|Images provide a much-needed visual element to your emails. SharpSpring's Email Designer provides different ways of importing and using images.
This article will provide an overview on how to use images in emails.
Adding Layout Blocks Containing Images
Layout blocks are the foundation of emails created in SharpSpring. Images must be added into layout blocks.
The email designer allows you to drag, drop, and reorder layout blocks into your email to further customize it. Certain layout blocks come with image space.
To add layout blocks, do the following:
Note: Themed blocks are available only in emails created from designer templates.
Adding Image Elements to Layout Blocks
You can add image elements to emails from the Email Designer toolbar.
To add image elements, do the following:
A single large-sized image that extends across the entire
An image with editable dimensions. When the height
You can insert images into image elements in emails.
To insert images, do the following:
Important: Sending an email without descriptions attached to images will likely result in the email being flagged as spam. All inserted images must have a description attached.
Note: Image height can be edited in the Image Editor.
When inserting images or opening the image's settings through the Simple Editor, these settings are found in the General Settings tab.
|Source||The image's original source location.|
|The description attached to the image that displays when hovered over.|
|Width||The overall width, in pixels, of the image.|
When inserting images or opening the image's settings through the Simple Editor, these settings are found in the Advanced Settings tab.
|Style||The CSS style attached to the image in the email.|
|The margin, in pixels, around the top and bottom of the image.|
|The margin, in pixels, around the left and right sides of the image.|
|Border||The border thickness, in pixels, of the image.|
Adding Clickable Image Links
You can add clickable links to images in emails.
To add clickable links, do the following:
You can edit images with the Image Editor.
To edit images, do the following:
Important: Upscaling the dimensions of an inserted Image element can result in the image being stretched.
The Simple Editor and the Image Editor
When you click on an image, a small toolbar will appear. That toolbar, called the Simple Editor, has several features that let you quickly modify an image. The Simple Editor also houses the Image Editor.
SharpSpring's Image Editor can be used to add or edit images directly within the Email Designer. This means that, for simple image editing, you do not need an external image editor.
Simple Editor Features
The Simple Editor has several innate features.
|Rotates the image counterclockwise by 90 degrees.|
|Rotates the image clockwise by 90 degrees.|
|Flip Vertically||Flips the image vertically.|
|Flips the image horizontally.|
|Edit Image||Opens the Image Editor.|
|Image Options||Opens the image's General and Advanced settings.|
Image Editor Features
The Image Editor has many editing features available.
|Crop||Crops the image to the chosen size.|
|Resize||Resizes the image's dimensions through pixel values.|
|Orientation||Orients the layout of the image horizontally or vertically.|
|Brightness||Adjusts the overall brightness of the image.|
|Sharpen||Counteracts blur and sharpens the image's appearance.|
|Contrast||Modifies the contrast of black and white in the image.|
|Color Levels||Alters the image's levels of red, blue, and green.|
|Gamma||Corrects levels of luminescence in the image.|
|Invert||Inverts the image's colors.|
Regarding Uploaded Images and Upscaling
When you upload images into SharpSpring, be sure to upload an image that will accurately represent the size that you want to display it as. Otherwise, there may be issues with image scaling. This applies especially when setting uploaded content as background images. You will need to import images at a set resolution for them to render properly when set as background images.
In SharpSpring, the most common image scaling issue is upscaling, where the image is made to display as larger than its uploaded dimensions. When images with small dimensions are made larger, they are forced to upscale and become distorted, often appearing blurry or pixelated. For example, if you upload an image with a height and width of 200 pixels, it will best display at that size. If you try to use the image in a way that forces the image to become larger, it will upscale and not look as it did originally.
The best way to work with uploaded images is to upload images that conform to the specific dimensions of your emails, pages, or other content. Setting dimensions in a layout or template first and then uploading an image that fits those dimensions will limit scaling issues.
Currently, the generally accepted standard resolution for web pages is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall. However, there is no uniform standard, as there are many video displays that have resolutions that are larger than this.
Be aware that, when viewed on certain video displays, even those images that have been saved as and set to certain dimensions might not display correctly for every person who views your web page. What may look fine on one display might be distorted on another.