How To Add a Photo
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3 Ways to Add Photos to Your Post


You have three options tor place a photograph within your post: #1) Insert an image from a 3rd-party photo hosting site, #2) Attach a thumbnail of a photo stored on the CRVL server, #3) Share the URL of a photo on a 3rd party photo hosting site.

Regardless of the option you select, resize your photograph to a maximum pixel size of 640 wide X 480 high (or 480 wide X 640 high).  By setting this maximum, photos fit nicely on most computer screens.  Furthermore, those members with data usage limitations are less likely to go over their monthly allocations.



Option #1)  You can insert an image by using a photo hosting site (e.g., Flickr, Photo Bucket, Picasa).  Maximum pixel size: 640x480.  You may include up to 10 images per post.

First either start a new thread/topic, or reply to a current thread/topic in Full Edit Mode.  To reply to a thread/topic in so that you are in Full Edit Mode, click on the "New Reply" button at the top right or lower right of the thread/topic (do not use the Quick Reply box).   See buttons circled in red in the image below:

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Now follow these steps to insert an image:

1) Upload the photo to the photo hosting site.
2) Right click on the photo on the photo hosting site and click on "Copy image URL" in Chrome, or "Copy Image Location" in FireFox, or copy the link in "Properties" in IE.
3) Click on the little photo icon circled in red in the image below

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4) This dialogue box will pop-up.  Paste your photo's URL in it.  The easiest way to paste on a PC is with Ctrl+V

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As you can see, it will then insert the images into the post.

Note: Do not set both the width to 640 and the height to 480 in the pop-up dialogue box.  Otherwise your photo will look stretched out.  Rather, look at your photo and if the width is longer than the height, set the width at 640 and leave the height blank.  Conversely,  if the height is longer than the width, set your height at 640 and leave the width blank.  If your photo is close to square, set either the width or height to 480.

When inserting a photograph that you do not own, be sure to give credit.  See the reference circled in red below.

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Option #2) You can add an attachment which shows as a 220 x 220 thumbnail.  Readers may click open to see the full-size attachment in a separate tab/window.  Attachments are stored on the CRVL server and should be no larger than 640 X 480.   Also, use this attachment method to share documents, spreadsheets, etc.  You may include up to 5 attachments per post.

Note:  To use this attachment option, either start a new thread/topic, or reply to a current thread/topic in Full Edit Mode.  To reply to a thread/topic in so that you are in Full Edit Mode, click on the "New Reply" button at the top right or lower right of the thread/topic (do not use the Quick Reply box).

1) Click on the "Browse..." button to search on your computer to select the photo you want to attach.

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2)Notice that your photo's location on your computer will show in the "New Attachment" field.  Next, click on the "Add Attachment" button on the lower right.

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From here, you have 2 options to show a thumbnail in your post.  The first option is shown in step 3a, the second option in steps 3x, 3y, and 3z.

3a) The first option to show your the thumbnail of your attachment is to go ahead and post your message now.  This willl make your thumbnail show up at the bottom of your post.

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3x) The second option is to integrate your thumbnail into the body of your post.   First, place your cursor where you want to place the thumbnail of your attachment.  Then, the "Insert Into Post" button on the lower right.

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3y) This will insert the code (with attachment number) for your thumbnail at the location of your cursor.

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3z) When you make the post, the thumbnail will show where your cursor was placed.

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Option #3) Store you photo on a 3rd-party hosting site.  Then, share your photo as a link which clicks open in a separate tab/window.  Re-size to a maximum of 640 pixels high X 480 pixels wide.  You can copy and paste the web address (URL), or imbed within text using the chain link icon (circlced in red).  Please warn those with low bandwidth or limited data that clicking your link will take them off of the forum.

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Pros and Cons of each option:

#1:  Pros: Full size photos show in post.  Saves CRVL bandwidth and storage costs.  Cons: Must use 3rd party photo hosting site.  Photo links in post will be broken if member changes/deletes album on photo host.  Can not use "Quick Reply" when including images in a post.  Mods will edit posts with photos that exceed the maximum 640x480 pixels (the moderated images in these edited posts are not viewable in Tapatalk).

#2: Pros: The attachment posting function is an integrated feature of the CRVL forums (i.e., no need to go to a 3rd party photo hosting site).   Cons: Readers must click on the thumbnail to view full-size photos.   Upon clicking the thumbnail, readers are not assured that the photo has complied with the 640x480 maximum pixels.  Can not use "Quick Reply" when including attachments in a post.  Storage and bandwidth costs to CRVL.

#3: Pros: No CRVL bandwidth costs when photo is viewed.  Can use "Quick Reply" when including photo URL in a post.  Saves CRVL storage costs.  Cons: Must use a 3rd party photo hosting site. Readers must click on the link to view the photo.  Readers have no idea of what the photo looks like until clicked upon.  Readers are not assured that the photo has complied with the 640x480 maximum pixels.  Photo links in post will be broken if member changes/deletes album on host server.  

Last edited: 5/16/15
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