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Hot Tip: Resizing your photos the easy way! handmade and vintage goods

Ever wondered how some sellers always seem to have their images perfectly sized and cropped to make the perfect looking thumbnail?  You want the secret? Well, search no further and check out this great little video tutorial I found on YouTube all about how to resize your photos!  Watch it by clicking the play button below!

Resizing your photos can also be useful for emailing your photos and uploading them all over the web. Keep in mind, to get that perfect looking thumbnail in your Etsy shop, crop your photo into a perfect square just the way you like it…that way, your image will show up just as you planned!

  • Itybitybags

    Itybitybags says:

    Wow great info! Thanks :)

    7 years ago

  • AuntieDawn

    AuntieDawn says:

    Perfect! Thanks for the heads-up! Great for newbies like me!!!

    7 years ago

  • jcades

    jcades says:

    Thank You. I will definitely "square up".

    7 years ago

  • Capiem

    Capiem says:

    Thank you for the article. It is nice to know that I can resize online when I am on a computer without a good photo program. Thank you

    7 years ago

  • oldehoff1

    oldehoff1 says:

    Thanks for the info! Now all I need is ALL the things that make it all happen!! Step 1 - have a computer. COMPLETED Step 2 - find a rich relative to buy all the neat stuff needed! to 're-size' LOL (ssshhsshh) I think I have the rich relative already in mind! LOL Thanks again for your time to share ths with us. Kat SMILE*

    7 years ago

  • MaddisonHaylie

    MaddisonHaylie says:

    I am having such a hard time with getting the pictures to look right. i will definately try this.

    6 years ago

  • margot22

    margot22 says:

    Thanks for making it so beautifully easy. In just a matter of a few minutes after viewing the video, my photos were the right size to show on etsy....M. xo

    6 years ago

  • notjustapurse

    notjustapurse says:

    Thanks again for the valuable photo tip... I'll diffenetly be using it in the near future.

    6 years ago

  • GlassArtByMargot

    GlassArtByMargot says:

    In case anyone wants to check out another option, I use photo software that you can download free from Shutterfly at I use it to edit my pictures, crop, brighten, even straighten. The last thing I do is click on the Refine tab and select the Resize option. You essential enter the pixel width you want like in the examples above. You can edit the picture directly or save it with a new name.

    6 years ago

  • margaretwatts

    margaretwatts says:

    I still need help. The video kept cutting off. Please help!

    6 years ago

  • artfunklesvintage

    artfunklesvintage says:

    Awesome info!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • AuntTiff

    AuntTiff says:

    That guy is awesome! Very easy to follow. I could have learned a lot more in school if my professor's had his communication skills!Thank you.

    6 years ago

  • TeddybearsTrinkets

    TeddybearsTrinkets says:

    These tips are soooooo very helpful! I don't know how people did all this stuff before you had all these helps...Thank you!!

    6 years ago

  • That70sShoppe

    That70sShoppe says:

    Great. I use Gimp but hadn't used that function before.

    6 years ago

  • hothats

    hothats says:

    Thanks for the great information! Very helpful.

    6 years ago

  • cromerstudio

    cromerstudio says:

    thank u so much

    6 years ago

  • DesignsByElaine

    DesignsByElaine says:

    I can't locate the video. When i go to YouTube, how do i find the video? How is the video labeled?

    6 years ago

  • FreeThoughtPotWorks

    FreeThoughtPotWorks says:

    This is a great video for resizing. What else I still don't know is what size the photos should be for ETSY. Avatar? Banner? Listing photos - 5 thumbnails with the ability to zoom in on one photo at a time? Pixels and not dimensions in inches? Size in k's? Is resolution and pixel the same thing? I'll get there, but your help would really be appreciated by this Newbie! Thanks so much!

    5 years ago

  • sacredcow

    sacredcow says:

    I hope not too many of your instructionals are videos because I am one of those unforunate people that can only get dialup and it is impossible to watch a video on dialup.

    5 years ago

  • earlykooka

    earlykooka says:

    This site really rocks. Thanks for sharing.

    5 years ago



    A MILLION THANK YOUS WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH!!! I have been fighting with my computer for days til I found this wonderful way to get my pix to fit in my ads....this is soooo easy! and I am a computer toad when it comes to new things:) THANKS!

    5 years ago

  • Nanantz

    Nanantz says:

    When all I need to do is resize my photos, I use Paint (in the Windows "Start --> All Programs --> Accessories" folder). The Image --> Stretch/Skew menu option in Paint will resize your photo by percentage. Just make sure to use the "Stretch" option, and use the same percentage for horizontal and vertical values. This keeps the proportions of the photo the same. To check the size of the photo while in Paint, use the Image --> Attributes menu option. You can select whether to display the values in units of inches, centimeters, or pixels.

