BYO Image Search Lab

GlassWhich images in Alamy’s massive stock photo collection resemble the Google logo?

Or the American flag?

How about the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?

Or a No Smoking Sign?

Thanks to our new BYO Image Search Lab, you can Bring Your Own image via upload or URL and find out for yourself.

Our top-secret super cutting-edge algorithms will analyze your image and carefully determine its dominant properties. Once it learns about its shapes, colours, and textures, it will instantly summon all the pictures that your image resembles.

Go ahead, find a visually distinct image and reveal its matches. Dogs that look like baked goods, Brad Pitt who looks like… well, everyone else.

Sure, Visual Search was great for browsing, but this is even more crazy-fun!

Try it out and let us know what you think (and what kind of wacky things you managed to find) in a comment below. Have lots of fun!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Visual Search?
A. Visual search is a way to search through a collection of images by visual attributes like shape, colour, texture, etc.. Visual search does not rely on the use of keywords, watermarking or any other metadata–it relies strictly on the appearance of the image.

Q. How does it work?
A. Idée’s Visual Search uses sophisticated algorithms to analyze the visual attributes of an image, including: colours, shapes, textures, luminosity, complexity, objects, regions and many other features. These attributes form a compact digital signature that describes the appearance of each image, and these signatures are calculated by and indexed by our software. When performing a visual search, these signatures are quickly compared by our search engine to return visually similar results.