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Michelle Calkins

2 Years Ago

Do You Try To Keep Your Images View Organized?

I have my portfolio default set to "galleries" of course, but have found it harder and harder (as time goes on and more images are loaded) to keep the mass images view organized. Anyone have any tips? Do you try to group sets and similar images together overall or do you just depend on the galleries to do that?

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Hi Michelle...I keep to Galleries, too, and have noticed the Images get jumbled even after I resettle the art...slightly annoying waste of time @200, can't imagine you doing it with your volume,lol.
And, in search Artist here..own name......everything is out of place, and immoveable !

 

Michelle Calkins

2 Years Ago

I wish there was an easier way to drop and drag or some such thing :)

 

Kathleen Bishop

2 Years Ago

Drop and drag would be way easier.

 

Donna Proctor

2 Years Ago

I use galleries also so that when someone visits, they don't automatically see just my uploads. Of course, I always add each upload to the appropriate gallery.
I used to try to keep the "images" tab consistent even though a potential customer lands on "galleries" but it's tedious and I can't be bothered with it anymore.
Drag and drop would be way easier - much more effective for the end user - US! ;)


--Donna Proctor

 

Michelle Calkins

2 Years Ago

My bread and butter seems to be selling in sets so I just try to keep pieces meant to go together in some kind of order.

 

Donna Proctor

2 Years Ago

Michelle -
I can understand that.
If most of my art is abstract it would be much easier for me and I may well decide to use the "image" tab instead. There would be consistency.
I paint and shoot photography - and I don't claim a "style" of any sort, so not a lot of consistency using "images" for me.

 

Michelle Calkins

2 Years Ago

Thanks Donna! That makes sense~

 

Bradford Martin

2 Years Ago

I very often sell in multiples so I group my images view by topic. You never know where the person is going to land so I give them something similar when they go to the next image. It is ridiculously tedious so I am a bit behind on it.

 

Kathleen Bishop

2 Years Ago

My default is set to gallery view but it would probably be a good idea to populate the first couple artworks pages with eye-catching pieces in case a buyer wanders there.

 

Mike Savad

2 Years Ago

nope. i don't recall (unless it was slipped in), if the site will sort it alphabetically or not. but i name things by category and get them to nest that way in zazzle. i'd like the same for here as well. the number system is really cumbersome, especially when you have 3 pages of images.


---Mike Savad

 

I try to keep my series and sets organized within each gallery. I also clean up the first two or three pages of my 'Image' tab, when I think about it.

At over 600 images and climbing, it's a losing battle -- but satisfying to make the attempt!

 

Kevin Callahan

2 Years Ago

Yes, I use galleries but I do try to keep my general site organized. I have 270 items and I try to keep first) my newest up front for a period, second) portrait paintings, then) other paintings, water colors, drawings, sculptures, and finally a few "extras" at the back where most are unlikely to make it... unless they wade through the first 11 pages.

 

Donna Proctor

2 Years Ago

I do have a few sets or 3 in a series and try to keep them positioned together when uploading and together within a gallery.

 

Bradford Martin

2 Years Ago

Most people will enter your portfolio through an FAA search or, if you market, a link to an image. They are going to land on an image in the middle somewhere. Above the image there is a next button and a previous button. It would be stacking the odds in your favor to have those buttons lead to something similar. Or at least not something totally unrelated. I once sold 10 similars. I often sell 2 or 3. I make it easy to find them. They may never even know you have galleries. But the next button is always there. BTW the first thing I put in my bio is that my portfolio is organized into galleries. Getting people out of the search and engaged in your portfolio is key to selling.

 

Good points, Bradford.

In my descriptions, I always mention if a piece is part of a set or series that is also sold here. For smaller sets (2 or three pieces) I usually mention the titles of the other pieces, just in case a buyer goes looking.

However, just yesterday I had a buyer who chose just one of a 2-piece set, so . . .

 

Donna Proctor

2 Years Ago

I always mention the corresponding titles in the description; something I learned from my early Z days.

