It seems rather likely that if you are searching for an image, that you would want to find the largest version of that image, right?
TinEye has a set of features that allow you to find the largest image in your TinEye results. This can be helpful in finding out additional information about the image you are looking for. For example, let’s say you are trying to find the owner of an image but you have a massive list of results to scan through. By using the “Biggest Image” feature, the highest resolution image jumps right to the top. In most cases the owner of the image has the largest version of that image. Tons of TinEye users have found image owners this way. Yay!
Take a look at how to easily use our “Biggest Image” feature.
First, pick a photo to search. Hi Mona!
Next, go to TinEye.
Now, either upload your Mona Lisa image to TinEye or use your image URL to start your TinEye search. Check out your results!
Click on “Biggest Image” to sort the TinEye search results by image size.
Check out this generated list and how the biggest image jumps to the top of the list like magic.
Here are the details you want to keep your eye open for. In this case the image size is 7854×11498 57.3 MG.
Now you’re set with your searched image in all it’s high res glory. Happy searching!
It’s no secret that we here at TinEye HQ are very fond of les animaux. So what better way to celebrate the Toronto Wildlife Center’s (TWC) 21st anniversary then by throwing a YOU ARE AWESOME party!
It’s Easy. You can do it too.
Support a good cause or organization. We decided on the TWC because they just saved 40 bats and they can take x-rays of dinosaur birds. Check. We’ll, not dinosaur birds but hawks! But we got yOu there didn’t we?
(Incredible x-ray of a red-tailed hawk with an egg inside! She was admitted with wounds after a fight with another hawk, but is expected to make a full recovery. )
Step 2. Invite friends and fellow Awesome animal-loving humans to make, write, send cards.
Step 3. Make make make. since the idea was to make cards, hand write a message and mail, we came up with an ingenious idea: the more you make, the more we donate! For every card written, we donated $5 to the Toronto Wildlife Center.
Step 4. Sugar rush. Cause who doesn’t love candy!
Step 4. Post.
Some cards were headed as far as Taiwan and Australia!
Step 5. Have fun!
Who knew how much fun it could be to send a hand-written card again? Apart from all the love we sent around the world, we were able to make a $1,000 donation to the Toronto Wildlife Center.
And that’s how TinEye does AWESOME!
Doubleplus Chutzpah or when a company in your industry helps itself to your images!
Sometimes what we find when we look at where our TinEye graphics appear on the web (we are an image search company after all!) is not really surprising. Like our corporate logo in the profile of an Elance designer we don’t even know! That’s not news as this type of thing happens everyday on the web. And by the way @elance can you please take care of this? I am pretty sure the designer who claims to have designed the logos/brands for TinEye, SquareSpace and Python is perhaps, maybe, lying? Just a little bit? :)
Or when we see our TinEye robot copied (poorly) and used in a video game.
But imagine our surprise when we saw one of our images appear on the website of a visual search company!
Seriously guys? Did you just Google for “visual search” and used the first image you liked? I am DISAPPOINTED.
A bit of background: when we launched TinEye in beta, our great friend Alistair Morton from Wise and Hammer took his creative skills and doodled a TinEye logo as a design experiment. We all know how the TinEye logo was born – but in its early days, he drank some java and visually searched photos.
This baby TinEye was fun to play with at the time. We have fond memories of all the scribbles and the conversations about the TinEye robot. Should he have an eye or two, legs or wheels? What should he be doing? TinEye today is all grown up but when we come across his young self, well it took us back in time.
So thank you ImageVision, for that little jaunt down memory lane. But hey please be a darling and update your page and stop stealing. Perhaps you could spring for a bit of design work? We could recommend a few good people :). Deal?
And yes, TinEye fans, we know exactly how you feel when you find someone using your image. I am sure we will hear all the classic excuses (our designer did it, we did not know etc etc) but truth be told it was a top search result on Google and kind of pretty :)
The winter has taken hold of our awesome city and for the 3 people in Toronto (including myself) who love the winter, this winter has delivered! But have you seen the wonderful Lovebots all over the city? Are they warming your hearts yet?
We have welcomed our own lovebot in the TinEye HQ and are super excited to find him a spot in front of the TinEye HQ building. That won’t happen until spring though as it is a bit difficult right now to work outside. These wonderful concrete robot with their bright red hearts are telling the wonderful stories of people who helped make Toronto and the world a better place. Basically people who help make the world suck a little less – and you know how much we are proud of doing that in our awesome city!
