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How to download Getty Images for your posts

I’ve gotten a lot of inquiries about downloading Getty Images; several of you have been running into hurdles. I think it’s because we didn’t communicate a key piece of info when we sent out your logins: our license is limited to Easy-Access Downloads. Fortunately, they compose a large share of the images available to you on the site. This screencast walks you through the process of identifying and downloading images you can use.

How to download Getty Images from Matt Thompson on Vimeo.

How to add photos, videos and featured posts to your site

The screencast below walks you through the process of adding photos and videos to your posts, and featuring posts in the skybox at the top of your site. Several aspects of the process of adding photos and videos to posts merit special attention:

  • When adding a photo, be sure to add a caption. That signals the site to display the image properly, with the caption and credit in the appropriate places.
  • Cropping images: As you’re learning the system, refer often to Wes’ post about the best dimensions for image crops. You can crop photos from within WordPress by clicking “Edit image” within the “Add an image” dialogue box. (See this in action at 2:19 in the screencast below.)
  • Featuring a post requires two steps:
    (1) Make sure the post has a featured image (look for “Set featured image” from within the post composition page; when you’re adding an image to your post, you can also click on “Use as featured image” from within the “Add an image” dialogue box). (See this in action at approx. 4:38 in the screencast below.)
    (2) Make sure one of the boxes is checked under “Post Prominence” in the post composition page. (See 6:25 in the screencast.)
  • Adding video: To add a video from YouTube, Vimeo, or another popular video site, don’t drop in the embed code. Just paste in the link to view the video on the original site (e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjtzbLdPahg). (See this in action at 7:31 in the screencast.)

How to add a slideshow

Our revised slideshow format is engineered for simplicity and flexibility. Recommended dimensions of slideshow images are the same as recommended dimensions for large images in posts (the ideal photo is 620 pixels wide and 360 pixels tall; height matters less than width in this case), and must be saved in JPG format. While WordPress can “downsize” images that are larger than 620 pixels wide, it cannot “upsize” or make small images larger, so always upload images 620 pixels wide or larger.

The slideshow presentation has been optimized for horizontal images cropped at a 3×2 ratio, so whenever possible use a horizontal image. The slideshow will support other dimensions, but again: the ideal horizontal crop is 620×360. If you must use a vertical, the ideal crop is 300×400. Finally, the depth of vertical images should not exceed 400px.