Forum User Hint Putting images into your forums posts

webbie

Seasoned Moderator
Nov 17, 2005
12,186
Western Mass.
Using images in the Hearth.com Forums

Uploading a Picture to a Post

There are a few different ways of uploading a picture to a post. To insert a copy of a picture from elsewhere on the internet just click on the small tree picture icon. This will bring up a pop up where you can insert the link to your image, then click on "Insert".

A typical link to a picture elsewhere will have a format similar to:
https://www.hearth.com/images/harmanadvance.jpg
That, for instance, is a picture of a pellet stove currently on our front page!

You can find the image address (URL) of most pictures on the internet by control-click (mac) or right click (windows) and then "copy image location" or "copy image url" from the pop-up menu.

To upload a picture from your computer click on "Upload a File" button to the right just below the post bit. This brings up a pop up where you can click "Choose File" and browse your own computer for the picture you want. Note that you can upload more than one at a time by using shift-click or control-click....different methods depending on your computer and browser.

Once uploaded you can choose whether the Thumbnail size or Full Image in the post. In the case of larger pictures, it is best to use the thumbnail option.

We have allowed fairly large picture and file sizes - however, it is best if you resize and crop your pictures prior to uploading since many digital cameras and scanners create very large file sizes.

What the average person needs is an “Image Management Program” - which may already be on your computer.

If you are a PC user, you can use Windows built-in picture management or download a free program like Picasa - This will organize and store all the photos on your disk and also allow you to export smaller copies (for web, etc.) and to even fix the photos up a bit!
http://picasa.google.com/

Apple users already have an image management program, iPhoto, which comes with every mac. To prepare web photos in iPhoto, simply select the photo or photos, go to Export, choose "JPEG", "HIGH" and "LARGE" and export the photo to your desktop or elsewhere - note that you can rename it as you export it.
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With Picasa, it is pretty much the same thing.
http://support.google.com/picasa/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=11067


If you are a user of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, use the “Image Size” dialog bx to convert your photo to 72 DPI and approx. 1000 pixels wide (the height will work out automatically) - then use “Save for Web” and try jpg “high”, file size should be quite small. Of course, don’t save changes to the original picture since you still want that big on your computer and for your archiving and storage.

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Another pic here shows the Photoshop Image Size dialog box, with the correct downsizing pixels entered.

There are also some decent online picture resize tools. An example is at:
http://www.picresize.com/

Experiment a bit and you will soon be uploading picture picture images to the Hearth.com Forums!
 
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truck243

Member
Feb 20, 2011
41
louisville ky
Hi, Why when I choose upload picture, don't I see the option to insert thumbnail or full size?
 

webbie

Seasoned Moderator
Nov 17, 2005
12,186
Western Mass.
You'd need to give more info - are you using a computer or a pad/phone?

It should look like the below once you actually select the pics and upload them...see the buttons that say thumb or full image? Do you have them...
Screen Shot 2012-11-17 at 7.58.15 AM.png


EDIT: More Options button for file uploading in new layout:
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BIGDADDY

Feeling the Heat
May 17, 2012
416
Why can't I just copy and paste a photo from my iPad to here?
 

webbie

Seasoned Moderator
Nov 17, 2005
12,186
Western Mass.
Why can't I just copy and paste a photo from my iPad to here?
I don't use an ipad, but photo copy and paste doesn't work......that way. I just tried with my mac......

What you CAN do is copy the imagine LOCATION (URL) and then use the little insert imagine icon in the toolbar above (looks like a globe with a wire below it).......and paste in the URL. Like this:


On the ipad you can copy an image link as:
Hold your finger down on an image, wait for the menu to pop up, choose "Copy" and you already have the link in the clipboard to paste anywhere you would like it to go.
 

BIGDADDY

Feeling the Heat
May 17, 2012
416
What about pictures I took with my iPad that are just in my picture folder, anyway for me to post those.
 

BIGDADDY

Feeling the Heat
May 17, 2012
416
Cool thanks
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
78,585
South Puget Sound, WA
If you are taking shots with your cellphone, take it with the phone horizontal, home button on the right. We're getting a lot of phone postings of stoves showing up sideways lately.
 
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firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
18,901
Unity/Bangor, Maine
If you are taking shots with your cellphone, take it with the phone horizontal . . . but if you take the picture vertically please be sure you are sitting on a milk crate. We are getting a lot of phone postings of stoves sideways lately.
I fixed your quote. ;)
 
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Reelax27

New Member
Feb 15, 2018
17
Trappe, maryland
Any idea how to delete a an image from your gallery? Like a newbie I posted a question to the media gallery and now I can't figure out how to erase it...

Thanks
 
Nov 12, 2018
3
york, pa
I am trying to upload a quick video and I keep getting an error has occurred message "the uploaded file does not have an allowed extension. EAAC83F5-9CE0-4609-9D73-04D52210FF80.MOV ... any suggestions? posting from my iPhone and my Mac gets the same error
 

webfish

Hearth.com LLC
Staff member
Oct 18, 2013
1,396
Minnesota
Let me check. We made some changes and maybe .mov was dropped
 

webfish

Hearth.com LLC
Staff member
Oct 18, 2013
1,396
Minnesota
try again, can you give me screen shot of the error