The art tested was drawn by Shojotale. I did not host the reupload, nor did I create the art. Please support the original artist.
1) open the picture.
2) Right click > Inspect/Inspect HTML/whatever it is in your language (the bottom option in Chrome, or Ctrl+Shift+I)
3) Dig around in the HTML a bit until you find the image (it’s in the <div class> right above it in this example, though i can’t guarantee that’s always the case- expand different arrows and use the keyboard arrows to navigate. it’s just a lot easier to work with.)
4) right click > copy element, it’ll give you something like <img alt=“some text here” class=“_icyx7” id=“pImage_13” src=“image’s hosted url”>
Take the url (from “src=“) and copy that into your browser
5) right click > google search this picture? (roughly?)
ta-da you have just run a reverse google search on an instagram image
NOTE: THIS IS NOT 100% FOOLPROOF AND CERTAIN SEARCHES WILL NOT RETURN THE CORRECT IMAGE/SITE. IF YOU ARE UNSURE, LOOK ON MULTIPLE SOURCES. IF YOU CANNOT FIND THE ORIGINAL IMAGE, AT LEAST YOU TRIED.
It may also only return the main page of an artist and not the direct URL. It might not even return that- This specific image only returned certain tags, some of which didn’t even contain the image.
It could be that the person you think is stealing art actually DID make the art. Some people primarily host art on Instagram, such as the_drawing_hand. Not everyone there is a reposter.
What do I do with this newfound information?
1- stop supporting rehosts. Report uncredited/unsourced rehosts to the original artist (politely), stop sharing screenshots of the Instagram post, stop sourcing the Instagram posts to your friends. This does not mean to harass rehosters. It is more difficult to remain calm; however, in the long run, it makes things much easier.
2- support the original creators. Link their page to your friends. Follow them. Reblog/retweet/share all their posts. Donate to their patreon/Ko-Fi. Do nice stuff :3
Make sure that when posting a picture, put what you like as normal, you can go to the settings cog right above your post, go to Text Editor, and instead of rich text, use HTML. Now, usually Tumblr resizes images automatically into the 500 or 540 jpg file size, so, to correctly stretch this to the proper dimensions, change the image url from either two numbers to that lovely perfect little 1280 and voila, save and you picture should be in full display!
ALSO: This isn’t exclusive to just editing a post, if you do enjoy a piece of artwork, you can always change the url at the end to see the correct size of the image in question!