Thanks. I worked on the banner today; in fact several possible ones but I haven't quite decided yet which version to use, as each one features a different aspect of my products.
I'm posting excerpts from the e-mail below in case anyone else might want to know the exact dimensions for the banner-size at ETSY. I think this might help people's sales.
**Since your scan was at 400 dpi, there are, 400 dots per inch. this is a high quality image, and is fine to use in most cases.
**there may be an issue with the image looking too "corrugated" at the tiny size of 55 pixels by 500, but, experimentation will help determine this.
**so, if we do some math, 200 pixels (also called dots) is half an inch in your scan,
100 pixels equates to a quarter of an inch,
the required 55 pixels height of the banner = just over 1/8th of an inch.
**The other dimension-535 for the banner width is 1 inch, 3/8ths at 400 DPI.
(One and 3/8 inches?)
now, imagine if you scanned your image at 50, not 400 dpi.
the math would work out to height= just over 1 inch, and width would be 5 and 1/2 inches..:)
as you can see, the DPI can change things dramatically.
** an image is an image, even if it's got "blank" space..total size is always counted against you..:)
**- 400 dpi is high quality, and that statement makes sense. :) be aware, if you're doing really teeny tiny pictures (for banners and icons and things) you may need to use a lower dpi for things to look good. use trial and error to find out..:)
***etsy requires a perfectly square image. (referring to product thumbnails). Anything else gets cropped oddly..:) got me too, before i knew what was up..:)
Here is the operative phrase for folks out there as to the size specifications converted to inches;
**At 400 dpi, your banner will need to be 1/8th inch, by 1- 3/8ths inch to fit the etsy guidlines.
( 1/8 inch Tall by 1 and 3/8 inches Wide? Is that correct?
1/8 inch is very skinny. I think I might have misinterpreted and made mine 1 inch tall by 1 and 3/8 inches Wide. Will font get squashed and skewed at that tiny size if I try to reduce it further? It was doing so for me even in reducing it to a height of one inch, as there are no font sizes on my Publisher program smaller than 8. I had to push and pull manually as if I were making taffy, LOL).
**Also, all banners occupy the same "page space", so making your banner wider will do no good.:)