Things to bear in mind when editing images

By Chris Dawson October 3, 2013 - 9:42 am

Image EditingThere was a lot of discussion yesterday at both the Ecommerce Expo and the iwoca Meetup about the new eBay picture standards.

We’ve published the dates that changes will be effective from for eBay but there are a couple of things you need to be aware of. Firstly although if you have a non-compliant image on a good til cancelled listing it’ll be fine until the end of the year, it does mean that you can’t edit the listing.

What that means is, if after the 30th of October you get new stock in and want to add it to an existing listing then your image will need to meet the new guidelines. If it doesn’t the edit will fail and your listing will be ended until you correct it.

Either get your stock listed before the end of October, or make sure you’ve got new images ready to go.

The second useful tip was from Catherine at Remove The Background (Who can of course do your image editing for you). We all know eBay’s minimum picture size is now 500 pixels, but what size do you need to get the zoom feature on your listings. What about Amazon or Google? Catherine’s done the hard work finding out and here’s everything that you need to know about image sizes:

Amazon, eBay & Google image requirements







Minimum 1001 Pixels

Maximum 3000 Pixels



Cropped tightly with 5% margin on all sides



White Background



Remove borders, text, logos and watermarks



Minimal pixel dimension on the longest side

1001 Apparel, 500 in all other categories 500 800

Size needed to activate zoom

1001 1000 N/A

Recommended size

2560+ 1600 N/A

% of frame to be filled by product

85% 80-90% recommended N/A>

Background Colour

Pure white (RGB 255,255,255) Plain light coloured N/A

Borders, text, logos permitted?

No No No

Watermarks permitted?

No Yes. eBay Seller ID or company name only. Not obscuring the item. Not larger than 5% of image. Opacity less than 50% No

Mannequins permitted?

No Yes Yes

Enforcement Date

27th June 2013 US: 1st July 2013
UK: 30th October 2013
Rest of EU: 2014
15th July 2013

Consequence of not complying

Images suppressed from search and browse results New or revised listings will not be permitted with non-compliant images Non-compliant items will disappear from Google Shopping

Final tip added from Tamebay – we know that a lot of sellers, especially those using some third party flat file tools, may host their own images and add them to eBay Gallery as URLs rather than uploading images. It’s very much preferable to upload your images to eBay and then you can let eBay picture hosting render your images for mobile devices.

  • Hereford United fan
    4 years ago

    If I have an image, for example, that is 350 x 350. Is there any way to make it meat the 500 minimum.

    For example could I import the image into powerpoint and save it as a jpeg with a bit more white?

    Does the minimum apply to images within the variations?


    • Robert C
      4 years ago

      I’m a big fan of FastStone Image Viewer. It’s a free download and it lets you bulk resize images up to a required size

    • 4 years ago

      PowerPoint isn’t great – you’re better off with some photo editing software. I use Photoshop Elements, but there are some freebies on the net such as GIMP

      You could simply increase the white space which will work but isn’t great.

      Using editing software you could resize the image. This may create blurring if you resize too much. You’d need trial and error and it really depends what resolution (DPI) your original image was. You may find “Sharpen” in your editing tool will help but again it’s trial and error.

      I’ll come back to you on the variation images…

    • Gerry007
      4 years ago

      Try right clicking the image ‘open with’ PAINT.
      On the fourth column along the top in Home, there is a resize tab…..

      Try to resize the image by % and see when it blurs.

      This will only work on individual images…

  • Hereford United Fan
    4 years ago

    The variation pictures don’t need to meet the criteria.

    I have just spoken to eBay and expressed my surprise that they had selected the busiest week of the year as a deadline.

    Her suggestion was to just end the listing.

    One year ago my ebay:Amazon split was 80:20 now it is 10:90.

    • 4 years ago

      The answer we’ve just got from Kim @ eBay (who spoke at the iwoca Meetup last night and is eBay Seller Experience Manager) is that “each picture included in the listing needs to meet the standards”.

      That’s at odds to the reply you got, but if you were speaking to customer support perhaps they’re not entirely up to speed with the requirements? 🙁

    • Hereford United fan
      4 years ago

      Changing all my variant pictures would be so much work I think I would just stick with Amazon.

  • CJ
    4 years ago

    “If it doesn’t the edit will fail and your listing will be ended until you correct it”

    ‘Your listing will be ended until you correct it’ – is this sentence worded right? I’ve not heard of temporarily ended listings before.

  • Jimbo
    4 years ago

    Chris & Dan your work is appreciated.

  • northumbrian
    4 years ago

    bunch of bleeding ameteurs, get some evolving done LOL

  • Henrietta
    4 years ago

    Thank you for this, very useful chart.

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