Find the original image source with TinEye

One of my biggest online pet peeves is when people don’t properly credit photos. (I’m sure you’ve realized this any time I mention tumblr on here.) It’s especially frustrating when I want to share a photo on Four Leaf Clover and can’t track the image back to the original source. My life just got a lot easier thanks to TinEye.

TinEye is “the Google of images”. You just put in a link to a photo or upload an image from your computer, and TinEye does the searching for you. It doesn’t always find any results because, according to the site, their site hasn’t scanned the pages that have the image you’re looking for yet. When it does work, though, it’s a huge help! Take this image (shown above) for example. I found it on The Pursuit Aesthetic‘s tumblr page and couldn’t find it no matter how hard I looked. I put in the image address into TinEye’s search and came up with these 10 results, including the original.

Check out the video below and the site to find out more and have fun searching and finding!


Hannah (Culture Connoisseur)
22 June 2011 - 4:35 pm

Ooooo. What a great tool! Thanks for sharing. That’ll save all of us a hassle come post time.

22 June 2011 - 5:24 pm

This is great! And this got me thinking… you could set up a whole business on “Ethical Blogging”…. I can see it now!

Meghan @ Wishful Thinking
22 June 2011 - 9:48 pm

Hooray! About time this nifty site happened! How clever!

Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons*
22 June 2011 - 11:08 pm

I came across this site about a month ago! Genius!

23 June 2011 - 12:57 am

I so want to do this for all the photos I’ve posted like, everywhere, but it will take tooooo long!!! but it is an amazing service!

23 June 2011 - 2:30 am

The issue of crediting and sourcing is so important and is something that I really care about. It’s a shame that it is so easy to post these days without giving any credit to the person who the image (design/art etc.) belong to.
It’s a great tool but some of the photos I’ve found (especially on tumblr and Pinterest) are untraceable.
I never post a photo, as beautiful as it is and as much as I want to, without proper credit. I find it annoying to hear that people simple don’t have the time to find the source. Not cool in my book.

Thanks for sharing this!!!

Marjorie Rose
23 June 2011 - 5:12 am

This is so relevant today, especially for the many images we download on a monthly basis. I’ve bookmarked the site for future reference. Thank you!

Misty :)
23 June 2011 - 4:28 pm

Ha! That is pretty awesome! I didn’t know they made something that could find the original source for you! Its amazing what people can do with technology these days!!

23 June 2011 - 8:07 pm

wow! yet another incredibly helpful blogger tool. how do you find all this stuff? i can’t tell you how many times i’ve tried to follow photos i find on pinterest or weheartit back to the original source, only to go round and round without ever finding it. i want to give credit the photographer/artist, but that’s hard to do a lot of the times. i also have some photos i saved years ago, and now have no idea where i found them. thank you so much for sharing this site!

Belly B
23 June 2011 - 9:24 pm

This is SOOOO USEFUL!!! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

<3 Belly B

23 June 2011 - 9:31 pm

oh this is such a fantastic find!!

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