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visual search engines

Do you have an image, and you’d like to find other images that look like it? Or find out where the image might have come from? Or find out more information about it? Try a visual search!

Google Images just launched a new visual search feature – just drag and drop an image file into the search box, and Google will search the web for similar images. (Try Firefox if this doesn’t work for you in IE.)


TinEye Reverse Image Search is another visual search engine.  TinEye is especially useful for finding higher resolution versions of the image you have, images that may be altered versions of your image, or to see how your image is being used on the web.

Another type of visual search engine is Multicolr Search Lab. Multicolr allows you to search Flickr Creative Commons images by color. This is the tool to use if you need images with a particular color or color combination for your project.

For more on visual search engines, see the Starting Points page of the UW Libraries’ Images Guide.

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  1. Emily Keller
    July 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I’m loving this Multicolr Search Lab! Thanks for pointing out these tools!

  2. Maury
    May 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I use Macroglossa. ( http://www.macroglossa.com ). It’s a real visual search engine, not only a reverse engine.

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