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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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post Wed, 30 Nov 2011 - 12:03
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Andy has posted the correct syntax. I suspect he has deliberately modified the tags so that it doesn't work, thus allowing you to see the syntax rather than simply get an image!! rolleyes.gif

Did you notice how the quote of of his post has an image in it? That is because his deliberate edits to stop the tags working are removed by the quote, thus allowing the syntax to work as expected. You effectively proved Andy's syntax works, whilst telling him it didn't. laugh.gif

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post Sun, 21 Oct 2012 - 11:18
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I am attempting to upload 3 photos using tinypic.I have followed the step by step guide but am stuck at the part of share this image,i am unable to paste or anything.I highlight the relevent box and cant go any where. what am i not doing?
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post Fri, 30 Nov 2012 - 12:50
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Is there a limit on how many that I can upload, I am having trouble uploading images
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post Fri, 30 Nov 2012 - 13:07
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I believe there is a limit to how many images can be linked to from a single post in a topic. Services like TinyPic, PhotoBucket have no limit, or at least not one that anyone is going to reach in a meaningful way.


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post Wed, 19 Dec 2012 - 09:03
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Hello, help please.

I've just tried to use both of these services to host an image, and neither work properly for me.

Imageshack lets me create an account, then when I try to upload my image (tried in IE and firefox, with both their normal and alternative uploaders) it tells me that it failed.

Tinypic/photobucket won't seem to let me click the 'join' button on this page http://tinypic.com/join.php?utm_source=hea...ign=join_button well it will let me click it, but I then get "internet explorer cannot display the webpage".

Anyone got any advice? Could someone more experienced than me try either of the above services (as a new user) and see whether you can get past the steps I got to?

Are there any alternative services that I could try?

I did get the unregistered tinypic to work for me. But perhaps someone could still review?

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post Wed, 19 Dec 2012 - 10:21
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It would appear that tinypic has a problem at the moment. I have an account with them, which is still working, but you're right the new joiners page doesn't seem to be loading. It would appear that TinyPic and PhotoBucket are the same outfit, and the join button redirects to PhotoBucket, but tries to many redirections, and my browser kicks it out, as a security risk. Going directly to PhotoBucket should work, though: https://secure-beta.photobucket.com/register


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post Wed, 30 Jan 2013 - 01:18
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What do you guys think of hosting the pic on facebook and setting the picture only visible to yourself
You can then go to the image and copy the url of the image and paste it on a forum.
The url will be something like "http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/486093_10152466153765315_1052608263_n"
I'm not sure about whether the url contains and identifiers, but to me, it seems quite anonymous
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post Wed, 30 Jan 2013 - 08:53
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It does seem reasonably anonymous. Is that image from your own photo Facebook photo library?

It looks to me like a advert image, which may have public viewing settings. Are we sure a photo set to private can be made public this way?

The image link below is only normally visible to my friends, is anyone NOT able to see it?
http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-s...083018856_n.jpg


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The Facebook sharing method works. There are many other options now other than just the old dedicated image sharing sites; both Dropbox and Google Drive allow you to create public links to files, for example, suitable to just paste into a post.


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Unlike the sites like Photobucket, Tinypic**, etc. Facebook doesn't create a copy/pastable link for you. You have to use the browsers contextual menus to get the URL. Whether this will be any easier to explain how to do, to some of the people we get coming here I don't know. That said, it is a useful alternative, and I like the more anonymous nature of the links Facebook uses.

** Actually Tinypic IS Photobucket now, isn't it?


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QUOTE (Mortimer @ Wed, 30 Jan 2013 - 08:53) *
It does seem reasonably anonymous. Is that image from your own photo Facebook photo library?

It looks to me like a advert image, which may have public viewing settings. Are we sure a photo set to private can be made public this way?