    5 years ago

  • MossimoL

    MossimoL says:

    Thank you. Great info. Now I can resize my pictures.

    5 years ago

  • SilverWrapture

    SilverWrapture says:

    THANK YOU!! I'm a very 'newbie' and this helped me get the last "kink" out so I can open my shop.

    5 years ago

  • BlackSeaSiren

    BlackSeaSiren says:

    Thanks so much- the websizer was a huge help. I found it to be more effective than GIMP, which is not that much different than trying to resige in Photoshop. I'll be definetely using this tip!

    5 years ago

  • Leaguerluvr

    Leaguerluvr says:

    What is the size to use for photos here on etsy? Best size so they are not blurry? Thanks, New here and appreciate the help, Happy holidays all!!

    5 years ago

  • estelle45

    estelle45 says:


    5 years ago

  • frecklefarm

    frecklefarm says:

    THANK YOU!!! You just made my life a whole less complicated - fear has now left the building!!:)

    5 years ago

  • JeannesJewells

    JeannesJewells says:

    Totally stressed over trying to get my photos uploaded so they are not blurry. I hope I can figure out this process as I really want to be able to set up my shop. Why did etsy make is so difficult to upload photos to their site? Wish it was more user friendly for dummies like me. I make fantastic jewelry, but as far as computers are concerned when it comes to this kind of thing, seems I need to take a class in uploading pictures. I have never had this problem with other sites. Wish esty would fix this problem. I see others have had the same problem. It's enough to discourage a person from setting up thier shop at all. Obviously I am brand new to this and really need help.

    5 years ago

  • ACurveRTwo

    ACurveRTwo says:

    Thanks a million!

    5 years ago

  • TwirlVintageCo

    TwirlVintageCo says:

    This is a wonderful forum. A lot of my questions are neing answered. Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • juanwilliams

    juanwilliams says:

    Thanks! Sounds easy, I will give it a try!

    5 years ago

  • alabamagirls

    alabamagirls says:

    Please help if you can, My pics are large and long on my etsy site. What size should they be before I download them, I noticed everyone else has square and smaller pictures. I'd appreciate anyones help with this!

    5 years ago

  • Starzyia

    Starzyia says:

    I have always had trouble fitting in my jewelry, and wondered how people could fit in their creation plus props and background..... thank you so much I am off to watch the youtube and try it out.

    5 years ago

  • YouCanSparkle

    YouCanSparkle says:

    I am still confused. I have Picassa and have been trying to edit in that. Seems like it should be possible and can do everything else. When I try to click on the resizing function, it seems like I still can't get it to go on to a small enough size; etsy keeps telling me my photos are still too large.

    5 years ago

  • FolkArtFromFlorida

    FolkArtFromFlorida says:

    What I do is pull up my photo and right click, pick send to email, a window pops up wanting to know if I want to resize my pics, I say yes, then when the email pops up with the photo attached, I copy the attachment and paste it where I can find it again later. My pics fit Etsy but would they be better if I did this through Irfanview or webresizer?

    4 years ago

  • vintageshaun

    vintageshaun says:

    thanks, this is great!

    4 years ago

  • LadyPenumbra

    LadyPenumbra says:

    I agree with Jeannes Jewels. Ready to give up, working on it for three months now. I have a MAC using IPhoto and CANNOT for the life of me figure out how to resize my images so that they are quality photos and will still upload. I never use props or fancy backgrounds. I have over 40 years photog experience and computer experience since home computers were invented. Also, why are we limited to 2 mb? what up with that?

    4 years ago

  • TagAlongAdventure

    TagAlongAdventure says:

    Can't wait to try the website! Looks so easy!

    4 years ago

  • MyBibleCompanion

    MyBibleCompanion says:

    Great information for me, since I have issues with getting the right photo for my calligraphy.

    4 years ago

  • organicpinklady

    organicpinklady says:

    What a great explainer, that guy! Thank you!!

    4 years ago

  • kmock

    kmock says:

    What if you've done all that and the photos still aren't uploading correctly? I don't get an error message that they're too large - it acts like it worked but I get a blank box with a red X in the corner. I've done this before successfully but haven't uploaded in a couple of months. What's changed?

