Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a reverse image search?

It is a search performed from an image. An image is supplied to the system, and the system tells you where this image is found. Instead of supplying keywords to a search engine, you supply an image and you get the matches found, for that same image or variations of it. Examples of Reverse Image Search services available for free are Google Images and Bing Image Search. They are free, but the are a manual process, as opposed to picMatch, which does it for your automatically, every month or every day. picMatch retrieves the results from Google and Bing, and other search engines as well.

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What is picMatch?

It's an image monitoring service. picMatch is a tool for Press Agencies, Stock Agencies, Marketing Firms, Legal Departments, SEO Professionals, Photographers, Visual content creators, or even Models to help them keep track of where images are used on the web. It uses reverse image search technology to find images. Users import their images to our system, and we help them find where they are used on the internet.

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What can picMatch be useful for?

You can use picMatch to:
Find where to buy an image. Just add an image to your account, press the Search button, and it will tell you on which stock agency you can find the picture.

  • Locate where your pictures are used on the web;
  • Find if your images are used illegally (copyright infringement);
  • Document where your images have been used overtime;
  • Find where to buy an image. Just add an image to your account, press the Search button, and it will tell you on which stock agency you can find the picture.
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Can it locate an image within a document?

Yes. It can even find an image embedded into a PDF document.

I found out that one of my images was used by the Humane Society in their Annual Report document.
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Can it locate an image even if it has been altered?

Yes. Even if your image is in color, and it’s counterpart is in in black and white, it will find it; Even if text has been added to the image; Even if only part of the image is used; Here is an example :

It found one of my pictures that I sell through stock agencies used on a product packaging for lawn week killer.
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Can it find a video?

Yes. If you upload a single frame from the movie you are looking for, it may find the video that contains it. As long as the frame that you are searching for is the one displayed as the featured frame of the video.

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