Adding Pictures to eBay Using Imageshack and Photobucket

Adding Pictures to Your Description

Adding images into your eBay listing description is the best way to show off your item without any additional cost and almost every eBay buyer will tell you…the more pictures the better!! First off, you should use the eBay Gallery to upload up to 12 images for free. However, you cannot use those images in your description. If you have tried, you know what I mean! Here is a way that you can add all of your item pictures in full size to your description and it is very easy!

This tutorial will cover how to use two different free image hosting services to upload and host your images: Imageshackand Photobucket. Each vary in how they work but both are easy to use, and they are free so try them both out and choose which one you like best.

Let’s begin with Imageshack!

Start by creating an account (click the link above to open Imageshack in a new browser window).

Complete the registration form to create your free account and click the blue Sign Up button.

Next, check your email account you used to sign up with for a confirmation email. If you don’t see one, please check your Junk mail or Spam folder as activation emails end up in them quite often. Click the Registration link (blue link) to confirm your account.

You are now ready to upload your first picture! Click Media Upload to begin.

Note: ImageShack allows you to have your image resized. Choose the size you would like from the dropdown for Image resize. 800×600 is the default and is a good size for listings.

Click the Browse button. You will have a “Select files to Upload box” popup on your screen. Navigate to the folder where your images are stored that you plan to use. (Typically located in My Documents or My Pictures)

Click the picture you want to upload. If you want to upload multiple pictures at once, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking each picture you want to select. When you have the pictures selected you want to upload, click the Open button in the dialog box.

Next, select your image resize size then click the “Upload Now” button.

Once the upload is complete, you will be redirected to a page with your images on it. Repeat the upload process for the rest of your images.

To use a photo in your eBay auction, first click My Images to get to all your images. Next, select the image you want to use by clicking on the image. Click the View Details icon to the right of the image you want to use

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As soon as the image opens in Full Size, right-click on the image and choose “Copy“, not “Copy Image”.

Now at this point, you are ready to copy your image into your eBay description.

To proceed, go to the the Description section ( Describe the item you’re selling ) of the item you are listing.

Click in your eBay description where you would like to paste your image. “Paste” your image by right-clicking your mouse and choosing “Paste”. If you are using multiple images, repeat this process.

If you need to move your image/s, click once on your image. You should now have small boxes, also known as handles, on each corner and in the center of each side. Left-click with your mouse in the image and drag/move it where you want within your description. Repeat with your other images.

You can arrange them in a row or vertically. A good idea is to add text under each image to describe what the buyer is seeing or add some promotional text! A vertical arrangement works best for this!

You can also resize your image. Click once on your image so that the “handles” appear. (See image below) Grab a corner handle and move it in to resize as you’d like.

Resizing with the handles

TIP: You can make an image smaller and retain a crisp image. You CANNOT resize an image larger WITHOUT degrading the quality of the image. Careful you don’t skew the image by changing its shape!

Alternate method for copying and pasting images from ImageShack

Depending on what browser you are using, initial methods described here may not work, in which case, an alternate method will be described here. To use a photo in your eBay auction, click the top icon to the right of the image you want to use ( moving your mouse over the icon will pop up a tool tip stating “Share It”).


Uncheck the “Include details” box.

Next, highlight the link in the “Sites” box and then Right-Click and choose “Copy”.

Now at this point, you are ready to copy your image link into your eBay description.

If you are ready to copy your link into your eBay auction description, go to the the Description section ( Describe the item you’re selling ) of the item you are listing.

Switch to “HTML” mode by clicking the HTML tab.

You can either find where you want your image to be and paste your code in or an easier way is to go to the end of all the HTML code and “Paste” your link. (To “Paste”, Right-Click your mouse and choose “Paste”.) If you are using multiple images, copy all your links into your description now! After you have pasted, hit the space bar ONCE to ensure that your code will be activated!

Once your image link is added to your description, switch back to Standard Mode by clicking the “Standard” tab.

Again, you can click and drag your image where you would like as described on page 6 and you can also resize as needed.

Let’s begin with Photobucket!

Click the link above to open Photobucket in a new browser window. Start by creating an account by clicking the “Sign Up” link at the top right of the website.

Complete the registration form to create your free account.

You should receive an Welcome email, however, no other action is required on your part to activate your account.

Next, Click the “Upload” button in the menu bar to begin uploading your first image.

You can upload your image/s by either clicking “Browse Files” and navigating to your picture folder or you can open the folder on your computer where your pictures are located and click and drag them into the window as seen below in Photobucket.

Once your images are uploaded, click on Library in the menu
bar to view your uploaded images. Click on the image you want to use in your eBay listing to view the image in full size.

Depending on your browser, you will need to do one of two processes. For Internet Explorer, right-click the bottom right corner of the image and choose “Copy“. You may now copy your image into your description on eBay by clicking where you want to put the image in your description, then right-clicking and choosing “Paste“. This is done in Standard mode, not HTML mode.

For Firefox users, right-click the bottom right corner of the image and choose “View Image“.

Once the image opens in its own window, highlight the image by using a left mouse click then drag your cursor over the image until it is highlighted in blue or use Ctrl and “A” to select the image. Next, right-click on the image and choose “Copy“.

You may now copy your image into your description on eBay by clicking where you want to put the image in your description, then right-clicking and choosing “Paste“. This is done in Standard mode, not HTML mode.

If you need to move your image/s, click once on your image. You should now have small boxes, also known as handles, on each corner and in the center of each side. Left-click with your mouse in the image and drag/move it where you want within your description. Repeat with any other images.

You can arrange them in a row or vertically. A good idea is to add text under each image to describe what the buyer is seeing or add some promotional text! A vertical arrangement works best for this!

You can also resize your image. Click once on your image so that the “handles” appear. Grab a corner handle and move it in to resize as you’d like.

TIP: You can make an image smaller and retain a crisp image. You CANNOT resize an image larger WITHOUT degrading the quality of the image. Careful you don’t skew the image by changing its shape!