How to post pictures in your blogs or forums 101

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-25-2009 08:15 PM 46905 reads 79 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been asked by a couple of people how I add pictures into my blogs so I thought that I would make a little blog on how I do it. This is what works for me and not the only way to do it.

First you have to have your pictures in your computer. You can download then from your camera or scan them with a scanner or whatever method you want.

I like to resize the pictures in advance. The maximum width picture that you can display in a blog is 640. I don’t know what the limit for the height is. Anyway I use a free little program from Microsoft to resize my pictures. You can find it HERE. All the instructions on how to use it are there.

Then you need a place online to store your pictures. I use Photobucket, it’s FREE. You can find it HERE.

Once you sign up, you can start uploading your pictures. The following are a series of pictures showing how I upload a picture.

First select “Albums and upload” from the drop down menu.

Here’s another way to change the size of your pictures. Just do it before you select your files.

Then select “Choose Files”

Find the file you want to upload on your computer, hightlight it and select “open”.

You can select as many files as you would like.

Then you will wait while it uploads.

Once it’s done you can add a title and so on if you like. Then select “return to album”

And there’s the picture I uploaded.

The picture itself will have it’s own pull down menu. Go to “Direct Link” and highlight the link and copy it. (right click and select “copy”).

This is the link that you will paste into your blog.


Then go to Lumberjocks and start your blog like you normally would.

Paste your picture link (right click, paste) into your blog.

To get your picture to display you MUST put an exclamation point at the beginning and end of your link with no spaces like the picture below.

I like to add a couple of periods to space my pictures and text. If I don’t everything looks too crowded.

Then click “Preview” to see if it’s correct.


If you still need to edit it some more select “Close Preview” and make your edits.

Post it when you are done.

If I have forgotten any thing, let me know and I will add it to this blog.

You might want to add this blog to your favorites so that you can point other people to it when they ask how you do it.

I hope this answers your questions

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 05-25-2009 08:20 PM

Wow Thanks Gary not only are you a master furniture maker but a computer ace also. This is the kind of stuff I fight and fight to figure out, were my sons say its simple.


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#2 posted 05-25-2009 08:31 PM

thanks gary
see me soon !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 05-25-2009 08:44 PM

Were from the wrong generation Jim for computer skills to come easy!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#4 posted 05-25-2009 08:48 PM

Thanks for the info.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 05-25-2009 08:48 PM

And if you dont want to do the resize step allow photobucket to do it for you with the reduce to size feature in the upload window. also use the insert image Icon above the window you are typing in and paste the copied direct link of the pic in photobucket.
Just a slightly different way to do the same thing, as there is always many ways to do it.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 05-25-2009 09:41 PM

Great writeup, Gary!

This should be required reading for all Lumberjocks- new and old. Martin should put this in the help section!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 05-25-2009 10:27 PM

thanks Gary … this should be very helpful … I even learned a bit myself …or should I say a better way

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 05-25-2009 10:57 PM

Thanks Gary, it’s something I have fought with numerous times.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#9 posted 05-26-2009 02:15 AM

Thanks for doing this for us.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#10 posted 05-26-2009 02:42 PM

You are all very welcome!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 05-26-2009 03:32 PM

Very easy when explained properly.
Thanks for the walk thru Gary.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#12 posted 05-26-2009 04:40 PM

Thank you Garyk for this helpful information. I have failed to do it many times in spite of getting help from couple of LJs. May be I was missing some step. I will try again and hope to succeed.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 05-26-2009 05:29 PM

Thanks Gary. I kept cutting off the right side of my pics, so I gave up and posted links. This will really help.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#14 posted 05-26-2009 05:34 PM

As a FYI, is another service that you could utilize for this purpose, and it automatically resizes the pictures as they are uploaded. The nice feature they have is the pics are resized into S/M/L categories. I use the medium sized pictures for the LJ blogs.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#15 posted 05-26-2009 10:30 PM

Appreciate the sizing tip Gary. I tried to show pictures with the text in a project before and everything worked except the pictures were way too big. Now I’ve posted my first blog and the sizing came out right thanks to you.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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