Friday, March 29, 2013

Using Google Reverse Image Search

Don't you hate it when you click on a pin from Pinterest and it's a dead link?There's nothing worse than having your heart set on making something only to not be able to find the how-to.  Or maybe you want to use a photo in a blog post, but you can't find the source anywhere.  

Luckily, Google has made it easier to find the image source by allowing users to do a reverse image search.  I'm coming out of blogger hibernation to show you how to do it.  

For my example, I'll use a photo a FB friend posted today, without providing a source.  Aren't these the cutest little bunny coats???  Wouldn't you just love to know where to find them??  Yeah, me too!

To find the source:
Save image to your computer.
Go to Google.

Once there, click on Images (top left of screen).

Then click on the camera icon (inside search bar).

Now click on upload image and then choose file.  

Once you've done that, find and upload your saved photo.  Google will automatically begin searching for photo sources.

My image search came up with 2 possible sources.  Sometimes pages of sources will come up depending on how many times the photo has been pinned or blogged about so you may have to do a little detective work.  I've found that just looking at the link results being displayed can rule out many.  For example, I ignore any Pinterest links because they're likely to lead you to the same broken link.  I've done this about a dozen times and I can safely say that the originating source will most likely be on the first page of the results.  

Most of the time, you'll find yourself at the originating source, but not always.  You may still need to do a little more digging.  For example, this link led me to a post where this image was featured. 

Luckily, the source was provided and I was able to find the place where the photo originally came from. Yay!

Hopefully this will be helpful to some of you.  Now can I ask a favor of you?  Once you find the original source, would you pretty please pin from the correct place and delete the old pin?  There are so many bad pins out there and it's a shame that things don't get pinned to the appropriate sites.  

4 crafty peeps said:

  1. Oh my gosh, this is genius! Thanks so much! Yay!
    Happy Easter, friend! Hope all is well!
    Hugs xxx

    1. Thanks, girlie! Happy Easter to you guys too!

  2. I had no idea you could do that! Thanks for sharing!

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