Can You Add Transparent Layer to Prevent Google Image Search?

Can You Add Transparent Layer to Prevent Google Image Search?

The private photos you share don't always stay that way. With a reverse Google image search, people can find out exactly who posted a picture and what related images on the web are linked to their accounts. Add a  techniques on your photos. 

DoNotPay can help you alter your photos in this manner so your personal pictures remain your own and no one can find your other accounts because of them. Let us help you.

How Does Reverse Image Searching Work?

A reverse image search allows you to upload a photo you've found and find similar ones across the web. If someone enters a photo of you, for example, they might then see other pictures with your face and which accounts have them. Search results also provide visually similar photos of other people dressed the same, sitting in the same position, or even with the same hair.

Google image searches are not the only type that can be conducted, either. There are numerous websites out there that allow you to either upload an image from your device or enter the URL of a photo you've found. You can search across Google, Bing, Yandex, Baidu, and more.

What's the Importance of Protecting Against This Type of Search?

It's important for you to protect yourself against this type of search if you don't want other people finding your accounts and information. The invasion of privacy is a major reason why many people avoid uploading photos altogether. You might also want to protect yourself against an image search if:

  1. You've dealt with a stalking situation in the past.
  2. You do not want your employer to find personal photos.
  3. You're uploading photos of your artwork that you don't want to be duplicated.
  4. You have photos on a blog that you don't want to be used elsewhere.

Steps for Adding a Transparent Layer to Your Photos

There are several methods for hiding your photos from image searches. Some people utilize the two screenshot method, while others prefer . We'll discuss steps for adding a transparent layer to your photos to alter the image enough so it won't show on searches. 

  1.  Upload Your Image to a Photo Editor

You'll need to start by uploading the image you want to protect into a photo editor. You can use a free online tool, such as BeFunky, or pay for an editing service that unlocks a lot more features. Even on free sites, you may find that certain options request that you upgrade to a paid service to use them.

The background tool may be found under "editing." Mark the fill as transparent and apply it to your photo. 

  1. Use an Online Site to Turn Your Image Transparent

There are also websites online that turn your images transparent for you. No editing is required. You just have to:

  • Find a site, like OnlineImageTools.
  • Upload your image.
  • Wait for the transparent tool to work.
  • Download your new, transparent image.

Even with this step completed, you can still choose to add option 1 with it. Editing the photo further and changing certain elements, such as adding an overlay or frame, can also help your photo avoid reverse image searching. 

What Does a Transparent Layer Do?

This transparent layer can help you prevent your image from being saved or downloaded. It should block a user's ability to right-click on the photo and see an option to save or download the picture to their computer or device. Unfortunately, it can usually still be a screenshot from a phone.

You should add multiple effects and changes to really help your pictures avoid this type of search technique and prevent your accounts from being found such as:

Photo ManipulationMany internet users suggest that you manipulate your photo using a photo editor. You can try flipping the image horizontally, skewing it, tilting it.
Masking ToolsAnother popular suggestion is to use an Image Masker to add overlays to your image, though you may need to experiment with different masks or opacity settings to get a successful result.
Google Image Removal InstructionsYou can also block Google image searches by carefully following Google's instructions for adding a robots.txt file to the root server. This is supposed to block it from all search engines.

Let DoNotPay Help You Cloak Your Images

Adding a transparent layer to prevent a Google image search takes time that many people don't have. Do you really want to take these steps with every single photo you hope to upload to your private accounts? Let DoNotPay cloak your images for you using our Photo Ninja tool!

  1. Open Photo Ninja on DoNotPay.


  2. Upload the photo or image you want to cloak and press submit.


  3. Our algorithms will automatically insert hidden changes and cloak your image, so it's no longer recognizable by reverse search engines. The newly generated image will be downloadable from your disputes page!


In just a few steps, DoNotPay will have your photos cloaked and ready to upload safely. You won't have to worry about investing so much time into the effort, yet you'll still be keeping your images safe from searches and unwanted viewers.

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If you don't want someone bothering you for whatever reason, DoNotPay can prevent them from doing so. We'll stop:

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