Product images come in many forms – from simple studio shots to lifestyle images – but are ultimately all a visual means of inspiring website visitors to buy a product.

Dynamicweb PIM contains several tools for working with image data – you can:

  • Use Images field to add images have them inherit across languages and variants as per the fields settings, and to set a default image
  • Use image categories to group images, and to further control how they are inherited from a master product to variants and language versions
  • Use image patterns on the warehouse to automatically match images in a file folder to products in PIM based on a parameter, e.g. the product number

To add images to a product:

  1. Add the Images field to the visible fields selection
  2. Click the wrench button to open the image management dialog (Figure 1.1)
  3. Click the green plus icon and select an existing image – or upload one from disk
Figure 1.1 Adding images

Once an image has been added you can work with it:

  • Select it and use the toolbar to assign it to an image category
  • Set it as the default image – a default image is inherited by all variants and language versions unless a different default image is explicitly set there. A default image is typically used in frontend as the image on product lists, and as the first image shown on a product details page
  • Detach the image from the product or an image category

You can, as the screenshot demonstrates, also add images directly to an image category – read more about images categories below.

Please note: In versions prior to 9.6, the Images field must be set to across all variants and across all languages in your field settings.

Image categories are an advanced feature which allows you to both group images, and control how they are inherited across languages and variants. Once an image category is created, an addition images-field appears in the product image section (Figure 2.2). Images added here will follow the inheritance rules specified on the image category.

Figure 2.2 Image Categories have their own images field

To create an image category:

  1. Go to Settings > PIM > Image categories
  2. Click New image category in the toolbar and configure the category:
    1. Name it
    2. Select an inheritance type
    3. Select an icon
  3. Save

There are three inheritance types:

  • None means images with this tag are not inherited from main products to variants
  • Fallback means that images are inherited from the main product to variants if no images are added to the category on the variant
  • Merge means that images are inherited from the main product to variants and merged with images added specifically to the category on the variant

Images can be moved from one image category to another by hovering over the image, clicking the Assign to category button, and selecting another image category.

Image patterns – or alternative images – are a way for you to automatically match images in a folder with products in PIM. You may know this feature from Dynamicweb Ecommerce as well. This is done by defining a pattern – e.g. /{ProductNumber_Small.jpg} – and a folder in the PIM Warehouse settings (Figure 3.1).

Figure 3.1 Using Image Patterns in PIM

On the product page in PIM you can then see the retrieved image from the image pattern (Figure 3.2).

Figure 3.2 Image retrieved based on image pattern

To learn more about Image Patterns please see the Ecommerce image patterns documentation.