Tips and Tricks – Protecting yourself and your artwork using Google Image Search
A friend introduced me to a neat way you can utilize Google to search the web easily for your images.
In this day and age we as artists have to be vigilant in keeping an eye open on the web for our artwork to show up in places we didn’t give permission for it to be. Largely to be sure our work isn’t being sold or misappropriated in any way. (It happens quite a bit.)
The tool Google offers is a search engine that doesn’t use keywords but instead uses images. Nifty huh!
Let me give you a quick walkthrough of how you use the tool!
Please note you can see larger versions of the images by clicking them!
1. Find a place online where you are hosting an image of the artwork you want to search. (You can also drag and drop an image from your desktop. Thanks Tanja!!) Most likely your web page or online gallery of some sort. You will need to copy the image location. To be sure you are getting the address for the image itself and not the web page it is on, right click with your mouse over the image. You’ll get a list of options one of which should be “View Image”. Select this and your image should show up alone in a new tab or window. Copy the address of this image from your address bar. (At top of page.)
3. Paste the address of the image into the Google search bar. (Not the search bar at the top of the page. The one on the actual google site page.) Hit Search.
4. You will get normal search results but there should be a line of type at the top that reads like this, “For matching images, try search by image“. Select this option.
5. Now Google will have searched and found images that are visually similar to the image you were searching and will have most likely found any pf the places that image appears on the web. From this point if you notice your image in any place that isn’t familiar to you, you can properly investigate.
This tool also comes in handy when trying to find the origin of an image you are trying to track down the owner of. I know there are other useful applications for this tool, but for artists it is definitely handy in policing the web for our images!