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    Default Photo Posting How To

    Having seen many threads come up about the various different ways to post pictures and how to do it I thought I would try to create a thread that showed how to do all the different methods.

    When posting pictures you have to remember that not all TBN'ers will have a broadband connection as fast as yours or even broadband at all. Some members are still on dialup

    To post pictures you have to upload them from your computer to a server somewhere on the internet. This is because if your computer is turned off people will still need to be able to see your pictures. You can use the TBN servers or an Image Hosting Company, as mentioned later.

    There are two distinct different ways to insert pictures into posts:
    • Have the filename of the picture at the bottom of the post that you can click on to take you to the picture.
    • Have the image appear inside the post itself. It can be in the middle of text.
    Both methods have their downfalls:

    Having the picture appear as an attachment is probably the easiest because you just have to go to manage attachments at the bottom of the Reply to Thread box. Then you simply select the photo you want to show and click upload.

    The problem with this method is it is not that easy to see what the picture is of and the user has to click on the hyperlink to see the picture. If you are on dialup you have no choice but to either download all of it or nothing.
    You use the TBN servers to host these pictures but you are constrained by how big it can be.

    Inserting the picture in the middle of the post makes it easier to see the picture for the reader and you can write around the pictures. But it is also a bit more complex to insert the picture in this way because you have to use a separate hosting company, like Photobucket or Imageshack, to host the image for you. You then past some code they give you in the place where you normally type the image.

    This method is great for describing pictures and for people with fast broadband; it shows them the pictures straight away.
    The problem comes though when you show a big picture. This will often distort the page that the thread is on and cause the page to take a long time to load making reading the page hard as it will constantly move as the photos load.

    This is a standard inline image:




    This can be solved by making the picture a clickable thumbnail; Photobucket and Image Shack both allow you to do this. I think that Photobucket is the better one because it does not put any advertising on the page.

    This is a clickable thumbnail :




    I will now describe in more detail how to post the photos ...
    Last edited by Grrrr; 09-07-2007 at 07:20 PM.
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    Default Re: Photo Posting How To

    Resizing Pictures


    Before you can upload pictures you must make sure they are within the require file size so as the server can upload them and they don稚 take too long to download.


    If you have a program like Photoshop you can use this to resize your image. You are aiming to make the picture about 640 x 480 pixels. There is some useful information here about using Photoshop.

    If you do not have Photoshop, there are many free image resizes available freely on the internet.

    I have found one of the best to be PixResizer. It is very simple to use, can do more than one photo at once and is very easy to install.


    Go to the download link that is about half way down the page under Free Download.

    Click on that and then when it has downloaded to your desktop click on the icon to install it.

    Once it is installed there are good instructions for it in the readme which is found in the start menu under PixResizer.


    It has a useful feature that allows you to be able to do a batch of photos at one time if you are going to be uploading a few pictures. The readme tells you how to do this.

    Once you have managed to resize the pictures you can start to upload them.
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    Default Re: Photo Posting How To

    Inserting pictures as attachments using the TBN servers (recommended)

    The end result will be like the one at the bottom of this post.
    1. Once you have resized your pictures it is sensible to put them on your desktop or somewhere else where it is easy to find them again.
    2. You then need to write the post that you wish to put the photos in with. Write out the message and then go down to the bottom of the text editor past where it says Submit Post to Manage Attachments.
    3. This will open up a popup. This popup gives you options for uploading your photos. You need to go to the box where it says Upload Files from Your Computer.
    4. In this box, click browse and find the photo on your desktop you want to upload. Then click Open. This will close the box and the path will now be in the text box.
    5. The last step is to click upload. The picture you chose will now be copied to the TBN server.
    Thats it, you have uploaded your first picture. If you wish to post more than one picture in the same post you can repeat steps 4 and 5 to upload as many photos as you want.


    Once you have finished, you can click on Close this window at the bottom of the popup.

    Then click submit as you normally would.
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    Last edited by Grrrr; 09-07-2007 at 07:22 PM.
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    Default Re: Photo Posting How To

    Inserting pictures in line with the text using Photobucket

    You can use Photobucket to host your pictures for you instead of the TBN servers. This frees up TBN resources and allows you to upload bigger and more files.

    The end result will look like this:





    First of all, make sure you have made the picture the right size, as previously mentioned here. This picture can be 640 x 480 PX or 960 x 720 PX. It does not really matter but the larger the picture is, the longer it will take to load.


