Joined: 06 Oct 2007
Location: Wellesbourne, UK
|Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 6:51 pm Post subject: How to put pictures in your messages
|To display a picture it has to be on a permanently available on-line server. You can't display one directly off your own PC unless you are running it as a server with 24/7 access. Nor can you store it direct on this site.
For example images can be stored on things like "photo bucket" ( http://photobucket.com/ ) which would give each picture a URL reference number that you can then put into these messages. You have to be a registered user of photobucket to do that. If you know of any other good picture hosting sites please make a suggestion here.
However, you need to be careful to quote the right reference number for the image; a URL itself may well not work. It has to be the direct server reference number for the specific image, which you can usually find by right-clicking on the image and choosing "properties" (from where you can copy/paste the URL). Once you've got the reference URL, highlight it and click on "Img" in the tab at the top of the forum message editing box (or just type [img] at the start, and [/img] at the end). Remember copyright though (see below).
If you look on Photobucket and display the image you want, you will see that it displays a number of different ways of referencing it, depending what you are going to be doing with it. See
The key reference is kindly described (bottom right) as "IMG Code - Forums & Bulletin Boards" (and equally kindly already includes the "img" tags). Copy the entire URL shown in that box, and paste it into your Forum message. Hey presto:
It is not the URL that you see at the top of the page - if you try to tag that as an image all you will get is:
If you can't get at the direct image reference on somebody else's site, the only way you can use it in this forum is to put the URL of the web page into your message, and readers can then click on it. Any PUBLIC website that an image is on can also be linked to, for example http://www.sandafayre.com/gallery/stamp_38.htm .
Remember that links to other sites can change or fail without notice, especially transient ones such as Ebay.
And don't forget that you must make sure there isn't a tick in the box by "Disable BBCode in this post" below the message editing box.
If you are displaying somebody else's image, or putting a link into somebody else's site, make sure they have not put any copyright constraint - the onus is on you as the message submitter to check on this, the GBOS accepts no liability for infringement by users of the forum - the fact that an image is on the web does not make it public domain. If you are intending to reproduce their image (eg in The POS Journal) you must obtain their permission.
Here’s a step-by-step easy guide.
1. You need an account with one of the picture storage sites. I use “photobucket”.
a. click on “join now” and follow the instructions
b. There are other equally good photo storage sites, but these instructions assume you are using photobucket, in the version current as at 5 July 2008.
c. log into it
2. make your scan or picture file of the stamp and save it on your own machine
a. make a note of where it is, with the full pathway (ie all the folder & pathway information, not just the filename), eg “C:\myphotos\newzealandpo.jpg"
3. click on “albums and upload” near the top left
4. In the box “Upload images and video” click on “choose files”
5. In the file requester box, find the image of your file in the usual way
- As it says on the instruction box, you can select more than one picture at a time by holding down “Ctrl” key
6. Click on “open” in the file requester, just as if you were opening it within your normal edit/display work
7. It will now load it to the Photobucket store, and when it’s done it will give you the chance to add a title, and also some notes
- Don’t skip this step, as it makes it much much easier to find the right image later
8. Click “save and continue”
9. Your image is now stored on the Photobucket site
- You can set up separate albums on the site if you wish, and move particular images with a common theme to each of them, or you can just leave them all in your main “bucket”
Set up your forum article
10. Set up your article for the forum within the forum editor
- Don’t save it yet
Insert the picture
11. When you get to the place where you want to insert a picture:
a. Go to Photobucket
b. Find the relevant image from the ones you have saved (see above)
c. Underneath the image you will see several boxes, marked typically “Email & IM”, “Direct Link”, “HTML Code”, “IMG code”
d. You want “IMG code”: just click on the file ref – you don’t need to press “copy”, that happens automatically when the file ref goes highlighted.
12. Go back to your article, and the place where you want to insert the picture
13. Paste the picture ref into the article, using “Ctrl” and the letter “V” at the same time.
14. That will paste into your article something like:
| [IMG] http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z297/John_Gledhill/newzealandpo.jpg[/IMG] |
You do NOT need to type in the [IMG] and [/IMG], that is automatic.
15. Save your article
16. That’s it.
As the site manager, I welcome any comments and suggestions from members, but cannot (of course) guarantee to implement them all.
Last edited by John_Gledhill on Sat Jul 05, 2008 10:00 pm; edited 2 times in total
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