I’ve seen a few blogs talking about TinEye recently, so I thought I’d check it out. What is TinEye? It’s an image identification search engine. Basically, you upload an image and it searches the web to see who is using that image.
Before you get all excited, keep in mind that TinEye is still in beta version, so it can’t find everything. Still the possibility of searching the web for your art is definitely something that a number of artists would be interested in. I know I was, so I signed up for an invitation. I received my invitation the next day and started searching. I uploaded a dozen or so jpegs to the search engine that I knew were on the web. I was a little disappointed because It only found one of them on Shutterstock. I’m not sure if it was the search engine itself that couldn’t find the images or that it just hadn’t indexed sites like Shutterstock completely.
Regardless, TinEye is definitely worth checking out and I’m definitely interested to see how it continues to develop.
This post was written on IllustrationInfo.com. Content copyright 2008 Cory Thoman.