Hey there everyone. So, I know a number of you use SauceNAO to find sources to the artwork that you post (which I do too). However, what some of you may not know is that SauceNAO is very sensitive when it comes to things such as edits to images, which will mean you can’t find the original source. But, as I always do, I am always here to help, hence why I will explain and demonstrate two things that may help you to find the sources that you desire. ^^
Firstly, SauceNAO is really picky when it comes to things such as edits. If the image has lots of writing on it, or it has been cropped previously, chances are, that you will not be able to find the right source. For example, take a look at this:
Now, I know from previous experience, that this image of England has had the colour brightened, and has also been cropped. I also know that there is someone on Pixiv whom it belongs to. However, as you can see, it doesn’t appear to have any results. But, there is a way to get around this. Firstly, you need to search this image on Google, by simply clicking this icon:
What this allows you to do is to reach out to a far larger proportion of the internet, which SauceNAO does not cover.
Now with this particular image, as you can see, on the first page of the search, Google has only found images that are identical to the original. For you, you may find the image that you are looking for (which you will know if it is if the colouring is different, or appears to be an uncropped version of the original you searched - if this doesn’t make any sense, don’t worry, you’ll see in a second ^^) ,but unfortunately, this will take a deeper search. So, moving on to page 2:
Again, nothing new found. Let’s move on to page 3:
Hello, what have we here:
A closer inspection of the image here shows that is vastly different to the original image I searched; there is more artwork detailing his torso and a bag, which was not visible before, and the colouring appears to be a lot darker than before.
At this stage, all you need to do is simply search this image into SauceNAO and…
Viola, I have found my source ^-^.
Now for some, this may be a lot harder, but I advice you really search through all the Google pages, and hopefully you’ll find something. If not, then the image is a either a tekagi or DA image, or unfortunately, the image was deleted so long ago that it no longer available to find the source, or it is so heavily edited that is unidentifiable to the original image that Google cannot match the two together as being the same image. At which point, really sorry, but there is nothing you can do. :c
Now, moving on to the second part of this explanation. Whilst SauceNAO can be sensitive if there is too little information, it can also be sensitive if there is too much. Here is what I mean:
This image here of Vietnam and Taiwan clearly shows that there is some black boxing around the image itself. As a consequence, SauceNAO cannot recognise the image you are actually trying to source. So, what you will need to do is crop the image. Now, what you can do, is take the image and load it in Photoshop or Microsoft Office, but the easiest thing to do, is simply click on the image itself, whilst it is like this. Then, you should come up with this:
Thankfully, SauceNAO has it’s own cropping function (isn’t that nice of them ;) ). Now, if follow its instructions and drag the image you want to source…
…and then click the ‘Modify Search’ icon…
…you should find something like this:
And there we have the original image, and the original source! :D
So, there we have it. I hope this helps anyone is currently using SauceNAO and may not know about these little tricks. Have fun, and let me know if you need me to explain this a little better!