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Find almost any image's source on the Internet

by Jason GreenJune 15, 2010

Ever see a really neat wallpaper but it was the screen shot of someone’s desktop? Wish you could find the source on the internet?Or maybe you have an old image and can’t remember where it came from? Well this just happened to Shawn on http://lofitribe.com/church-art-for-the-ugly-hero/ and finding the source image is actually very easy, thanks to a free service called “Tin Eye” As of 2010-01-21, TinEye claims to have indexed over 1,276,899,174 images for comparisons! Usage is simple: First right click the image you want to find the source of, and click copy image location (In Firefox or Chrome) and paste it into the right hand box on tineye.com and press enter. It’s that simple! To reiterate (Some people like step by steps)

Tineye.com The Image Search Engine

  1. First get the URL of an image, or have one ready to upload.
  2. Then go to http://tineye.com and upload the image or paste the URL to a hosted image.
  3. When checking out the results, I often click on biggest to try to find the source.
  4. Pro Tip: If there is not many results, then find the biggest you can, and get it’s URL and search for that one instead. Often you’ll find that this provides better results if your source image is small or blurry. – I’ve done that many times 🙂

I’ll post a Screencast tonight!

About The Author
Jason Green
The writer and owner of Green Complex, Jason is an A+ Certified for Computer Hardware egghead and Eagle Scout since 1999 but has been building computers and programming for much longer. An enthusiast to say the least, his hobbies also include photography, video games, and reading. See his proficiencies on Smarterer.

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