Resizing an image for your eBay listing using different programs

Since eBay now has a rule about the minimum size of images you can upload to the eBay Gallery, many people, including myself, have encounted the same problem, where the image our suppliers provide aren’t big enough for eBay’s standards.The first solution is always to communicate with your supplier and ask for larger images. The best option is to have an image that it large enough for eBay’s image standards.

However, sometimes we just can’t get larger images from the supplier, so we have to try and make the images we do have fit.

The problem is that if you increase the size of an image, you will lose a lot of the image quality, which can really negatively affect your chances of selling that item.

So, this is the solution that I use when I have this problem: sandwiching the image with a larger, background image so that overall, the picture is large enough for eBay’s standards! big grin

Here’s how:

First, make sure you have saved the image you need to make larger somewhere that you can find it easily, such as your computer Desktop.

Second, we need to open the program Paint, from your Accessories folder on your computer:

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Then:

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It should look something like this:

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We then need to resize this blank white box to 500 x 500 pixels, so first select the Resize button:

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When you click on that, you will get a small window. You will need to select Pixels, then UNCHECK the Maintain Aspect Ration box, and finally, enter 500 in each of the boxes:

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Then click OK – you will now have a white box that is 500 by 500 pixels – the minimum size for eBay!

We then need to save this box, and I would recommend that you save it to your Desktop, and name it “whitebackground” which is what I have done.

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Then, you can close the Paint program.

From there, we need to go to www.pixlr.com:

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And then scroll down, until you can see the Pixlr Express options, and select Launch Web App:

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It will take you to a page that looks like this, and we need to click on the Browse button:

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You will then get a window that you can “browse” for your white background, wherever you saved it. (I saved mine on the desktop, and named it whitebackground so I could find it easily).

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We just need to open our white background, and it will be displayed on our Pixlr screen, with some buttons below it – we need to click on the Adjustment button:

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When you click on the Adjustment button, a lot more buttons will appear – we need to click on the Add Image button:

http://i1280.photobucket.com/albums/a500/melissasummers/pixlr6_zpsc891f64d.pngWhen you do this, the buttons at the bottom of Pixlr will change, and we will need to click on the Browse button:

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Another window will open, and we need to select the image we want, which would be the picture of our product that is too small for eBay’s standards. I’ve selected a charm I purchased for my niece:

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Pixlr will then import that image over the white background – you just need to click and drag the image until its centered in the white background, and then, when you have the image where you want it, press the Apply button:

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The two images are now “sandwiched” together, and since the outer dimensions are 500 x 500 pixels, this image can be used for eBay!

All you need to do now is click the Save button in the upper left-hand corner, and save the image:

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BE SURE TO SAVE IT AS SOMETHING OTHER THAN “WHITEBACKGROUND”

Otherwise you will end up losing your white background and have to create another. I usually name my image after the actual item, so I know what image to upload when I go to create my eBay listing. smile