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How to post pictures (reposted with new links)

Hi guys,

While fixing my signature I realized my "How to post pictures" link pointed back to the old forum. I found the post in the new forum but it had a link to another good post in the old forum by UK_Coupe [new name UKDaytona?] that I didn't want to lose. I can't edit the new migrated post, so I'm reposting the entire thing with a new link. I have to break it into a few posts because the new forum only allows 4 pics per post...

Photobucket is still the best photo hosting service I've found. They've changed their format a little since these detailed instructions were posted back in '05 but the procedure is still much the same...

http://www.ffcars.com/forums/showpost.php?p=829989&postcount=11

Instead of posting a link to other threads, here's a compilation of all the replies to picture posting questions I've posted...

POSTING PICTURES

Once you have set up your account and uploaded a picture to photobucket, click in the IMG code box under the picture and photobucket automatically copies the code to your clipboard. The auto-copy is one of their recent upgrades.

[the copy and paste function in Photobucket may have changed since I made this post. For you guys running Windows, when you clicked on the IMG code link under the picture, it used to highlight in yellow and automatically copy it to your clipboard like in the pictures shown. That may have changed, so just highlight the code, right click and chose copy (or pres CTRL and C) to copy]

Now go to your forum post. Right click and choose Paste or press Ctrl and V on your keyboard. That will paste the text from your computers clipboard into your post...


It will look something like this, with square instead of curly brackets...

{IMG}http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c###/yourname/yourfolder/yourpicture.jpg{/IMG}

And you should see your picture in your final post, like this...
 

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RESIZING PICTURES

If your pictures are really big, you should either resize the picture to something more forum friendly before uploading to Photobucket, resize them in Photobucket or you can post a clickable thumbnail into your post instead. This keeps your picture from stretching the forum screen so others won't have to scroll side to side to either see the picture or read other posts. 640 x 480 is just fine for a forum post. I think it begins to stretch the page if it gets wider that 700.

Option 1 - posting a clickable thumbnail: If you don't want to shrink your pictures because you want to show more detail, you can post a clickable thumbnail. It puts a small version of your picture in the post. Clicking the picture brings up your full size picture without distorting the original forum thread.

To do that, go back to your Photobucket album. See the little box beside your picture? Click that box to select the picture (you can select more than one). Now scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the "Generate HTML and IMG codes" button. This opens a new window where the codes are already built for you...



[again, the copy and paste function in Photobucket may have changed since I made this post. For you guys running Windows, when you clicked on the IMG code link under the picture, it used to highlight in yellow and automatically copy it to your clipboard like in the pictures shown. That may have changed, so just highlight the code, right click and chose copy (or pres CTRL and C) to copy]

As before, now simply go back to your forum post, right click and select paste or press CTRL and V to paste the code into your post. It'll look something like this (with square instead of curly brackets)...

{URL=http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c###/yourname/yourfolder/yourpicture.jpg}
{IMG}http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c###/yourname/yourfolder/th_yourpicture.jpg{/IMG}{/URL}

...and should look like this in your post. You should remind your readers to "Click on the thumbnail to see the full size image". Go ahead and click on the pick below...



Option 2 - resizing in PhotoBucket: Photobucket allows you to resize your pictures once they've been uploaded. Click on the thumbnail in your gallery to bring up the full size picture. Now click on the "Resize" icon and choose from the list...



Option 3 - resizing before uploading: I like to use the Image Resizer from Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP. It's really convenient and lets you resize more than one picture at a time. Once installed, you simply right click on a picture, select "resize picture", choose the new picture size (along with a couple other options), click OK and you're done...



If you choose not to resize the originals, that is, make smaller copies, the new file's name will be the same as before, but with either (small), (medium), (large), etc, added.

SELECTING MULTIPLE FILES

So how do you choose more than one file? You've got options based on how the files you want to work with are organized.

If they're all together in a group, and there's no other files in the folder, you can hold down CTRL and A (selects all files), or click on the first file then press SHIFT and END, which selects everything from where you clicked to the end of the folder. Note that CTRL A also selects any subfolders.

If they're all together in a group, but there's other files you don't want to touch, click on the first picture then, while holding down the SHIFT key, click on the last file in the group. This will select all the files between your 1st and 2nd click.

If your files are spread out amongst others, hold down the CTRL key while clicking on the files. Holding down the CTRL key allows you to select more than one file individually.

Once you have them selected, right click while keeping the cursor on one of the selected files. Right clicking with the cursor off a selected picture brings up a different menu and may deselect the pictures.
 

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RENAMING FILES

If you're like me you want the picture filenames in English rather than digi cam gibberish. You can use Windows built in Scanner and Camera download wizard to change the file names when you download from your camera...



It's a little more difficult if the pictures are already on your hard drive or didn't originally come from your camera. Up until a while ago I changed the filenames manually, one by one, or copied them back to my camera then went through the camera download again.

Then I found a great file renaming tool called Batch Rename. There are others out there, but this was one of the first I found and worked fine for what I needed. I'm no expert yet, so I won't explain how to use it, but it sure beats doing it manually. It also allows you to choose a group of files to rename. Notice the "rename files" option in the left click menu in my resizing example picture above. Also note that the trial version, creates an odd file name every dozen files or so, so you still have to do some manual renaming. I suggest practicing with copies of the files in a new folder. I somehow managed to loose a bunch of pictures when I first started playing with it.

How do you make those copies? Right click somewhere in the folder, other than on a file. Choose "New" and then "Folder". I hate how WinXP will just plop it into the middle of all your files so I right click again and choose "Arrange icons by" then "Name". This moves the new folder to the top of the list. Select your files as before. Right click and choose "copy" or CTRL C. Open the new folder. Right click and choose "paste" or CTRL V. Your copies should appear in the new folder.

I hope that helps :)
 
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