Locating a picture

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by zoran, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. zoran macrumors 68040

    Jun 30, 2005
    Is there a way to locate from which image bank might a picture be purchased from? I have nothing, no name, no hint, only the picture it self in low resolution! Im looking for a service like the one that exists for fonts where one would send in a picture (or a scan) of a phrase written with it, and then the results would indicate possible font families that match the picture.
  2. Apple Key macrumors 6502a

    Apple Key

    Jan 4, 2012
    Try google image search. Click on the camera icon in the search field, and upload the image to see if you can locate it that way.

  3. zoran thread starter macrumors 68040

    Jun 30, 2005
    Hmm pretty good, i had no idea google could do this, many thanks!
    Although i do wonder if there is a more sophisticated tool, that would be able to distinguish a photo that would have taken part in a retouching. Of course im not talking about extensive retouching, but a small collage of photos. Perhaps if i would isolate some of the pics, would i then be able to have a successful result?
  4. Apple Key macrumors 6502a

    Apple Key

    Jan 4, 2012
    I don't know if there are other options either. I think your idea of splitting up the image is probably the best way to do it.
  5. needlnerdz macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2006
    Having done some research in this field- there's a few really useful tools for doing what you want, often known as 'reverse image' search.

    Even has ability to find source image within a remixed or photoshopped image. Also useful for finding higher res copies of web/thumbnails you have.
    (if the image was a composite of a few parts.. then good idea to upload a cropping of your main interested area)

    Similar to Tineye- but I believe more intended to be hired by the various photostock agencies or photographers to make sure people aren't infringing on their images = might be perfect for finding the match in a given photo agency.

    Those are the two big ones I know of- google of course has the giant database behind them, however it's from EVERYWHERE.. and often still using text tags rather than just the image... nevertheless great for finding 'similar' images by formal qualities.
  6. zoran thread starter macrumors 68040

    Jun 30, 2005
    Many, many, many thanks for the extensive info! :)

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