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PictureTrail and Auction Templates

PictureTrail.com is an image sharing service popular among eBay sellers and other small businesses. In this tutorial, we will walk through the process for uploading graphics and product photos to be used with an eBay auction template. Although auction templates may vary, the procedure is basically the same.

Once you have logged in to your account, you will want to create a new album (folder) for your auction listing. This album will hold all the graphics and product photos for this one auction. By creating a separate album for each auction listing, it is easy to manage your auctions. When an auction has ended, just simply delete that album from your PictureTrail account.

Step 1. Click on the Manage Photos tab at the top of the screen.

Step 2. Click on the Create Another Album button and fill in the information for your new album. Because we are only using this album for your auction, you just need to give the album a title and password (optional). Use a title that will match your eBay listing. For example, if I were listing a Queen Anne antique doll, I could name the album “QueenAnneDoll”.

Step 3. Once you click the Update button, you will be back at the Manage Photos screen. Click on the Upload Photos link to open the Web Browser Uploader. This form will allow you to upload 5 to 15 images at one time. Use the drop-down menu to set the number of uploads to 15.

Step 4. Go to the folder on your computer that has all your auction images. Add the auction template's graphics including your customized logo. Next, you will select all of your product photos. When you have selected all of the images for this eBay listing, click the Upload Pics Now button.

Step 5. Now, you are ready to get the image URL’s that you need to complete your template. Click on the Image URLs tab at the top of the screen. On the next screen, you will see a drop-down list of all the albums that you have in your PictureTrail account. Click on the album that you just created for our auction and you will get a list of thumbnail images of the graphics and photos in this album. Under each thumbnail are four URL’s. Of these four URL’s, the one that you need to copy and paste into the template is called the Direct Image Link. Here is an example of the URL.

Direct Image Link

http://pic.picturetrail.com/11111/33333/555555.jpg

Step 6. Open a text editor such as Windows® Notepad. Copy and paste each URL for every graphic and photo into the file. First, type the name of the graphic such as "background image 1". Just under the name of the graphic paste the URL. Save your file with the name of your auction.

Step 7. Now, open your auction template into the text editor. The author of the template has indicated where each URL should be pasted within the HTML code. Copy and paste the URL from your file into the correct location in the template.

Step 8. To preview your auction template, open yhr auction template into a web browser.




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