Here is a great image research solution offered by Google that you may have recently overlooked, and interestingly enough, the technology has been available since 2011.
Google Reverse Image Search is a service provided by Google Images that allows you to quickly discover similar images. This technology was added to the Google images search engine way back in 2011, and uses a content-based image retrieval query technique to populate its results. The best part about GRIM search is how easy it is to use!
How To Use Google Reverse Image Search
In most cases, publishers are able to use the reverse search function to find the original source of an image or to research the publication date of a photo. Image creators or professional photographers also can research who has placed an image on a website without proper permissions. Other reasons to use Google Reverse Image Search include:
- Locating the original source of an image
- Finding a higher resolution of an image
- Discover websites where images appear
- Find the original content creator or publication date of an image
- Get information about a particular image
- Research who has placed an image on a website without permission
Step 1: Navigate to https://images.google.com
Step 2: Click on the camera icon located inside of the search bar.
Step 3: Next, you will receive a pop-up window allowing you to choose to insert a image URL or upload an image.
In my tutorial, I will be uploading my own image. Here is my example image.
Step 4: Choose an image from your computer and proceed to upload the image. Once the image is uploaded, you will be presented with a search engine results page that displays your photo details.
The search results page is broken down into a few key areas:
- possible related search
- visually similar images
- pages that include matching images
The results are generated after your image is compared with billions of other images in Google’s databases.
We hope this tutorial has helped you utilize this feature of Google Images.