How to Use Google Reverse Image Search
There are millions of people using the internet today but, surprisingly very few know about Google reverse image search.
Google reverse image search is a free feature just like Google, except it’s for images. Search by image allows you to do a reverse image search and discover all sorts of content that’s related to a specific image. This is not search for images… it is search by images. For example, try searching a picture of your favorite band and see search results that might include similar images, webpages about the band, and even sites that include the same picture.
If you work with a lot of royalty free photos as I do, in some cases the locations or description of the photos are attached, but often times they are not. I use Google reverse image search to find the location or the original photographer as I like to give attribution for the shot.
If you’re looking for the original artist for a picture you find online then Google reverse image search is the perfect tool. You should always give attribution for a picture when known, and by using Google reverse image you have an excellent chance of finding that original photographer.
How to Use Google Reverse Image Search
There are a few options to choose from when using Google reverse image search. You can upload an image from your PC, drag and drop an image, or you can choose to enter the URL.
This is how to search by image:
Go to Google reverse image search click on the camera and you can choose (i) Paste image URL or (ii) Upload an image, then click search.
How to enter an image URL – On any webpage, right-click an image and select the option to copy it. In most browsers, this option’s name starts with “Copy image,” except with Internet Explorer; you will select “Properties” and then copy the URL that’s displayed.
Paste the copied URL into the Google reverse image search box, then click ‘Search’
How to upload an image – Click on ‘Upload an image’ in the search box, click the browse button and select the image from your computer.
You can also drag and drop an image to initiate a search in Chrome or Firefox 3.0+. Simply click on an image, hold down the mouse, and begin dragging it toward the search box. You should see a blue box appear, and then you can drop the image into that box.
Alternatively, you can download a browser extension for Google Chrome or Firefox to search with any image on the web, simply by right-clicking on the image. After downloading your desired browser extension, you can change the extension setting so that the camera icon appears when you hover over an image. Then you will be able to simply click on the camera icon and search by the image.
Search by image works best when the content is likely to show up in other places on the web. For this reason, you will likely get more relevant results for famous landmarks or paintings than you will for more personal images, like your favorite pet sleeping.
The results page – When you search by image, your results will look different from your normal images or web results page. The biggest difference is that your results can include non-image results like webpages that seem relevant to the image that you searched for.
Elements You Might See:
Preview image – a small version of the image that you searched with. (note that if you return to that results page after a certain time, you may not see this image anymore.)
Best guess – if Google reverse image search can find a text description for your image, you’ll see it appear as a link to further search results. You might also see a few top web results for that text query. To change your search, edit or add to the best guess by typing in the search bar.
Visually similar images – see a set of images that are close matches to the image that you searched with. Click the link to see additional images that are similar.
Pages that include matching images – web pages that show your image on their site.
Other searches related to this image – if the search system finds more than one “best guess” description, you’ll see them as links at the bottom of the page. Click one to see full search results for that query.
By using Google reverse image search you can find unauthorized copies of your photos all over the internet, including copies of those you use on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.
There are a number of fake profiles all over the social networks that try to friend you. Since most of these use stock photos or random pictures from the internet, finding fake profiles is much easier with Google reverse image search.
I personally discovered someone using my photos for a fake Facebook personal profile by using Google reverse image search. I notified Facebook immediately and the account was taken down. But, apparently this same person had several “identities” using photos he had found all over the internet.
Google reverse image search is also an excellent feature if you are trying to find the name of something or someone, whether it’s the name of a band, a plant, a bird, or a weird-looking bug your kids brought home. Just enter in the photo and it will give you the best results.
Image shows Best guess results for image searched >>
Source: Some information from Google reverse image search was obtained for this article.