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post Fri, 27 Apr 2007 - 00:00
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How to Format, Resize and Post Images in a Forum Thread

Many members have been asking how to post photographs/images/scanned images, so here is a quick guide to the process using a free online editor to prepare your images, and either of two popular (and free biggrin.gif ) services to host them: tinypic and ImageShack.

To add an image to your PePiPoo thread, you need to host it online first. To do this it is recommended that you have a reasonably sized JPEG (.jpg) image.



Step 1: Capture your image
  • Scan your images
    • First, do not use a PDF (.pdf) or other document format such as Word. If you are scanning, you should be able to choose "save as..." and select the JPEG (.jpg) format. If your scanner will not save in anything other than .pdf, consider using a digital camera instead
    • Please scan your image as 300 DPI and save it as a high quality JPEG, as it will be easier to read
    • If you don't have a scanner, a mobile phone camera in close-up or macro mode can often give good results
  • Is your image a reasonable size (500-800 pixels wide) and is it a JPEG? Have you removed personal details? If so, move on to Step 4.
  • Is your image too big or is it in a different format to JPEG? Do you need to remove personal details? Do you have no idea what we are on about? Go to Step 2!


Step 2: Decide what details you need to remove

When asked to post a scan of a document you will usually be advised to "wash" or "scrub" it. What this means is that before you post it you should remove any details that would enable whoever issued the document to connect it to you. The reason is fairly obvious: posts in internet forums can be viewed by anyone, including people (e.g. the police, "safety camera" partnerships, private parking companies, councils) who you may not want to read posts discussing your options, what you did (or didn't) do, and what action you intend to take!

Peoples' initial reaction is often that this is simple - remove details like your name, address, registration mark and and driving licence number and the job's done. However the person or organisation issuing the document has all the information about it that you do; can they fill in the blanks using that knowledge? You need to consider a lot more than those obvious details, including:
  • How many similar documents might they have sent out with the same details as you've left visible on yours? For example, there will probably only be a handful of parking tickets issued for Wellington Car Park in Basingstoke on 19 February 2009; leave those details in your post and it will be easy to work out which ticket is yours.
  • How much time and effort might they put into identifying you? A private parking company after a £50 "fine" probably wouldn't spend more than a few minutes sorting through the "possibles", whereas an SCP with plenty of taxpayers' money to waste might think a couple of days sorting through hundreds of NIPs is worthwhile.
  • Do you understand what all the codes in the document mean? That apparently random 7-digit number might mean nothing to you, but it could be a unique reference number that would identify you to whoever came up with it.
  • Don't forget any payment slips! That helpful tear-off Giro payment slip almost certainly has unique identifiers on it.
  • Don't just focus on individual details. If there are several precise details in the document then individually they may mean nothing, but combined they might be unique to you. Even a sequence of events could be unique enough to allow your case to be located in the pile!


Step 3: Edit your image
  • Go to www.pixlr.com
  • Click on "Jump In"
  • Click on "File" and "Open". Don't use the top file menu! That is your browser's menu. Use the lower one, which is the Pixlr applet menu. This is ringed in the screenshot below:



  • Browse to the image file you want to edit, and select Open
  • Now you should see your image. If you need to crop it, choose the dotted box icon (ringed below) and drag a box around the bit you want to keep



  • Go to "Image" and "Crop" in the Pixlr menu
  • Now we'll obscure your details:
    You need to think carefully about what to leave and what to delete; it's not much use removing your name and registration number if you leave in details such as reference numbers or precise locations, dates and times, for example.
    • Choose the dotted box icon, as above
    • Drag it around any area you wish to obscure
    • Press Delete on your keyboard. This means the key which is actually marked "delete" on your keyboard, not the backspace key!
    • Repeat this until all personal details are obscured
  • Now we'll set the size. Go to "Image" and "Image Size". Make sure "Constrain proportions" is ticked. If it is a PCN, set the width to 400 pixels. If it's an A4 document, set it to 800. Don't worry about the height. Click OK
  • Now we'll save it:
    • Go to File - Save (in the Pixlr menu, not the top one!)
    • Choose Format: JPEG
    • Give it a name
    • Click OK


