Not too long ago the means of uploading pictures to ATS changed. I've noticed a big drop off in the number of pictures on threads since. We now need
to find a host for our pictures and I assume some people haven't taken the time to learn the new way yet. (By the way it costs ATS a lot of money to
host our pics and I support the change.)
The reason for the thread is that pictures make a big difference, supply more info, fun, and connection to the real meaning - I want to see more
So here's a How-To for uploading pictures using an outside source and also a bit on adding links.
GETTING PICTURES FROM INTERNET TO YOUR COMPUTER:
Say you find a picture you want to add at ATS, first get it to your computer.
The super-simple way is "right click and save" (but this doesn't always give you just what you want)
Another way is the print screen method:
Press [Fn] + [insert/prt sc] (for print screen)
The buttons vary but on a HP Pavilion Vista laptop Fn is in the lower left and prt sc is in the upper right. They may also have slightly different
When you hit the Fn/prt sc combo a picture of the whole screen goes into memory
To get it out of memory, open the basic PC Paint program (lots of other options too).
Click the "edit" tab and select "paste"; this should make the page you print screened
appear in the paint program.
click "select" area [see pic below] and make an outline square around the part you want to save.
right click and select "copy"
Once copied, you want to clear the screen. Click "File" then "New" and DON'T save.
You should have a plain white background now, ready for your copied selection.
Click "Edit" and "Paste"
You may need to change the size of the white background - to do so, click and drag the lower right blue dot inward.
You did it! Save and name your picture. Next step upload
UPLOADING YOUR PICTURE TO ATS:
You need to find a website HOST
to keep your pictures in, sorta like an online library for your pictures. I use IMAGE SHACK but there are
plenty out there.
Here's directions for using Image Shack:
Create a username (quick, free, and easy)
click browse to search the pictures on your computer
Click "owner" then "pictures" for the standard location for PC pics (some might be in documents)
double click, or right mouse and choose, the picture you want.
Then choose "Upload Now"
Once it's uploaded you get several choices for coding (that is used in an ATS post to show the pic).
I use "Forum Code" but take a few things out, shown below:
Copy the forum coding, then paste it into your ATS post.
A big picture like this will automatically have scroll bars
Whenever you edit or see the post box you'll see the text, but once posted that IMG line will make the picture show up in the thread.
ADDING A LINK THAT LOOKS NICE:
You can just copy a URL (the http: bit at the top) into a post but most of the link will usually be cut off.
Here's the URL for Krispy Kreme Donuts (just copied into the post)
To make a link look nice, with your own choice of words follow the example below:
(By the way I just picked Krispy Kreme randomly; I have no connection to them, and don't gain any free donuts, worldwide prestige, etc.)
Here's the link if using the "A" html code above:
If you've never posted a picture on ATS now's your chance! Any picture will do - try it out!
[edit on 12-6-2010 by Thermo Klein]