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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Image Tutorial: Black Friday Auction

This year for the Black Friday auction, I am requiring that ALL images include basic information directly on the image.

You can opt to add additional information, but this tutorial shows you how to use the FREE, online photo editor,, to add the basic information to your item.

Please note, the only REQUIRED info is:

  • Starting Bid: $amount
  • Buy It Now: $amount
  • Stocking Stuffer: $amount
If you are participating in either the Bargain Corner auction or Regular auction, please list the price with Starting Bid on it, so that the bidders know that the price is for bidding.

If you are participating in the Stocking Stuffer Comment Game, please list the price with the words Stocking Stuffer with the amount. This is a set amount, not a bidding amount.

If you are participating in the Buy It Now album, list it with Buy It Now and the amount.

As you'll notice, my photos list what the item is- you don't have to do that. You can list your shop name as well, if you would like.

But, before we get ahead of ourselves, below is the actual tutorial on just how to include the info on your photos easily, without an expensive editing program.

Step 1:

In your browser window, type in (or click that, it'll take you straight to the page). You do not have to pay anything to use the page- you don't even have to sign up for a free account if you don't want to!

Step 2:

You'll land on the main page. Below is a photo showing what it looks like- click the photo to open it larger if you would like. On this page, there is a green button that says Upload Photos. Click that!

Step 3:

Once your photo has uploaded, you will re-direct automatically to the Editing window. Please look towards the top of the page for the TEXT selection, and click that- it's shown in the photo below with arrows, so if you are unable to find it, please click the photo to open it larger.

From the TEXT page, type in your chosen text in the TEXT BOX on the upper left hand side of your screen. Please note, I prefer plain, basic fonts. Please do not use fancy fonts, or anything that might not be as easy to immediately read. Below are several examples.

Step 4:

After adding the text to the image, find the SAVE & SHARE tab in the upper bar. Click that, and it will take you to the page where you will SAVE your photo.

The first time you save, please make sure to slide the JPG Compression Quality slide bar from 8 to 10- this keeps your image from being down graded in the SAVE process.

Click SAVE and choose a location on your computer to save the image to. You may wish to save it as a new file name, or in a new folder, to avoid over-writing your images.

See the photo below for details.

That's the end of the tutorial on how to add the info needed to your photos. Below are a few more quick photos showing  ways NOT to change up the image.

If you have ANY questions, just ask!

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