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Cropping cover photos on Timeline Images

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As some of you may know, on Timeline Images, in addition to the whole Dreamstime collection, we also have a section of featured images.

Users also have the option to search only for pre-cropped images, and we learned that having them pre-cropped drastically increases their chances to sell. So, we decided to keep the pre-cropped versions of the photos already tested and downloaded by users until now.

You too can pre-crop your photos (or fellow contributors' photos) in order to be presented to the final user as a cover photo, when you enter the preview mode of each regular image and press "crop it". Subject to our review, the pre-cropped version will be saved in the database.

This is an opportunity to generate a few sales, and it's also a good way to educate users in respect to copyright when using the social media platforms.

The feature is now live, so if you want to increase your chances to sell through Timelineimages.com, pre-cropping your images is a good way to start :)

During our review of the pre-cropped version, we also pick the most beautiful images out there to be featured in the Best Facebook Covers collection, the place where most of our cover images are downloaded from.
Posted: 09/13/2013, 08:28:08 AM
I believe that it would be more productive to send a mass email to all contributors as well as posting this on the forums. Many, er Most, don't come to the forums. Yes, it is on the home page but many don't stop there on a regular basis. If you are a contributor that is not a page you look at often (well, I don't). Perhaps this in the works. If so, kudos.
Posted: 09/13/2013, 11:40:27 AM
Have tried going into "Timeline Images" but cannot see how it works as the preview mode shows but no "crop it" menu shows up to save the preview image.
Posted: 09/13/2013, 12:52:14 PM
Sorry, I'm a little confused as well. Where do we go to pre-crop our images? Thanks, K-
Edited: 1 minute ago
Can we just crop them in the standard format for a FB cover image? Also, is there another submission process?
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Posted: 1 minute ago
Go to any photo from TimelineImages.com, let's say this one. Press the "Preview" button under the image and a "crop it" menu will show up where you can crop the image.

Works only if you're logged in with Facebook, and only for uncropped images at this point.
Posted: 1 minute ago
I don't have a Facebook account and don't want one. Any way to have the crop feature available without a hook into Facebook?
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Posted: 1 minute ago
I'm with Wisconsinart. I don't want a facebook account, but I want to be able to crop images and have a chance to sell there. I hope another way can be found.
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Posted: 09/14/2013, 01:29:46 AM
same as Wisconsinart & Celiaak
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Posted: 09/14/2013, 03:02:42 AM
i am not happy with timeline images, because i had to opt out all Alliances of Dreamstime, when i don`t
wish to sell pictures for Facebook-usage!

There is an unacceptable discrepancy between the license legal of Timeline Images and Facebook!

Timeline Images FAQ:
"When you download an image from this site (Timelineimages.com), you also purchase an image license by which we grant to you a limited, revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable license on the image in question"
But in the terms of Facebook for uploading images they write:
"For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License)."

With an upload on Facebook i sublicense the Image to Facebook and what ever they want to do with it...
But this is not allowed with the license of TimelineImages
non-transferable vs. transferable AND sub-licensable

As a contributor i not agree, that Facebook can sub-license my images which are sold via Timeline-Images.
And as a customer i make an contract violation, when i upload the images on Facebook!!!
It looks like an confidence trick and i don`t take part on this "game"

The only answer i got from support is to opt out all Dreamstime-Alliances!!!

(sorry for my english; i am not a native speaker)
Posted: 09/14/2013, 03:52:44 AM
Facebook needs that kind of terms in order to sell Sponsored Stories and Ads. Legally, there's no other way of dealing with intellectual property rights regarding their advertising programs.

Any image downloaded from Dreamstime can be used on Facebook, so opting out just because of TimelineImages is not recommended. We developed TimelineImages just to make it easier for users to use our images as Facebook covers, not because they can't use, in social media, images directly from Dreamstime.

You can open a Facebook account specifically for this, there's no need to upload pictures of your family, specify personal information, or check in when you visit certain places in order to preview and crop pictures on TimelineImages.
Posted: 09/14/2013, 05:15:18 AM
Is there anyway to retrieve only our own images? I tried a search on my user name but that didn't work. thanks, K-
Edited: 09/14/2013, 06:17:45 AM
Ok I found 32 of my images (out of 3,000 possible) and cropped a few. The images from my portfolio seemed random and didn't make a lot of sense.

Most of them were not horizontal which makes little sense for a banner.
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Posted: 09/14/2013, 06:38:14 AM
FYI - I searched by my username
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Posted: 09/14/2013, 06:38:42 AM
Replace the username in this link. You may need to empty the cache of your browser if you already searched by a keyword.
Posted: 09/14/2013, 08:27:08 AM
Dudau, it can be difficult to find the homepage at times, and I rarely see it, could it not be added to the site map, at the base of pages? This appears to be a classic example, of admin knowing exactly where they are going and with what, but contributors are left trailing and confused. With these type of offers etc, could DT send an explanation in detail to all contributors, so none of us can say we havent seen it. This would keep all up to date, even if we dont look at the message boards for a couple of weeks.
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Edited: 09/14/2013, 09:48:27 AM
In order to make it possible for us to crop, is there the need to connect that FB account here in DT?
I was thinking creating a FB account to crop the images and then delete the account.
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Posted: 09/14/2013, 09:55:55 AM

Originally posted by Dudau:
Quoted Message: Replace the username in this link. You may need to empty the cache of your browser if you already searched by a keyword.

Have done all this and found one of my images and viewed it in preview selected the crop and then nothing else is there to do so crop doesn't happen.

What am I doing wrong?

Edited: 09/14/2013, 10:44:51 AM
Celiaak, you only need to log in with your Facebook account on TimelineImages.com.

@Red and Bobbrooky, I'm not sure I understand. If you're referring to this thread, this is posted:
- on the Message Boards, in the Day dreaming section;
- on the homepage in the News section;
- on our Facebook page
- on our Google Plus page;
- on our Twitter page
- and, probably, it will be included in our next newsletter

Most of our active contributors are following us on at least one of our Social Media accounts, or at least we hope so :)

Regarding TimelineImages.com, that's a standalone website developed by Dreamstime, and the link to it can be found in our footer, under the Tools tab.

I hope this answers most of your questions, and if you have more, I'll do my best to answer them :)
Posted: 09/14/2013, 10:52:22 AM

Originally posted by Ajv123ajv:
Quoted Message: Have done all this and found one of my images and viewed it in preview selected the crop and then nothing else is there to do so crop doesn`t happen.What am I doing wrong?

First of all, you have 865 images there. Be sure you clear the search box and refresh the page so you can see them all.

After you select the crop you don't have to do anything else, just click somewhere else and the crop will be saved.
Posted: 09/14/2013, 10:57:04 AM
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