Monday, 15 July 2019

Reverse Google image search

Have you ever had an image that you wanted to find on Google? As an example, I had coped part of a birthday card that I had been given a number of years ago, and put it on my noticeboard. Then I was cleaning up and reorganising the notice board, and spilled coffee on the image. I tried to clean it up, but the image disintegrated :-(

I tried hunting on Google Images (at https://www.google.co.nz/imghp?hl=en&authuser=0/), trying to explain the image in words. I tried everything I could think of, but got no results. Then I remembered having heard that you could upload an image or part of an image to look for it, so returning to Google, I ran a search for "using an image to find an image" and found a Google solution.

We can search using an existing image, or part of an image that we have already, and it is so simple I feel like a numpty for not having noticed it before. And this is a spectacular search tool. To search for an image, simply:
  1. Go to https://images.google.com/
  2. Click on the camera icon
  3. Of the two tabs showing, click on Upload an image | Choose file
  4. Select your image and click Open
  5. Google will return a list of the images which match.

You can then run a filter for large image, or select one image and so another search for similar images.

Too, too easy!


Sam

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