This is part 3 of a 3-part series about the ConvertKit email editor:
The email editor: adding media —📍You are here!
How to add images (and more) to ConvertKit emails
There are several different types of media you can add to your ConvertKit emails! Images are one, of course — but also video (in an email-friendly way!), HTML, and more.
In this article we'll cover each media option, as well as the settings they each have available. Let's jump in!
NOTE: Working with just words for now? We have a separate guide dedicated to text formatting here.
If you select 'Image' from the content block menu (more info on that menu and how to access it here), and you'll be prompted to upload your own file, choose from a selection of your recently uploaded images, or select from one of our integrations on the left sidebar.
Once your image is added to the email editor, click it to reveal a menu of additional formatting options in the right sidebar:
From this menu you can add alt text, add a URL to turn your image into a link, and adjust some visual styles on the right (which includes the option to enable text wrapping).
You can even click the 'Edit image' button to use our built-in image editor and make edits directly within ConvertKit!
You can now showcase a curated gallery of images in your broadcast! This feature is very similar to image galleries on landing pages.
Select 'Gallery' from the content block menu, and populate the placeholders with images of your choosing:
To adjust the styling of your image gallery, click anywhere in your gallery to display image gallery settings in the right sidebar of the email editor.
You'll be able to adjust your gallery's corner radius, number of columns, and image crop settings:
To adjust the settings for a particular image, click the image directly to populate image-specific options on the sidebar. From there, you can edit the image using our built-in editor, replace it, remove it, select whether to optimize it, add a URL to your image, and adjust the alt text:
You can add links to files, such as PDFs, in your emails that your subscribers can download by clicking on them.
You have two options here: you can select 'File' from the content block menu in an empty block, and you'll be prompted to select which file you want to upload from your computer. This method will insert the file as a text link, using the filename. For example:
If you want to customize the linked text instead of using the filename, then first just type your text as a normal paragraph. Then highlight it > select the content block menu > select 'File':
Upload your file when prompted, and voilà! Now, your custom text is linked to the file instead of the filename.
If your video is hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, or Wistia, you can use the 'Video' option from the content block menu to embed your video in your email:
If your video is hosted on a platform that isn't on YouTube, Vimeo, or Wistia, simply upload a screenshot of it using the 'Image' option from the content block menu, then add the video link to the URL field of the image menu (see 'Images' section above).
You can also upload a video from your computer by clicking the 'Upload video' button.
Alternatively, if you prefer to embed just a screenshot of a YouTube video that links to the video on YouTube (instead of embedding the video itself into the email), copy the YouTube video link to your clipboard.
After that, paste the YouTube video link directly into your email without selecting the 'Video' option from the content block. More info on this here.
NOTE: If you'd like to see us integrate with more video hosting providers, please let us know which ones with a feature request in our community here!
The 'Divider' option will insert a subtle grey separator into your email:
This is a great way of visually splitting up different sections.
Selecting 'HTML Block' from the content block menu will insert an empty HTML block in your email:
Click the red 'Edit' button and enter your HTML in the modal that pops up:
When you're done, click 'Save'.
NOTE: You can also add inline CSS to an HTML block. The process is the same as adding it to an email template (more on that here); you're just doing it in a specific email instead.
You can embed tweets directly in your emails! (And on landing pages, too.) We have a separate tutorial on this here.
Inserting content snippets are a great way of dynamically adding re-usable content to your emails! We have a dedicated guide to using content snippets here, and when your snippet is ready, you can insert it into any email by selecting 'Snippet' from the content block menu.