Using eBays Enhanced Picture Services

Free tools — that actually work. How nice is that? eBay's Picture Services are now far more than a fancy FTP program. Now you can upload your images and perform minor editing right on your screen without and additional software.

The Enhanced Picture Services are great for quick one-off items and for beginners — but if you're selling many items on eBay, especially over the long term, you might want to invest in a more robust editing program like Fast Photos.

The Sell Your Item form is where you find the area that requests your images. Click the tab for Enhanced Picture Services. If you've never used this feature before, you may have to download a small program (see Chapter 15 for details).

To use this wonderful tool, follow these steps:

1. Click the small Add Picture button.

Doing so opens a directory on your computer, as in Figure 16-5.

Figure 16-5:

Selecting a picture for uploading.

Figure 16-5:

Selecting a picture for uploading.

2. Click an image to select it.

The name of the file appears in the filename box.

3. When you've selected the picture you want, click Open.

Doing so adds the image to the main preview screen, as in Figure 16-6.

Figure 16-6:

Our lovely lion figurine picture is ready for editing.

Figure 16-6:

Our lovely lion figurine picture is ready for editing.

4. Apply the appropriate controls to your picture, as follows:

• You can click the little circle if you want to rotate your image (as in Figure 16-7).

Figure 16-7:

Rotating the image.

Figure 16-7:

Rotating the image.

• To crop your picture, click the crop marks. You can now drag the corners inward or outward to make your picture its best size for eBay (as in Figure 16-8).

• You can use AutoFix to let eBay's server decide what's best for your picture — but we don't recommend it. For more satisfying results, click the Advanced Edit button (as in Figure 16-9) so you have control over the changes made to your images.

• In Advanced Edit mode you can adjust contrast and brightness, along with the previously mentioned features. Thankfully, there is also the Undo button, to whisk away any overaggressive changes you may have made to your image.

5. When you've made all your changes, click Continue in the Sell Your Item form.

Your image is uploaded to eBay's server for use in your listing.

Figure 16-8:

Cropping an image on eBay.

Figure 16-8:

Cropping an image on eBay.

Figure 16-9:

Clicking Advanced Edit opens your image in a new smaller screen.

Figure 16-9:

Clicking Advanced Edit opens your image in a new smaller screen.

The purpose of an eBay listing is to sell your stuff, and the purpose of this book is simply to demystify eBay listing. That's our mission here. We're not trying to sell you up to buy fancy software. Or to fill your head with pages upon pages of technobabble that will keep you awake all night. We're not here to make you feel bad if you can't remember what an f-stop is or remember the numeric coding for the color red (though of course you can worry about all that if you need another hobby). This is the simple deal. Explained this way, there's not much mystery, is there?

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