Straight from Regina’s Laptop. Word!
I don’t know if you know this about me, gorgeous ones, but I really enjoy Pinning. I do know, though, that I’m not alone. Most of us also enjoy sharing proper credit and give a virtual high-five to our fellow creatives — but then you click on an image’s link and find yourself at a site where there is no information whatsoever. What to do?
I thought that today I’d give a short tutorial on two ways to find the original source of an image and/or credit, especially for a site such as Pinterest.
SRC IMG BOOKMARKLET
The first way is super quick and easy. I must give a huge round of thanks to Lynne Rutter for clue-ing me into this in her recent post about wonderful blog policies to keep in mind. She mentioned a “reverse image look-up tool called Source Image” — and that opened a whole new world to me. Src Img is a free tool that does the image research for you.
Simply go the site, drag the link to your Bookmarks tab and Voila! The next time you come upon an image where you would like to know the original source, click on the Src Img link in your Bookmarks tab while the picture is open on your browser.
(above) I’ve used one our studio’s Venetian Plaster projects as an example. The bookmarklet will bring up multiple white squares with questions marks within them. As you hover over them, they will individually turn black (like so) and once it does that while you’re over the image you want to research, click on it.
(above) It will then bring up the best guesses for that image via Google Images. As you can see, it includes Pages and Visually Similar Images.
Sometimes, it will bring up the true original source, other times it will bring up a blog or website that featured it and provides accurate information for you. The pages it brought up for this image — my Home Workshop guest blog post Venetian Plaster Demystified and my Pinterest page — both lead back to my studio, Garay Artisans.
Let’s say you have an image on your hard drive and you’d like to know the source or you don’t want to install the bookmark. For this, you can go directly to Google Images itself. Here, I’ve used an image I had for the post on the book, Living in Cuba.
(above) I paned the Windows side by side, clicked on the image and “dragged” the photo onto the Images bar.
(above) It’ll look like this…
Google Images then gives you it’s best results for that image. Please note that both those pages come back to Fauxology, where I would definitely have provided proper credit.
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Sometimes it takes just a few more clicks into the pages given to find the right source, but I think it’s worth the extra few seconds if only to provide the proper information and credit. I always think “What if it could lead to a project for them?”. I like that thought. Let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything else I should cover. Have a great day, lovelies!
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