At this point you are now ready to start uploading images to your Art Storefronts website. Uploading images is one of the most important things you’re going to be able to do. This basically adds product to your site, so people can come in and start shopping.
When uploading images to your site, there are some limitations that you’re going to need to know about. It’s important that you know them and understand them, so you can avoid any sort of frustration with the upload process.
This is going to be an in-depth process, so you’re going to want to review this article as carefully as possible. We also suggest you bookmark this article, so you can easily find it later.
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Things to Know Before You Upload
Accepted File Types
Because you will primarily be using an Art Print Store on your website, we want to briefly cover what kinds of files you can upload into an Art Print Store. We've included a list below:
If you’re looking to upload a file type that is not listed here, the image will not upload to your Art Print Store.
Upload Size Limit
To try and reduce page loading times on your site, Art Storefronts has implemented a hard limit of 100mb. If you attempt to upload images that are larger than 100mb, the platform will not allow the image to be uploaded and you will receive and error message letting you know the image is too large. Keep this in mind as you're working on your images and uploading them to Art Storefronts.
How Sizes are Calculated
Because you're an artist who has chosen to Self-Fulfill their own prints, you aren't required to upload images at the highest resolution possible. Instead, you can upload low resolution files if you like. The Art Storefronts platform will look at the aspect ratio of that image and provide a comprehensive list of sizes it could be available in.
What's more, if you find the list of sizes is too broad or narrow, you can cull or expand the range of sizes within the Art Print Store.
Upload your Images
- Log in to your Art Storefronts Control Panel. The Control Panel is also referred to as the Back-End of the website or the Site Manager. When you are sure you are logged in, find the section labeled Art Print Store. By default, mine is named Warehouse. Yours may be named something different. Click on this.
- A new page will load and there will be many secondary tabs. Before you progress, you need to find the tab labeled Categories & Products and make sure you are on that tab. If you aren’t on that tab, you won’t see the information we will be talking about moving forward.
- Find the button labeled +ADD PRODUCTS and click on it.
Art storefronts Recommendation: Don’t upload multiple images at once. Upload ONE image to start with, after you’ve learned how sizes are calculated, because you’re going to want to doublecheck the sizes offered before progressing.
- The windows that pops up will display files on your computer. Navigate to the image you want to upload and click on it. This will select the image for you and you should see an outline appear.
Art Storefronts Recommendation: If you’ve checked your images by uploading one you can upload several images at a time. To do this you can hold down the CONTROL button (on PC) or the COMMAND button (on a MAC) and click on several images. DO NOT UPLOAD MORE THAN 3-5 IMAGES AT A TIME. Uploading more than 3-5 images at a time may cause some uploads to fail or may cause the upload processing time to take much longer than necessary.
- When you’re sure you have selected the image, find the button labeled Open and images will begin to upload.
- After the images have uploaded, you can scroll down the page and you will see that your images are now uploaded to the website and ready for use.
Check Image Sizes
- You should already be in your Warehouse (Art Print Store). From here, scroll down the page and find the image you just uploaded. It has a button labeled Edit and you need to click on this button.
- After clicking on the button, you need to find the secondary tab that says Available Sizes. When you’ve found it, you can click on it. If you don’t do this, you aren’t going to be able to see the sizes offered for the uploaded images.
- Now, you’re going to see all the sizes Art Storefronts calculated for the image you uploaded. If there are images you don’t want to offer, remove them. If there are sizes you want to offer, type them in.
- Click the Save button when you’re happy with the changes you’ve made. DO NOT click the back button.
- My sizes aren’t large enough.
- This shouldn’t generally be an issue that you encounter if you are a self-fulfilling artist. If your size list is too small or limited, just add the new sizes you want to offer into the box.
- I’m missing specific sizes.
- If you’re missing certain sizes, it may be because the image isn’t the same aspect ratio as the size you want to offer. Again, because you’re self-fulfilling you can offer whatever sizes you like, so feel free to enter in any size you want.
- My page won’t save.
- You likely need to use an approved browser. If you’re using anything other than Firefox or Chrome, you should stop and use either Chrome or Firefox.
- If you’re using an approved browser, you may need to clear your cache. Check out how to clear the cache by using the article on How To: Clear your Cache.
What do I do next?
After you get all your images uploaded to your website, you should start looking at and working on your media types. Because you are a Self-Fulfilling artist, you’re going to have to create your own media types for use on the site. You don’t need to offer a tonne of media types, but you’ll want to add a few. To learn more, check out the article How To: Create a Medium in an Art Print Store.