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Preparing Artwork and Text Files
Optimizing your images for the Web
When preparing images for the Web, it is important to remember that smaller files (in kilobytes) load faster. However, files that are too small can result in image distortion. You need to balance these criteria as you prepare the image files for the Web.
We recommend image widths to be between 1000 and 2000 pixels. The images wider than 600 pixels are automatically watermarked with your name and copyright statement in high-resolution views (e.g. on the Enlarge page).
Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to prepare an image for the Web using Adobe Photoshop:
Click on the small arrow in the Quality control and you will get a sliding control underneath. Moving it left or right gives you an ability to change image file size. When you move the arrow, take a look at your image; the file size information will appear in the left bottom corner. Your goal is to make file size to be under 1 MB.
For the detailed instructions on preparing images for the Web, click here: http://www.mesart.com/html/imageoptimization.shtml.
File size requirements
Required file format is jpeg with file extension JPG.
Image width has to be minimum of 550 pixels and recommended to be between 1000 and 2000 pixels.
File size: no larger than 1 MB.
Recommended resolution: 72 pixels/in. You can use a higher resolution as long as the image does not exceed the file size requirement.
File naming requirements
The image has to be saved as a JPG document and have no spaces within the file name.
For example: * Incorrect name: Spring Dunes.dat * Acceptable name: SpringDunes.jpg
Uploading Artwork Files
To upload artwork files:
Note for Portfolio and Open Studio accounts: in the ‘Page’ field, select page number or select the ‘Start new Page’.
Note for Artist Studio and Artist Gallery accounts: in the ‘Series’ field, specify textual or numeric name for your page.
To sort artworks:
Using this tool you will be able to move the images inside a page as well as between pages. You can also move (reorder) the pages.
Search engine tips:
Don't forget to:
Artwork Keywords and Descriptions
If you have unique titles for your works and include specific descriptions for each of your pieces, this will greatly increase the frequency of search engine results for you and your art. Collectors will often search according to a specific theme, subject matter or idea.
Additionally, completing the keywords field on the “My Artwork” page will also help improve your web presence by providing search engines with the specific information which increases your relevance in search results.
Text for Your Website
Information about you and your art will make your site more interesting to visitors and potential buyers.
Your MesArt website is designed to include your short bio (up to 50 words), a biographical statement and individual artwork descriptions. We recommend that you create these first as text file(s) on your computer, and copy and paste then into the MesArt online forms. This will save you time when filling out our online forms.
Difference between a short bio and a biography
The short bio (up to 50 words) is displayed in the MesArt artist listings (example: Artist Studio listing), while the biographical statement is displayed on the biography page of your website. You may include your biography, artist’s statement or resume on the biography page.
Editing and replacing text
Throught your MesArt account, you may change or replace images and text at any time. Whenever you need to make adjustments, simply click on the 'Login' link at the top area of MesArt homepage, and click on the appropriate buttons: