Foreward by Prophanti.
We really appreciate the time and effort that many of our members put in when posting up the details of their latest modelling/painting project. Images are a vital and concise way of showing the progress and final results of your efforts. We have several superb guides to Photographing Miniatures, by our membership, available here.
However, please bear in mind that very large images widen the page width, forcing people with smaller monitors to constantly scroll horizontally to see the picture and read every post on the same page of the thread. This can get extremely tedious if one has to do it too often.
A Guide to Posting Images via Flickr
- Step One: Go to the required picture in your collection on Flickr.
Step Two: From the "Share this" dropdown menu (over on the left side), select "Grab the HTML/BBCode" option.
Step Three: Select BBCode below the text box, and resize the picture if necessary (using the drop down menu).
Step Four: Copy all of the text from the box and paste it into your post on ATT.
Flickr adds a lot of extra BBCode tags around the actual image one, so if you only want the picture to display in your post (or if you are looking to make the picture your avatar), there's a little more work to be done.
- For only the image in posts: From all of your copied code, you only need to keep the [img] tags. Delete the [url] tag at the beginning of the code and everything after the closing [img] tag. If done correctly, you should just have two [img] tags enclosing a url that ends in .jpg. This will post only the picture in you post.
For using the image as an ATT avatar: To get an avatar on ATT, you need just the address of the picture with no tags. The simplest way to do this is to follow the steps above for putting only the image in posts, then remove the two [img] tags, leaving only an address ending in .jpg. If done correctly, the picture should show up as your avatar.
Just like any picture on ATT, it's important to not use a size that's too big in your posts or avatar. If you've followed one of the above extra steps, the picture that you use will be the original size, which in the case of an avatar could drastically stretch out the forum structure (and be in violation of the Membership Primers). You'll either need to upload the picture that's already the correct size, resize it online, or choose one of the preset size options (the Medium 500 and Medium 640 should be fine) when copying the BBCode, but of course for an avatar this option doesn't work.
Editing pictures on Flickr
Flickr uses an online photo-editing service called Picnik that gives much of the same functionality as a photo-editing program on your computer. Most of the options are probably not necessary for your photos, so this will only cover the ones you are more likely to use.
First, though, we have to actually get to the point where we can edit the photo! In the "Actions" drop down menu (right next to the "Share this" one), select "Edit photo online using Picnik." If this is your first time editing your picture online, you'll have to agree to let Picnik access your pictures. You will also need to turn off your pop-up blocker (or allow pop-ups from Flickr) for Picnik to work correctly.
Within each option, you'll see the actual options for editing the picture, as well as three options over to the right. These three options--OK, Reset, and Cancel--let you either save your work for now or undo it: OK saves the work and brings you back to the home screen, Cancel returns you to the home screen without saving, and Reset undoes all of the changes you've made within the editing options.
The "Rotate" option combines a lot of the functionality that may be split between different options in other photo editing software. Selecting "Rotate" allows you to rotate the entire picture to the left or right in 90-degree steps, straighten the picture from its uploaded version (up to 45 degrees in either direction) and flip the picture horizontally and vertically.
Crop lets you resize your picture in a multitude of ways. You can drag around the corners and edges of the shadow box, as well as move the entire shadow box without changing its proportions, or you can select the exact pixel widths and heights followed by checking the "Scale photo" box to change the picture.
One additional option is the Constraint option. This lets you crop your picture to a specific scaling, such as square (helpful for avatars!) to eliminate some of the guesswork in dragging around corners and edges. You'll need to keep the Scale photo box checked to retain the constraint you put on the picture when you move or resize the shadow box.
This option allows you to scale the photo larger or smaller, useful if your avatar or posted photo is too big. You can put in either percentages or pixel counts in the text boxes, and if the "Keep Proportions" box is checked, you'll only need to enter in values for one direction and the other will fill itself in automatically.
While editing, you also have the option to undo or redo the last completed step (rotating, cropping, etc.) using the options on the home screen off to the right. Similar to the "Reset" option within each editing subset, it removes all of the changes from that step.
Just above those two buttons are the final options, "Save" and "Close photo." Save does just that: it saves all of the changes you've made to the picture and exits out of Picnik. Once you hit save, you have the option of adding a title, description, and setting the privacy of the photo, among others, before the save is complete. Close photo just exits from Picnik without saving anything. Of course, you can always come back and edit it again later!