Step 4: Host the image online and insert into your post

TinyPic
  1. Image files cannot be larger than 1600 pixels (either width or height). Images that are too large will be automatically resized to the largest acceptable size so don't worry too much about filesizes.
  2. Go to www.tinypic.com. You don't have to register unless you want to use some of their extra features, like albums. Please bear in mind that if you choose not to register then you won't be able to remove the image from TinyPic later.
    • Select Browse... and find an image that you want to upload.
    • Select that image and press OK/Open.
    • Then press the "Upload Now!" button.
    • After a short while (depending on your image size), you will see a number of boxes with links to your image. The one to use on PePiPoo is the 'IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards' code line. If you select all of that line and then paste it straight into your post on PePiPoo it should show as a full sized image. If the image is too large to fit into the browser window the forum software will automatically scale it to fit, but if that happens the viewer can just click on the image's title bar to see it full size.
    • Do not copy & paste the address from your browser's address bar as this will not work
    • Important - To post the scanned image directly onto the forum , you must have BBCode enabled; (uncheck the box directly below the text box when posting).

ImageShack
  1. Filesizes above 1024kb will be automatically resized so don't worry too much about filesizes.
  2. Register at www.imageshack.us and follow the registration process.
  3. Once you have logged in to ImageShack:
    • Click the frog logo or the Upload link to be taken to the front page.
    • Select browse and find an image that you want to upload.
    • Select that image and press OK/Open.
    • Then press the "Host it!" button.
    • After a short while (depending on your image size), you will see a number of boxes with links to your image. The one to use on PePiPoo is the 'Thumbnail for forums (1)' code line. If you select all of that line and then paste it straight into your post on PePiPoo it should show as a small thumbnail image that the viewer can then click on to take them to the full sized image.
    • Do not copy & paste the address from your browser's address bar as this will not work
    • Important - To post the scanned image directly onto the forum , you must have BBCode enabled; (uncheck the box directly below the text box when posting).
  4. Also to keep within Imageshacks T&C's then you MUST also do the 'Imageshack' Link part, or do as some others have done and add it to your signature block.


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QUOTE (RottenToTheCore @ Thu, 19 Nov 2015 - 12:44) *
The very first piece of advice given at the top of this thread is "do not use a PDF".

There are very good reasons for this. PDFs can easily be loaded with malware, and most detection software has a hell of a time finding it.

However, I am seeing quite a lot of PDFs being uploaded recently.

I wonder if the forum software should be set to prevent them being uploaded.


I notice that most new members start by trying to use the "attachment" facility which usually fails and then they seek advice and get directed to how to upload images using an external host like Photobucket or Tinypic .The former doesn't ,afaik,take PDF files ..dunno about Tinypic ...Perhaps the sticky needs updating
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QUOTE (StuartBu @ Thu, 19 Nov 2015 - 14:49) *
I notice that most new members start by trying to use the "attachment" facility which usually fails and then they seek advice and get directed to how to upload images using an external host like Photobucket or Tinypic .The former doesn't ,afaik,take PDF files ..dunno about Tinypic ...Perhaps the sticky needs updating


Right. So the key issue is that (IMHO) the software should be configured to prevent linking of a PDF in a forum post.

The vast majority will, of course, be totally legitimate, but it is a perfect opportunity for somebody to get people to open a malicious PDF.

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Having tried to use TinyPic this morning (without trying to register), it all seemed to work initially. But now if I open up that same thread, the pics don't appear.

I copied and pasted the same URL into a new browser window, and it seems it redirects to a blocked image. Seems as though TinyPic have blocked it being used for some reason. Is anyone else facing this?


EDIT: It appears the block is due to a work firewall issue - not TinyPic!

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QUOTE (AndyMalo @ Thu, 28 Jan 2016 - 11:47) *
Having tried to use TinyPic this morning (without trying to register), it all seemed to work initially. But now if I open up that same thread, the pics don't appear.

