Reverse Image Searching Is Easier Than You Think
October 6, 2016
One of the newest forms of search is using actual images. All search engines from Google to Bing to DuckDuckGo have an image search option, where using keywords you can find an image to your specifications. It seemed to be a thing of the future to use an actual image to power a search, but it has actually been around for a while. The only problem was that reverse image searching sucked and returned poor results.
Now the technology has improved, but very few people actually know how to use it. ZDNet explains how to use this search feature in the article, “Reverse Image Searching Made Easy…”. It explains that Google and TinEye are the best way to begin reverse image search. Google has the larger image database, but TinEye has the better photo experts. TinEye is better because:
TinEye’s results often show a variety of closely related images, because some versions have been edited or adapted. Sometimes you find your searched-for picture is a small part of a larger image, which is very useful: you can switch to searching for the whole thing. TinEye is also good at finding versions of images that haven’t had logos added, which is another step closer to the original.
TinEye does have its disadvantages, such as outdated results and not being able to find them on the Web. In some cases Google is the better choice as one can search by usage rights. Browser extensions for image searching are another option. Lastly if you are a Reddit user, Karma Decay is a useful image search tool and users often post comments on the image’s origin.
The future of image searching is now.