- TinEye: Sleuth in Advertising
Camera shopping is hard work. Over the past ten years I’ve purchased three digital cameras, and each purchase was more difficult than the last. Thankfully sites like Digital Photography Review, and Steve’s Digicams have made it easier because the camera companies are not exactly objective.
One thing I learned today is that camera manufacturers don’t necessarily use images that come from their cameras. For example, this Sony DSC-T3 viewfinder implies that the image is being captured by the camera. In actual fact, it’s a photodisc stock photo that predates the camera by years, and was likely taken with a film camera costing thousands.
- Angry baby meets TinEye
Yes, everyone’s favourite irate infant has made it to the Idée blog.
And what could be more amusing than the original shot of this cranky little fellow? Well let me tell you, that would be the TinEye embeddable “angry baby’ widget, showcasing the many creative edits folks have made to this belligerent baby’s photo. How did we do it? We used TinEye to locate copies of the image from all across the web.
From rockstar face paint to pirate eye patches and green skin, angry baby is certainly a favourite for all of you out there when it comes to digitally altering pics you’ve found online.
Not familiar with TinEye? TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology. You give it an image (like angry baby here) and TinEye tells you where and how that image appears all over the web—even if it has been modified.
And modified it has been! Out of the 216 copies TinEye found online, here are 25 of the more interesting edits to this terror of a tot.
And you can share and embed any of the widgets we’ve whipped up based on your cool search recommendations. There’s George Bush, hello kitty, the Beatles and many more. If you haven’t seen them yet just swing on over to the TinEye widget page and grab your favourite to post for your friends.
- ars technica reviews TinEye
Jacqui Cheng from ars technica took TinEye for a spin and shared her thoughts on our image search engine, saying:
Our opinion of the site transformed from skeptical to impressed as we used it more and more. It’s obviously not meant for casual web browsing or finding out what that crazy animal you saw on the side of the road is. However, if you are trying to keep track of how your creations are used across the web, or you saw an image and want to find out where it came from, TinEye is incredibly useful.
And we are still in beta, building our index and working on some amazing new features that will make your TinEye search experience even better.
Read the rest of the ars technica review >>
- TinEye: a photographer’s best friend
In Visual search engine is photographer’s best friend PC Pro’s Stuart Turton takes a peek at TinEye and some applications of our image identification technology.
Turton also notes:
TinEye could provide an entirely new way for image companies and amateur photographers to track how and where their images are being used, without the need for digital watermarks.
Yes, TinEye can. TinEye answers two simple questions for anyone: “where is an image appearing” and “how is it being used?”. If you are wondering “where” and “how” then TinEye is for you. And we have some great plans for our users.
- TinEye now in open beta
Greetings, TinEyers! Good news for those of you looking for invites to share with friends, or those of you who have not had a chance to create an account yet. TinEye is now in open beta, which means that signup is instant and anyone can join the fun!
To create a free, instant account, just visit the TinEye website and click on the ‘Sign up now!’ link. You will need to verify your email address first, but once you’re done you can go ahead and search to your heart’s content.
And if you are as excited about TinEye as we are (and believe me, we’re an excitable bunch), then feel free to spread the word.
Photo by Justin Marty
- Just the FAQs please
Who knew a FAQ could be so convincing?
At first glance the service by new image search engine TinEye seems to be a great way of seeing if there are multiples of any image on the web. After looking at their FAQ I decided I liked it a lot more.
Nice to hear that our TinEye FAQ rocks! We have tried to answer most questions that come to mind when you are a first time TinEye user and wondering what this search engine is really all about.
The alterations and edits are pretty cool, even with text and images obscuring the original, TinEye found them. Here are just a few…
- TinEye, data miner
Happy Thursday, friends. Today’s TinEye tip includes a cool search submitted by Larry.
What if someone has sent you an image, maybe via email, maybe they shared it on Facebook or ffffound. You love it and would like to use it as a screen saver, or perhaps in a blog post. The problem? Your friend can’t remember where he got it and there are no details about the original photographer included with the image. Even the filename can’t help you. What do you do?
Well, Larry knows. Use TinEye. He uploaded a screen shot of an image he had on his desktop and voila!
TinEye located the original image and the original owner on Flickr. It’s a great shot by Bob from Lynchburg, Virginia.
TinEye makes it easy to locate images online, it also helps you figure out who owns the image you are using and allows you to provide proper attribution. TinEye is a connector: it connects image lovers with the photographers they are inspired by.
- TinEyeing with iPhone’s Safari
Ever wanted to see where and how an image on a web page is being used but were away from your desktop computer? Well now you can on devices like the iPhone using our new bookmarklet!
Once you have added the TinEye Images bookmarklet in your desktop Safari and have synced the bookmarks with the iPhone, follow these steps:
1. Visit any website
2. Select the TinEye Images bookmark
3. Wait for images to be fetched from page
4. Choose an image
5. View results!
6. If you want, zoom in!
- Battle Logo
So I happened upon a discussion about what logo was most popular online and wondered what the results would be if I did a search for major brands and their logos using TinEye. Battle Logo, begin!
From the 30 odd logos I searched, one stood above them all for online representation (within TinEye‘s index of over 700,000,000 images, that is).
#10 Apple (with 204 results)
#9 American Express (with 225 results)
#8 Ferrari (with 409 results)
#6 Coke (with 523 results)
#5 Starbucks (with 766 results)
#4 Volkswagon (with 781 results)
#3 HP (with 957 results)
#2 Wikipedia (with exactly 1000 results)
and the #1 logo?
YouTube (with 1081 results)
(Yes, this has no statistical validity…but it sure was fun! Found a better logo for the #1 spot? Let us know!)
Update: Stu sent us an email to let us know that the Firefox logo was way ahead of YouTube, checking in at 1366 results. Nice search. Google is still in the lead, as pointed out by Leila in our comments. Which logo will beat Google’s hefty 6479?
- Have image, will TinEye
Glen, an art director and and graphic designer, sent us this cool search and said “this image shows the various steps and elements used in a tutorial.” What a great search.
TinEye is a handy tool that can help you to learn more about how an image was created, whether it was photoshopped and perhaps even locate some additional background information on the image. Your results will depend on what information others have posted online along with the specific image you are searching for.
In this case TinEye located Craig Henry’s 2006 tutorial on how to create this ‘alien invasion’ image. And what’s neat is that each of the steps in the tutorial has a slightly different version of the image and TinEye located each one, 14 in total.
Would you have guessed that the space ship in this image was actually made by combining parts of images from the front of a corvette and a canon camera lens? Craig’s a pretty creative guy! And now that I know who shot and edited this image I can also post it with proper attribution.
What if you have an image but don’t know anything about it? Try TinEye.
** Image: Craig Henry