How to Improve Your eBay Product Photos - dummies

By Marsha Collier

Pictures don’t always come out of the camera in perfect form for your eBay Listing. However, with just a little extra work, you can do a few tweaks to bring them into perfection range:

  • Alter the size: Reduce or increase the size or shape of the image.

  • Change the orientation: Rotate the image left or right; flip it horizontally or vertically.

  • Crop the background: Sometimes there’s a little too much background and not enough product. Don’t waste precious bandwidth on extraneous pixels. To crop your image means to cut away the unnecessary part of the picture.

  • Adjust the brightness and contrast: These two functions usually work together in most photo programs. By giving your picture more brightness, the picture looks brighter (duh). Raising contrast brings out the detail, and lowering it dulls the difference between light and dark.

  • Sharpen: If your camera was not perfectly in focus when you took the picture, applying a photo-editing program’s sharpening feature can help. If you sharpen too much, however, you can destroy the smoothness of the image.

If your image needs any more help than these alterations, it’s probably easier and faster to just retake the picture.