OVERVIEW

We have prepared this page to provide you with guidelines and tips that should help you optimize your photos for the best possible display on the profile page for your business that will be a part of the redesign of the Maine Made site launching in early 2018. This format will allow for your product photos to be viewed across all platforms; desktop computers, laptop computers, tablets, phones, etc. Please refer to the steps and specifications below to ensure that the images are compatible with the site.

 

HOW DO I UPLOAD PHOTOS THAT WILL BE DISPLAYED ON MY MEMBER PROFILE PAGE ON THE NEW SITE?

We have prepared a Member Profile Update Form that is being made available to existing Maine Made program members. This form allows you to ensure that the member data that we have on file for your business is current and up to date. The form also allows you to upload up to 4 photos that will be displayed on your member profile page when the new site is launched.

After you have completed entering the required updated profile information via the Member Profile Update Form, you will see the image upload area at the bottom of the page. You can upload the images using your choice of 2 methods:

1) You can drag and drop the images directly from your computer (from a folder or from your desktop for example) directly onto the form page (onto the gray box where you see “Drop files here”).

2) Or you can click the SELECT FILES button and navigate to the location of your image files.

Once located, select the files that you’d like to upload and click the OPEN button at the bottom right hand of your screen. You will then see a percentage status indicator as the images are uploaded to the site. Allow this process to finish before moving forward. Once the image files are uploaded and ready to be submitted, you will see the names of the files listed vertically directly above the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the page. You will also see small red circular “x” icons next to each image that has been uploaded. These icons allow you to delete an uploaded image if you made an error or if you prefer to upload an alternate file. Again, please limit your maximum to no more than 4 images.

If the all of your member data is entered and complete and your photos are uploaded and listed above the SUBMIT button, you are ready to complete the process. Click on the SUBMIT button at the very bottom of the form.

If your data and images are in the proper format and acceptable, you will will arrive at a Thank You page notifying you of what to expect next. If there are problems with any of the data and images you’ve attempted to submit, the form page will reload and you will be able to scroll through the page to see error messages next to fields that are incomplete. You should edit the info. based on the directions of the error message and then resubmit the form once the errors are remedied. Continue this process until the submission is accepted and you arrive at the Thank You page.


All images submitted will be reviewed by our support team.
Images that do not meet the requirements detailed above
will not be accepted and will be temporarily replaced
with a single Maine Made branded placeholder substitution
until arrangements can be made to collect acceptable image files.

 

By uploading these images, you are agreeing that you own or have usage/licensing rights for the images.

 

WHAT ARE THE IMAGE FILE SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE PHOTOS THAT I PLAN TO UPLOAD?

Please submit up to 4 image files in JPG format that are set to a resolution of at least 72dpi (dots per inch or sometimes referred to as pixels per inch). Image dimensions should be a minimum of 1,080 pixels wide by 1,080 pixels high. If your image is smaller in width than 1,080 pixels or smaller in height than 1,080 pixels, it will be rejected by the site. If your image is larger in width or height than 1,080, please be aware that it will be cropped to a square. The resulting cropped photo will be centered both vertically and horizontally. It is therefore in your best interest to upload photos in which crucial subject matter is as centered as possible.

See the examples below for examples and best practices with regard to proper photo selection:

EXAMPLE 1: 


EXAMPLE 2:

EXAMPLE 3:

 

 

I AM NOT OVERLY TECHNICAL, HOW CAN I VERIFY THE RESOLUTION AND DIMENSIONS OF MY IMAGES SO THAT THEY ARE NOT REJECTED?

We understand that our members have varying degrees of familiarity with image resolution and dimension specifications.

Please use the following tips to verify that your images meet the requirements.

If you are using a Macintosh computer:

1. Open the desired image file using the Preview application (You can do this by opening Preview from within your Applications and then clicking OPEN and navigating to the desired image file. Another option is to hold down the Control key on your keyboard and click the desired image file. You will see a drop down menu appear – click on OPEN WITH from the drop down menu and then choose Preview from the corresponding second menu that pops up).

2. Once the file is open in Preview, in the menu bar at the top of the screen, select Tools, then Adjust Size. A window should appear. You will see 2 fields labeled Height: and Width:. These fields may display the image dimensions in inches rather than pixels. If the dimensions are displayed in inches, simply click the drop down menu to the right of the Height/Width fields and select pixels from the list. You will then see the dimension values change from inches to pixels. Make note of these values and verify that the width is at least 1,080 pixels and the height is at least 1,080 pixels.

3. Also verify that the value in the resolution field below the height & width fields is at least 72 pixels/inch (common image file resolutions that you may see here are 72, 150, 300, etc.).

