What size and ratio images should I use for the slideshow?

Our themes let you create a slideshow of images on your homepage. You can set the rotation frequency, and provide text over the slideshow image that links to a page in your store. Slideshow images should always be landscape orientation (wider than they are tall). The height of the slideshow on your site is completely dictated by the height of the tallest image you use. In the example below the slideshow height is set by the taller image (a city with trees), then the shorter image has a white space below. 

To avoid the extra white space below an image you must make all your slideshow images the same ratio (or size).

If you set your Slideshow to enable full-width, then use images that are 1920px wide. If the Slideshow is not set to full-width than use images that are 1200px wide. We suggest the following resolutions…

Full-width - 1920px x 900px 
Not Full-width - 1200px x 800px 

Cropping Images in Photoshop

Two of our favorite apps for image editing  are Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, but these apps can be a bit pricey. Another great option is Adobe Photoshop Elements. As an online store owner, it will be really important to invest in a good photo editor so you can provide the best images for your customers. 

Step 1

Open the image in Photoshop and on the top bar select W x H x Resolution entered the desired size. Click on your image and move it around within the cropping rectangle to choose what will be cropped. Finish by clicking the check mark in the upper right-hand corner. 

Step 2

From the main menu select File > Export > Export As.

Then choose Export All.

Cropping Images Using Free Alternative

If you just need a quick free option you can try online resizers like resizeimage.net. Here is an example of cropping an image using this site…

Step 1

Upload the image. Select Fixed Aspect Ratio and enter the size, then drag the rectangle box across your image and select Crop.

Step 2

Select JPG > Best Image Quality > Resize Image. Then click download image.