XIV. Adding Backgrounds
PhotoDay’s Backgrounds feature allows you to create a collection of backgrounds–up to 12 per collection–to give customers the choice of swapping backgrounds for different poses and products. Customers can mix and match poses and backgrounds for packages and products with a simple swipe and preview. They can rotate and zoom to crop the image on the background, and you can mix and match both horizontal and vertical images and backgrounds.
First you’ll want to set up your Background collection. From your Studio Dashboard, select Store > Backgrounds.
Tap the plus sign (+) on the upper right to add a new Collection. Name the collection. Then drag and drop up to 12 backgrounds into the window. Backgrounds must be sized to 2400 x 3000 pixels or 3000 x 2400 pixels, in RGB, JPG format.
Click Save and give PhotoDay a moment to prepare and upload your new background collection! If you run into upload errors, please double check your file sizes and color space.
Now you’re ready to add the Background Collection to your job. First, you’ll have to attach a Richmond Pro Lab Price Sheet (more labs will be supporting this feature soon) to the job in order to see the option to add backgrounds and upload PNG files.
You’ll then be able to click Settings and see the option for Backgrounds.
From here, you can select the collection(s) from which you’d like customers to be able to choose. You can also set a default background. This is the background customers will see when they first enter the gallery. Once finished, be sure to click Save to commit all changes. Next, you can now upload PNGs or a combination of both PNGs and JPG images to your gallery. Only PNGs will be eligible for background swapping, but you don’t have to limit your gallery.
Quick notes about designing your backgrounds:
Before you start designing your own backgrounds, we recommend you read the following articles to ensure that what you see is what your customers will get.
You can drag and drop up to 12 backgrounds into the window. Backgrounds must be sized to 2400 x 3000 pixels or 3000 x 2400 pixels, in RGB, JPG format.
PhotoDay does not recommend adding text to backgrounds. Customers can crop the images on various sized products, and if you add too much text or detail, it could cause customer service & print issues.
Avoid uploading full length poses as PNG files. Keep your subjects cropped at their ankles, waist, or headshots. Floating feet are distracting and create an undesirable image for customers.
Blur your background a bit to give the final image dimension. If your background is tack sharp, and your image is a bit on the softer side, this could cause the final image to be less desirable.
What’s next? Adding photos to a job!