Properly Uploading Images for an Apptivo eCommerce Website

Properly Uploading Images for an Apptivo eCommerce Website

This article will explain how to take the proper steps to re-size and upload your product photos into the Items App. These images can then be published to your Apptivo eCommerce website. We’ll cover the steps to determine what type of image size you need, then we’ll cover the basics of proper re-sizing so the image displays without being stretched or altered.

Step 1: Figure out the optimal image size

We’ll start off by viewing our actual website and taking a look at an existing product. What we need to do is determine exactly how large the display area for the image is. You can do this a number of ways, we’ll cover the easiest method, using the Google Chrome browser as an example.

1. Right click the image, and select “inspect element”.

Inspect Element Image

2. A popup called “Developer Tools” will be opened, and you’ll see an area of text is already highlighted at the bottom of the popup.

Highlight the Code

3. Now without clicking anything, move your mouse over the highlighted text. You will see on your web page that the entire image has been highlighted, and the size of the image is displayed just below.

View Image Size

4. Write down these numbers (ex. 162 x 294), these are your optimal image dimensions.

Step 2: Re-size your image to proper dimensions

1. Open up your favorite image editing software (Adobe Photoshop, MS Paint, etc).

Open MS Paint

2. Load your image into the program, and note the current dimensions (usually printed at the bottom).

View Image Dimensions

3. Now we need to take the larger dimension, and ensure it matches the optimal dimension exactly. In our example, the image height is currently 253 pixels. Our optimal image height was 294 pixels, so we should increase the image height.

4. Now that we know what to change, how do we do it? In MS Paint, there is a small icon next to the “select” box, which allows us to re-size. Click this to reveal the screen to re-size.

Image Resize Tool MS Paint

5. Inside of the “Resize” section, select the “Pixels” button, and also ensure the “Maintain aspect ratio” box is checked. Now we will update the “Vertical” field to be our optimal 294 pixels.

Image Resize Height

6. After pressing OK, our image size is changed. Now we just need to fix the other dimension, the width. Currently our sample width is 104 pixels, we need to increase this to the optimal size of 162 pixels.

7. Instead of re-sizing the image again, we will actually increase the width of the image by adding blank white space. We can simple drag the small boxes on the side of the image to increase the width.

Image Width Corrected

8. Now we just need to use the select tool, and center our image.

Image Width Centered

9. Finally, save your new image!

Uploading the image to Apptivo

Now that you have created your properly sized image, simply go to the Items App, and upload your new image on the E-Commerce tab of your item. After uploading your image, use the Sites App (or your WordPress Plugin) to publish the change.

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