Adding Images

Catalog images are a great benefit to both buyers and sellers. Supplying images to the catalog gives you an opportunity to help the BrickLink community.

You can upload images using the Add Image page after reviewing the guidelines below.

Guidelines
    Concurrent item and image submissions
    • Item and image submissions are accomplished separately on different pages. You do not need to wait for a submitted item to be approved and in the catalog before you submit images for it. You do not need to be the item's submitter. The item must simply have been submitted before any image upload is possible. We encourage image submission to follow as soon as possible after item submission because an image can help catalog administrators evaluate the item submission. For more information on item submission, see Adding Items.

    Changing color assignment of current images
    • If it has come to your attention that an image in the catalog is assigned to the wrong color, do not simply submit an image under the correct color. Instead, alert the Catalog Administrators to reassign the current image's color by posting to the Catalog Requests Discussion Forum topic. If you feel you can supply a superior image you may submit it after the current image has been reassigned.

    Decorated items versus undecorated items
    • For items that are undecorated, that is, without a pattern applied, please do not submit an image showing a decorated version. Catalog entries for undecorated items will not describe them as such but if other entries exist specifically for decorated versions then their nature should be apparent.

    Set images versus Original Box and Instructions images
    • The three Item Types of Set, Original Box, and Instructions are related in BrickLink's Catalog design but each entry of each Item Type can have its own images. If you feel an existing Set image is somehow lacking, do not submit an image of the Original Box or Instructions to replace it. Much information of historical importance may be embodied in an old image of an old Set and the greater variety of images we have, the better.
    • Image of Original Box should be an image of just the box without the contents.

    Source / Crediting
    • For Parts and Gear Item Types, the image displayed by default on the Catalog Detail Page may not be the image for which credit is given on that page. This can happen if an image is selected for display from among those available for different colors and was not the first image for the item.
    • If the image is an original scan/photo, you can receive credit. If the image is later identified as originating or deriving from somewhere or someone else's image, any credit given to you may be replaced.
    • Images from LEGO Shop at Home are okay and can be credited to you.
    • Generally, you will lose credit if your image is replaced by one from another member.

    Image specifications
    • The minimum image size is 120 x 160 for Minifigs and 160 x 120 for Parts and all other item types.
    • The maximum size is 600 x 800 for Minifigs, 1600 x 1200 for Sets, Instructions and Original Boxes, and 800 x 600 for Parts and all other item types.
    • Images may be in .png, .gif or .jpg format.

    Additional images
    • If you have an image that shows important details not viewable in the main image, please consider contributing an additional image.
    • As a courtesy, please include a note for the Catalog Administrators when uploading.
    • Additional images should adhere to the same guidelines used for regular images.

    Quality
    • Image should have a transparent or white background.
    • Image should be clear and sharp. Please rescan or reshoot if yours is blurry.
    • Photographs or scans are preferred to instruction clippings.
    • If you resize an image, please maintain the aspect ratio. Aspect ratio is the ratio of width to height. If you don't resize properly, your image will be stretched or compressed. That can destroy image detail and mislead people about the shape and size of the item.
    • If you think your image is significantly better than an existing one, please upload.

    Preferences – We will accept any accurate image of decent quality when filling an empty image slot. But certain preferences come into play when choosing whether to replace an image or move it to a different position. Here are some basic guidelines:
    • For sticker sheets, instructions, catalogs and other literature, scans are preferable to photos. Photos are preferable for sticker sheets with a mirrored surface.
    • For parts in special color types (transparent, chrome, pearl, metallic, milky, glitter, and speckle) or in rare or non-inventoried colors, photos are preferable to renders.
    • For decorated parts (both printed and stickered) photos are preferable to renders.
    • For part variants, photos are preferable to renders, except for the newest/current version of a variant group.
    • For basic everyday parts, renders are preferable to photos.
    • For sets and boxes, official LEGO images are preferable to custom photos.
    • For instructions, custom scans are preferable to custom photos or screen shots of official LEGO pdfs.
    • Larger images are preferable to smaller images of similar quality.

    Extra space in images
    • Please crop your image to remove excess background space around the item.
    • Leave a comfortable amount of space between the item and the edge, but not so much that the item appears unnaturally small when viewed at thumbnail size.
    • Official LEGO part renders will typically need to be cropped and/or padded for optimal use in our system.

    Insets

    • Placing a smaller picture within a larger one is a technique sometimes used by our finest contributors to help further identify the item.
    • Insets are particularly useful with Minifigs where the head is either doublesided (sw909) or obstructed by headgear (sw910).
    • When producing an image with an inset please take care that the inset image doesn't block major or informative portions of the main image.

    Oversize images – For parts or sticker sheets with any dimension over 15 studs, books that contain parts, or posters and other literature larger than A4/letter size, you have the option of bypassing the size restrictions. Follow these steps:

    • Upload any regular-size image to the initial image upload page
    • Click Edit and select the Choose File image upload option.
    • Select an image up to 1600 x 1200 in size to upload, and then click Save.
    • Include a note to the Catalog Administrator mentioning that the image is oversize.

Troubleshooting / FAQ
  • My image is not the correct file type or it is too big/small to upload.
    The BrickLink system does not convert file types for you nor does it provide a means to resize images to conform to the site's upload requirements. If you are having trouble uploading your image, there are free downloads available on other sites such as Irfanview which are excellent tools for resizing and file conversion.

  • Does BrickLink have onsite tools to help me with image processing?

    Yes. Once you have chosen an image to upload and it is initially accepted by the system, you have the option to perform some basic editing operations. Simply click the Edit button on the lower left corner of the image. Available operations include crop, rotate, sharpen, brightness, and contrast. Once you have finished editing your image, click Save and then complete the upload process.

  • I uploaded an image but now it’s gone. What happened to it?
    Check the Newest Images Log to see if it was approved. You can filter and sort the log to help search for your image. If it was approved as an additional image it will show up in the scrolling panel on the left side of the catalog detail page image viewer. If you can’t find it in either of those two places, it means the image was rejected by a Catalog Administrator. If you feel the image was rejected by mistake, please upload the image again and include a note asking for a specific reason if the image is rejected for a second time.

  • My image was approved but it looks smaller than when I uploaded it. Has it been resized?
    Your image may have been cropped but it was most likely not resized. For images approaching the upper size restrictions, the BrickLink system automatically creates a display version somewhat smaller than the original to help with issues of uniformity. To view your image at original size, select the image on the catalog detail page, click to magnify the image, then right click and select “Open image in new tab.”