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Newsflash -- how to *EASILY* post ANY kind of images here!

OK, call me dumb (many do) but until I'd owned and was using board for a month I did not know how to do this.

I have a massive website with over 300 pages on it, and (still) can't alter a word or a price on that, and need to email it all to my webmaster in Perth.

For the first month of this site the only images I could post were things I had a url for from another site, or my own website. And I could only post them in that exact size.

Many of the Admin inquiries I have received (90% of them I'd guess!) were from folks wanting to know how to take a photo they had a scan or jpg of in their computer, and post it up here.

I am not very techno, and could not really help.

HOWEVER it is so simple to do I can't believe it!

If I was too thick to know how to do it for a month, I am sure my discovery will assist others here.

Go and sign up free on https://www.photobucket.com

Then you can quickly load up ANYTHING you have on your computer.

They even give you the URL coding already in place for it to be used as a photo here, with the "IMG" tags typed up in place for you.

Or you can load up anything you see on ANY stamp or web site like an auction, save it in photobucket if that''s not breaching any restrictions, and add it into your photobucket and it will not vanish in 2 weeks - as many ebay type images do.

Just right click on the image, save it as something, and save that image as a photobucket url. That takes SECONDS.

And if needed, you can re-size it in seconds to a smaller size, or a thumbnail size .. even right down to "avatar" size - but for HERE I tweaked the software, so you can use the larger sized "Thumbnail" option for your Avatar here!

Avatars as large as 160 x 160 pixels are OK to use on THIS site.

Who pays for running photobucket I have no idea. The banner ads on it I imagine. It hosts well over 5 BILLION photos so it not going anywhere - anytime soon, that much is obvious.

For OUR purposes it works like a charm, is totally free unless you use it tons (see below), and WILL be a huge piece of news for many of the members here.

If you right click on ANY image on this site, and then left click "PROPERTIES" you will see 99% of our member photos are hosted in photobucket.

We make **NOTHING** whatever from that site (in fact I pay them $25 a year to get the "PRO" version!) .. we only recommend it so strongly as it seems to work PERFECTLY for those here, for what WE need on this board.

This board is a total runaway success BECAUSE we allow stamp images to be posted here. THOUSANDS of them.

When setting up your account always choose the MEDIUM photobucket size ("15") when loading up material for eventual display here. 800 x 650. The Blue "OPTIONS" tab is where you find this. DO change it to 15" now - just like in the photo below!

Do NOT use the largest 1024 x 768 ("17") default size, as that is TOO large for our page, and our software now "chokes" them down, and you lose a LOT of clarity then. Tick the 15" OPTION exactly as shown below.
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The photobucket site makes it possible for even the thickest folks out there - like me - to add even more photos to the threads on here.

I urge EVERY member to add as many images to their posts as they wish.

I do not know what it costs me to host these images, and I do not care. Our back end storage here is huge - THOUSANDS of megs, but that's OK. It really makes this board look totally different from anything else on earth for stamps, and that is what keeps this board WAY ahead of anything else!

Also I urge ALL members to download the FREE Google PICASA program. Superb and simple to use, and lets you crop stamps, or parts of them from covers or rotate them etc - and then load that up in photobucket.

Here you go - a gem of a FREE program for stamps - scores of us use this all the time - and DEAD simple to use:

https://picasa.google.com/download

Threads like this are GREAT because of the photos:

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=229

Various other technical tips are in the Tech forum at:

https://www.stampboards.com/viewforum.php?f=18[/b]

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On your own photobucket settings you can quickly edit out the other links you never use, to just not appear so as you can't possibly get confused. (They for some reason initially give you 4 different types of link by default.)

I've edited mine to ONLY show:

Direct Link

IMG Code


The top one I use where making avatars for members, the lower link is what we use on these boards.

Most members here would get by just fine with leaving just this ONE option - i.e.:

IMG Code

However if you do insist for whatever reason to have all showing, THIS below is the link to post to here - it ALREADY has the Image

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IMPORTANT ... remember if you post a link from your photobucket account to this board and then LATER delete that Image from your account, the link to here will then be DEAD, and show as a dreaded white box:
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I did not realise that until deleting a few images in my early days of photobucket. So PLEASE do not delete images that you have posted anywhere here on stampboards! Or the board will be populated with ugly white boxes like the one above. :shock:


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Updated June 2007 I paid the $25 a year to get the "PRO" version of Photobucket.

Right now at Jan 2008, I see I have 1178 stamp images hosted and that is taking up only 148 MB - or only 2% of what I am allowed.

I am not sure how how many MB are in a GB ... 1000?

If so, I can store it looks like many THOUSANDS more pix without needing to delete anything. It looks like a google Gmail email account .. the storage they offer is too vast to ever use.

After I got to 1000 images in my account, I started a sub album and used that. And am over 4000 so far - all for the one annual fee. You can do that forever.

I changed default to FORTY images a page and that works well for my purposes.

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And if you see an image from another website you want to post here, and know it will be OK with them, and not want to bother with photobucket, simply right click on that image, then left click on the "PROPERTIES" link you see and a box pops up.

Then mouse highlight the "address url' you see there, press CTRL and C buttons together. (This copies that url)

That url will look something like this off my webpage:

https://www.glenstephens.com/jan08-Roo%202pd%203rd%20marginal.jpg

And it will nearly ALWAYS have the word .jpg at end as this one does.

Then go to the thread you want to paste photo into, click "POST REPLY" icon at lower left, and press the CTRL and V keys together (= paste") and in the reply box .. and you'll again see:

https://www.glenstephens.com/jan08-Roo%202pd%203rd%20marginal.jpg

Simply highlight that with your mouse, and press the "Add Photo" box along top.

