View Full Version : How-to work with pictures on discussion forums

Mike Phillips
10-21-2009, 07:14 AM
How-to work with pictures on discussion forums (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/how-articles-discussion-forums/21320-how-work-pictures-discussion-forums.html)

It's so easy for people to capture great photos with their digital cameras and even cell phones but if you don't know how to resize, upload and insert the image into a message you never get the fun of sharing them with your friends.

While the above tutorial is specific to this version of PhotoPost most photo galleries work much the same way. If you're planning on being part of this forum or any forum for another hobby, take a moment and read through this tutorial and then learn and practice inserting photos into your messages the correct way, not merely attaching them as files. It's not that hard and anyone can learn how to do it.

First, if you're new to discussion forums, make sure you're logged-in to the Autogeek forum. If you're not sure how to tell if you're logged in, here's an article that will show you how to tell.

How to tell if you're logged into the forum? (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/how-do-different-types-things-ag-discussion-forum/21293-how-tell-if-you-re-logged-into-forum.html)

I do the things taught in the below three threads everyday when I work with photos on the Internet in this order...

1: How to resize your photos before uploading to a photo gallery (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/tips-techniques-how-articles-interacting-discussion-forums/35250-how-resize-your-photos-before-uploading-photo-gallery.html) - Using Easy Thumbnails

1: How to upload a photo into your Autogeek Photo Gallery (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/how-do-different-types-things-ag-discussion-forum/21295-how-upload-photo-into-your-autogeek-photo-gallery.html)

3: How to insert an image from your photo gallery into your message (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/how-articles-discussion-forums/21313-how-insert-image-your-photo-gallery-into-your-message.html)

Bonus Articles...
How to crop out the fluff and resize your pictures! - Using FREE online software! (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/tips-techniques-how-articles-interacting-discussion-forums/23918-how-crop-out-fluff-resize-your-pictures-using-free-online-software.html)
(Real Easy To Learn How to Use)

Using GIMP to Crop and Resize Images (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/tips-techniques-how-articles-interacting-discussion-forums/24018-using-gimp-crop-resize-images.html)
(A little harder than the above option but still pretty easy)

If you don't know how to use the "Editor Mode" on vBulletin, this is handy to know as it can help you to tweak your code to enable you to make your pictures display correctly.

How to use the "Editor Mode" to break a single quoted message up into smaller quoted sections (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/off-topic/20690-how-use-editor-mode-break-single-quoted-message-up-into-smaller-quoted-sections.html)


Mike Phillips
03-16-2010, 10:01 AM

This thread has been updated to include most of the threads on this forum on how to work with images on forums.

Please feel free to take the blue clickable link at the top of the first message in this thread and copy and paste it into other threads for anyone wanting to learn how to work with images on forums.

Here's an article on what the blue clickable links are at the top of all my threads or articles.... (In case you didn't know) :D

How to share an article using a blue clickable link (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/tips-techniques-how-articles-interacting-discussion-forums/23913-how-share-article-using-blue-clickable-link.html)


Mike Phillips
03-24-2010, 07:58 AM

Just a friendly tip...

Good netiquette on any discussion forum is to resize your pictures to about 800 pixels wide so you don't force your reader to have to horizontal scroll.

Besides being a pain to have to horizontal scroll to see the entire picture, your reader CAN"T actually see the entire picture because as they scroll to one side to see the missing portion of the picture, (because it's too wide for their monitor to display), a portion of the picture falls out of viewing range on the other side of the monitor.

Thus your reader can NEVER see the ENTIRE picture.

This defeats the purpose of sharing a pictures.

It's not that hard to learn how to,

Crop out the fluff
Resize your picture
Upload your picture into the AG gallery (instead of) Photobucket
Insert your picture into a thread (not the dreaded "attach a thumbnail" method)

If you are a regular member of this forum or any forum where you share pictures, then it's a good idea to take a few minutes and teach yourself how to do the above, it's really not that hard and your reader will LOVE you for being such an expert at working with pictures on forums.

This is a picture of a 1966 Chevrolet Milk Truck that I use to own and drive as a daily driver. This picture is 800 pixels wide. It's plenty big to really get a great idea of what the truck is all about yet most monitors will be able to display it without forcing the reader to horizontal scroll.

1966 Chevrolet Milk Truck
1 Ton Dually
396 Big Block Chevy
This is an example of a picture that is 800 pixels wide

Thank you!


Mike Phillips
05-07-2011, 10:12 AM

Updated the first post in this thread to include a recent tutorial on using Easy Thumbnails, it's free and works great for making Avatars or resizing gargantuan size photos down to 800 pixels wide for using on discussion forums.

This one,

How to resize your photos before uploading to a photo gallery (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/tips-techniques-how-articles-interacting-discussion-forums/35250-how-resize-your-photos-before-uploading-photo-gallery.html) - Using Easy Thumbnails


05-07-2011, 11:15 AM
Mike, thanks for posting all of this information, I just bookmarked this thread. I have struggled with posting photos on more than one occasion..

12-05-2011, 08:43 PM
Mike , Thanks for the info. but I have a quick one : How can I delete/un-show a License Plate in a Car Photo ?. Where I can not post that info. for security reasons ?.

Mike Phillips
12-05-2011, 10:24 PM
Mike , Thanks for the info. but I have a quick one : How can I delete/un-show a License Plate in a Car Photo ?. Where I can not post that info. for security reasons ?.

I don't know if this will work for you but give it a try..

1. Click on the thumbnail of the photo you want to delete to bring up a larger size. Like this screenshot of your post.


2. On the right hand side of the window, look for the drop down list titled Photo Options and click on it and from the options click on Move/Delete


3. After you click the Move/Delete option a check box will appear. Click the check box to select it and then click on the submit button.


If you don't see these options that means I can see them because I have Admin Permissions.

The next best option would be to PM a Moderator and ask them to delete the picture.