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    Posted: 02 January 2013 at 21:05
I have tried to add pictures to my posts - could someone tell me how to do this please and what size or resolution works best?
I began this forum as a place to discuss and share ALL cinderella stamps. It is my first forum and is not perfect BUT I will endeavour to make it the best available.

Any positive help appreciated!
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Try this

1.     If you already have an online image/photo account skip to 7 (or 3 if it’s a PhotoBucket account), but note the specific URL of each image to be posted on the Forum.

2.     Many of us use Photobucket. www.photobucket.com Its free, minimal advertising, and doesn’t require too many personal details. Choose a username and password. Registration is nice and quick.

3.     Have your image files ready. Resize them if necessary. Hi-resolution files show details, which may be what you want in some cases, but for simple display purposes too big means too slow when loading. If you are scanning it appears that a 75dpi resolution is good enough to display stamps on a web page. They can be scaled down if needed with a graphics package. I use PaintShopPro to reduce them to a maximum of 600-800 px wide, OR 400-500 px tall.

4.     Click Upload in PhotoBucket and select the images in your folders.

5.     When that’s done, you can give them titles, tags and descriptions. Try to use ‘cinderellastampsforum’ as a tag.

6.     Go to your album and select the first image. You get a little table of links to copy. Use the Direct Link (2nd one down); just click on it and it will say Copied

7.     In the Cinderellastamps Forum start writing your post. When you come to the bit where the picture goes click on the plain Tree icon just above the message box (hover over it and it says Insert Image). A box pops up and you can paste the copied URL from PhotoBucket. At any point you can Preview Post to make sure its working okay.

8.     For further images in the post go back to 6, and when complete you can Post Reply.

9. Done!
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An alternative to item 7. is to type in the codes needed for the image.
If you type [URL] image address [/URL] you end up with a clickable link to the image which should open in a new window. The image is not dispalyed on the Forum

If you type [IMG][/IMG] then the picture is displayed.

The image address between the tags should be the full internet address eg http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/blah/blah/picture123.jpg

And finally ensure the Enable BBCodes to format post box (below the message box) is checked before posting. I think this is the default on this Forum.
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Is there a way to upload images directly from my computer, without having to go through a url?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote milkman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2013 at 21:18

There is a way (and a few members seem to have discovered it) but I have been told that if too many people use it then the allocation purchased from the forum supplier for images will soon be surpassed and either the images will have to be removed, which is a pity as they are then no use for researchers; or the forum owner will have to purchase more space from the suppliers and that will lead to either a subscription or advertising on the forum.

A photo-host such as Photobucket is absolutely free to use, it gives you access to free software to enhance or edit your pictures if required, and you have your images saved should you require them again, and if your PC or hard-drive goes down you have a back up. 
 
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Originally posted by jamesw jamesw wrote:

Is there a way to upload images directly from my computer, without having to go through a url?

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Originally posted by milkman milkman wrote:

There is a way (and a few members seem to have discovered it) but I have been told that if too many people use it then the allocation purchased from the forum supplier for images will soon be surpassed and either the images will have to be removed, which is a pity as they are then no use for researchers; or the forum owner will have to purchase more space from the suppliers and that will lead to either a subscription or advertising on the forum.


A photo-host such as Photobucket is absolutely free to use, it gives you access to free software to enhance or edit your pictures if required, and you have your images saved should you require them again, and if your PC or hard-drive goes down you have a back up. 

 


Totally correct Milkman.
James: if you were thinking of keeping them on your own comuter (not sure if that is what you meant) that is the worst scenario for several reasons, mainly seurity and availability.
The image hosting sites are generally user friendly. Another alternative is whether your ISP has already provided you with file space on the net. Just FTP the images up to a directory you create there.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jamesw Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 July 2013 at 16:12
I'm sorry, I don't mean to be a dolt, but I don't fully understand. I know other sites (more than one) can upload images stored on my computer and it's not a problem. 
When you talk about 'allocation purchased' is that a maximum amount of storage space the site has to use? Excuse my ignorance please, I really don't know. I use computers every day in my graphics work, but I'm no IT guy. I push a button and the thing comes on.
I'll certainly use photobucket if necessary, I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel. But I'm just trying to understand. 
Thanks for your patience. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Admin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 July 2013 at 22:25
Hi James, Yes we are limited here.
 
We have a small allocated area we can use for icons and avatars but if we became a library for everyone's pictures then we would have to worry about issues such as picture sizes, allocations of space to each member, copyright ownership, data protection, censorship, and moral rights and ownership in perpetuity.  And we would have to own the server space to archive and back-up everyone's pictures so that if the forum went down and pictures were lost we wouldn't be held responsible.  Inevitably there would be costs attached and I don't suppose anyone would want to contribute to those.
 
Better to have our pictures owned by the people who supplied them - that way they are individually responsible for archiving, making sure they meet copyright regulations, and maintaining the links to their posts. 
 
And Yes, a very few pictures still get loaded up directly to the forum, despite us asking members not to do this and where I can I try to get these reloaded to Photobcuket. Sometimes those pictures will get deleted but only with the member's agreement.
 
This is a little forum with limited finances, created by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, so if we are going to keep it that way without having lots of banner ads and scrolling Google add-ons it makes sense to keep control of costs wherever possible but I realise (and sympathise) that this comes at the cost of convenience. 
 
I began this forum as a place to discuss and share ALL cinderella stamps. It is my first forum and is not perfect BUT I will endeavour to make it the best available.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 July 2013 at 22:50
I am a member of another totally unrelated forum where uploading of photos to the site is the norm; and there are very many of them. However it boasts many many members, perhaps 10,000. And there is a price to pay. At the bottom of each page there are offers to meet ladies from the Balkan countries and further afield.
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One pro-Photobucket argument i would add is that my pictures remain mine to do what i want with. If I allow my pictures to be hosted by another company then I would expect to give up any copyright or reproduction rights to those pictures, I am, in effect, giving these to someone else to  look after for me. By hosting on Photobucket the filename and tags always remains traceable to me so if a third party, such as a magazine journalist, wants to use one of my pictures or enquire after a higher resolution option, then they can trace my Photobucket name and contact me there.
 
One tip for users of Photobucket...  if you are going to add your pictures specifically to this forum then add a tag to them which says 'cinderellastampsforum.com' and/or 'cinderella' and 'stamps' and this will ensure that any search engine finds your pictures when asked to search for images or cinderella stamps forums.  It is also a good idea to tag a description of the stamp, with a date, and your name at the same time.
 
 
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