The image link below is only normally visible to my friends, is anyone NOT able to see it?
http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-s...083018856_n.jpg

Its a snapshot of something I took and made private to post on another forum
And I can see your photo of the autumn tree leaves
I was also assuming I can delete my FB pics whenever I wanted which is another main benefit for using suggesting it. Thanks for the feedback guys
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post Wed, 30 Jan 2013 - 11:42
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If you use Photobucket or other similar services as a signed up user, you can also delete them there too. The other benefit of these services is they also have web-embedded image editors, so all the redaction of VRNs, addresses and names can be done directly on the web stored image, which can be helpful sometimes.


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I just to add some feedback as I followed this and was a bit TOO overzealous in scrubbing before posting my PCN. biggrin.gif

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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.

I literally removed all the details and it limited advice given (I'd say gravely limited)
For example I removed the Contravention time & Date of Notice perhaps leave the months and replace the dates with x and date of notice to x + no. of days difference
I also removed the time of occurrence so only just been told the PCN should actually show a duration of observation so maybe remove only the hour of occurrence

If you guys feel this post is irrelevant then feel free to delete accordingly
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I am using photobucket to host & edit the images - When i posted the IMG code the unedited image was showing my personal details - Instead, I have posted the IMG THUMB Code which has edited the images correctly. Is this the best way? how can i correctly post the IMG Code so that the image does not contain personal details and is a larger size for viewing easily on the forum?

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QUOTE (wolverine03 @ Sat, 13 Apr 2013 - 21:56) *
I am using photobucket to host & edit the images - When i posted the IMG code the unedited image was showing my personal details - Instead, I have posted the IMG THUMB Code which has edited the images correctly. Is this the best way? how can i correctly post the IMG Code so that the image does not contain personal details and is a larger size for viewing easily on the forum?

Thanks

I don't understand what you mean ..Do you mean personal details on the images ...If you masked the details digitally before uploading them on Photobucket the full size images and the clickable thumbnails should be exactly the same although I believe that you can edit them in Photobucket but I have never done it this way ..I do it before uploading them .

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Is it safe to add a photo taken with my I phone if i log on the site with my phone? Im trying to add a photo, but I cant save it on my computer. because the hard drive is full. Im worried bout doing it wrong an giving too much info.

Im not very technically minded and dont understand all the jargon in the posts.
The instructions are a mix of old instructions and new updates which I havefound hard to understand and I dont want to add a photo with out being sure about it.



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QUOTE (trinityblue @ Sat, 14 Dec 2013 - 20:13) *
Is it safe to add a photo taken with my I phone if i log on the site with my phone? Im trying to add a photo, but I cant save it on my computer. because the hard drive is full. Im worried bout doing it wrong an giving too much info.

Im not very technically minded and dont understand all the jargon in the posts.
The instructions are a mix of old instructions and new updates which I havefound hard to understand and I dont want to add a photo with out being sure about it.


Id suggest that you make an effort to remove some stuff from your hard drive ...it will help your computer to run properly ...Im surprised it is working at all if the HD is completely full..and everyone has things they can delete to free up space .
Secondly you can upload an image using that facilty when you make a posting but that has limitations so few people do that and use an external image host like Photobucket and post the [IMG] links that Photobucket provides in your post and the images will appear in your message .
I doubt what you are suggesting will work if I read you correctly ..I cant see how an image on your phone can be posted in here ..You don't say what phone you have but certainly with an iPhone you can attach it to a computer using iTunes and you can then transfer the image to your computer and upload it to the external image host I mentioned above ... That is by far the most straightforward way .
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There is a Photobucket app for the iPhone that means you can upload images directly to Photobucket and get a url you can paste into the forum.


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QUOTE (Mortimer @ Sun, 15 Dec 2013 - 11:14) *
There is a Photobucket app for the iPhone that means you can upload images directly to Photobucket and get a url you can paste into the forum.

I'd forgotten about that iPhone App..lets see if it works


It does although the copied link had to be edited down so it started and ended with [IMG]

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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.

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