A Letterville Step By Step
Posting pics on the BB                                                       
By
Ray Rheaume


First up...getting it on the internet.

There are plenty of free image hosting sites like Photobucket , Imageview, etc where you can upload pictures. If you are a RESIDENT here in Letterville, you can upload them here

Keep the size of the picture somewhere around 500 pixels wide. Most images online are at 72DPI resolution and load quickly. If you go with a higher resolution, it will be a much larger file and take longer to load on the BB.

Once the pictures are online, here's how to link to them...

Whether stating a new post or replying to an existing one, you will need to use the "Full Reply Form" to access the options.



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How to link it...
When you click the "IMAGE" button, this window will appear....

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Type in the address where the IMAGE is located...

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(TIP: I usually keep the image page open in a separate window or tab for quick access when linking more than one picture.)

When you click the ok button, the reply window will add the following line automatically...

[img] h**p://www.letterville.com/images/title.1.jpg [/img]
(the *s = the letter t)


If you want to be sure you got it right, hit the "Preview Post" button and a new window will open like this...

 



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Some notes:
One typo and it isn't going to work...even an extra space or missed letter will foul things up. Using a second window, you can right click an image and hit "Copy Image Location" and paste it into the link window.
If not, you can go to the picture online and click "View Image". Once you see ONLY the picture, copy the address bar at the top of the screen and paste that in the image link.

TIP: One thing I do is make sure to hit the enter key before and after linking an image. This keeps the text from running into the image. It also helps to keep the image link from getting messed up.



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End result..
 

Resizing Photo's for the BB

Download Irfan View 3.97 for free

IrfanView is a fast and simple image viewer and editor that supports all major graphic formats, including BMP, DIB, JPEG, GIF, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, multipage TIFF, and TGA. In addition, it features drag-and-drop support, directory viewing, TWAIN support, slide shows, batch conversion, and modifications, such as color depth, crop, blur, and sharpen.

Download Irfan View 3.97

here is another one Curtis found for free

http://picasa.google.com/index.html

another one from Dave
http://www.xat.com/jpegopt/index.html

whole list here
http://www.vicman.net/lib/batch-resize-images.htm

Here's a few tips on saving your photos for the web, and the BB in particular.

1. If your image is a photograph with more than 240 colors, save it as a .jpg. If it is artwork with only a few colors, a .gif is the way to go.

2. Save your image at 72dpi. Any higher resolution just isn't needed for a monitor.

3. Keep your image under 500 pixels in width.

4. If using a jpg, always compress it before saving it for the web. I usually save my images at 75% their original file size. You'll be amazed how much your file size is reduced without any loss of quality. It will load faster and reduce bandwidth use at our end.

Ray Rheaume

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