Introduction to Pictures in Listings
Pictures make an item more appealing, and give buyers a better idea of the item's appearance. A picture that is stored on the eBay site is stored under eBay Picture Services (EPS). A self-hosted picture is stored on a different site. At least one picture is required for each listing. Using lots of high-quality pictures is a great way to help sell your item. Up to 12 pictures can be added to any listing in any category at no cost. Up to 24 pictures can be added for motor vehicle listings, but the seller is charged $0.15 for each picture beyond the first 12.
- All listing must have at least one image.
- Images must be at least 500 pixels on the longest side. Original pictures that are 1600 pixels on the longest side are ideal, but it is not recommended that the seller just enlarge smaller images to this length/
- The maximum image file size is 12 MB.
- The length of the 'width' plus 'height' of an image must be equal to or less than 9000 pixels.
- Images cannot have borders.
- Images cannot have seller-added text or seller-added artwork.
- With the exception of books, movies, or video games, sellers cannot use an eBay catalog stock photo as the primary photo for a used item.
- Images must be in JPG, BMP, GIF, TIF, or PNG format.
- The GIF87 format is not supported.
- Transparent layers in PNG images are not supported and are converted to black.
- TIF images with transparent background are not supported - the transparency can result in a black image.
- JPG images must use the RGB color space. The CMYK color space is not supported. See CMYK Color Format for information about detecting images using the CMYK format and how to convert them to RGB.
- Images in TIF and BMP are converted to JPG.
- The recommended JPG quality is 90 or greater.
Best Practice: If you use image processing editors or utilities to prepare your pictures for uploading (for example, to crop, rotate, or color correct your images), avoid using the "Save for the Web" commands (or other picture-saving options) in your program. These commands often result in reduced image quality after the uploaded pictures are processed by EPS. Instead, use the standard Save command with your image-processing tools.
Important to note: Self-hosted pictures must meet these requirements. However, when creating a listing, self-hosted pictures cannot be checked to ensure that they comply with the picture requirements. Self-hosted pictures that do not comply, may not show up in the listing and revising or relisting the item may fail due to picture requirement violations.
Additional Information About Using Pictures
For more information on adding pictures to listings, see Working with Pictures in an Item Listing and the following eBay help pages.
Adding photos to your listing
Photo quality requirements
Take great photos
Using Picture Pack
For more information on controlling the display of pictures in a listing, see the description of the Item.PictureDetails.PhotoDisplay field in the AddItem call reference.
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