Matthew Del Degan who is the artist and designer who created the Lovebots with his team has planted the seeds of a Love Invasion which aims to evoke a sense of wonder in the hearts and lives of people around the world, emanating from Lovebot’s home city of Toronto. Matthew and his team have placed over a hundred hand-cast concrete Lovebots throughout the city of Toronto. The Lovebots started as a sticker, perhaps some of you have seen the bright robot stickers all over the city, but now these wonderful concrete robots are gracing awesome locations all over Toronto.
When Matthew and his team visited our TinEye HQ to deliver our Lovebot, he explained that his Love Invasion project was the first project created under The Sandbox Society Inc., that was initiated to encourage Torontonians to reflect on their surroundings and become thankful for the small, good deeds that constantly go unnoticed. His Lovebots are made from customized concrete molds and when completed they are over 200 pounds. We will be placing our Lovebot outside as soon as spring arrives in Toronto, so stay tuned for a follow up post. In the meantime, join us by starting 2014 by spreading love, happiness, compassion and kindness all around you.
Our TinEye Lovebot greats us everyday as we enter the TinEye HQ. He is patiently waiting for the weather to improve so as to get outside.
Love & Peace. And good times.
We have a few TinEye browser extension updates to tell you about. The extensions let you search for images with just a right click, to make TinEye searches as easy as can be! (An odd note: we call them plugins, but these days all the browsers call them extensions. But they used to call them various things, including plugins.)
The biggest news: we have a new Opera extension that works with the new Opera. Good idea, what? Lots of people were asking for this one, and now it’s here.
The smallest news: the Chrome extension no longer demands to see all your data. We really only need to know what page you are on, and to get the images from it, which is about as simple as it gets. Chrome figured that the easy way was just to read everything about you, and many people didn’t like that. They were right to worry of course, but Chrome wasn’t giving us any choice. Well now they have, so our extension no longer asks for anything special, and we can all relax!
Here’s the Big Brother message that used to appear when you were about to install the Chrome extension:
And here is the simple, non-threatening question you get now:
What a relief.
And finally, there’s the Firefox extension update. This was actually a while ago, but we figured you’d like to know about it anyway. With the new 1.1 version you can search for images that used to be out of reach, such as ones with https (s for secure) links, like those on Facebook. You can also search for an image which is being displayed without an actual web page, which you may see when you ask for a larger version of an image on a page.
Unfortunately, those improvements in the Firefox extension are not possible in the other browsers, handy though they would be.
So, if you haven’t got the TinEye extension in your browser, just go to our plugin page and click the big friendly button with your browser’s logo in it. We’ll give you our latest and greatest.
Today, we are introducing two new options: “newest” and “oldest”. These sort functions are date specific. The “newest” sort order displays the TinEye image results most recently found by TinEye’s web-crawlers at the top. The “Oldest” does the opposite, showing the earliest crawled images at the top. This is handy of course for anyone who is researching an image and trying to find out when it started appearing online, doing image verification or simply like a lot of our TinEye fans unearthing fake images. I am sure that you all still remember the slew of fake Hurricane Sandy images that flooded the social networks and the web!
Love the Hardboiled Inc folks producing our TinEye tshirts! I still remember when they opened up their shop in Kensington Market in Toronto in 2001!
We have been playing with a few designs and are really excited to see them next week (we hope!).
Our TinEye friend Reg Braithwaite nails it with his tweet this morning which brought roars of laughter to our office:
But all hilarity aside: it seems that SixDead Entertainment (based in Montreal!) has simply ripped off our (awesome) TinEye robot. We understand. TinEye is an awesome robot, he is cute, steely, has great vision, works hard and is really powerful at searching for images. We understand how our TinEye robot could also make a fantastic bug squashing robot, but really we would rather our robot stayed away from bugs all together. So SixDead Entertainment: please stop using our TinEye robot before we send out the blood hounds (they won’t be very friendly, as opposed to our TinEye robot).
I know you guys want to be known for “working hard to become well-established makers of mobile games” but I think we need to start with the basics here: not stealing other company’s characters? Do we have a deal?
TinEye and bugs: TinEye does not look happy. This is not the reverse image searching he signed up for!
We also don’t really like what @SixDeadGames has done to our poor TinEye robot above. Where are his arms? Perhaps you would like us to send you some high resolution files?
I think we just did. Catch you that is.
No. But we would like you to solve this little challenge instead: Remove our TinEye robot from your game and replace it with another robot – preferably not stolen from anywhere else? Deal?
If you haven’t tried our color search, go ahead and try it now. Warning: this is highly addictive! We also release a color extraction tool whereby you can extract all the colors present in an image, give it a whirl in our lab as well. Color search 101 and color extraction 101 cover the basics of the color search and extraction you can use in the lab and the API has been released too, we call it MulticolorEngine.
