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Picture selection is one of the most unique survey question types that you can use for your professional online surveys. There are almost no other survey tools offering this feature, with such an easy-to-use design. Picture selection lets you collect feedback on visually presented answers. This is a dream feature for visual designers, illustrators, creative professionals, retailers, web-shop owners, and many more, who cannot get people’s opinions, unless they can give them a look at the visual material they are asking about. They need “image based surveys” and here they are!

In this article:

Intro | Uploading many images at once | Uploading large image files | Settings | Voting type | Layout

Make beautiful and responsive image-based surveys with SurveyLegend's Picture selection question type.

 
Picture selection makes it extremely simple to ask questions, and upload several pictures as answers which are beautifully presented to survey participants. They will be able to click or tap on the images to give their responses.

When you drag a Picture selection question type into your survey, you will see a sample question, along with three images. This is to show you how such a question would look in a real online survey. However, as soon as you click on the question type to edit it, you’ll notice that the preview image choices disappear and an Upload button takes their place.

Now, go ahead and click on the upload button Upload images to add images to your question. The great thing is that you can easily add several images at once, and let the system take care of uploading all of them for you.


Uploading many images at once

It is very easy to upload multiple image-files at once. Just select them all, then drag & drop them on the upload area, or click the upload button and then select all your pictures. Our system will now handle all files and uploads them into your survey.

However, please be patient and stay in “Create” step, until all files are uploaded! Don’t go to other steps (e.g. Design, Share) before all images are uploaded, and the upload progressbars have disappeared.

Note:
Note that our survey editor might still show thumbnails of the images perfectly fine, when you are viewing the survey, even if the image-files are not 100% uploaded. But don’t forget that those are just thumbnails, not the actual full-size image files. Make sure that you have all images uploaded.

If there are incomplete uploads in your Picture selection questions, survey participants might not be able to select choices. In this case, the data collection may be negatively affected.

Tip:
If you discover that there are incompletely uploaded pictures in your Picture selection questions of a published survey, just don’t worry! Edit the survey > Click or tap on the respective question > then click on the upload button: Upload images > and simply re-upload the picture. Now, it’s all fine.
Tip:
After uploading is completed, you can easily drag and drop images to reorder and organize them as you wish. So, don’t waste time uploading images one by one. Grab a bunch of them, and organize them later on in peace.


Uploading large image files

If you have several large-sized images, you don’t need to bother resizing them before upload. Our smart system will automatically shrink the image to a suitable size, before upload starts. This saves you a lot of bandwidth and precious time. Your original images will, of course, remain untouched on your local disk.


Settings

After adding a Picture selection question to your survey, click or tap on it to activate the Edit Mode and access the settings panel.
You can easily customise the Picture selection, to ask the type of question intended for your surveys. Picture selection offers the following customization possibilities:


By enabling this settings, you will demand the respondents to answer this question. So when this setting is ON, we notify the respondents with a visual clue, that they cannot continue to next page or submit the survey, before answering the question, which in this case is selecting one or more pictures.

Read more about when you ‘should’ or ‘should not’ make answering compulsory in your online questionnaires.


Enabling this setting will allow you to add a large, edge-to-edge image right under the question. If your question needs further explanation using a picture or illustration, you can easily upload it here. Read more about best practices of adding pictures to survey questions.

Additionally, you can add a custom link to the picture after you upload one. Linked images can act as banners, helping you promote something or add incentives for your respondents to finish a survey. They can also help you create download links, or lead users to other pages or your other surveys. Read more about adding links pictures in your survey.


Sometimes you may need to explain further, or add tips or instructions for your respondents. Enabling this feature will activate an extra text box in which you can type these instructions. By default, these additional instructions appear as a little button with a question mark inside them, right under the question text. When clicked, they expand and show your additional text.

Instead, if you prefer to constantly display this text, please activate “Always visible instructions” option. This will directly display the additional instructions under the question, and respondents do not have to manually click on it to display it. Read more about adding further instructions or tips for survey questions.


Whenever needed, you can easily hide the choice text which was displayed under each picture. This helps you clean up the interface, and remove any unwanted effects that text-labels may have on how people respond to your question.

However, hidden choice texts will be visible for you when creating the survey, and also in your Live Analytics and in the exported data. Therefore it is a good idea to type some titles and make it easier for yourself to analyze the data. If you don’t type anything, our system will automatically use digits (1, 2, 3) to indicate the choices in exported data which may be hard for you to identify when looking at the data.


Enabling this randomizes the order choices appear each time the survey is loaded for each respondent. This can be used to avoid order-bias, which can happen sometimes when some respondents disappointingly choose the first or last choices from a list, because those are very easy to spot.

Make sure to read more about randomizing order of choices, and learn when & why to use it, or when to avoid it.


Linked images can act as banners, helping you promote something, create download links, or lead users to other web-pages or your other surveys.

If you add links to choices, our system records which choice your respondents clicked on, before leaving the survey to the linked page. So, you can track this data in the Live Analytics, or Individual responses views.

Note:

Adding links makes sense for “Single Selection” voting type. It is not recommended to add links to pictures for other voting types such as Ranking, Multiple, or Limited, because as soon as respondents click on the images, they will be redirected to a new page, basically giving them only 1 chance to choose something (while you want them to choose several choices).