@ Bradford - good advise re's customers landing in the middle of somewhere :)

 

Michelle Calkins

2 Years Ago

Good points Bradford...so I guess I'm not off the hook in organizing the mass :(

 

Bradford Martin

2 Years Ago

A good way to start is to assign a number to each gallery or part of the gallery. like 1, 50, 100, 150, etc. Then go through the images and send them off to the number that correlates to that gallery. That at least lumps them near each other. Then you can go through again and get them in more exact order.
When I started here there were 2 next buttons. If you were in the gallery view and hit the wrong next button you would get thrown into the image order. So I used to sync the views. Sean fixed that but I continue to keep a rough order to make it easier for those that randomly ended up in the image view from a search link, contest, group or off site link.

 

Patricia Strand

2 Years Ago

Aha! I just tried a search and landed on one of my images, but the image was not within my gallery, so when I hit the next button, it went to the next image that was uploaded, NOT the next image in the gallery. Oh, man. This is going to be a lot of work. One thing that would help would be to NOT have zero as a number. My brain doesn't think that way. Number one to me is number one, not zero. I keep tripping myself up that way when organizing within my galleries.

Bradford, I don't follow you in assigning a number... going to get another cup of coffee and see if I can wake up my brain.

 

Michelle Calkins

2 Years Ago

I'll think of it like golf...pitch the image in there close (to the spot you want it number-wise) and then go for the hole.

 

Heidi Hermes

2 Years Ago

Mine are sorted by type (by city, mostly), but after awhile it just became too much maintenance so I switched to Gallery view and will see how I like it. I get so sick of busy-work because of Zazzle, I have no patience left for other sites.

 

Paul Freidlund

2 Years Ago

I am just setting up galleries, is there any way I can tell if a image is in a gallery, or if I have it in multiple galleries, or if I forgot to put an Image in a gallery.

 

Michelle Calkins

2 Years Ago

Once you have a gallery set up you can go in to edit it and it will show you what images are in and out of it.

 

Bradford Martin

2 Years Ago

Patricia if you were to go through you whole portfolio and assign the number 100 to all the botanical images they would at least be lumped together. Each time you assign a new 100 the current one moves over a slot. That will make it easier to further get them in order without jumping across lots of pages. If you have a lot of botanicals then do another round. Assign number 100 for flowers and another number for trees. Then when they are real close you can do an exact order if you like. Pitch and putt.

 

Walter Holland

2 Years Ago

In a word, yes. I have not been here very long, but when I started I knew it would be a good thing to somehow keep the images “ordered” in the sort of way one may see images displayed on the walls of a brick and mortar art gallery.

As a matter of fact, on the small but distinct group I manage here, (Distinctive Images) I am very careful to order the images featured on the homepage.

I have very little control of how the images in the gallery for the group are ordered. :-(

And yes, I use the default gallery setting so that when someone clicks on my “avatar” one sees the galleries first. But then, one may never know when a viewer decides to see “all images”. (I often do such when viewing the galleries/images of other artists here. :-)


 

Bradford Martin

2 Years Ago

I have been working on this as time permits. This is a very important thing to do. Just having galleries is not gong to do it. Only a small amount of viewers will land in a gallery or start from the profile page. We do that. Buyers don't. Most will enter your portfolio through an image from the search or one you posted. Then they have the most obvious choices of either buying it or clicking the next or previous button. Or leaving your portfolio. You have to hope if they don't buy it they will look at the next thing in your port and buy that. For me if they were looking at dolphins I want to another dolphin to be in the next or previous slot or both. Sometimes i think it is obsessive-compulsive, but I look at my views and my multiple sales and I know this is a must.

 

Adam Jewell

2 Years Ago

I wish it was possible to set a default position where a new image would automatically go in a gallery and in the overall list of images. That way the first 3 pages or so of images could stay consistent until something really awesome was uploaded that I wanted to put in the top-100.

 

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