How to Find the Source of an Image

LAST UPDATED: Aug 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Aug 29, 2017 | By: Julie Blanner

How to find the source of an image to properly credit or locate more information about it in minutes! Learn how to use reverse image search!

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It happens all the time. You find something, fall in love, and can’t figure out where it’s from. In the age of scrapper sites, Pinterest, bloggers and magazines rounding up images, etc, it feels nearly impossible to find the source of an image. Fortunately, there’s hope.

I’m passionate about this not only to hunt down the kitchen towel I desperately want or to get more details on a project, but also to credit the appropriate source. PS, Pinterest is never a source. It’s a means to share and save, but there is an original source behind each image.

Whether you saved a photo to your desktop or have a link to an image, you can almost always find the original image source here at using the reverse image search.

Today, I’m going to show you how easy it is to use google reverse image search – an image lookup tool!

Let’s do this! A few weeks ago I found a kitchen towel I loved – I dragged the image to my desktop and moved onto something else. Today, I wanted to purchase the towel and couldn’t recall where I found it, so I turned to Google image source and voila!

How to find the source of an image:

The towel:

Go to and click the photo icon.

find an original image source with this simple trick

Click “upload an image”, then “choose file”. Locate the file on your computer and click “upload”.

find an original photo with this simple trick

Scroll through the search results to find the original image. Mine happened to be the first result and those below it led to my first result. Success! {Towel ordered}.

get the details on a photo online with this easy trick to locate an original source of an image

You can also go to and click the photo icon.

find an original image source with this simple trick

Then click “paste image url”. I find this method to be less effective, but still helpful on occasion.

This works on  mobile devices as well!

Reverse Image Search

The reverse image search tool is so helpful beyond finding the original source. It will even help you find similar images making your search even easier.

You can also just click on the image, drag it into the Google Image search ‘box’ beside the camera. When the image is over the box you’ll see “Drop Image Here” appear. Once you drop it a list of possible sources will populate.

Have you ever used Google image search to find an original source of an image? I felt compelled to share in case it helps you find the paint color of your dreams or your very own kitchen towel. It’s the little things!


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