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Thanks much for the visit.

One of the guys on the board is a graphic artist and he is going to design a banner for us. I'm in the process of finding pics of drummers that played Rogers drums. I like the idea of the faded montage.

Thanks for the tips and I'm looking forward to visiting here often.

Jack

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You're very welcome, and I look forward to seeing more of you. I'm also glad you have a graphic artist at your board to help you out. emoticon

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I get a lot of questions on how to post pictures in my board. I can do it but seem to cause more confusion than help with my explaination.

Could you, with all your infinate wisdom oh guru, post an explaination that I could copy and paste to my board.

Maybe I should have made this a new topic?

Thanks, Jack

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Hi Jack emoticon

I thought about starting a new topic for this and pasting your question into it, but then I figured, since it's "Non-design" related and can help board admins to help their members, this is probably the most appropriate place for your question after all. emoticon

Feel free to use the "Quote" link under my avatar (or click here to get the same page I'm talking about) so you can copy/paste the following directly to your board, complete with links and other formatting. Remember to leave out the [/quote] at the end...

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Uploading and posting an image is really much simpler than what it may appear at first, but if these directions seem really long and drawn out, it is only for the sake of being thorough.

First, anyone who posts an image should host it him/herself, because linking directly to an image that is stored on someone else's website can cost them more money for hosting or cause their site to be inaccessible for a while, because it uses their bandwidth (learn about bandwidth theft).

Copyright is also an issue. If you find an image on the web and you want to post it, you should check the website where you found it and make sure they allow people to save and upload their images and share them with others. Remember, there is a difference between copyright (who owns the rights to an image, a song, an article, or other content) and bandwidth (the technical resources it takes to show that image or play that sound file to others over the internet), so make sure you know the difference and avoid breaking any laws.

There are services on the web that are set up specifically for the purpose of allowing people to upload images and other files so they can display them on message boards or auction sites (such as ebay), in emails, etc. Imageshack is one such site. They allow you to upload images without registering an account with them, but there are benefits to registering and logging into that account when you upload files, such as the ability to delete those files, as well as look them up if you've lost the url (aka address of the file).

Since this post is intended to make it easy for the technically-challenged to post images, and since Imageshack makes it easy, these directions will explain how to upload images to Imageshack and post them from there.

The author of this post recommends that you register an account with Imageshack. When you do, you will be sent a link in your email (make sure imageshack.us is on your email's safe list so your email provider doesn't incorrectly mark it as spam). If you're worried about them having your email address, you may use a free email provider (such as yahoo, gmail, or hotmail) to make registering at various places more "anonymous".

The link you receive from Imageshack will automatically log you in to your Imageshack account. If you are the only person who uses your computer, you may bookmark it for easy access. Or to keep others who use your computer from editing/deleting your images, you can save the email that contains the link, or write the link down for future access (or you can paste this link to NotePad and print it out, to make sure there is no error in writing it down).

Imageshack allows you to either upload images from your computer, or upload files directly from the web. Click on the "Upload Image" link on the right-hand side of the page, under the "Action" heading. A window will pop up. From here, follow #1 or #2 below, depending on where you're uploading that image from.

Note: If nothing pops up when you click on the "Upload Image" link, then you will have to set your popup blocker to accept popups from imageshack.us in order for this to work.

1) To upload a file from your computer, click on the "Browse" button in the popup. Navigate through the folders to find the file, then double-click on that file to select it, and click on the "Upload" button.

2) To upload a file directly from the web, you'll need the url. If you're using Internet Explorer, you can right-click on the image and choose "Properties". Click three times really fast on the http:... next to where it says "Address (URL)" to highlight the url, then right-click on the highlighted url and choose "Copy" (if you prefer hotkeys, ctrl+C to copy the highlighted url). If you're using Firefox as your browser, you can simply right-click on the image and choose "Copy Image Location". After you copy the url (aka location), then paste the url into the text box at the bottom of the Imageshack popup, then click on the "Upload" button.

Now, assuming you're registered at Imageshack and are looking at a thumbnailed list of your uploaded images (the "My Images" page), you'll see 5 icons down the right side of each thumbnail. Clicking on the top one, which looks like a blue "i", will give you the code to post your image.

In the popup, you'll see:

Embeddable Code:
Forums: [IMG]http://...[/IMG]
Sites: <img src="..." alt="Image Hosted by ImageShack.us" />
Friends: [url]http://...[/url]

Thumbnail Code:
Forums: [URL=http://...?image=...][IMG]http://...[/IMG][/URL]
Sites: <a href="http://..." target="_blank"><img src="http://..." border="0" /></a>
Direct: [url]http://...[/url]

Posting a clickable thumbnail that leads to a bigger version of an image is great for people on dialup who have to wait a long time for huge images to load. To do this, choose the "Thumbnail Code" for "Forums".

However, if the image is small (such as a smiley) or you feel you must post a large image directly into your post, then choose the "Embeddable Code" for "Forums".

Left-clicking on the code will highlight it. Then, right-click on the highlighted code and left-click on "copy" (or if you prefer hotkeys, ctrl+C). After that, you can simply paste it into your post. Wherever you want the image to appear in your post, left-click to position your cursor, then right-click and choose "paste" (or if you prefer hotkeys, ctrl+V).

If you're not sure you've done it right, remember you can always click on "Preview" rather than "Submit" to preview how your post will look before posting it. emoticon



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