NOTE: If your image file’s width or height is less than 1,080 pixels or is less than 72 DPI, it is not sufficient for the Maine Made site and will be rejected. Please do not upload images that do not meet these requirements. Please find or arrange to shoot alternate images that meet the specifications.

If you are using a PC running WINDOWS XP:

1. Go to the image file (either in a folder or on your desktop) and place your cursor over the image icon to select/highlight it.

2. Right-click the image.

3. Choose Properties from the drop down menu that appears.

4. Click the Summary tab.

5. Once you are viewing the contents on the Summary tab, click on the Advanced button.

6. The following window will show you the vertical dimension in pixels, the horizontal dimension in pixels followed by the dpi values (vertical and horizontal).

7. Take note of these values.

NOTE: If your image file’s width or height is less than 1,080 pixels or is less than 72 DPI, it is not sufficient for the Maine Made site and will be rejected. Please do not upload images that do not meet these requirements. Please find or arrange to shoot alternate images that meet the specifications.

If you are using a PC running running WINDOWS 7 or later:

1. Go to the image file (either in a folder or on your desktop) and place your cursor over the image icon to select/highlight it.

2. Right-click the image.

3. Choose Properties from the drop down menu that appears.

4. Click the Details tab.

5. Once you are viewing the contents on the Details tab, scroll down until you see the “Image” section.

6. Under “Image” you will see the overall image dimensions in pixels, the vertical dimension in pixels, the horizontal dimension in pixels followed by the dpi values (vertical and horizontal).

7. Take note of these values.

NOTE: If your imagefile’s width or height is less than 1,080 pixels or is less than 72 DPI, it is not sufficient for the Maine Made site and will be rejected. Please do not upload images that do not meet these requirements. Please find or arrange to shoot alternate images that meet the specifications.

 

HELPFUL HINTS REGARDING IMAGE SOURCING:

If you work with a photographer – professional or otherwise, it is always a good idea to upload images that are as close to original resolution as possible. If your photographer has provided you with an online folder of images, a CD, a USB drive, etc., chances are good that those images are high resolution. Uploading those images will yield the best result for your Maine Made profile and will likely ensure that you are above the minimum required by the Maine Made site. Please avoid uploading photos that you have sourced from your website, Facebook, Etsy, Instagram, etc.. Photos that have been formatted for website use or social media are compressed by the various sites that they are uploaded to for faster loading. They are often resized to smaller dimensions as well. The result is often a degradation in quality from the original photo. If you reuse these photos for the Maine Made site, you will be recompressing an already compressed photo and may run the risk of using a photos with dimensions that are too small for the site.

If you shoot your own photos – (with a phone or digital camera), it is always best to upload the files in the native resolution in which they are shot. The best way to ensure this is to transfer the files directly to your computer with a cable. If you email the photos from your phone to your computer, make sure that you choose the original resolution when you are provided with the option to choose photo quality. If you choose a lower quality, you run the risk of degrading quality and lowering the overall dimensions. Please avoid uploading photos that you have sourced from your website, Facebook, Etsy, Instagram, etc.. Photos that have been formatted for website use or social media are compressed by the various sites that they are uploaded to for faster loading. They are often resized to smaller dimensions as well. The result is often a degradation in quality from the original photo. If you reuse these photos for the Maine Made site, you will be recompressing an already compressed photo and may run the risk of using a photos with dimensions that are too small for the site.

 

OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES:

YouTube Video:

The following YouTube video has a simple, easy to follow step by step screen video walk-through of how to find image dimensions on a Windows XP PC, followed by a Windows 7 or later PC followed by a MacIntosh computer running any Mac OS.

 

Image upload tool for identifying image dimensions:

Another helpful tool can be found on this website:

https://www.pictorem.com/checkprintsize.html

To use the site:

1. Click on the gray SELECT FILE button under “Upload Your File:”

2. Choose the desired image that you wish to learn the dimensions of from a folder on your computer or from your desktop and open the file.

3. You will see a percentage status indicator as the the image uploads.

4. Once the image is uploaded, you will see image details on the screen that follows.

5. The second value from the left (“Image resolution”) will show you the dimensions of the image you uploaded in pixels directly to the right.

NOTE: This tool does not display the actual DPI of the file but chances are very good that if the image is larger than the 1,080 pixel minimum width required for the Maine Made website that the image is at least 72 DPI.

 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR IF ALL ELSE FAILS!:

If you are struggling with or need extra guidance with any of the methods suggested above for identifying image dimensions and resolution, please feel free to email our support team at:

support@mainemade.com