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Summary:

TinEye Reverse Image Search is a service that can search for similar images on the web. Give it a source URL and it’ll return where that image came from, if modified versions of the image exist or (usefully) if there is a higher resolution version available.

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TinEye Reverse Image Search is a service that can search for similar versions of any image on the web. Give it a source URL, and it’ll return where that image came from, how it’s being used, if modified versions of the image exist or if there is a higher resolution version. For bloggers like myself, in particular, being able to find out if a higher-resolution version of an image is available is really useful.

Unfortunately, however, the official TinEye Chrome extension doesn’t do the one thing that would be really useful: add TinEye to the context (right-click) menu. That’s a little odd, because the Firefox add-on does support the context menu, and it’s a much-requested feature in the comments on the official Chrome extension’s page. Fortunately, there’s now a third-party Chrome extension that does just that.

For example, say I’ve found an image of Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch,” and I’d like to find a higher-resolution version. With the new extension, I can now (as in the screenshot above) just right-click on the image and hit the “Search similar!” menu option. A new tab opens with my TinEye search results; in this case there are a couple of versions that are over 3,000 pixels wide, and several over 1,00o pixels wide:

If you’re a blogger, designer or anyone who frequently works with images, the third-party TinEye reverse search extension is worth downloading.

Found a useful third-party extension? Share it in the comments.

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  1. Just in case you missed it, there is now an official TinEye extension for Chrome that supports the context menu. https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/haebnnbpedcbhciplfhjjkbafijpncjl

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