How To Conduct A Reverse Image Search
The image search tool by Digital Web Solutions is one of the most cutting-edge tools on the web. The input methods are not limited to a single option. You can search images by:
- Directly uploading them to the tool from your computer
- Entering the image URL
- Sourcing images from Google Drive or Dropbox
- Entering a keyword related to the image you want to find
How To Conduct A Reverse Image Search Using A Smartphone Or A PC
A lot of very useful online tools are only accessible through a desktop. The reverse image lookup tool by Digital Web Solutions is not one of them. Our tool can be accessed by both, a laptop or a mobile device like a smartphone or a tablet. Let’s look at how you can use this tool on different devices:
Conducting A Reverse Image Search On An Android Or iOS smartphone or tablet
To search using an image on your smartphone or tablet, open this page on your preferred browser. Next, you can utilise any of the above-mentioned options to use the search engine and search for the source of the image you want.
Conducting A Reverse Image Search On A Windows Or MAC PC
Like most other tools, this is a PC-first tool. Because of this, if you are using a PC (regardless of the operating system your PC runs), you get an extra option to conduct an image search.
Open up this page on your preferred browser and you will see the option to “drag and drop” an image into the tool. This is the quickest way to conduct a search using our reverse image search engine. Alternatively, you can use any of the above-mentioned options to conduct the search.
Reverse Image Search: When To Use It?
This tool can be used in a variety of scenarios. Let’s understand them with a few examples.
Let’s assume you receive an interesting image from one of your colleagues. You find the image appealing and want to find more similar images. At this point, you can go to a popular search engine like Google and start searching for keywords that roughly describe the image in question. However, a picture is worth a thousand words and often, finding the right ones can prove to be a task.
This is where this tool makes your life easy. Simply enter the image into our reverse image search tool and you will be presented with a collection of similar images.
In this example, let’s assume that you have a picture of a specific object, like a table lamp. Now, you may like the lamp in the image but at the same time, not be aware who manufactures or sells that particular lamp. Alternatively, you just want to know more about the particular lamp in your image.
What do you do? You enter the image into this tool. You will then be presented with similar images, and the URL(s) of the origin website(s) of that image.
What Is Reverse Image Search? How Does An Image Based Search Engine Work?
What goes on behind the scenes of a reverse image search engine is quite complex. However, in simple words, the search engine allows the user to conduct a search using an image (instead of using a text-based or a voice-based search query).
Our reverse image search engine will provide you with other images that are relevant to the image you use to conduct the search, along with relevant information to that image. This includes information like the origin website, the websites that feature the image, the places featured in the image, and the objects featured in the image.
So, for instance, if you upload the image of a lamp in the search engine, like discussed in the example above, the results would look something like this:
A more technical explanation of how our reverse image search engine works is below:
The search engine uses a special query type to make the search possible. This query type is known by many names. The three most common names used to describe this query type are content-based image retrieval (CBIR), query by image content (QBIC), and content based visual-information retrieval (CBVIR).
Using such a query, the search engine applies computer vision and looks up similar images on the web using mathematical models. Since the image forms the search query, the user is saved from the trouble of coming up with the right keywords to enter into the search bar.
Tasks You Can Perform With An Image Search Engine
A reverse image search engine can prove to be a handy tool in a variety of situations. Below are just some of the tasks that you can perform using this tool:
Get More Information About The Objects In The Image
Remember our example of using an image of a lamp to search? When you do that, the search engine will tell you more information about the lamp like the manufacturer, the model number, and other information like where you can find the lamp. If you use it to search for the picture of a cat, you will be presented with more information about that cat like its breed and other bits of information related to that breed of cat.
Find Similar Images
Sometimes, you have an image that has the product or object you want in an image and yet, it somehow is not perfect for the purpose you have in mind. Our reverse image search tool will present you with the other versions of the same image (if they are available on the web). This may include versions that are available in a better quality, or a different image format, or simply images of the same object clicked from a different angle.
Find The Original Source Of An Image
If you have found an awesome image on the web and you want to use it on your own website, the ethical thing to do is to contact the owner of the image and ask them for permission. Sometimes, simply giving credit to the creator may also work. However, you cannot do any of those things unless you know who is the creator of the image. This tool will tell you about the original source of the image you enter into the tool.
Find Instances Of Image Plagiarization
Just like you should give credits to others when you use their images, others must do the same when they use your image. However, the web is filled with instances where someone has used an image (or other creative property) that belongs to others without permission or even giving credit.
If you have images published on the web, you can be a victim of a similar instance. By searching your image using the reverse image search tool, you can find all the places where your image has been used. Then, you can reach out to the website owners that have not taken permission or given credits and take the necessary action.
Find Backlink Opportunities
If someone has used their image on their website, it can be a lucrative opportunity to build a high quality backlink. All you need to do is inform them that they are using your image and request them to link back to your website. Once again, you can find other websites that are using your image without permission or credits using our reverse image search tool.
Get Rid Of Fake Accounts
Using someone else’s identity to create and use a social media account is an unfortunate but common practice. If you think you have fallen prey to the same, you can find out using this reverse image lookup tool. Simply use the photos on your social media profile to search with the tool and you will be presented with a list of all the websites, including social media platforms, that are using your images. Then, you can report the fake profiles on the respective social media platforms.
How To Use Reverse Search Tool By Digital Web Solutions?
The reverse image lookup tool by Digital Web Solutions is powered by a sophisticated algorithm. The algorithm has been trained to gain expertise in computer vision, pattern recognition, and photo lookup.
Combining these technologies with information pulled from the databases of top search engines like Google, Bing, and Yandex (among others), the search engine is capable of returning best-match results for any image you use to search on it. The tool is compatible with all of the popular image formats including JPEG, JPG, PNG, WebP, and GIF.
To conduct a search, simply upload the photo you want to use as your search query to the search bar. As mentioned earlier, you can also use photos present in your Google Drive and Dropbox folders. Once you have uploaded the image, click on the ‘Search’ button and let the tool take care of the rest.
All the image results presented by the Digital Web Solutions Image Lookup Tool are sourced from the databases of top search engines. Moreover, all the images that you use to conduct searches on this tool are absolutely safe. We don’t sell your data to others or save it for any purpose. When you use our tool to get compiled results from the top search engines, you can rest assured that your data is completely secure during the process.