I copied and pasted the same URL into a new browser window, and it seems it redirects to a blocked image. Seems as though TinyPic have blocked it being used for some reason. Is anyone else facing this?


EDIT: It appears the block is due to a work firewall issue - not TinyPic!


I looked at your other thread and there are two images showing.. did you only post the two or are there others. Sounds like we can see them but you can't so if it is a works issue a word with your IT admin might be the way to go. Personally I use Photobucket but that might be blocked by your work as well

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I am trying to add photos to a thread using TinyPics, I have followed the instructions but they are coming up as thumbnails.

It says in the instructions that I need to 'uncheck the box directly under the text box' to enable BBcode... there is no box to uncheck showing, I think this may be the issue?

Th only think showing under the text box is a box on the right saying BB Code help. But there is nothing to un-tick.

Can anyone help me with this please? I need to get some photos uploaded asap.
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Personally I use photobucket - but they are all much of a muchness. Other than the thumbnail issue, you won't usually go far wrong as long as you select the link with the [img][/img] tags at the ends, (and make sure the photos are set to public not private).


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As Photobucket no longer supports image sharing, and attaching an image from a file has a very small data allowance.
My Car Forum uses. http://postimages.org/

Very good, and high resolution image hosting service

Worth a try on this site smile.gif


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QUOTE (Mika @ Fri, 27 Apr 2007 - 00:00) *
How to Format, Resize and Post Images in a Forum Thread

Many members have been asking how to post photographs/images/scanned images, so here is a quick guide to the process using a free online editor to prepare your images, and either of two popular (and free biggrin.gif ) services to host them: tinypic and ImageShack.

To add an image to your PePiPoo thread, you need to host it online first. To do this it is recommended that you have a reasonably sized JPEG (.jpg) image.



Step 1: Capture your image
  • Scan your images
    • First, do not use a PDF (.pdf) or other document format such as Word. If you are scanning, you should be able to choose "save as..." and select the JPEG (.jpg) format. If your scanner will not save in anything other than .pdf, consider using a digital camera instead
    • Please scan your image as 300 DPI and save it as a high quality JPEG, as it will be easier to read
    • If you don't have a scanner, a mobile phone camera in close-up or macro mode can often give good results
  • Is your image a reasonable size (500-800 pixels wide) and is it a JPEG? Have you removed personal details? If so, move on to Step 4.
  • Is your image too big or is it in a different format to JPEG? Do you need to remove personal details? Do you have no idea what we are on about? Go to Step 2!


Step 2: Decide what details you need to remove

When asked to post a scan of a document you will usually be advised to "wash" or "scrub" it. What this means is that before you post it you should remove any details that would enable whoever issued the document to connect it to you. The reason is fairly obvious: posts in internet forums can be viewed by anyone, including people (e.g. the police, "safety camera" partnerships, private parking companies, councils) who you may not want to read posts discussing your options, what you did (or didn't) do, and what action you intend to take!

Peoples' initial reaction is often that this is simple - remove details like your name, address, registration mark and and driving licence number and the job's done. However the person or organisation issuing the document has all the information about it that you do; can they fill in the blanks using that knowledge? You need to consider a lot more than those obvious details, including:
  • How many similar documents might they have sent out with the same details as you've left visible on yours? For example, there will probably only be a handful of parking tickets issued for Wellington Car Park in Basingstoke on 19 February 2009; leave those details in your post and it will be easy to work out which ticket is yours.
  • How much time and effort might they put into identifying you? A private parking company after a £50 "fine" probably wouldn't spend more than a few minutes sorting through the "possibles", whereas an SCP with plenty of taxpayers' money to waste might think a couple of days sorting through hundreds of NIPs is worthwhile.
  • Do you understand what all the codes in the document mean? That apparently random 7-digit number might mean nothing to you, but it could be a unique reference number that would identify you to whoever came up with it.
  • Don't forget any payment slips! That helpful tear-off Giro payment slip almost certainly has unique identifiers on it.
  • Don't just focus on individual details. If there are several precise details in the document then individually they may mean nothing, but combined they might be unique to you. Even a sequence of events could be unique enough to allow your case to be located in the pile!


