How to Post Images on BLF

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How to Post Images on BLF

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to my guide on how to post images on BLF!  :THUMBS-UP:

Now that Photobucket no longer offers free image hotlinking (}P) we need a new guide.  ^:)

 

In other words, these great guides are not as useful as they used to be because they have broken Photobucket images:

JohnnyMac's guide:  http://budgetlightforum.com/node/18059

scaru's guide:  http://budgetlightforum.com/node/18864

 

By the way, I lifted plenty of text from JohnnyMac's excellent guide.  :BEER:

 

IMAGE HOSTING

You have to host your images on an image hosting site before they can be posted on BLF.

There are many image hosting sites that are free.

Personally, I prefer Abload.de and Imgur.com

 

EviLore of neogaf.com wrote:

abload.de -- non-English, so may take a few moments to understand how to navigate, but very fast, short on restrictions, and has a batch uploader application.
imgur.com -- popular, moderately restrictive, and has web browser extensions available for convenient use.

(http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=428775)

 

Once you host your image, it's time to post it on BLF with either the Simple Post Editor or the Advanced Post Editor.

 

SIMPLE POST EDITOR

 

Here's the standard way to post in the default Simple Post Editor.

(There is also a quick way that is explained at the end of this section.)

 

Click the Insert Image icon in the tool bar.

 

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Paste your image URL into the "Image URL" box.

(An image URL typically ends in .bmp .gif .jpg or .png)

 

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If that's all you want to do click "OK".

 

To make pictures larger or smaller there are a couple of options available.

 

The first option is to set the width of the image to a percentage of the page width.

Simply put the percentage into the box labeled "(OPTIONAL) Relative Width (%):"

It's best to make the relative width 100% or less, and remember to use the percentage sign.

The pic below shows what 50% would look like.

 

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The second option is to set a picture to a specific size, like 800 x 600.

Enter the width & height in pixels in the two boxes labeled "(OR) Specific Height x Width (px):"

 

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You can also input an image link.

If someone clicks on your image, they will be redirected to the link you provide in the box labeled "(OPTIONAL) Link to URL:"

 

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Click "OK" when finished.

 

EDIT:  There is a quick way to post images in Simple Post Editor.

Just put an exclamation point before and after the image URL like so:

!https://i.imgur.com/b9yNWRS.jpg!

or if you want the image to be 50% as wide as possible, post this:

!{width:50%}https://i.imgur.com/b9yNWRS.jpg!

 

ADVANCED POST EDITOR

Posting images with the Advanced Post Editor is similar to using the simple post editor.

Click on the "Insert/edit image" icon.

 

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In the "Source" box, input the image URL

In the "Image description" box, input a description, if you want.

In the "Dimensions" box, you have two options.

Your first option is to input a percentage in the first box as shown.

 

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If you use a percentage, be sure to keep the second box blank.

Your second option is to input a specific size, like 800 x 600.

 

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If you check "Constrain proportions" the aspect ratio of your image will be locked.

To unlock the aspect ratio, uncheck "Constrain proportions".

Click "OK" when finished.

 

CONCLUSION

Thank you for checking out my guide.

 

If you want to do mouseovers, you have to use the Advanced Post Editor, and mouseovers are very user-unfriendly.

For example, if you try to preview a mouseover, or if you "Enable rich-text", the mouseover will break.

Mr. Admin explains how to do mouseovers here:

http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/896251#comment-896251

 

Also, just a heads-up, I do not think that you can input an image link in Advanced Post Editor.

 

If you have any image hosting recommendations, feel free to post them in this thread.

Comments and questions are also welcome.  :-)

Edited by: raccoon city on 09/06/2017 - 20:38
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Thanks raccoon. This is sure to be invaluable to lots of members here. Thumbs Up

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MRsDNF wrote:

Thanks raccoon. This is sure to be invaluable to lots of members here. Thumbs Up

No problem, moose!  :BEER:

Every now and then, someone asks how to post images on the forum...

and I couldn't find a guide with images intact.

Gotta help the newbies!  ;)

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No problem, moose! Beer

Did someone say moose and BEER

I’m IN – (Now with working Imgur)

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Zulumoose][quote wrote:

!https://imgur.com/n9DNpMx!.jpg

Ok – not working yet – will keep testing

Still not working, I created an Imgur account, pasted a jpg in, and when I “create link” the text does not end In JPG, and even when I add JPG as above it doesn’t work. Any suggestions?

Use Imgur's Direct Link, which in your case will end in .jpg

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Thanx Raccoon. I made a simple mistake, clicked on “generate image links” first, instead of on the image itself, which would have immediately given me the jpg link I was looking for. Post corrected, see above, I’ll have that beer now thx.

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Zulumoose wrote:

I'll have that beer now thx.

I left it at MRsDNF's house!  :O

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Zulumoose wrote:

I made a simple mistake, clicked on “generate image links” first, instead of on the image itself, which would have immediately given me the jpg link I was looking for.

I'm glad you made the mistake.

It reminded me of the quick way to post images in Simple Post Editor.

I always use Advanced Post Editor, and had forgotten the shortcut, which I just added to the guide.

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Thanks for the new guide. Even with cutting and pasting, it still took a bit of effort, I’m sure. I wish someone would make a list of free image hosting sites that are as easy to use as Google Images, but also easy to insert into BLF, which Google isn’t.

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Thanks “Raccoon city”, very helpful.

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I love Imgur, but beware that images uploaded without an account may go away if they’re not viewed occasionally, so make an account there.

The low mode should be lower.

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DavidEF wrote:

Thanks for the new guide. Even with cutting and pasting, it still took a bit of effort, I'm sure.

It did take some work, but without JohnnyMac's general outline, I would have been lost.  :X

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leaftye wrote:

I love Imgur, but beware that images uploaded without an account may go away if they're not viewed occasionally, so make an account there.

Thanks for the tip!  :THUMBS-UP:

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I’d like to add that the linked pictures shouldn’t be too large in size.
Sometimes you get a post with many pictures with many pixels, which takes a looong time to load.
There’s really little point in exceeding 1000 pixels in width anyway.

my two cents

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Jerommel wrote:

I’d like to add that the linked pictures shouldn’t be too large in size.
Sometimes you get a post with many pictures with many pixels, which takes a looong time to load.
There’s really little point in exceeding 1000 pixels in width anyway.

my two cents

I try to keep my images under 200 kilobytes (except for my posts in the thread Guess the Place, where image quality is sometimes crucial.)

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Just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU! I appreciate the time to make it simple for those of us that are “ok” with technology…but not savvy. Savvy??? (movie reference there i think).

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That’s. Well done. Beer

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