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Find Stolen Images with TinEye Reverse Image Search

Posted · Category: Stock Photos, Tools

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye 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 on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks.

When you submit an image to be searched, TinEye creates a unique and compact digital signature or ‘fingerprint’ for it, then compares this fingerprint to every other image in their index to retrieve matches. TinEye can even find a partial fingerprint match.

TinEye does not typically find similar images; it finds exact matches including those that have been cropped, edited or resized. I have found TinEye very useful, you can easily find out who has stolen your images from your website or portfolio. You can see how powerful TinEye is by checking out their search examples.

TinEye Reverse Image Search

Source: http://tineye.com/

10 Comments
  • Dann

    Genius!

  • david

    There’s a neat way to use tineye to find your cartoon avatar’s identical twin:

    http://www.ehow.com/how_4875324_avatar-twin.html

    Not protecting the world from plagiarism, but still, it’s kind of funny.

  • http://www.mlk83.com Matt

    yeah love this site

  • Johan

    Methinks this can become a great tool for detecting Phising Scams.

  • Johan

    @david

    I get 107 twins lol

  • idee

    it works only if the pixel set, on the image used as a reference, is similar to the set of pixels and it’s placement on the similiar images, just do the horizontal flip of the image and this will not return you any result

  • Andrew

    I’ve tried this many times and found that it really doesn’t work that well. Yes, it works sometimes, but the results are so sporadic that it becomes more of an annoyance to try to use as a good solid resource than not.

  • http://marhendraputra.co.cc Marhendra Putra

    thank’s for giving information about this tools

  • Suzan

    doesnt work… I tried many different pictures and didnt get a single result… what a waste of time

  • Lotus

    It works perfectly. The fact that you uploaded some obscure photo is beside the point. You can’t expect it to catalogue every single photo available online. But the number is growing constantly

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