Did you know that you can search for images across the web just by dropping the image into the Google image search field?
Go to Google and search for an image (click on “images”):
This takes you to the image search:
Now you can simply drop images from your desktop, say, onto the search field (where it now says “google” in the image above) – and it will expand and search.
And now, Google does two things:
- It displays all uses of that exact image that it has found on the Internet;
- It also shows similar images, with a very clever algorithm that searches for similar-looking images by shape and colour.
Amazing. And enlightening, quite often. This Hongkong-based outfit used one of my images without permission (I am now talking to them); and this Vietnamese person did the same, with the same image. And that’s after just a few minutes searching random images. I suppose some more searching is called for!
If you have not yet used this incredible search function, I suggest you give it a try. Start with images you yourself have blogged, so you can see that it does indeed work.
You can also use TinEye to do this. I think it might even be better. Never done a test though.
Very true. I last tested it a while ago and it wasn’t very good – it was still a beta and its database was very small. But worth a try.
Thanks for the tip. I tried Google and did find one of my images being used commercially. From your experience what is the best way to approach the company? Many thanks for a great blog and a super resource.
Email them and be positive. Explain that you are sure they will do teh honourable thing and pay. Suggest a rate.