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Image thumbnails

  1. Image thumbnails appear when you: perform a search; browse the collections; or open an image group. Thumbnails are displayed:
  2. As small thumbnails with a brief caption (this is the default view).


    As large thumbnails with a brief data record (this option is available by clicking Display options > Display large thumbnails).

  3. To change the number of images you view per page, click on the arrow next to Images/page in the middle of the utility bar and select 24, 48, or 72 images per page.
  4. While viewing small thumbnails, place your mouse over an image thumbnail to see a larger version pop up.
  5. Single-click an image thumbnail to select it. A colored highlight appears around the thumbnail, indicating the selection.
  6. Double-click an image thumbnail to view it in the Image Viewer. For more information, see our help section about the Image Viewer.
  7. Special icons indicate advanced options for an image. See the icon index for explanation.
  8. Click the navigational arrows on the right side of the utility bar to move between pages when you have more than 24 images. Or, type the page number you wish to see and hit enter. Click the desired sort order in the left side of the utility bar to sort your results three ways: by Title, Creator, or Date. These sort orders are also available by clicking Display options > Sort displayed images by.

Image data

  1. To view the full data record for a desired image:
  2. Click on the caption beneath a small image thumbnail.


    Click View Full Record, to the right of a large image thumbnail.

  3. A descriptive data window will open. Click the desired tab to view information about the object, file properties (including the ARTstor ID and URL link), personal notes, and instructor/student notes. For information about adding notes, see the add notes page.
  4. Please note: If you find any errors in the descriptive data for the image that you are viewing, you can notify ARTstor directly by clicking on the "Report an Error" option in the lower right corner of the window.

Image Viewer

To view an image in a larger window, double-click the thumbnail to launch the Image Viewer in a new window. For more information about this feature, see the Image Viewer page.

Please note: the most common reason the Image viewer fails to load is a pop-up blocker is enabled. Please see our help section on disabling your pop-up blockers.

Thumbnail icons

There are several icons that might appear next to an image thumbnail. Click these icons to access additional features.

  • Click on image:icon_iap.gif (the IAP icon) to download an image available for use in the Images for Academic Publishing program from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Click on image:I-cluster.gif‎ (the clustered image icon) to view other ARTstor images of the same work, either duplicates or details.
  • Click on image:AssocImage.gif (the associated images icon) to discover which other images are most frequently saved with the lead image by instructor users in ARTstor.
  • Click on image:icon_qtvr.gif (the QTVR icon) ) to launch a Quick Time Virtual Reality file of the image.
  • Click on image:icon_audio.gif (the audio file icon) to play an accompanying audio file.

IAP images

IAP images are available for publication, as part of the Images for Academic Publishing program. For more information, please see the Images for Academic Publishingsection of ARTstor's web site.

  1. Click image:icon_iap.gif (the IAP icon ) to download a high resolution file for publication. A new window will open explaining the process. If you are eligible for the program, click Proceed. In the next window, click Download.
  2. In the next window, review the IAP Terms & Conditions of Use. You may also print this window for reference with the print link at the end of the document. Check the box indicating that you have read and accept these terms before clicking Continue.
  3. Provide the information requested in the space provided. Click Download.
  4. Two windows will open. One warns this download will take some time. The other shows your computer’s directory, where you can choose a place to save this file and continue to download as usual.

Clustered images

Other images of the same work, whether duplicates or details, have been clustered behind this preferred image.

  1. Click image:icon_cluster.gif(the clustered image icon) to view the other images, which will display on a new thumbnail page.
  2. To return to your original page, click on your browser's back button.

Associated images

Discover the collective preferences of ARTstor users by exploring which images are most frequently used and associated with others in ARTstor image groups.

  1. Click image:AssocImage.gif (the associated images icon) to go to a new thumbnail page. This page displays, in order of frequency, other ARTstor images most frequently saved to image groups with the lead image by instructor users.
  2. To return to your original page, click on your browser's back button.

QTVR files

QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) files are photographic panoramas that allow you to view an environment by panning 360° around a central point.

  1. Click image:Icon qtvr.gif (the QTVR icon). This will launch the image in a QuickTime Player window. Please note: You will need QuickTime Player installed on your computer to view these files. You can download a free copy of this software online.
  2. Once the QTVR file has loaded in the QuickTime Player window, click into the window and drag the pointer in various directions to pan the view. The image will respond to your movements, allowing you to turn 360° within the displayed space
  3. Use the image:icon qtvr zoom.gif icons to zoom-out and zoom-in to the image.

    Quick tip

    If you are viewing a QTVR file from the Mellon International Dunhuang Archive, you have access to an additional icon in the lower left corner of the QuickTime Player window. Click image:icon qtvr hotspot.gif (the Show Hot Spots icon) to display several blue zones within the image. Click into these blue zones to change your vantage point within the cave that you are viewing.

Audio files

Images from Personal Collections at your institution may have audio files. For detailed instructions on how to upload audio files to your Personal Collection, please see Uploading files to your Personal Collection. Once you have done so, you may...

  1. Click image:Icon audio.gif (the audio file icon).
  2. A new window with your default audio file player will launch to play the clip.

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