Enabling this feature will let the survey participants see a larger version of the pictures that you include in the gallery. This will add a small button with a magnifying glass icon Magnify images on each picture. Clicking or tapping on that will open a fullscreen lightbox, in which people can preview all the choices, and even select them.

Let respondents see the pictures in high-resolution, to be able to make the best decision!

Enabling this feature is vitual, when you want to collect feedback on pictures with lots of details. This can help respondents to make better decisions.


Different voting types in Picture selection

Picture selection offers several voting type possibilities, helping you get different types of feedback. You can choose Multiple, Single, Ranked, and or Limited from the voting type dropdown. Each vote type has its own advantages, here are the following advantages and examples of user cases.

This is an example of Media Gallery with Ranking as voting type.

Multiple

The respondent can select an unlimited amount of pictures. For example, they can choose 60 out of 100 pictures, or even vote for all 100 pictures presented to them.

By default, respondents are not limited and can select several images per question. However, as a survey creator using Picture selection, you can allow single, multiple, or other types of image selections.

Single

The respondent can vote for only one (1) picture amongst all pictures presented to them. This voting type is great when you want them for example to pick the choice they really like or dislike.

Limited

Choosing this voting type will allow you to limit the number of respondent’s votes. This is a perfect feature if you want the respondent to choose for example “the top five”.

Using the “Require to Choose” slider, you can specify how many choices a respondent ‘has to’ choose (from 1-10).

Note: using this voting type will automatically turn on Answer is required setting.

Ranked

If you want the respondents not only to choose their favorites, but also rank them in the same time, you can use Ranked voting type.

Therefore, when participants vote, we show a different type of indicator on the chosen pictures, which displays their rank. So, the first picture they click on will get number one (1), second vote will be two (2), third vote will be (3) and so on.

If a respondent regrets a choice they can easily remove for example vote number four (4) by clicking on it again, and place the vote on another picture, by choosing it.

Using the “Require to Rank” slider, you can specify how many ranked choices a respondent ‘has to’ choose (from 1-10).

Note: using this voting type will automatically turn on Answer is required setting.

You decide what ranking the respondent has to do choosing from 1-10 with help of the slider appearing beneath the Ranking dropdown named Required rank. Choosing ranking also enables a chart type in Live Analytics shoving you the average vote the pictures have received, it’s only enabled when choosing Ranking as the vote type.

Tip:
When you use this voting type, it’s a good idea to inform your participants about how the ranking works.

Note:
The collected data is displayed differently in Live Analytics, for “Limited” type, compared to “Ranked” type.
Note:
You should consider the copyright of the images that you are uploading. SurveyLegend does not and cannot accept any responsibility concerning the images that survey creators upload and use in their surveys. It’s all the responsibility of the individual creator! Read more…

Picture selection’s layout

Our Picture selection question type offers different visual layouts. This empowers you to design your survey as you wish; and make your pictures stand out as they should, by presenting them in the right layout and with the best proportions.

Different layouts and proportions allow you to present the images in a way that is most suitable for your research.

The picture above is for illustrative purposes only.

Number of choices per row

1

1 picture per row

Choosing 1 choice per row means the pictures will occupy the entire width of your survey.

Note that displaying 1 picture per row is not usually a good idea! Because it will cause a lot of scrolling for your respondents, speacially when you choose a tall aspect ratio. Additionally, they may never understand that the choice is “clickable”, and therefore they may need more instructions from you. Think twice when you use this setting!

2

2 pictures per row

Choosing 2 choices per row means the pictures will occupy half of the width of your survey. This layout might be a good one, if you want to make your own binary answers, such as
? | ? , ? | ? , or ? | ❄️ .

Note:
Each picture will be taking 50% of the width, even on mobile phones and small screens.

3

3 pictures per row

Choosing 3 choices per row means the pictures will occupy one third of the width of your survey. This layout might be a good one, if you want to make your own trianry and scaled answers, such
? > ? > ? .

Note:
This is a responsive layout. Which means each picture will be taking 50% of the width, on mobile phones and small screens. If you want to keep the layout fixed, press the lock button, located on the right side of the button group.

4

4 pictures per row

Choosing 4 choices per row means the pictures will occupy one fourth of the width of your survey. This layout might be a good one, if you want to make your own scaled set of answers.

Note:
This is a responsive layout. Which means each picture will be taking 50% of the width, on mobile phones and small screens. If you want to keep the layout fixed, press the lock button, located on the right side of the button group.

5

5 pictures per row

Choosing 5 choices per row means the pictures will occupy one third of the width of your survey. This layout might be a good one, if you want to make your own scaled answers using images, such as
? > ? > ? > ? > ? .

Note:
This is a responsive layout. Which means each picture will be taking one third of the width, on mobile phones and small screens. If you want to keep the layout fixed, press the lock button, located on the right side of the button group.

lock

6 pictures per row

The lock button will remove the responsiveness. It means if you choose 5 choices per row, you will always get 5 choices per row even if the respondent’s screen is too small (for example when they participate on a mobile phone). Activating this feature is a good idea when you’re making questions with scaled answers. For example:
? > ? > ? > ? > ? . In this case, you will want the choices to represent a spectrum of answers, from negative to positive for instance.

Note:
Just keep in mind that the images will scale down on small screens. This may not be a nice choice if you have images with high level of details.


Aspect ratio of pictures

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