Photo Posting 101
We want everyone to be able to share their pictures on the board, so here are some tips on posting them.
There are two ways to bring photos here:
(A) Directly from Yuku. Larry is using that method.
(B) By linking them from a "photo hosting site" -- places on the internet where you can store digital images that you would like to share. I use this method.
(A) Posting straight from Yuku
Rather than opening a photo host account, some of you may prefer to upload your photos using the Yuku method.
Just scroll down to the bottom of the front page and in the box there, click on Help. That will bring up the main Help page. Scroll down into the Accounts section and find the heading titled Images and Videos.
It's on this page, if you'd like a shortcut link (but now you know where to find it):
Clicking on the first five topics there should give you all the information you need to get your photos into albums and onto your posts.
The sixth topic on the list describes how to add photos to your posts using Photobucket if you choose to go that way.
(B) Using a Photo Hosting Site
1. Open an account at a "Photo Hosting Site"
Many of us who frequent discussion boards, recommend using PhotoBucket as your personal photo-hosting site (although there are other sites to choose from) since Photobucket is free and easy and comes with a very large space to use. They've also proven to be dependable.
Here's the address to Photobucket:
It will be fairly painless to set up your free account and learn how to upload photos into there from wherever on your computer you have your images stored. I've been simply putting the photo icons on my desktop and uploading from there -- no hassle of wading through scads of picture folders that way.
2. You'll need to have your image(s) "sized" for the web
The second necessity: you need your image to first be downsized to something appropriate for board viewing, in resolution and dimension.
In both my Photoshop and Photoshop Elements -- which is the easier, less expensive version of the full-size Photoshop -- they have a Save For Web feature that is easy-as-pie (or I would have never figured it out). There are other methods and everybody has their own pet one, but for board purposes I can attest that this one's a breeze for beginners.
You can also reduce them using Image Size in Photoshop, or whichever image program you normally use.
If you're not familiar with "sizing", here is what you most need to know for this purpose.
I like to downsize most of my horizontal images to about 600 - 800 pixels wide, and verticals to about 300 - 400 pixels wide, at whatever quality setting will leave the finished image from about 100 - 400 KB in resolution (which is down from the original size by a lot).
And you need the finished image to be a Jpeg, at 72 DPI (Dots Per Inch).
Whatever size you set it, that's just how it will appear on the board. When someone uploads something that's sized 2 or 3 feet wide -- it posts that size! We can't see that, but the board will attempt it. I think that PhotoBucket has a maximum it will handle -- so if you go with them, that will help alleviate that risk. If you use Photobucket, note that they have a few different sizes you can choose as maximum parameters. I set mine to the largest.
Once they are uploaded onto your photo hosting site, you:
(A) Copy & Paste (Command-C on Macs) the "URL" -- the address -- from underneath the uploaded photo using the line that says "Direct Link"...
(B) Go into the board thread's "Reply Box"... (wherever you want the pictures)
(C) On the toolbar, click on the little square icon with the picture of a mountain in it...
(D) Click on "Add from URL"...
(E) Paste (Command-V on Macs) the image's URL address into the pop-up box...
(F) Click "Okay" and the picture will appear in the reply box. As when shampooing, repeat as desired.