Software That Adds the Artist's Touch to Your eBay Images - dummies

Software That Adds the Artist’s Touch to Your eBay Images

By Marsha Collier

After you take the picture (or scan it) of your eBay item and transfer it into your computer according to the manufacturer’s instructions, the next step is to edit the picture. You have to approach the image like a book or magazine editor: Cut, fix, resize, and reshape your picture until you think it’s good enough to be seen by the public.

If you’re a non-techie type, don’t get nervous; many of the programs have one-button magical corrections that make your pictures look great.

The software program that comes with your digital camera or scanner puts at your disposal an arsenal of editing tools that help you turn a basic image of your item into something special. Although each program has its own collection of features, a few basic tools and techniques are common to all:

  • Image quality: Enables you to enhance or correct colors, sharpen images, remove dust spots, and increase or reduce brightness or contrast.

  • Size: Reduces or increases the size or shape of the image.

  • Orientation: Rotates the image left or right; flips it horizontally or vertically.

  • Crop: Trims your picture to show the item, rather than extraneous background.

  • Create an image format: Gives your edited picture a specific format, such as .JPG, .GIF, or others when you save it. The best format for putting photos on the web (and thus the preferred format on eBay) is .JPG (pronounced “JAY-peg”).

Copying another business’s text or images without permission can constitute copyright infringement, which may result in a very unfriendly “Cease and Desist” letter. If the copyright holder alerts eBay through the VeRO program, that action may end your listing.