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Adding images to a message

Adding an image is as simple as dragging and dropping your image into the body of the message. You can also use cut, copy, and paste. You can copy or drag images from all types of applications (including the Photos app, iPhoto, or the Finder). Direct Mail provides convenient access to your Photos, iPhoto, and Aperture photo libraries via the Photo Browser. You can access the Photo Browser by choosing Window > Show Photo Browser from the menu bar.

  1. Go to the Messages tab.
  2. Choose the message you would like to add an image too.
  3. Drag and drop your image into the message.

After you've inserted your image, click on it to reveal additional options. You can give it a URL to turn it into a link, adjust the alignment, or resize the image. You should also give your image a text description, since the text description will be displayed if your recipient has image loading turned off.

About Retina (High Resolution) Images

Most mobile devices and many desktop computers now ship with high resolution screens. If you want your emails to look great on high resolution screens, here are a couple tips:

  • Don't worry about the text of your email, it will automatically be rendered in the highest resolution available on the device.
  • When adding images to your emails, the dimensions of the source image should be at least twice the dimensions of the space you're trying to fill. For example, if the placeholder image you are replacing is 200 pixels wide by 100 pixels tall, try and find an image that is at least 400 pixels wide and 200 pixels tall. If you're curious how big a placeholder image is, just click on it and Direct Mail will show you the dimensions.

When your email is sent, Direct Mail will automatically scale your images so that they look great on high resolutions screens without taking too long to download or making the size of your email too large.

Use Restraint

We recommend not overloading your email with too many images. It's possible that some of your recipients may have image loading turned off. In addition, emails that are primary images with very little text are often mistakenly flagged as spam. You can use Direct Mail's Spam Test feature to check if your message has too many images (or images that are too large).

Animated GIFs

Direct Mail supports animated GIFs in the message body. Please note that the file size of animated GIFs can be quite large, which might result in your email bumping up against the maximum size limit when sending.

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