Product image workflows can take a lot of time, particularly if you're concerned about representing your products well (which you should be). But you can be making things a lot harder on yourself if you're not taking advantage of the tools that inkFrog offers.

For example, too many sellers have an image workflow like this:

  • Take pictures with high-end camera

  • Transfer from camera to computer

  • Load into Photoshop

  • Edit contrast and color

  • Crop appropriately

  • Resize down for eBay

  • Save

  • Upload to eBay or inkFrog

But you can shorten this significantly with a few camera tweaks and by using what inkFrog and your camera already have to offer. Here are some tips.

Are you spending time on long image workflows with heavy editors like Photoshop? Don't. Just use inkFrog.

Set your camera and lighting up properly.

Set up a small photography working space somewhere with a surface, backdrop, and lighting that will result in great product photos. Usually this means a bare, white background and diffused illumination from multiple angles.

Even better results can be obtained with an inexpensive, basic lightbox. Search eBay or Amazon for "lightbox," "photo box," or "photo tent" as your favorite retailer for options that start under $25 and go up from there.

Don't think that since you don't have a full-fledged studio, you can't do better than cluttered snapshots. Take twenty minutes to establish a clean, uncluttered area and to experiment with lights. You'll be surprised at what you can accomplish with things on hand and a little ingenuity.

Believe it or not, you don't need this.
Approximate it with a clean table and shaded lamps, an inexpensive photo tent—or even window light.
(Image: Nataliya Kuznetsova / Dreamstime)

Then, change your camera's image quality settings so that your images are sized properly straight out of the camera. Twenty or thirty megapixels is just too much for e-commerce work—you're not making posters or billboards.

Instead, set the camera for a horizontal resolution between 2,000 and 3,000 pixels and a medium or low quality (i.e. stored image size) setting, so that you don't have to resize and re-save later before uploading.

Upload straight to inkFrog and edit there.

Rather than inserting additional steps and heavy applications like Photoshop into your workflow, use the image editing tools built into inkFrog. Once again, you don't need to do gallery quality artwork for online sales, so there's no reason to get buried in Photoshop or other similar programs.

Notice the edit button to the far right of images that you've uploaded to inkFrog. Click it and you'll find most if not all of the image editing tools that an online seller will ever need, tailored for purpose and all in one place.

Pay special attention to these:

  • Enhance. If your image is "flat" looking, too dark, or the white balance is off (i.e. "weird" color or a color cast), use the Enhance option to fix up these basics and produce a photo that's closer to "correct" in terms of lighting and color.

  • Crop. Use this tool to trim out unneeded extra space around the outside of your image, so that only the product and important details are represented.

  • Orientation. Use this tool to rotate your images if necessary, either in 90-degree chunks or by clicking and dragging until you get the rotation just right and the image is perfectly straight.

inkFrog's built-in tools offer all the adjustments needed for most e-commerce images, without all the extra steps and baggage.

Very often, those three tools are enough to get you to eBay-ready photos, but if they're not, in the tools list you'll also find:

  • Brightness. Use this tool for more fine-grained control over lighting, to fix images that are too light or too dark for the Enhance tool to fix.

  • Contrast. Use this tool to make images either more dramatic or more "flat" by either accentuating or reducing the differences between light and dark areas.

  • Saturation. Use this tool to adjust how vivid the colors in your images are and to either brighten them or to reduce them if they're too strong.

  • Warmth. If your images have a yellow or blue cast to them and the Enhance tool isn't able to eliminate it with a single click, use this slider to get the whites in your image exactly white.

  • Sharpness. Use this tool to make your images either sharper or less sharp. Be careful not to over-sharpen images, as the results aren't pleasing to shoppers' eyes.

  • Draw and Text. Use these tools to add annotations to your images if they are needed. Just remember not to use them to add contact information, as that's against eBay rules.

When you're done making adjustments to each image, click "Save" to save the results directly in place, already inside inkFrog and ready for upload.

Fast, easy, and with great results.

By setting your lighting and camera up carefully to begin with, then uploading immediately to inkFrog and making any needed changes there, you'll speed your product images workflow up by a massive margin.

Loading Photoshop or another image editor doesn't seem like a problem if you just have two or three images to polish—but by image 100 (or 200, or 300) you'll be thrilled with inkFrog's image editing workflow—and the bunches of time it saves you.

Don't have inkFrog? Probably time to try it.

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