Want to get more information about an image? Want to find out sites that are using your image? Or, simply looking for higher resolution versions of an image? If yes, try TinEye, a reverse image search engine. TinEye allows you to search for an image to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.
TinEye is the first image search engine that use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. You can start your search by uploading your image or by enter the URL of your image. It supports JPEG, PNG and GIF images and the maximum file size limit is 1 MB. Once you hit the search button, TinEye creates a unique digital signature or ‘fingerprint’ for your image and then compares that fingerprint to other images in their index. In this way it retrieves matches and presents before you systematically. TinEye can even find a partial fingerprint match and sometimes returns pretty stunning results. Try it yourself!
For better web image search, Firefox users can use TinEye Reverse Image Search add-on. It is very easy to use. Just install it from the link below. Once it is activated, simply right-click on any web image and select “Search image on TinEye” from the context menu. Relevant results will be displayed for you at tineye.com.
To set TinEye Reverse Image Search add-on preferences go to Tools > Add-ons in the Firefox menu bar. Locate ‘TinEye Reverese Image search’ in the Add-ons window list and click the ‘Options’ button. Available options include show/hide TinEye icon in context menu, set sort order preference and set searches to open in background, foreground or current tab.
Some possible uses of TinEye:
To find out where an image came from.
To track appearance of your images online.
To find the real author of an image.
To find better quality images.
To find high resolution versions of an image.
To find funny, modified versions of popular images (just for fun)!
Download TinEye Reverse Image Search Firefox add-on: