Your Source for St. Louis Illustration


Image and Content Preparation Guidelines

Preparing Your Image Files

Do not submit CMYK images. Convert any CMYK images to RGB before uploading. The best method to prepare images to to use Save For Web from Photoshop or Illustrator, or another Web-specific graphics application such as Fireworks. This will ensure the image is the right type of file, in the right color space.

  • Maximum Dimensions: Images should be no more than 1200 pixels wide, and no more than 750 pixels tall.
  • Minimum Dimensions: Images should be no less than 200 pixels in either direction.
  • File Size: Image file size should be no more than 500 KB per file.

Images that exceed the maximum dimensions will be downsized automatically. Images that are smaller than the minimum dimensions will be rejected.

Naming your Image Files

Name your image files as you want them named before uploading. After a file is on the system, it cannot be renamed, only replaced.

Use file names that describe the image, and use hyphens between words (no spaces between words). Underscores between words are acceptable, but hyphens are preferable (according to Google).

  • bird-in-tree.jpg
  • dog-with-bone.jpg
  • portrait-of-young-girl.jpg

Any character other than numbers, letters, hyphens, or underscores will be removed from the file name. If you have any other characters in the file name, that is okay, because they will be stripped out. But it is better to prepare the file names correctly yourself, so you can easily keep track of your image files in the future.

File names should have the correct extension for the file type. Acceptable file types are .jpg, .gif, and .png.


You do not need to create separate thumbnail images: the gallery system creates these for you. If on a specific image, the auto-generated thumbnail is a poor representation of the image (for instance, a portrait with the head cut off) you may create your own thumbnail, cropped as you wish, with the exact same name as the larger image. Email that to me, and I will replace the poorly cropped thumbnail.

Example: this thumbnail image could be recreated to avoid cropping through the boy’s face.


Please reserve this option for images that truly need it. Hopefully this will be an infrequent occurrence, mostly only needed for certain portraits or figure representations.

Thumbnails are 100 pixels square.


What you say on your Bio page is up to you. We call this item "About [Your Name]" on your gallery pages, so just tell your viewers and potential clients a little about yourself and your work.

Contact Info

To enter your contact information, you simply fill out the form presented to you on your profile page. You will be presented with a number of fields, but you only need to fill out the fields for information you want to share. For instance, there are two phone fields and a fax field, but you don’t have to fill in any of this information unless you want it published on the web site. Your name and email address are required, but everything else is optional.

If you find a field that you really need is missing on the contact form, let me know, let me know what that field is, and I’ll consider adding it.

All images are copyrighted by their respective creators, and may not be used without permission.