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To upload pictures in Picture Manager, click the Add Pictures button. You can upload the following file types in Picture Manager:
JPEG (.jpg file extension)
BMP (.bmp file extension)
GIF (.gif file extension)
TIFF (.tif file extension)
PNG (.png file extension)
Animated .gif (Internet Explorer only) (.gif file extension)
If you are having trouble uploading pictures please read our Picture Hosting Overview and Basic or Enhanced troubleshooting tips.
You can upload pictures using either the Basic Uploader or the Enhanced Uploader depending on the Operating System and Web browser you are using.
The Basic Uploader can be used on all the supported operating system and browser configurations. The Basic Uploader does not compress pictures before upload. Upload time depends on the size of your originals and the speed of your Internet connection.
Click the Browse buttons to select the pictures you want to upload from your computer. A dialogue box displays, enabling you to navigate to folders containing pictures.
Click the picture file you want, then click the OK or Open button. This selects the picture file to be uploaded when you click the Upload All button. You can select up to 6 pictures at a time for upload when using Picture Manager in My eBay.
Click the Upload All button when you are finished.
Original Size and Watermark Options
You can store original size copies of your pictures and add watermarks to them.
Picture Manager will create several copies of your pictures with standard dimensions for use in eBay page layouts. Selecting the Original Size option, Picture Manager will keep an additional copy of your original picture file from your local hard drive.
You can also choose to watermark your pictures with the eBay Picture Hosting logo and with your User ID (up to 20 characters). The logo will appear at the bottom right corner of the picture; your user ID will appear at the bottom left corner.
If you choose to keep an original-sized copy or apply watermarks, the original pictures stored on your computer are not changed or deleted when uploading to Picture Manager. It is important to note that storing original-sized copies can significantly deplete your storage space.
For more information on picture sizes and watermarking, see Standardizing and Watermarking Pictures
Select a Folder
Use the drop-down menu of folder names to choose the Picture Manager folder where you want to store the pictures when they are uploaded. You can add folder, rename, and delete folders in the album view in My eBay.
Upload pictures to Picture Manager
To upload the pictures with the options you selected, click the Upload All button. While uploading, the Basic Uploader will display a status gauge in a popup window.
The Basic Uploader does not compress pictures before upload. Upload time depends on the size of your originals and the speed of your Internet connection. With a 56K modem dialup connection, a 1MB picture file will require about 2 minutes; with a cable broadband connection, the same upload will require only a few seconds.
If you are using Windows 2000 and Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, you can use the eBay Enhanced Uploader for Picture Manager.(displayed below)
The Enhanced Uploader provides all features of the Basic Uploader and enables you to:
AutoFix (automatically improve contrast and brightness) pictures
Manually adjust the contrast and brightness of pictures
Upload up to 150 pictures at one time (within the limits of the storage space your subscription provides)
Enables faster upload times.
Installing the Enhanced Uploader
If you are using a supported version of Windows and Internet Explorer, then the first time you click the Add Pictures button in Picture Manager you will be prompted to download the Enhanced Uploader software (an Active X control) from eBay. Accept the prompts (which are different for different versions of Windows and Internet Explorer) to install the software.
Upload pictures from your computer
Click the Add Pictures button in the Enhanced Uploader window. A dialogue box will display, enabling you to navigate to the folder of pictures you want to upload.
Select the picture files you want to upload and click the OK or Open button. The Enhanced Uploader window will display thumbnail versions of all the pictures you selected for upload.
You can select as many pictures as you like when using Picture Manager in My eBay, but you can't exceed the limit of 150 pictures each Picture Manager folder may contain.
When uploading to Picture Manager on other pages, such as the Sell Your Item form, you can select up to the number of pictures allowed on that page. The Enhanced Uploader will display how many pictures have been inserted and the number of picture slots available.
Preview, name, and adjust your pictures
Click the thumbnail image in Picture Manager A larger preview of the picture will display on the right side of the Enhanced Uploader window.
You can rename the selected picture by entering a new name in the field below the preview. You will also see the size and dimensions of your original picture displayed below the preview.
The following picture adjustments to the picture currently displayed in the preview are available by clicking the command buttons:
Rotate the picture 90 degrees
Crop the picture to include only a rectangular area. Adjust the area by dragging the two square "handles" that display at the corners of the preview picture when you click the Crop button
Automatically enhance the contrast and brightness
Manually decrease the contrast
Manually increase the contrast
Manually decrease the brightness
Manually increase the brightness
If you make an adjustment and don't like the result, click the Undo button. This will restore the picture to its previous state.
Select a Folder
Use the pull-down menu of folder names to choose the Picture Manager folder to store the pictures after upload. You can add, rename, and delete folders in the Picture Manager in My eBay.
Upload pictures to Picture Manager
To upload the pictures with the adjustments you made and the options you selected, click the Upload All button. While uploading, the Enhanced Uploader will display a status gauge in a popup window.
The Enhanced Uploader resizes and compresses your pictures before upload, which results in faster upload times, except when you select the option to upload and store original-size copies. In that case, upload times are comparable to the Basic Uploader.