Thursday, March 15, 2012

How To Find The Original Source of a Pinterest Image

I've seen quite a few people on blogs and Pinterest make comments about not knowing how to find the original source of the photo in question. So I decided to put together a quick tutorial that hopefully helps some people out. This works with any photo found online, not just Pinterest. Please note: there is a slight possibility this won't work and the photo you're looking for may just have appeared from out of no where. These screen shots are all in Safari on a mac. I don't know if it's the same process in other Internet browsers or on PCs, but who cares. PCs are dumb.

STEP 1: Save the photo to your desktop or somewhere on your hard drive. 

STEP 2: Go to Google and click on "images."

STEP 3: Click on the camera icon in the search bar.

STEP 4: Click on the "upload an image" link.

STEP 5: Click on the "choose from" button.

STEP 6: Find the image that you saved on your hard drive.

STEP 7: Select "choose."

STEP 8: Google will automatically start searching the Internet for your image. The link you're looking for may not necessarily be the first one. Check 'em all until you find what you're looking for. Google will also pull up some similar images. 

I had been looking for this incredible giraffe nursery online and this nifty little tool found the original source! Thanks Linde Browning Design for your to die for nursery and to Google for finding it for me! Woot!


  1. Thanks for sharing! Good to know! Found you via Flamingo Toes! Check out my new blog :)

  2. Hi!

    You can also use Picnic which is made for Pinterest users to help find the source image of their pins or where to buy pins they like. Its a free bookmarklet:




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