And it then automatically adds little HTML tags like [ img] and [./img]

to either end - then press "SUBMIT" - and VOILÀ .. you get to load great images like this on this site:

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Post by GlenStephens »

As I stress earlier here in the tutorial post on photobucket, I urge all members to go and edit out the first 3 link options they give you:

They will now show - all 4 links - on your account like this:


Share URL - Email & IM - https://s280.photobucket.com/albums/kk197/saphilatelist/?action=view&current=perfxroul1.jpg

Direct Link - Layout Pages - https://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk197/saphilatelist/perfxroul1.jpg

HTML Code - Websites & Blogs - <a><img></a>

IMG Code - Forums & Bulletin Boards - Image


Most folks of course often simply paste the TOP one in and sadly that does not work - HERE.

If you choose the FINAL (4th) option, and paste that here, it has the html IMG coding already in place for you! Fast and easy.

I needed to manually add a space after Image in option 4, or else the photo would load above!

So in short folks go in and remove all the options EXCEPT:

IMG Code - Forums & Bulletin Boards

And if you ever need to email the link or url to someone, simply remove the [IMG] and [IMG] from the url you email. :idea:
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And a lot of collectors are using scanners for their stamps that came out of Noah's Ark, and are quite frankly outdated and near USELESS for the job!

Read THIS thread below as to WHAT you need, and for $100 or so you too can be posting up scans that looks as superb and sharp as this one below, that I did of the rare perf Anzac for stock.

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=5996&highlight=

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Post by crusty »

Hi Glen,
not having fun; tried to get Photobucket, registered but could only access entry to the pay for Pro version. Any guidance much appreciated.

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crusty wrote:Any guidance
Yes. Try again.

Almost none of the other 7000 members use the paid version, nor need to.

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Post by CHzug1291 »

Good morning all,

I tried to upload some pictures in photo bucket.
It does not work today, I just get a white square with the little red cross (no picture) on it!
Does anyone know why this can happen?

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Post by crosscrescent »

I just tried it this morning and it works fine.
If you uploaded the image into photobucket and then copy it into a post in Stampboards,
it should work. If you get an square with a box it could mean that your Photobucket account was closed (which I presume is not the reason) or you have shifted the image in photobucket or deleted the image in photobucket after you copied it into Stampboards.

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CHzug1291 wrote:I tried to upload some pictures in photo bucket.
Do you mean from your computer to Photobucket, or post a Photobucket image on Stampboards?
CHzug1291 wrote:It does not work today, I just get a white square with the little red cross (no picture) on it!
Does anyone know why this can happen?
If that's here on Stampboards, it means Stampboards' software can't read the Photobucket image.

I've only seen this happen when the image size in Photobucket does not meet the parameters described in Glen's first post here. Specifically the 800 pixel limit.

Missing image in Photobucket usually gives the white square response ... "Your image has been moved or deleted".
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I think Peter means that the image never appeared in his photobucket account.
It's not the same notice as "image deleted or moved" shows.

Peter, did you see the "upload successful" notice?
Log into photobucket again and see if the images are now there.
If not, or if "red crossed" then try loading again.

Lots of things can happen between you and them to confuse or trash the upload. :D
Its a very busy time of the year for pictures on the web! :lol:
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Post by CHzug1291 »

I just came back and restarted my laptop!
:D Now it works!

Thank you all for your help!

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Post by duenorth »

The information inthe reply to berkojohn's post on Friday Sept. 10 2010 should be added to how to easily post images from Photobucket. I was struggling till I found it. Right clicking is still foreign to me.

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Well I am a new member and I cannot figure how to get the images from photobucket to show as images instead of the link in IMG. I see some people show images only and no link to photobucket, how did they do that? I also had a member tell me they would not click on a link to photobucket to view an image there! So what do I do and what are your suggestions?

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Make sure you select the IMG code option[/color]

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The image is now in a format ready to load onto Stampboards. All you need to do is paste the IMG code link into your Stampboards post box:

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Post by Chadlad »

On PhotoBucket, when you hover over an image you want to post here, you will see a little 'Cog' icon in the top right-hand corner of the photo.

Move your cursor over the cog and a dropdown list will appear, just click on 'Get Links' and at the bottom of the pop up box you will see 'IMG Codes.

Click on the text in the IMG Codes box and it will automatically copy it to your pc's clipboard.

Go back to your post here on Stampboards and paste the link (CTRL V) into your message.

Et voilà when you 'Preview' your post the image will show (as long as it is no bigger than 860 pixels!

Hope this helps :wink:

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Ok let's see if I have it.

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Ok one more time.

Now edited.

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I got it now.

Thanks a bunch.

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Post by afsec9 »

:D From a newbie.

The key to this is two-fold; remembering 860 pixels max width and copying the image code from photobucket.

It is important that if the image is over 860 pixels which one of my images were then the image will not show in the message. [That is what confused me]

Last, but not least is to make sure to use the "preview" message button and review the message and if the image doesn't show in preview then the code is not right and or the pixels are over 860.

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Post by Allanswood »

Try this thread, its been going for 42 pages:

http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=284

It has all the info and is the place for trial and error image posting.

If you image is too big, then doesn't it tell you that "it's too big?"
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afsec9 wrote:
It is important that if the image is over 860 pixels which one of my images were then the image will not show in the message. [That is what confused me]
Reading the long tutorial that Allanswood posted you'll see the KEY there is to change your auto settings on photobucket to make any image 800 x 600 MAX (one of their default sizes) and then you'll never have an issue here. :lol:

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