One of the most common email and private message requests I get is, “How do I find the pattern for what’s in this photo I found online?” While the first thing you should look for is a watermark or logo, these photos too often have neither. So what’s the next step? Google Reverse Image Search!
Reverse Image Search, or Search by Image, is where you use the actual photo to search the web, rather than words. You upload the photo to google’s search engine, and it looks for matches! This is the tool I go to when there’s no watermark, and it’s not a photo I recognize. Sharing my “inside tips” here today!
The first step is to go to the Google Reverse Image Search page. you can do that by going to Google Reverse Image Search and clicking on the camera icon, or even just type “google reverse image search” or “google search by image” in your search bar in your browser! You’ll get a list of options, as in any google search, and it will lead you here:
You can see from this page that there are several ways to use this fab Google features. You can explore from there, but I’ll walk you through the most common scenario. Assuming you are on your computer, go ahead and click on Try It Now. This takes you to a normal looking Google search bar… but note the camera there in the search bar line.
Clicking that camera will change the search bar so it looks like this:
From here you can paste the URL of the photo you are looking for online, OR you can upload it if you’ve saved the photo to your computer files. Here’s what I got when I uploaded a photo of the Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie!
It wasn’t the first result that came up… but it was in there! The pattern was found! Sometimes you have scroll down a bit, and lots of times you’ll end up with Pinterest links. But if you follow the links and have patience, 9 times out of 10 you’ll find your pattern. Or at the very least the original photo – whether or not there was a pattern for it isn’t known until you get there!
The one thing that doesn’t seem to pop up as often as it should on Google Reverse Image Search is Ravelry listings. And Ravelry is another excellent place to look for patterns! I hope to cover more about how to use Ravelry in 2015!