I am uploading images through admin backend for each of my configurable products. I have decided to do it this way as configurable products already require manual editing to associate simple products to it.
I am assigning the one image as thumbnail, small image and base image and letting magento upload and create the re-sized images and paths for me. So far so good.
For each product that is part of a range, I have a universal image for each range, showing the various sizes and colours. I also add this image through the backend admin. I want to use this same image as a “more views” image for more than 1 product, say 6 products that share common features but vary in size.
From the front end, the thumbnail, small and base images all appear as expected as well as under the base image I see a thumbnail for the base image and a thumbnail for the other (range) image. So far so good.
Now when I do the same for the next product and add an image for the thumbnail, small image and base image, and then the (range) image, and allow magento to upload and create, it uploads the image for the new product and adds a duplicate of the (range) image to the directory. In this case \media\catalog\product\v\i
By the time I have finished I will have a nice functioning frontend but for each range there is likely to be an image duplicated up to 6 to 10 times each.
Rather than upload the (range) “more views” image over and over again, i would rather just edit somewhere the relative url/path for the one original image in each case.
So if someone knows where/how magento addresses the path to the “more views” images your assistance is much appreciated. Unfortunately importing/exporting only covers the 3 main images: thumbnail/small/base, and not “more views” images.
I had thought of incorporating this image in the description, but using a relative path rather than a full address, as I am creating on a local host and don’t want to have to go back and edit hundreds of descriptions once I go live.