    4 years ago

  • sewsweetuk

    sewsweetuk says:

    Fantastic Tutorial, So informative, especially for new sellers like me! going to download Gimp now and give it a try myself. Fingers crossed : ) emma x

    4 years ago

  • wcharles
  • jammasgirls

    jammasgirls says:

    I need help with photos. I click on the above youtube and nothing is there. I realize this is three years old. Does someone have a tutorial to share to help.

    4 years ago

  • ktowersphotography

    ktowersphotography says:

    great info to help people resize images fast & easily:)

    4 years ago

  • SoCutebySarah

    SoCutebySarah says:

    thanks so much!

    4 years ago

  • reveriefrance

    reveriefrance says:

    Thanks for the wonderful tips!

    4 years ago

  • NeonSun

    NeonSun says:

    I'dlike to know how to make the entire photo fit in the box. The tops and bottoms of photos are cut off. They look terrible on my page.

    4 years ago

  • WildHareFiber

    WildHareFiber says:

    Really informative. I've always had problems uploading photos. This looks like I can make it easier. Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • halllinda

    halllinda says:

    Can't find the Play button to run this video?!

    3 years ago

  • Wings2Wiskers

    Wings2Wiskers says:

    I appreciate your effort to help but where is the "play button" below????

    3 years ago

  • bacardistuff

    bacardistuff says:

    I was sent this link and told to look at the video. All I get at the link is a home page for youtube. What good is that? Having sold on eBay for quite a few years, I never, ever thought I'd be asking how to resize a photo but alas, it appears as if I have zero idea.

    3 years ago

  • mizsweetgurl

    mizsweetgurl says:

    No video? Was so excited to see it :(

    3 years ago

  • robinbassjewelry

    robinbassjewelry says:

    Play Button????

    3 years ago

  • MadzeeShop

    MadzeeShop says:

    Does anyone review the comments? Apparently the play button has been missing for quite awhilen (at least 19 days).

    3 years ago

  • jmandelphoto

    jmandelphoto says:

    Play Button ???? Glad to see I am not the only one that can't find it. I thought I was starting to lose it.

    3 years ago

  • drywell

    drywell says:

    I was frustrated too! A little sleuthing, and I found the video embedded in the old Etsy blog, here: Video streams from there! cheers.

    3 years ago

  • ThePassionatePlum

    ThePassionatePlum says:

    Thanks drywell !!! couldn't find the play button either..... I'll try that blog, hopefully it isn't the same as the etsy help subject on sizing image, couldn't get that to work either. My image is an art piece that is taller than wider and I can only get a piece of the very middle of image to show up, not whole piece. ???

    3 years ago

  • joannpage

    joannpage says:

    I could not find the play button either.

    3 years ago

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls says:

    Such a simple concept! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • sweetnouveau

    sweetnouveau says:

    no play button, waist of time~

    3 years ago

  • DivineSparkle

    DivineSparkle says:

    The link took me to YouTube but not the actual video? WTH?

    3 years ago

  • thepalmerzoo

    thepalmerzoo says:

    All sounds good although there isn't a play button. Please help.

    3 years ago

  • andrewscreates

    andrewscreates says:


    3 years ago

  • wintonpetersen

    wintonpetersen says:

    I didn't find any play button either. It looks like it was there 100 days ago. Where did it go?

    3 years ago

  • Sarauri

    Sarauri says:

    I don't see a play button! too bad!

    3 years ago

  • BlueBrocade

    BlueBrocade says:

    Here is a link to the original post on the etsy blog, with the youtube link!

    3 years ago

  • TheMothersBlessing
  • TelumaDesigns

    Catherine from Teluma says:

    Thanks to all who posted the link to the original. I've been using Picasa but found it rather confusing with it's file system. Will try was really helpful.

    2 years ago

  • boutiquevert

    BoutiqueVert from CrochetRugs says:

    nice, beautiful

    2 years ago

  • glassgalaxy

    Marco O. from glassgalaxy says:

    Too bad , but the tutorials were all for windows. the voices were hard to un-derstand too . There were some other Adobe tutorials , but not for resizing. I use the old Photoshop 7.01 Maybe someone will write for the old Photoshop a tutorial that I could use ,since I really ned help thank you

    2 years ago

  • eaparham

    Elizabeth Parham from CardsForYouMadeByMe says:

    My pictures turned out very nicely, taken on an iPhone5. The look terrific in the photo album I have on the computer, but when I pick them for Etsy, they are UPSIDE DOWN ! How do I fix this ?

    2 years ago

  • apronlady065

    Berniece Hickman from apronlady065 says:

    Where is the play button? Need information on a product that I can get the pictures from camera and then crop. I was using Correl and then got a new computer and it doesn't preform the same.

    1 year ago

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