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Adding photos to your listing
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Adding photos to your listing can help you increase sales, gives your buyers a more accurate idea of what to expect, and distinguishes your listing from others. You can upload photos to eBay, and you can also include photos that you've stored on another website.

Standard features and upgrades

You can add up to 12 photos for each listing. (Note: There is a fee to add photos to eBay Motors vehicle listings.)

The first photo appears in the top left of your listing and next to your item's title in search results. It's called the gallery photo.

The other 11 photos display in a viewer at the top left of your listing. We store copies of your photos on eBay, and they stay in your completed listings for up to 90 days, so they can be re-used when you relist or sell similar items.  

You can also use the Gallery Plus listing upgrade to show larger photos that appear in search results.

Using the photo uploader

To add photos to your listing:
  1. In the Add photos section of the listing form, click Add/Edit photos.

  2. Click Select photos from a file browser and find the photos you want to add to your listing. To select several files, hold down the Ctrl key (Windows) or the Command key (Mac) while you select the files you want to use.

  3. You can crop, rotate, and adjust the brightness and contrast of the photo shown in the preview window by clicking the button with the appropriate icon. Then click Apply.

  4. If you'd like, select optional photo upgrades. (These options may be pre-selected for you if they're free for your listing). When you're ready to upload the photos you've added and edited, click Upload.

Other things to know:

  • You can add photos of up to 7 MB in size.

  • You can add several photos to the upload window at the same time.

Copying photos from a web address

You can copy your photos from a website instead of uploading them from your hard drive. Your photos will then be automatically optimized, and will be stored by eBay.

To add photos to your listing:
  1. In the Add photos section of the listing form, click Add/Edit photos.

  2. Click Import from web.

  3. Find the photo you want to upload, and enter the URL in the field indicated. Click Add another to add more photos.

  4. Click Import to copy your photos into your listing.

Other things to know:

  • You can add photos of up to 12 MB in size.

  • Standardized copies of the photos are stored on our website for use.

Replacing photos

Replacing a photo using our photo uploader

  • Select Revise your item in My eBay, delete the existing photo from your listing, then upload the new photo.

Replacing a photo copied from a web address

  • If you're using a photo uploaded from a web address in your listing, and you'd like to replace the photo, you must use a new URL for the replacement photo.

To replace a photo copied from a web address:
  1. Take a new, clear photo that meets our requirements.

  2. Upload the picture to your hosting site using a new URL, rather than overwriting the photo at the existing URL (www.sample.com/OLDphoto.jpg to www.sample.com/NEWphoto.jpg, for example).

  3. Open your listing and go to the Add photos section.

  4. Click Add/Edit photos and delete the photo you'd like to replace.

  5. Click Import from the web.

  6. Enter the new URL of your replacement photo in the field indicated.

  7. Click Import to copy the new photo into your listing.

For Good 'Til Cancelled listings: If you're replacing a photo that doesn't meet our photo requirements, be sure to update your listing with the new URL once you've uploaded your new photo to the web. Our system won't be able to find your updated photo if the URL isn't changed in your listing. If you don't revise your listing with a new URL, your listing could be cancelled.

Adding a watermark to your photos

You can use our watermark creation service to add a camera icon, your eBay user ID, or both, as a watermark on your photo. Note: Watermarks are the only text that can be on your photo.

To add a watermark to your photos:
  1. Go to the Describe your item section of the listing form.

  2. Click Add or remove options, then select one or both watermark options:

    • Enable watermarking with my eBay user ID

    • Enable watermarking with the eBay camera icon

  3. Click Save.

  4. Continue filling out the form.

When you upload your photo, we'll apply the watermark you selected. If your user ID is more than 24 characters, the ID watermark is automatically shortened to 24 characters to ensure it will fit the photo.

Note: The watermark you selected applies only to photos you've just uploaded. Changing your selection doesn't add or remove watermarks from previously uploaded photos. Watermarks aren't available for photos uploaded using our quick listing tool.

If you'd like to create your own watermark on your photos, follow these guidelines:

  • We only allow watermarks for ownership and attribution

  • Watermarks shouldn't distract from the image

  • Watermarks can't serve a marketing purpose, such as specific details about your item or customer service

  • Watermarks should be no bigger than 5% of the total image area

  • Watermarks should have an opacity of no more than 50%

  • Links aren't allowed in watermarks

For more information on photos and quality requirements, visit the eBay Photo Center.

Best practices and quality standards

To make sure buyers get a good look at the item they're thinking about purchasing:

  • Try to use a photo that is at least 1600 pixels on the longest side. However, we recommend you don't enlarge smaller images to make them 1600 pixels. The photos you use must be at least 500 pixels on the longest side.

  • You can upload photos in these file formats:

    • JPEG (.jpg file extension)

    • PNG (.png file extension)

    • TIFF (.tif file extension)

    • BMP (.bmp file extension)

    • GIF (.gif file extension)

  • If your photo is in JPEG format, it should have a quality of 90 or higher on the 0-99 JPEG quality scale. We then optimize it for display in your listing.

  • Photos can't have borders or text on them, with the exception of a watermark showing that the photo belongs to you.

  • Listings must have at least one photo.

  • Only use a stock photo for a new, unused item. For all other items, upload a photo that shows its actual condition.

  • When using our catalog to list a used item, don't use a stock photo. Upload a photo of the item that shows its condition.

Before you start the upload process, rename your photo files with names that will help you remember what they are, and put them in a folder on your computer where you can find them quickly and easily in case you need them again.

Learn more about taking pictures and photo quality requirements.

For more information on other requirements for sellers and tips on how to meet—and exceed—buyers' expectations, read our Selling practices policy.

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