    Then, you need to set yourself up a Photobucket account. I have taken the following instructions from another website:

    1. Go to the website, Image hosting, free photo sharing & video sharing at Photobucket

    2. On the top left side of the screen, there is a button that says, REGISTER NOW! Click it. You are on your way!

    3. You will be prompted to enter a username and password. When you come up with one that is not already in the system, they will take you to the next page.

    4. Once you have picked your username and password you will be asked to enter your first and last name, a valid email address, gender, birthday, country, zip code, and a prompt type in some random letters for security purposes. It says right under the box where you enter your email address "No spam! We hate that stuff," and they mean it. I have been a member for over a year and have never received ANYTHING from them in my email account.

    5. They may have an advertisement next that asks you to enter info, but DON'T DO IT! Photobucket doesn't send you spam, but since it's free the ruthless ad wizards will try to get you. Just click the word "here" where it says, "Thanks for registering for Photobucket. Click HERE to go to your album."

    6. When you get to your album, there will be a box on the left side of the page that lets you browse your library for pictures you want to upload. The maximum image size is the size of a 17 inch screen (1024 X 768 megapixels).

    Once you have your account created, you can start to upload your photos. You need to be in your album to start with. It will not have any pictures in it at the moment.
    1. At the top of your album, there are several boxes. These are where you select the photos you want to upload. Click Browse next the top box. Find the photo you want to upload and then click Open.
    2. This will put the path to the image in the box. If you want to upload more than one photo, redo step 4. Just use the next empty box each time. You can get more boxes by clicking on add more.
    3. If you wish, you can add a title to the pictures where it says click to add title.
    4. Once you are done, click Upload Now.
    5. It will upload the file and you will now be able to see it in your gallery further down the page.
    You have now finished the uploading part of the pictures. You now need to go back to TBN and write out your message.
    1. Once you have finished writing out the message you need to go back to Photobucket and find the pictures you uploaded earlier.
    2. Once you have the image you want to put in the post, look under it for the box that says IMG Code.
    3. Click on this and it will automatically copy to your clipboard.
    4. Then go to the message at TBN again and click in where you type the message out. Click roughly where you want the photo to appear.
    5. Then right click and click paste.
    6. The code is telling TBN where the photo is located. It does not look like a photo at the moment but if you click on Preview Message you will see it will appear as a photo.
    Once you have done one photo successfully, you can go back and do more.
    Then, once you are done, click Submit Message as normal.

    The pictures should now come up in your post. Thats all there is to it
    Last edited by Grrrr; 09-07-2007 at 07:23 PM.
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    Default Re: Photo Posting How To

    Inserting Pictures as clickable thumbnails using Photobucket (recommended)


    This will insert a picture like this:




    You can click on it to make it bigger. Try it. You will see the image will open in a new window. I think it is the easiest way to see the photos as you can have a preview of each one and see which one you want to look at.

    To do it you need to have already resized the pictures as here. It is not as important to have it small this time as the reader can chose whether to view it or not but it still must be below 1024 X 768 PX.

    You also need to have created a Photobucket account, described how to here.

    Lastly, you must have uploaded a picture already you want to show.


    Once all this is done you can post the image
    1. Find the picture(s) you want to show and click the little tick box underneath them on the left.
    2. Then go down to the bottom of the page where it says Generate HTML and IMG Code.
    3. This will generate a load of different codes. You are looking for the one that says IMG clickable thumbnails for message boards recommended
    4. It is the third box down. Click on it and it will automatically copy it.
    5. Then go back to Tractor By Net and write out your message.
    6. Then right click roughly where you want the picture to go and click paste.
    7. Then click on Preview. You will see your picture come up and you can click on it to enlarge it.
    You can fiddle around with moving it by using enter the centre, left and right buttons and the spacebar.

    Thats all there is to it. Not too bad at all.


    You can put more than one picture in at a time if you want by selecting more than one check box back in Step 1. You can then move these pictures around by pressing enter in between the code.

    You will have to do some experimenting.
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    Default Re: Photo Posting How To

    This positively needs to go inthe FAQ or be stickied.

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    Default Re: Photo Posting How To

    Very good info Grrr, thanks for posting. One of my pet peeves with pics is when someone posts a 600 or 700 kb monster, I never get to see them because our phone line is bringing in downloads at 26.4 kbps.
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    Default Re: Photo Posting How To

    Another thing I find really useful to use with Photobucket is the ability to use the Publish these files to the web feature of Windows XP.

    It allows you, after a brief download, to upload whole folders full of photos to Photobucket.

    A really good tutorial and more information can be found here :
    Desktop Publisher - Publish content with XP Publisher: Photobucket.com
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    Default Re: Photo Posting How To

    Outstanding instruction, which was sorely needed here. You 'da man!
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