Printable guide by Carlyne Lynch in 2 formats:
The guide above differs slightly from the information on this page, which is more frequently modified by user feedback.
NOTE: For your “Gallery” to display to others you must turn it on in your “My Account” settings. However, we suggest you wait until all your images are loaded and text finalized before doing so. Otherwise you’ll be showing off your work half finished.
Get Started: Prepare your photos
Take the best photo you can. We hope to add a guide to photographing glass in the near future.
Please make sure each photo is not larger than 1MB in file size. Paint (Windows) or Photos (Mac) come with your operating system and can resize your images. There is also a free online image resizer at https://resizeimage.net/
Cover photo (the large background photo in the main Member’s Gallery image and #1 on the My Profile image): at least 1000 pixel by 370px or a similar 2.7 to 1 ratio. Note that the profile photo obscures the center of the cover photo in the Gallery view and in the lower left on your own page. NO ADDED TEXT on this one please.
Profile Photo (#2 above): Use a photo of your face: people want to know they are buying from a real person, not a glass making machine. Plus that helps us match the person to the wonderful art you make when we see you at an event. It will be a small 190px circle. Upload an image not too much larger. You can resize, center, and crop after uploading to make the circle.
Prepare your text (#3 in the image above)
You control what shows up in the main Gallery by what you enter in the About tab (Business name and website). Name, phone, city and state come from your “My account” entries.
You can also enter a 179 character description under your cover photo. DO NOT copy and paste this from Word or a similar program with formatting. Use a text editor like Notepad (Windows) or Notes (Mac) or re-type on the website. The formatting of the typical word-processing program will quarrel with the HTML of the website.
Art photos Click Gallery tab (#4 above): You can have up to 9 images on your personal Gallery page. 600 px wide is probably fine unless you need people to zoom-in to examine fine detail. A high res, 24″ monitor shows the enlarged Gallery image at 536 px. Most cell phones display images at not more than 600 px wide (a few are 650). The larger the image files you use, the longer your load times. Please do not exceed 1mb per image.
Using the same length on all images in a row is important, otherwise the software stretches them to match the longest image. Easiest is to make them all square.
Edit your Profile. One way to get there is to go to My account from the log-in window, click on View Profile under your name. (or under the For Members menu tab>My Profile)
Click on the gear icon on the right, under the cover photo,
Choose Edit Profile.
Click on each of the top 3 areas in turn and load
1) your cover photo,
2) your profile image,
3) Type in your 179 character description
4) Edit your “About” details
In the form enter any info you want potential customers to see.
Push Update Profile at the bottom
Add your “Gallery” photos.
Switch to your Gallery tab (#4 in image above). Click on the “+Add Photo” on the lower left and load each of your photos, up to a maximum of 9.
You can click on each photo and add a description on the right. Note that the viewer will have to be interested enough to click on the photo to see the description.
Show up in the Gallery
The last step is to go back to “My Account”. You can either click on the gear icon on the right side of your profile in the gallery and choose “May Account”, or find it under the “For Members” on the top menu (#1 in image).
Click on the “Privacy” tab (#2), and click yes to “show my profile in the Members’ Gallery” (#3)
Click “update privacy” (#4)
Now log out (“For Members”>Log out) and look at your entry in the Members’ Gallery as if you are any visitor. Click on your image and check your page. Click on each of your images to see the description if you added one. Click your website link if you entered one.