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7 Similarity Based Image Search Engines

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7 Similarity Based Image Search Engines

I’ve been briefly over overviewing advanced image search tools previously. Today I focus on image search based on similarity. Visual similarity search stands for image search based on one (or several) of the following criteria:

  • color;
  • theme;
  • texture.

1. Tiltomo is a Flickr based tool that maintains its own database of Flickr images and allows to search images based on similar theme :

Similarity based on theme

or similar color palette and texture:

Similarity based on color and texture

2. (by is a new online service allowing for reversed image search: unlike all existing image search engines it searches based not on keywords you submit but on images you upload. Its database is not that huge so far but it is growing fast.

The tool requires registration and searches for exact copy of the image provided:

Reversed image search

3. Byo image search (also maintained by searches for similar images to the one you upload from your computer. The tool seems to be based on color search primarily but does include theme based algorithm:

BYO similarity search

4. allows to perform similarity search after the keyword search (you can choose to search for similar images of any individual image). The search seems not very accurate though but is something to try out nevertheless: Similarity Search

5. Xcavator is a similarity based search engine for stock photography. The service is built and maintained by CogniSign and works similarly to (you first search by a keyword and than refine results by choosing one image and searching for its similar equivalents):

Xcavator Similarity Based search for stock photography

6. Incogna works really fast and seems to be based on both color and shape similarity.


7. Terragalleria uses visual similarity (regardless of the image content):

Terragalleria Similarity search

Featured Image: DrawnKeeper via Depositphotos


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