Fix up your photos after they've been taken.
There's more to image preparation than simple crops and rotations. When presentation really matters, you may want to take a few extra minutes to make your auction photos look perfect.
Be careful not to doctor the photo so much that it misrepresents the item being sold. Try to strike a balance between making your photos look professional and setting a reasonable expectation [Hack #50] with your bidders.
Regardless of how you take your photos [Hack #70] and get them into your computer [Hack #73] , you'll eventually end up with one or more image files. But before you send them to eBay or upload them to your web server [Hack #76] , you'll need to prepare your images, and for that, you'll need an image editor.
A good image editor will be able to do the following:
Read, write, and convert all popular image file formats [Hack #73]
Basic image manipulation, such as crop, resize, and rotate
Basic touch-up, including clone, line, and text tools
Basic color adjustments, such as contrast, brightness, and color balance
Batch processing (converting or modifying a group of files in one step)
Here are some of the image editors currently available, including both free and commercial applications:
Easily the best photo editor available, Photoshop will do just about anything you'll ever need when it comes to processing auction photos. The Windows and Macintosh versions are practically ...