As more and more people share their wonderful creations in the gallery, we are spending more and more time maintaining it. There have been several issues lately, and I just wanted to outline a few things that can help you avoid having them.
1. Give your FILE a unique name BEFORE YOU UPLOAD IT
. When you scan or take a picture of your creation, change the file name on your computer to something unique rather than a number like 1.jpg, or scan001.jpg. When files have the same generic name as others (which is the case a LOT lately), they will get removed when we scan for duplicate posts. So. . .try something like your username_petalprints1.jpg and yours won't get deleted!
2. Please CROP your picture to showcase your creation!
I've re-done several uploads to focus on the card rather than the white backdrop you get when you scan. It takes a little bit of time, but the end result is that it's easier for people to appreciate the work you've done!
3. Only upload JPG FILES
. Anything else will jam up your upload queue, and Daven will have to go in and fix it while you wait.
4. Watch your FILE SIZE
. Max size for the gallery is 640x480 pixels, but the gallery software will take care of that for you if you are unsure about reducing yourself. Mainly what you get through doing it yourself is shorter upload time (because the files are smaller when reduced). By tweaking the images yourself you also have to opportunity to do any color correction, cropping, watermarking, etc. that you want.
5. When you upload your creation, PUT THE FILE IN A SPECIFIC GALLERY
. Anything you upload will automatically be loaded into your Member Gallery. We have galleries by set, by technique, by type of creation (anything but a card, scrapbooking, events, stampin' spaces, etc). . . and if there is not a gallery that fits, leave it in your member gallery. We'll move it if we see a place for it.
6. Fill out the Stamps, Ink, Paper, Technique, Accessories Fields!
The more complete your information the easier it is for others to find your work.
7. Uploads are approved Monday - Saturday.
Our Gallery Moderators work hard through the week to ensure that the gallery is neatly organized, and have Sunday off. Read this front page story
for more info. If you must upload on Sunday, please know that your uploads will not be approved until Monday morning.
PS: If you're a Fan Club
member, one of the perks is that your uploads will go through instantly. Please make sure that your uploads are properly categorized.
WHEW! If you'd like to read more on how you can make the gallery experience better, read this article
For more tips on scanning or photographing your creations, check this
thread or this
Thanks for your help with getting the uploads approved and in the gallery faster!