Many of our TinEye fans have asked us about the history of the TinEye robot, if the robot has a name, how was it created? and if TinEye itself was inspired by Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy (it was not). So we thought to start off the new year we would reminisce with Stephen DesRoches about creating the TinEye robot. We invited Stephen to tell you the story from his designer perspective.
We love robots, machines, and all things mechanical. In fact, our TinEye office is filled with mechanical friends! A little history: back in 2000 when we were brainstorming cool names for our image recognition technology, it was no surprise that robots came to mind. Not just any robots, but those awesome tin toy robots of yore. Yes, futuristic robots trump our human abilities in so many ways: their tin arms are stronger, their tin brains are faster, and their ‘tin eyes’ are keener… Et voilà, the birth of TinEye! Well not really, as when we registered TinEye in the year 2000 – oh that has a nice ring to it – there was no TinEye, no reverse image search engine and no image recognition breakthroughs yet. There was a team, excited about changing the world of image search, and the rest as they say is history! So grab a coffee and let’s journey back in time with Stephen.
Talking about robots
It was 2003 when I first met Leila and Paul during a demo of their pretty amazing image recognition technology. The idea of searching for images with other images was a new concept for me but as this technology advanced and we (silverorange and Idée Inc) became friends, it was not long before we were working together.
Fast forward to when TinEye was being developed and prepared for the world stage, I was given the opportunity and challenge to create a mascot, a logo, and an identity for the service: reverse image searching. This brand needed to represent speed and efficiency. It also needed to be friendly and have a great personality. TinEye’s reverse image search was magical and I needed to create a brand to impart that magic. Given the team’s love for robots, magic and speed, we all very quickly converged on a robot. But what kind of robot?
Drawing a robot
TinEye is a fun brand but a mysterious one. While fun — it’s not childish. It’s fast, but comes with a level of mystery. Most of us could not explain how the TinEye technology works (well of course except the engineering team). We just accept and expect that it does. So how can we illustrate all of this with a single mascot brand?
Starting is always difficult. I can spend days simply thinking about possibilities before ever picking up a pen. As a first step, I allow ideas to come and go while randomly throwing everything down on paper. Here are some of those initial ideas.
And from that long list, we start to eliminate. Everything that doesn’t work for any reason at all has to go. One round at a time, we narrow the potential candidates down.
From round 1, some of the robots we had a hard time eliminating included these, specially the sorting robot at his desk:
Selecting just one
After much debate, the speedy one wheel robot won us all over. It was time to focus and expand on that single concept. How would this robot look in full color?
Adjustments and final revisions
The problem with the robot above was that he didn’t look fast. He was heavy looking missing the goals of speed and efficiency. Below is the finalized robot. With small adjustments to a slightly more football-player-like shape, the slimmer and lighter colours were necessary improvements.
Speed? Yes. He could out run all of us.
Efficiency? Yes. Flexible rubber-like arms great for picking images.
Magical? Yes. How do the floating parts stay together?
Friendly? Yes. Well, he sure doesn’t look evil.
Personality? Yes. Loads of it!
Playing with emotion
The eyes are very powerful. The entire mood of an illustration can be altered by changing only the eyes and nothing demonstrates this better than the Pixar film Wall-e. A story without words but full of emotion. This alone provides the opportunity to use the robot in unique ways throughout the TinEye site.
Dissecting the illustration
At the root of all illustrations, it’s simply a stack of individual shapes (mostly created with the pen tool). Here is a look at all those layers and a fun way to see how TinEye was created.
TinEye Services for Business
Now that we look back at 2012, We spent the better part of the year working on TinEye Services for Business. This gave me the chance once again to experiment with many more fun story lines… and colour.
And of course, TinEye Labs, a place to show off current and future technologies and projects.
If you know the TinEye team, you will know that they are super friendly to wildlife and in addition to robots have a passion for animals. This is of course awesome when your office includes a garden where wildlife can be observed, but perhaps not such a good thing when you are building a new product brand. In the midst of our robot designs we decided — as a team — to experiment with an owl.
In design – very much like software development – going from point A to point B is not always done through a clearly defined road. On the path to the TinEye robot, our strongest alternative contender was an Owl. To create the owl – there are many types of owls – we started by drawing a series of owls and eliminating the ones we did not like or were difficult to build into a character. A lot of work and efforts but this was necessary for consideration but proved and confirmed our robot was the right choice. Here is the mascot that could have been TinEye. We can’t imagine TinEye not being a robot!