3.5.1. Import Images
Note: It is strongly recommended that a validated database backup be created, before any potentially unsafe, mass operations, are performed!
To import images with Store Manager for Magento, follow the steps below.
1. Verify FTP connection
To make sure FTP connection is established, open Preferences (click the gear icon on the sidebar or press the [F12] shortcut key. )
Switch to the FTP tab and click the [Test FTP connection] button at the bottom.
If the connection works, proceed to the next step.
For help, read how to configure FTP connection.
2. Prepare a .csv file for import
Make sure the import file contains required columns: Product name, SKU / Product ID, Image, and other data you need to import along with images. For more details, click here.
Images can be specified in different formats:
Image names - all images must be located on your local PC, in one folder, (do not use subfolders). Example: imagename1.jpg
Image URLs - external image address must include http://
To import multiple images for one product SKU, specify Image names/URLs in one field using the comma (,) as a delimiter.
Example 1: imagename1.jpg, imagename2.jpg, imagename3.jpg
Validate that all images have the correct size and that the names are correct for all products.
3. Run the import
Find detailed procedures and import steps in the Product Import Instructions article.
In step 6 [Field Delimiters and Additional Settings], under Images check the Import Images option.
Options are available during image import:
"Clear Image Gallery" allows you to clear the current Image Gallery for the Products that you are updating
"Delete images from FTP". If this option is selected, the Product Images will be erased from your FTP directory, during the Import process
"Generate new image name if image already exists". A new image file will be created, instead of replacing the existing one if the uploading file name already exists in the destination directory.
"Local directory with images". Specify the local directory containing images that you would like to import (use only if you have validated image names in your .csv file, and images exist in a designated folder on your local PC.
If your media files have different format you can specify the necessary size of images in the "Fields Delimiters and Additional Settings" step of import process.
Selecting the "Import Images" field enables the three types of images which you can resize below:
You can choose one of them to specify custom size, and two others will be resized automatically.
As default, your images are imported without changes (resizing), but if you press the browse [...] button, you will be able to set your own settings, i.e. image width and height in pixels.
Press the [Add] button, and enter resize rule name in the first column of the form.
The next columns allow to enter the following data:
"Desired Width". If you specify only the image width, picture will change proportionally to the specified size
"Desired Height". If you specify both - the width and height - the image size will be changed accurately to these proportions
Additionally, you have to mark the relevant field of increasing or decreasing image size:
If you want to reduce the image' size, select the first column
If you want to increase the image' size, select the second column.
To save your entry press the [Apply rule] button.
You can delete selected resize rule by clicking the corresponding button.
You have the possibility to abolish all previous entries, if you press the corresponding button in "Image Resize Rule" form.
Note: it is recommended to make resize with Magento template, as manual resize rule will blur images slightly.
4. Assign the images in the columns in your .csv file to their corresponding database fields.
To do so, select the "Product Image" field in the left "Database Fields" pane, and then click the correct column in the right pane (".csv File Columns"). You may also type the number of the .csv column directly into its corresponding field. For example (see the illustration below), in the "Fields" column of the .csv file, the field "Media Gallery Label" is assigned to the 44th csv col database field ("Media Gallery").
5. Complete import
Once the import is finished, Store Manager will upload your Images via FTP automatically, and you will be able to see the Images on their relevant product page. Be sure to validate the results, once the upload is complete.
Note: All images go into an ftp queue. Refer to Advanced -> FTP Tasks Queue. Be patient, as the upload may take some time.
For details and information about other options, please check Product Import.
For additional information, regarding Magento Images Management, reference these related articles: