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(1) I already have pictures of products in a file on my computer. What do I do now?

(2) I have a scanner but don’t know how to use it to make files for my pictures.

(3) I need to know how to use my scanner with Adobe Image ready.

(4) I need to know how to use my scanner with PhotoImpact.

(5) Scanning Tips

Upload Your Picture

So, you already have pictures in your computer ready to upload and put into your store? Follow this very simple procedure to put your product image into your store.

1) First, go to your store Administration page and click on Add a Product
2) Then, click browse. A window will take you to the programs on your hard drive.
3) Find the folder or drive where you saved your images and click on it.
4) Find the file which has the image that you want to put in your store and left click on it. The file name should end with .JPG, .JPEG or .GIF. These are image files.
5) Click Open. The StoreBuilder program enters the name of the file into the space provided on the Upload picture page and waits for you to click ‘upload the file’.
6) Click upload the file. StoreBuilder will load the image into your directory and automatically create a thumbnail of the image. NOTE: You cannot have any duplicate file names for your images on Sundancemall.com. If you upload an image file that is already in your store directory, the second file will be renamed. The reason for this is if you need to delete a product you will also delete the picture of the product and if you used the same name for another product it will lose it’s picture when you delete the first product.

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Putting Pictures on Your Computer

o, you have a scanner or digital camera and you are ready to take pictures of your products? You need to have some kind of image or graphics program installed on your computer (we recommend Adobe Image Ready or PhotoImpact). If you are using a digital camera you will need to refer to the manual it came with in order to learn how to use it. If you are using a scanner, follow these step by step instructions.

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Adobe Image Ready

Adobe ImageReady was made to prepare images for the internet. One of the most important functions ImageReady performs is an image optimizer which reduces the file size of your images and makes the images load in a fraction of the time it would normally take. If you use Adobe ImageReady it will be a great benefit to you to learn as much as you can about the program. Your store will benefit greatly from your knowledge.

1) Place the product or picture you wish to scan on the scanner. (for a tip about scanning 3 dimensional items, click here.)
2) Open Adobe Image Ready.
3) Click ‘File’ on the top toolbar.
4) Click ‘Import’ from the drop down box
5) Click ‘Twain’ from the box that appears to the right. The scanner will scan the image.
6) When your picture appears, you will want to bring the frame closer to the product. To do this, place your cursor on the frame that you see around your image until you see the sizing arrows appear. Hold down the left mouse button, drag the frame line right up to the edge of the product. Repeat this with the other three sides of the frame.
7) Click ‘Final’ scan and the scanner will once again scan the image. This time it will only scan the area that you have framed.
8) With the scanning complete, You may now need to close the scanner window depending on the scanner program you are using. Do not close the whole image program, just close the scanner window.
9) Now you can prepare the picture for your store. Click ‘Image’ on the top toolbar.
>10) Click ‘Image Size’ from the dropdown box which appears.
11) In the window that appears you will want the height and width of your image to read 360 pixels or less. A number larger then 360 can be changed by replacing that number with the number 360. Make sure the box which says ‘Constrain Proportions' is checked and that the quality is ‘Smooth’. Click OK.
12) Look at your image. At the top of the image there are two tabs. Click the one that says ‘Optimized’.
13) On the far right hand side of the screen there is a box that reads ‘optimize’ choose JPEG and medium settings.
14) Slide the arrow bar to read 50% and checkmark the ‘optimized’ box. Do NOT check the ‘progressive’ box! Our StoreBuilder will not use progressive images.
15) Go to your top toolbar and click ‘file’.
16) Click on ‘Save Optimized’ from the dropdown box.
17) A new box pops up and prompts you to save your finished image. Now you will make a folder to save your finished image.
18) Click the yellow folder button on the right and then type a name for your folder right over where it says ‘NEW FOLDER’. This will be where you will store all your images. You are now ready to take your next picture or put your picture into your store! Each time you scan and prepare another picture, you WILL get faster and faster at putting products into your store!

TIP: ADOBE IMAGE READY has a great time-saving feature called BATCH PROCESSING. By using what they call ‘Droplets’ you can optimize all of your images at one time. To do this click the ‘Help’ button then click on Help topics. Click on ‘Index’ and type the word ‘Batch’ in the box. Two batch topics will come up. If you read both of these topics, you will be able to learn this easy process.

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PhotoImpact For Your Store

PhotoImpact has become very popular in the development of web graphics. It has some excellent features such as frame and button making tools that will put frames around your photos or even make awesome buttons out of your photos. It will also optimize photos for your store so that images load faster for your visitors. This program is a little more difficult to learn since there is more involved with it. You will want to go to your PhotoImpact help files or your PhotoImpact manual to learn how to use this program.

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Scanning Tips

TIP #1
We have found a great trick for scanning smaller 3-dimensional items. By making a simple box to fit your flat bed scanner surface, you can scan 3-dimensional items such as jewelry, beadwork, small pottery and other items that will fit on the face of your scanner. We have found that you can save a lot of time by scanning instead of taking photos with a camera or even a digital camera. Here’s how:  You will need to get a piece of black foam core board from a local office supply. Measure your glass surface on your flatbed scanner. Use a razor knife or other sharp tool to make a box that fits the scanner glass top area. Make sure the box fits the scanner surface well, since it must keep outside light out of the scanning area. If it does not keep outside light away from the scanning area then your photos will not be very good. If you do not get a perfect fit, you can try scanning in a dark room or throwing a cloth over the box to block out any outside light. You can make boxes of several different heights to accommodate different sized items. Three inches high is a good height to start with.

TIP #2
Another trick to increase the speed with which you scan items is to put several items on the scanner bed to scan all at once. This way you can use the cropping tool in your image program and simply crop each item one at a time without having to stop and scan each item individually. The way you do this is by scanning several items at once then choosing one of the items to crop then do another scan (final scan) of that item. Now move to cropping the next item in your group of pictures and do a final scan. Continue this process until you have cropped all of the pictures in your image. You do not need to remove the group of items from the scanner when you do your final scan of each item. The scanner will simply do each scan based on the area that you have specified in the cropping of each picture.

Tip #3
SO… You have an item that is too big for your scanner bed and you want it to put in your store? Take that 35mm camera from the closet and take a picture of your item. When you get the film developed simply scan the picture of your item. Your photo will generate the best scanning picture if your film is processed with a glossy finish.

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