Step 3: Edit your image
  • Go to www.pixlr.com
  • Click on "Jump In"
  • Click on "File" and "Open". Don't use the top file menu! That is your browser's menu. Use the lower one, which is the Pixlr applet menu. This is ringed in the screenshot below:



  • Browse to the image file you want to edit, and select Open
  • Now you should see your image. If you need to crop it, choose the dotted box icon (ringed below) and drag a box around the bit you want to keep



  • Go to "Image" and "Crop" in the Pixlr menu
  • Now we'll obscure your details:
    You need to think carefully about what to leave and what to delete; it's not much use removing your name and registration number if you leave in details such as reference numbers or precise locations, dates and times, for example.
    • Choose the dotted box icon, as above
    • Drag it around any area you wish to obscure
    • Press Delete on your keyboard. This means the key which is actually marked "delete" on your keyboard, not the backspace key!
    • Repeat this until all personal details are obscured
  • Now we'll set the size. Go to "Image" and "Image Size". Make sure "Constrain proportions" is ticked. If it is a PCN, set the width to 400 pixels. If it's an A4 document, set it to 800. Don't worry about the height. Click OK
  • Now we'll save it:
    • Go to File - Save (in the Pixlr menu, not the top one!)
    • Choose Format: JPEG
    • Give it a name
    • Click OK


Step 4: Host the image online and insert into your post

TinyPic
  1. Image files cannot be larger than 1600 pixels (either width or height). Images that are too large will be automatically resized to the largest acceptable size so don't worry too much about filesizes.
  2. Go to www.tinypic.com. You don't have to register unless you want to use some of their extra features, like albums. Please bear in mind that if you choose not to register then you won't be able to remove the image from TinyPic later.
    • Select Browse... and find an image that you want to upload.
    • Select that image and press OK/Open.
    • Then press the "Upload Now!" button.
    • After a short while (depending on your image size), you will see a number of boxes with links to your image. The one to use on PePiPoo is the 'IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards' code line. If you select all of that line and then paste it straight into your post on PePiPoo it should show as a full sized image. If the image is too large to fit into the browser window the forum software will automatically scale it to fit, but if that happens the viewer can just click on the image's title bar to see it full size.
    • Do not copy & paste the address from your browser's address bar as this will not work
    • Important - To post the scanned image directly onto the forum , you must have BBCode enabled; (uncheck the box directly below the text box when posting).

ImageShack
  1. Filesizes above 1024kb will be automatically resized so don't worry too much about filesizes.
  2. Register at www.imageshack.us and follow the registration process.
  3. Once you have logged in to ImageShack:
    • Click the frog logo or the Upload link to be taken to the front page.
    • Select browse and find an image that you want to upload.
    • Select that image and press OK/Open.
    • Then press the "Host it!" button.
    • After a short while (depending on your image size), you will see a number of boxes with links to your image. The one to use on PePiPoo is the 'Thumbnail for forums (1)' code line. If you select all of that line and then paste it straight into your post on PePiPoo it should show as a small thumbnail image that the viewer can then click on to take them to the full sized image.
    • Do not copy & paste the address from your browser's address bar as this will not work
    • Important - To post the scanned image directly onto the forum , you must have BBCode enabled; (uncheck the box directly below the text box when posting).
  4. Also to keep within Imageshacks T&C's then you MUST also do the 'Imageshack' Link part, or do as some others have done and add it to your signature block.




Hi All,
I could not find the Host button, so i copied the the link and also could not find the Thumbnail for Forums.
Then press the "Host it!" button.
After a short while (depending on your image size), you will see a number of boxes with links to your image. The one to use on PePiPoo is the 'Thumbnail for forums (1)' code line. If you select all of that line and then paste it straight into your post on PePiPoo it should show as a small thumbnail image that the viewer can then click on to take them to the full sized image.
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