How to post pictures

sturgeonguy(5a ON)July 11, 2008

I figured I'd just write this up rather than searching for it. More than a couple of people have mentioned they don't know how.

If you want to embed a picture directly into a message here on the forums, you have to have that picture up on the Internet somewhere else already. Flickr is what I use, but others seem to like Photobucket...choice is yours, both offer free hosting (with some limitations.)

Once you've uploaded your pictures to a web server somewhere, you'll need to get the link (URL) to it to put in here. Go to the site where your picture is, and then (in Windows) right-click on the picture. Choose "Properties." You'll get a little window pop-up and in there will be a line called "Address". Beside that is what you want. For example, the picture below is hosted on this page:

If you right click on this picture here, you should see in the "Address" of the "Properties".

To get it into this message, I added this inline where I wanted the picture:

<img src="">;

Everything between the quotes is the "Address", which you'd replace with your own.

Notice that there is no link under the picture, meaning if you click on the picture above nothing happens. You can, however, make your picture a link to some more pictures. For example, you might make the link go to your whole Dahlia picture set.

Also, posting bigger pictures might make it hard for some people who are on slower connections. Usually the hosting sites will take your big picture and give you a small version of it too. Here you would put in the "Address" for the smaller picture, but make the link go to its bigger version. Here's an example:

Notice now its a small picture of my Sandia Joy (same one as the bigger picture above) and, if you click on this picture, you'll go to the home page of my garden pictures. To do this, I added the following:

<a href=""><img src=""></a>;

The first part (between the first pair of < and > signs) is the link "Address", or where you want people to go. The second part is the image reference, or what you want them to see here. The last part (</a>) says to put the link around the image.

Of course you can embed a link under some text (as I did up at the start of this email) by simply putting the first part before the text, and the last part after the text. All the text in-between will them be a clickable link.

Hope this all works...;-]



Finally, you can simply add a link when you compose the message. Remember, however, you have to add the link before you preview your message, as you won't have the ability to do that after.

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triple_b(BC 5b)

oh my gosh your yellow dahlia almost hurts me eyes! WOW! What's it called?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 11:00PM
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sturgeonguy(5a ON)

Sandia Joy.

I thought that Lemon Tart, from Swan's, was the most vibrant yellow I'd seen, but Sandia Joy is just as vibrant in my book...and since I prefer water lily to cactus, its a great choice for me.


    Bookmark   July 12, 2008 at 12:46AM
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jroot(5A Ont. Canada (near Guelph))

Good tutorial, Russ. Thanks from all of us.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2008 at 3:05PM
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Can you tell me why sometimes I can't see the pictures that are posted within the text. It's not all the time, I had no problem with your gorgeous dahlia, for example.
I have this happen on all of the gardenweb threads, not just this one.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 12:25PM
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sturgeonguy(5a ON)


There could be many reasons.

1. The message includes a reference to a picture on someone's personal web page, but that page, or the picture, is no longer there.

2. The poster intended to include a picture, but forgot and posted away (tee hee vikingcraftsman...;-])

3. The picture is huge, I mean really huge, and it takes a long time to get downloaded to your computer (and you don't wait long enough for that to complete.)

4. Your browser (or some security tool incorporated in it) has decided the picture's link isn't safe.

If you can provide an example, I could be more specific.


    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 12:48PM
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Hi Russ

Thanks so much for the info!! One question though. How do i link the small picture with its larger mate without having the link open up into my flickr site?

Thanks so much!


    Bookmark   July 20, 2008 at 3:02PM
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Thanks Russ! Here is one example, where I don't see a picture, and other people do. The thread is called :"Mixed Border or just plain mixed gardening for misslucinda"
I appreciate the help.


    Bookmark   July 20, 2008 at 4:01PM
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Thank you all for the help in uploading. That took alot of time and I will get it because I want to show you some of my dahlias.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2008 at 6:34PM
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Thanks Russ now everybody in the world is checking my pictures to see if I have another senior moment. And every body is seeing all my hard work. LOL

    Bookmark   August 22, 2008 at 8:52PM
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