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Technical Image File Requirements

The image should meet the following technical requirements:

  • File format should be JPEG/JPG, PNG, TIFF or GIF (JPG preferred).
  • Color should be RGB or CMYK (RGB is preferred because CMYK color sometimes shows color tonal variations when displayed on our website). See Image color section below.
  • Resolution should be at least 72 dpi.
  • Images should be 1,600 pixels or larger on the longest side. This minimum size requirement enables the zoom function on the website. Zoom has been proven to enhance sales.
  • Files cannot exceed 10,000 pixels on the longest side.

Most image editing software includes a function that indicates and lets you change the pixel dimensions. If you do not have image editing software, but the image will display in a browser, you may be able to right-click and view the image properties to indicate the pixel dimensions.

For the best results, submit your images with minimal or no compression. Resizing small images to be larger reduces image quality.

For JPEG images, save at the highest possible quality level and avoid resaving the image in JPEG format while editing the image. For TIFF files, do not apply any file compression. Remove layers from all images before submitting.

Our servers can only accept images that are formatted to our specifications. We reserve the right to reject images that do not meet our content standards, even if the images meet the technical formatting specifications.

We do NOT accept images submitted in these formats We do NOT accept file formats that are proprietary to a specific software application, including, but not limited to
  • EPS (Encapsulated Postscript File)
  • BMP (Windows Bitmap)
  • PDF (Portable Document Format)
  • PSD (Native Photoshop Files)
  • IA (Adobe Illustrator)
  • ART (America Online)
  • CDR (CorelDRAW)
  • CPT (Corel Paint)
  • FH (Macromedia Freehand)
  • FLA (Flash), .PICT (MAC OSX default)
  • PSP (Paint Shop Pro)
  • DOC (Microsoft Word)

Image Color

Our customers use a wide variety of displays that render colors differently. It is likely that colors you see on your screen are different from what someone else sees. To ensure your images display accurately, follow our image color specifications.

Color Mode Description Accepted?
RGB RGB is the color mode native to the web and most color screen displays. RGB stands for red, green, and blue. These three colors displayed at varying levels of intensity create over 16 million colors. The RGB color space is used for product images. Yes
CMYK CMYK tends to show color tonal variations when displayed on a website, since this color mode is designated for printed materials not web display. Not preferred. Use RGB instead.
Grayscale Grayscale is a color mode that is used both in print and on the web. The grayscale color space uses 256 shades of grey to create images. The grayscale color mode can be used for images on Amazon.com only when it accurately depicts the color of gray or silver metal products.

Color Profiles and Color Display

ICC color profiles are a type of data stored in an image to indicate how electronic equipment interprets color data. These are useful in the printing industry to ensure color accuracy, but are not commonly used for web display.

Images which rely on a specific color profile for accurate color display may not appear as intended on Amazon.

To ensure color accuracy, submit files that use the RGB or working color format. To convert your image profile to RGB or Working RGB you must have image editing software that has that capability.

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