EbayEd – Ebay Image Editor

About 5 months ago my Mum started using Ebay, she asked me to take some photos that she could use to show off what she was trying to sell – which I did. Problem was they were massive, I always take my photos at the highest size my camera supports (4/5 mega pixels, can’t remember exactly and too lazy to find out) and uploading a 3+ meg photo that will then be shrunk to 400 x 400 is pretty pointless, so I would go in cropping and scaling the photos.

To start with it was ok, the odd picture here or there, but when she started doing 20 photos at a time it took longer and longer to do. Also, me being busy (erm… lazy) meant she also had to wait for me to edit the photos. I decided it would be easier for everyone if she could edit the pictures herself.

Enter EbayEd…

screenshot of EbayEd

My solution was to write a small application designed specifically for cropping, scaling, and saving photos for Ebay. It’s designed for people who don’t generally use computers (my Mum) and is cheaper than Photoshop (it’s free). I was going for the ‘less is more’ approach to EbayEd so there are no complicated features, and there is nothing difficult to learn. You load an image, rotate if necessary, position and size the output frame, and hit save.

If you know what you’re doing this isn’t all that much harder to use than Photoshop but for the uninitiated it saves having to explain about image resizing, cropping, the difference between save and save for web, and the pros and cons of different image formats – and it’s free (did I mention that?).

What used to take me 30 minutes now takes 3. I suspect it will take Mum a bit longer since she has to learn to use it, but once she gets the hang of things there’ll be no stopping her.

Download EbayEd for Free

On the 3rd May 2024, I had to remove the EbayEd download because Google said it was malware. Fortunately it wasn’t a popular download so I doubt anyone will miss it 🤷.

Was it good/ useful/ a load of old rubbish? Let me know on Mastodon, or BlueSky (or Twitter X if you must).

Link to this page

Thanks for reading. I'd really appreciate it if you'd link to this page if you mention it in your newsletter or on your blog.

Related Posts

27 Mar 2011

TimThumb Proportional Scaling

Moving the crop position used to be the most requested TimThumb feature – but then I added it, and so something else had to step up and replace it.The next most requested feature is proportional image scaling. To be honest,...
05 Oct 2021

Randomness with PHP

When I was making my generative art I needed to generate a lot of random things. The simplest way to do that with PHP is to use the rand() function.The rand() function selects a random integer (whole number) between 0...
19 Aug 2010

Using TimThumb Part 3: Image Filters

So far I have documented the basic TimThumb functionality, and how to resize images that are on external domains and now things can get interesting. In this part I will talk about some of the features that have been available...
01 Jul 2014

I No Longer Use TimThumb – Here’s What I do Instead

Last week there was a second exploit found in TimThumb. Thankfully it was no-where near as bad as the first one – but it raised an interesting question of whether TimThumb is even needed anymore.TimThumb was made to be useful...
21 Feb 2012

Complete TimThumb Parameters Guide

It was recently pointed out to me that there’s no single place to get a list of all the TimThumb parameters so I thought I would put together a page explaining them, and link to the relevant tutorials/ explanations.TimThumb Parameters...
21 Mar 2014

How to Get Started With WordPress Theme Development

I was asked recently how to get into WordPress themeing and so I thought I would answer publicly. Perhaps my thoughts can help others.When I first started using WordPress things were much simpler. The default theme was an index.php and...