How to post pictures


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11 Oct 2012
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There are 3 ways to add pictures to a post.
  1. The first and most obvious option is the "Attach Files" button. It is also the easiest option.
  2. The second option is to use the media gallery on this site.
  3. The final option is to embed or link to a picture on another site.

Option 1 - Attach Files
Attach files is single use. What that means is that the file you upload to your post can only be displayed in that post and nowhere else. If you want to display the same image in a second thread you will have to upload the same image a second time. The system does not know that it is the same image, so you double to disk space being used to store the image twice. For this reason, resolution (pixels) and file sizes (Mb) are smaller for uploading into a post directly than for using the Media Gallery. Currently you are restricted to file resolutions of 1,200×1,024 pixels and 6Mb per file (not necessarily images, but also Word documents, pdfs and so on). There is also a 6 attachment limit per post. If you want larger images or more images in your post, you'll need to use the media gallery.


Simply click on the button " Attach files", tell the uploader where the file(s) is (are) and click upload/select and wait for them to be uploaded.


You'll see the image(s) uploading. Wait until the green bar disappears and is replaced by the word "Insert..."


Once it/they has/have uploaded, you need to tell the system what to do with those files. Usually you will be uploading an image file so you need to tell the system how to display the image in your post. You have two options, thumbnail or full image


So if you have only added one image, on the thumbnail of your image, there is the word "Insert...", click on it


It will now change to "Thumbnail" and "Full Image". Click the are you want and the image will be inserted where your cursor was last.

If you uploaded more than 1 image, you'll see an "Insert multiple ..." button.

If you click on it, you'll then need to tick (all) the images you want adding in one go, click the Thumbnail or Full Image button and they will all turn up in the order they were shown.

Finally, if you forget to add an attachment it will automatically be added as a thumbnail to the end of your post.
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Option 2 - Media Gallery
The beauty of the media gallery is that the system is designed to allow a single image to be displayed multiple times across the entire site whilst only storing a single copy of the image.
It also allows for images to be commented on, rated, tagged and all of the exif data to be easily accessible. And because of the fact it is only ever a single image being stored on the site, the restrictions regarding resolution (pixels) and file size (Mb) are more lenient at 1,600×1,200 pixels and 10 Mb file size. There is also no limit to number of images displayed in any one post.

So if you have already added an image to a media album in the Media Gallery, how do you show that picture in this post?

You need to find the camera icon in the toolbar above the text box when you're writing your post. It is sometimes (on very wide screens) immediately visible, but more often it is on the second toolbar that drops down when you click on one of the more buttons (this is the triple dot).


From there it should be obvious.


Click on the image(s) you want to show (note that the order you click on them is the order they display in) , click continue and you'll see the code for the image.

[GALLERY=media, 9200][/GALLERY]

Tip: You will not immediately see the image(s) in your post until after you click on the Save button. Instead, you'll see the code for the image. This is basically a link to the image in the media gallery. The number is the number of the image to be displayed.

After you click Save, the image will display like this (above).


instead of this. If you are on a large wide screen, the Media Gallery image will be visually larger than this one (Attach Files)

The Media Gallery also allows you to link to entire Media Albums as well as other members' images added to the media gallery (automatically telling people which member's photo It is) and other members' Media Albums.
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Option 3 - Embed a link to a picture on an external site
The idea is similar in concept to the media gallery. You are giving a link to a picture on another site and saying display that image here. It's the picture icon.


After you have pasted a link into the http:// field and clicked Insert, depending on your internet connection speed, there maybe a delay until the image shows. Just wait!


So what's the catch?
  • Well first the image is restricted to 1200×1,024 pixels. If it is too large the system will automatically try to resize it, but it won't be able to all of the time.
  • You are still restricted to a total of 6 images per post (that's a combined total between Attach Files and Embed link, but not the Media Gallery)
  • You can only do 1 link at a time.
  • And not all images can be linked to because some sites prevent it.
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