Our philosophy at ArtStation is to try to make things as simple as possible for artists. When users upload images onto ArtStation, we make it so that it fits within the screen viewport for end users so that the image is not cropped by the screen. This is overwhelmingly how people want to view artwork on ArtStation, as images that are maximized force viewers to have to scroll to see the artwork and the entirety of the image never fits on the screen.
Some artists, however, want to maximize their images. “Damn the users viewing my artwork! I want them to see the details!” There are also some legitimate cases when a user has an extremely tall image, such as when posting process steps in a single image.
Don’t split your images!
Unfortunately, artists have tried to get around the problem by splitting their artwork into smaller horizontal images. This is actually quite bad. The artwork is split visually, and it wrecks things such as social media sharing and viewing on the Chrome Extension as ArtStation takes the top image to display, so it ends up only sharing a small strip in the image.
New Feature – Maximize Width
When uploading artwork, you can now specify how you want the image to be displayed. By default, it will fit in viewport (this is the recommended setting), but you can select “Maximize width” to make it show at full width. When maximized, images will fill the horizontal width. This means that your artwork won’t fit in the viewport and users will have to scroll, but at least you now have the control to decide how you wish to display the artwork. This affects the display of the artwork both on ArtStation.com and your ArtStation-powered website.