Written by Claire Davenport of Scrubbity
We all know that Folksy likes square pictures and that the magic size is 642 x 642 pixels. Unfortunately, cameras like rectangles so what looks good on the screen of your camera will end up chopped and cropped if you upload it straight to Folksy without a little tweaking. Here’s a quick ‘how-to’….
First off, imagine your camera screen is a square. When you line up your shot, aim to get your item (or, if you’re working in macro, the detail you want to show) in the centre of that square. If you’re not sure, put your fingers over the two outer edges of your picture when you view it on your camera screen to square it off. If they obscure the item you’re photographing, zoom out a little and try again.
It doesn’t matter if the edge of the picture shows your mountain of tangled yarn, your feet, your children or anything else that might be in the way. We’ll chop them off in a minute. You don’t need any fancy software for this either. To demonstrate, I’m going to use the MS Office Picture Manager.
1. Open your image file in whatever software you have, as I said, I’m using Picture Manager.
2. Crop your image to a square. For Picture Manager, go to Picture > Crop. Make sure that anything in the background you’d rather not share with the rest of Folksy is removed. If you look at the right of my screen below, you can (just about) see that the pixel numbers for height and width of the new image are the same under picture dimensions. It doesn’t matter how big it is, so long as the numbers are equal.
3. Once you’ve got it into a square, click ok. Now we’re going to resize it. Remember, the magic number for Folksy is 642 x 642 pixels. Go to Picture > Resize. In the right-hand menu, select custom width x height and enter 642 x 642. Click ok.
Then all you need to do is save it and upload it to your item listing as usual. Ta-daa!