Images should be good quality, face-on, readable, correctly oriented and free of any copyright, watermark, url, or other marks (e.g. eBay logos). Images must preferably be of the exact release they are attached to, please make sure of this by checking the catalog numbers or other specific identifiers. Do not add images of releases with different catalog numbers, labels etc.
Try not to combine multiple items (e.g. CD + case or vinyl + sleeve) in one image. Each item should have its own image.
For consistancy of quality, please make sure to submit series of pictures instead of only one (i.e. at least the front, back and CD). If available, CD / DVD etc booklets and other goodies are acceptable as well. Picture discs, colored vinyl, and other interesting media should be photographed as clearly as possible, preferably without flash.
There is no need to have several versions of the same view, nor ultra-detailed images. OBIs of, for example, Japanese releases should have their own images.
Please do not steal or copy images from other sites!
All images should have a height of max. 1000 pixels. Any images with sizes outside of this boundary will automatically be resized. Images that have a height of less than 400 pixels will be accepted, but will be candidates for replacement.
Try to keep your images as clear as possible. Possible problems include over compressed images, heavy JPEG artifacting, poor resizing, or visible pixelation. Please ensure you make your image look as good as possible before submitting it!
Optimally, all covers should be photographed or scanned at a 90-degree right angle perpendicular to the camera. Some mild variation is ok, but excessive angular distortion will cause the image to look bad.
Edges of text and lineart should be crisp and well-defined. Some care should be taken to ensure that as much text is as readable as possible.
Wherever possible, dimensions of an image should conform to the actual aspect ratio of the original source. Most covers should be completely square, and cropped to remove any trace of the background within reason.
In certain low light level situations, using a flash will be almost unavoidable. Please try to keep visible flash reflections to a minimum. Better images can be obtained by using a tripod and slower shutter speeds rather than flash.
The color of any image should accurately reflect the actual color range of the given artwork. When taking photographs, it is recommended to perform at least rudimentary color correction if at all possible.
Here are some example of non-prefered images:
|Multiple items, ebay logo
||Multiple items, unnecessary closeup||Too bright due to flash||Multiple items, visible background, angled, shadow||Visible background, bottom side cropped||Slight angle, out of focus, visible reflection|