Life is a picnik!

by kim.solga@gmail.com on August 23, 2011

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Painted Custom Vintage Strawberries Lined Farmhouse Picnic Basket by LRStudio.

Free photo editing!

Getting your product photos ready for Etsy is sweet and easy with picnik.com, a Seattle based photo editing website that has recently merged into the google family of consumer apps.  Their free services offer everything you’ll need to crop, rotate, resize and fine tune the photos you take with your digital camera.

Go to picnik.com.  Click “Get started now!”  Next page, click “Upload a photo” and choose the main digital photo of your product. (You’ve downloaded it from you camera already, right?  And you know where it lives on your computer and what name the camera gave it?  If you’re foggy at THIS level, take some time to read your digital camera documentation and get clear.)

Back to picnick.com. Your uploaded photo appears in the center of the screen with all sorts of editing controls.

First thing to do is straighten any tilt in the photo. Click Rotate. If your photo is completely on its side, click the Left or Right buttons to flip it upright.  If it’s just a little bit crooked, drag the slider one way or the other.  When everything is upright, click OK.

Then you need to crop – get unnecessary background out.  Click Crop and drag the edges or corners of the box. If you are wanting to make square images, just click the little triangle next to No constraints and pull down to square.  When you see what you want, with your product nice and big and yummy in the central window, click OK.

Finally you need to resize the image so it fits the Etsy format.  Click Resize, then change the longest dimension to something near 1000.  Leave the Keep Proportions box checked. The other dimension will change automatically. Click OK.

Remember that the the “ideal” Etsy image is 1024 wide by 768 pixels high, so as you crop and resize your photos, aim for these measurements.  You don’t need to hit them perfectly.

And that’s about it.  There are some other photo adjustments you might want to fool around with….Exposure, Colors, Sharpen.  There’s an Auto- button for each of these, and it does a good job.  Your goal is to make your photo look as realistic and close to the actual item as possible.

The final step, Save and Share.  Give your edited photo a new name, not just the numbers and letters that the digital camera added originally.  Name it something that makes sense. Do not use any blank spaces or percent signs or other odd characters…just a simple “blueoceanpotteryDetail1” or whatever. Leave the format JPG.  Click Save Photo and make sure it’s saving itself into a directory on your computer where you put all your Etsy products.  That’s all folks!

There are lots of resources on how to take good photos for Etsy shops, and here’s a good one: Make It Work: An Etsy Success Photography Workshop.

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Illustration courtesy and ©Laurie Rohner at LRStudio on Etsy www.etsy.com/listing/49355024/painted-custom-vintage-strawberries

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Tina August 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I love picnic, don’t know what I would do without it.
Great post, thanks for sharing.

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