This tutorial explains how to configure Pop-up windows for thumbnail images placed in the description area of your Product pages, (The pages where your individual artworks are displayed).
Before you begin this tutorial it will be helpful to know how to place linked images of your artwork on your product page and how to format those images to different sizes. If you want to learn these skills, please see the following tutorials by Byron
Section One . . . I have also added a Video tutorial corresponding to this section
Pop-up windows are a great way to provide a close up, or zoomed, view of an important detail in your artwork. The example below shows my photograph “Blue Eyes” along with a thumbnail of the lizard’s head in the description area.
Clicking on the thumbnail of the lizard’s head opens a Pop-up window displaying a larger view of the close up image as illustrated in the screenshot below.
The steps for setting up the Pop-up window shown above are as follows.
- 1.Prepare your thumbnail and large view images either by uploading new images to your account, (You may want to keep these private) or by using the guide provided by Byron in his tutorial How to post images of variable sizes. I used a 135×135 image for the thumbnail and an 800×800 image for the Pop-up view.
Note In most cases you’ll need to create a new image for the close up view that appears in the Pop-up window by cropping that section of your artwork for which you want to show a more detailed view.
- 2. Copy the image URL for the thumbnail view of the artwork you’ve selected and past it (!) in the description area of your product page.
- 3. Then copy the URL for the larger image that you want to appear in the Pop-up window and past it after the URL of the thumbnail image (:)
The combined URL code should look similar to the one illustrated below.
I’ve found that the easiest way to complete the steps outlined above is to open three tabs on your web browser. This will allow you to leave the page where you’ll be placing the Pop-up window in edit mode while you gather the image URL’s from their locations on the other tabs. Luckily, RB allows us to work on several browser windows, or tabs, simultaneously.
Section Two . . . I have also created a Video Tutorial corresponding to this section
Another way Pop-up windows can be utilized is to link related artwork such as suggested pairings and series. The Pop-up views allow visitors to see a larger, more detailed sample of related artwork without moving to the respective product pages.
A good example for such a scenario is my still life photograph “Lemon” featured in the screenshot below.
I suggest pairing “Lemon” with another still life in my gallery titled “Gala Apple”. so I added a framed thumbnail of that photograph to the description page for “Lemon” and used a Pop-up window to let visitors see it in large view without having to switch to the “Gala Apple” product page.
The large view of “Gala Apple” used for the Pop-up window was easily obtained by simply right-clicking on the main image from the “Gala Apple” product page and selecting the option “Copy image address”.
(The option for copying the image address, or URL, will vary depending on the browser you’re using).
After obtaining the URL’s I followed the steps outlined above for setting up the Pop-up window on the “Lemon” product page.
I’m sure there are other uses for this great new Pop-up gadget, and I encourage you to mention your ingenious applications for it in the comments section below.
In conclusion I acknowledge the expert help provided by fellow RedBubble artist George Row who took the time to explain and guide me through the process of adding Pop-up windows to product pages.