Image Requirements & Preparations

Images must be prepared prior to their being uploaded into Conductor.

Some users may have the resources and experience to use professional-grade software such as Photoshop to prepare images, but there are many alternatives. One popular and free option is fotor.com.

Consider Image Type

  • Use .jpg for most images. .jpg provides a good balance of image quality and file size
  • Use .png for images that require transparency (e.g., logos)

Manage Image Size

  • Images should have maximum file size of 80k.

Cropping and Other Alterations

  • Images should be cropped and saved with proper dimensions prior to upload.

Adding Images & Documents

On the Uploads page:

  1. Select “Add Files(s)” button.
  2. Select the file(s) to be uploaded.
  3. Select “Open” button.

Note: Images can also be added via the Uploads Browser on a specific page.


Image Description

The title given to an upload in Conductor becomes the image description when that image is inserted. The default title is derived from the filename of a file when it is uploaded. So, whether it is addressed in file name prior to upload, or by editing the title after upload, a good image description is vital.

Good image descriptions are important for a variety of reasons:

  • Good image descriptions allow Conductor admins to find an image easily.
  • Good image descriptions allow search engines to understand the images on a page (and, in turn, determine their relevance to a particular search).
  • Good image descriptions are also important for users using screen readers or assistive devices. The image description may be read aloud to a user who cannot see the image.

Therefore, a good image description is concise and descriptive.

Examples:

 

Notre Dame Students Cheer At A Women's Basketball Game

Image description for an active photo:

"Notre Dame students cheer at a Women’s Basketball game"


Main Building Covered In Snow

Image description for scenery:

"Main building covered in snow"


Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Image description for a portrait:

"Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C."


Editing Image Description

On the Uploads page:

  1. Locate the image in need of an updated description.
  2. Select “Edit.”
  3. Edit the existing title in the box that appears.
  4. Select “Save.”

Note: Image descriptions can also be edited via the Uploads Browser.