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First Look: Bling! It image enhancement

updated 12:00 am EDT, Tue March 11, 2008

First Look: Bling! It

To sell items on auction sites like eBay, you need to show others what you're selling. Take a good picture of the most run-down item and it can still attract buyers. Take a lousy picture of the most valuable item and the picture alone can turn off potential buyers. To increase your chances of attracting buyers and making a sale, take the best pictures possible. If your pictures still look drab and dull, spice them up with Bling! It.

Bling! It makes it easy to remove a plain, ugly background from your pictures and replace it with a more colorful one. The fancier your items look, the more likely someone will want to buy it. The publisher, Vertus Tech, even claims that pictures modified by Bling! It can increase online sales by up to 20%.



Bling! It works in four steps. First, you load a picture into the program and Bling! It outlines all edges with blue lines.



Second, you drag a special Delete Background brush over all the background areas that you want to delete. As you delete parts of the background, Bling! It displays a preview window so you can see the entire appearance of your picture.



After erasing the parts of the background that you don't want, the third step is to resize, rotate, or move your image and then pick a new background, such as a solid background, an image stored on your computer, or one of many unique background images stored in Bling! It's library. You can even add shadows for an additional visual effect.



The final and fourth step is to define how much compression you need to create a small file size. To maintain the quality of your image, Bling! It compresses the background image first while leaving the focus of your image, the product you're trying to sell, untouched. This allows you to take advantage of file compression without the drawback of image corruption.



Bling! It offers one of the simplest and easiest ways to turn ordinary pictures into eye-catching images as quickly as possible. If you regularly sell items through online auction sites, the $49.95 cost for Bling! It will be more than worth it if it can increase your sales.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. randombob

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Original

    Ha. I prefer the original. At least I can tell it's real. The "Product Photo" looks so fake that I'd be turned off of buying it.

    If I were considering a Winblows peecee that is.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    I agree

    When I look at auctions, I always want to see a real picture of the item, not a stock photo. Deleting the background always makes me question whether the seller is trying to pull a fast one.

    You're better off taking good pictures at the get go, paying attention to lighting, background and composistion. If you host large, detailed pictures and include them in the auction, I've noticed people are quick to bid on your item

    For instance, I had the previous generation Apple wireless keyboard which I put up for auction on eBay. I set the "Buy It Now" price at $5 below the original retail and it sold in 2 days for that amount. Why? Because I took the time to set up good lighting and a non-distracting bacground. 15 minutes can make a big difference in selling price. If you want to post better pictures, learn to take better pictures.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: i agree

    I set the "Buy It Now" price at $5 below the original retail and it sold in 2 days for that amount. Why? Because I took the time to set up good lighting and a non-distracting bacground. 15 minutes can make a big difference in selling price.

    Did the buyer actually say "Hey, I bought your keyboard because of the picture!"? Or did you just put two and two together?

  1. dampeoples

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Yes

    Yes, I did thank him for taking such a nice picture of the keyboard I bought from him. I was looking through the auctions, and that one caught my eye.

    b****** screwed me over on the shipping price, though.

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