A simple TinEye tutorial

For anyone who is new to TinEye (welcome!), or who just wants to brush up on the basics, here is a tutorial covering all of the essentials:

  • Search using the website
  • Search using the plugin
  • Find the largest image, or the most transformed image
  • Compare results to the original image
  • Share your results

Search using the website

The website offers two methods of search: by URL or by upload.

To search by upload (i.e. search for an image on your local hard drive), just click the ‘Browse’ button and locate the file that you would like to search for.

To search by URL, just paste the address of the page or image that you would like to search. For example:

  • This is an image URL: https://blog.ideeinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/TinEye-Heart.jpg
  • And this is a page URL: https://blog.ideeinc.com/2010/02/23/tineye-index/
  • You can also paste a whole domain URL: https://blog.ideeinc.com

If you search for a page or domain URL that contains more than one image, TinEye will ask you which image it is that you want to search for. Just click on the one you want.

Search using the plugin

We’ve got a plugin for Firefox, for Chrome and for IE. We’ve also got a bookmarklet that will work with any javascript-enabled browser.

For the plugin, simply right-click on any web image (it won’t work with images on your local hard drive) and select TinEye from the context menu.

You will be whisked away to the TinEye website to see your results.

Find the largest image, or the most transformed image

To find the largest or most transformed image in a set of search results, simply take advantage of the ‘Sort’ option on the left side of the screen.

‘Best Match’ is the default sort option and shows the images that are closest to your original image first.

‘Most Changed’ shows the images that are the most transformed from your original image first (i.e. the images that have been edited the most heavily).

‘Biggest Image’ shows you–you guessed it–the highest-resolution version of the image in your search results first.

Compare results to the original image

The ‘Compare’ tool lets you quickly switch back and forth between your result image and your original image. This animates any differences between the two images, making changes easier to see. It’s especially handy if you’ve sorted by ‘Most Changed’ and your image matches have been heavily edited.

Share your results

If you would like to share your search results with others, you can do this easily via Twitter, Facebook, or pretty  much any other social media. Just use the ‘Share’ tools on the left side of the results screen.

If you want to share an individual match instead of the whole page of results, you can do that too. Click on ‘Link’ underneath the match that you want to share, and you’ll get a permalink to the results for just that particular image match.

And there you have it! All you need to get started as a TinEye power-user. Now get out there and put those skills to use!


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Elbnymphes Nécessaire: TinEye « Elbnymphes Endnoten Apr 29 10 at 12:03 pm

This is fantastic but wondering if it is possible to sort images by date uploaded or if there is any other way to identify who is the true copyright holder for images searched? Would be great to be able to credit image creator when using creative commons images (and to know if copyright owners request that images not be re-used). Thanks very much!

Greg Jun 23 10 at 8:07 am

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