service yet?

  3. Jyo

    Why doesn’t Google make this feature more obvious? I too only thought tineye was capable of this. Good tip!

    Edit: Actually, if you go to google images, and you click on the tiny camera icon inside the search bar, it’ll bring it up. Hidden indeed…

  4. Eric

    Thanks Ashraf. I finally spotted the thanks Eric on the bottom right.
    It does put TinEye to shame. It is also very useful for finding different sizes of the same image and finding the same image without a watermark if there is one.
    Its recognition of similar images can also be quite amusing. Google’s “brain” works a little differently than ours apparently. Do a reverse search on the jogging lions picture of a few days ago to see what I mean. Below should be a direct link to those results.
    http://www.google.com/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZitj0TIdjJY0rc99ss43GViLMLgIL1Dvqt1v0EB7cta51Hp-eP2XAhXv6hHBuvyBB3Uc3tVCjUNO3Lnyj2hgymP7tMlyvUXL6F-JENuX3xdrCLMR-OosPr87Ae7vHewge6efSdjTLsFJ3AN_1nAf69nbmfwXmrWq3QuoVyS2ha3YqTtUZ2hSYIvHwZQDKhXU1zGxJXel2d0XrVwy7WeaOow5s4FnBBhSfW2M0shGzkLbX9LwPdA_15D0oy6SpCctZJvXt8yirkysHt5WldKuHg6i5cpecqtHvvCXQY0MX3NiJP8b88aIugSk8apjdpQH29CSLJaSinYTQp2g-UflFWePZgwpgT30PkHponTBXGehTmn9KH_1Kg6RvkKWG9gipLhVenG5b_1hlDLcZJs5Raxdqn0KHBkMylU3DfyexezyGewCc8k8z_1c3DNLoyL7wmVoZr1fwu_18Wtg8Ikj3yRqo1HfglmhQjl2MTaMa-Nv224nuVCn4FkKJcNc5T2gqzw6gsgbzSlY4vl13cPWCP4ExeKcCjmdqTmGpgHiAQmzbmxVEUm-35Vo_1W2Fq-MERWKDzSisXFp_1CU-7Zjlfd6i_12ougVe5J73kqIUb5yF7yf1howvTHwOgEnM8v925D8jvmZlUJ0Vn-ggA2DdGmGCVU0i8cZlfWM_1bIdy4PhO7hfBw5OFm9KPgC1JF3juEwd7yOWTogqj1t3e8Uimtk4JUUXTtMiA_1TpGloRo-ZHRPk1_1WiLAAZwNrtQLezgIHNMUybStDQq_1aK_1Q7dsS0odRHZyyF7sI6pzevBUAiViXAVRZLKucEGmpPdkh3NJB7i_1WnX53xNDKRSqlHfKGEgcVAfvG4ZarO-wgiZQ6UM-Ju_1kCUtaaCcwH-XhVizXEievAY2cOTrXb5xw3klUEkCbd0FCi1xnj7_1UT3_1qlfHOZYSdJLszYnaY6kcWe8Na8YV3q1RWNgC0hBebyGfLlN2fr4UsupRD3kVcb9ZA-UV61K9Quj5F70PZrAe9QG6j3TMMNaqyQ8WawB5DZBGPxz02JFG1DGPuWaL0j3gwx7QeKHPe_1mO2TfpWZ51J2HKW2O8yoBywj8FvOe3jvoYMFEObAwFZKNWjvFMMOwGhW5qNeO5oC0o2tAY1Q44KoVhu0MN0mb0H0QWAaROtM3ACEZEoLFt86kjREiUtkJHl4KS6epAcyfvqQpVgi4mpF6w341gSLDrf3cVuJRFmko9eIXDMMNTlazdL8F_1PT3Do499TtVBVuSQMLXTV4l2AMrThwHSxLBKUOm-A0h3s5cuw3TXZtqA9S4yC8G2dezQ&num=10&hl=en&safe=off&bih=871&biw=1825
    And I must give credit to where I found out about this wonderul service. It came as a built in right click context menu item in the browser ChromePlus, now called CoolNovo. This is basically Google Chrome with some really nice additional features and none of the phone home junk.
    Speaking of hidden parts of Google image search, for those of you on slow connections the following link will force Google Images to stay in the old style 20 results per page instead of the bandwidth intensive endless scrolling mode it now defaults to.
    http://images.google.com/images?source=hp&q=%s&gbv=2&aq=f&oq=&aqi=&sout=1&biw=1920&bih=842