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HOW TO POST A PICTURE ON THE FORUM USING A THIRD PARTY HOST (NEW FOR 2016)

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The guide below is aimed at non Gallery Members who are using external photo hosting sites to store their images.  If you are a forum Gallery Member, please see here for a guide on uploading images to the forum Gallery and inserting them into your posts:

The following guide is aimed to help you post your own pictures on the forum or pictures from other websites.  It is written with the Windows / PC user in mind but should give enough pointers to users of other devices.

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POSTING YOUR OWN PICTURES

Before you can post one of your own pictures on the forum, your picture(s) must be hosted somewhere on the web.  There are many free picture hosting services available, some of the common ones are Photobucket, Flickr, Imgur and Post Image which this guide will cover. Other hosting services are available or you may use your own web hosting environment, if you have one.  Basically, anything that can store your picture and generate a URL for it.

Please note the use of BBcode ([ IMG ], [ URL ], etc) or HTML (<a-ref>) is not needed on this forum, just the URL of your picture.

Assuming your picture is already hosted, log in to your Photobucket, Flickr, Imgur or Post Image account in a new browser tab or window.

On the forum 

Create a new topic or click in the text box beneath an existing topic to reply and place your cursor where you want your picture to appear.  It's best to do this on a new line, without any text to the left or right of where the image will be placed.  

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Now you need to retrieve the URL of your picture from your picture hosting account.  To do that...

Using Photobucket

PLEASE NOTE THAT PHOTOBUCKET THIRD PARTY HOSTING (WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO POST AN IMAGE NOT JUST A LINK) NOW REQUIRES A SUBSCRIPTION. FREE ALTERNATIVES ARE LISTED BELOW THE PHOTOBUCKET INSTRUCTIONS OR THERE IS AN OPTION TO UPGRADE YOUR WATCH FORUM ACCOUNT TO HOST IMAGES (SEE ABOVE)

Photobucket (Continued)

  1. In your library, open the image you want to post.  To the right of your picture, you should see the 'SHARE THIS PHOTO' section.

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  3. Click your mouse in the box labelled 'Direct'
  4. The box should go yellow and display 'copied'.  This has now copied your picture's URL to your clipboard.

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  5. Now scroll down this guide past the Using Imgur section to the Back on the forum section and continue from there

(See here for how to use the Photobucket mobile website and App)

Using Flickr

Your picture's privacy settings must be set to 'public' for them to display on the forum.  To do this, select 'Public' as the Viewing privacy option in the Addition info section at the bottom of the Flickr page.

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  1. In your library, open the image you want to post.  To the bottom of your picture, click on the up arrow icon

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  2. On the sharing tab of the popup which opens, copy the link while it is highlighted in blue to your clipboard by pressing the Ctrl and V buttons on your keyboard at once or right clicking on it with your mouse and selecting 'Copy'

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  3. Now scroll down this guide past the Using Imgur section to the Back on the forum section and continue from there

Using Post Image

  1. Find and open the image you want to post.  At the bottom of your picture, you should see a 'Show codes' link, click on this and the following should appear:

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  2. Click your mouse on 'copy to clipboard' next the box labelled 'Direct Link'
  3. The box should now confirm you have copied your picture's URL to your clipboard.

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  4. Now scroll down this guide past the Using Imgur section to the Back on the forum section and continue from there

Using Imgur

  1. In your library, open the image you want to post.  To the right of your picture, you should see the 'Swith the community' section.
  2. Click your mouse in the box that says 'Direc Link (email & im)'

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  3. The box should go green.  This has now copied your picture's URL to your clipboard.

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Back on the forum

  1. Place the cursor where you want your picture to display in your new topic or reply.
  2. Paste your picture's URL into your new topic or reply by pressing the Ctrl and V buttons together on your keyboard or right clicking with your mouse and selecting paste.

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  3. Your picture's URL will first display as a link...

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  4. ...before displaying your picture:

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  5. If it remains as a link, press enter to move your cursor away from the link and it should then convert it into a picture. If it doesn't then the link is invalid and one of us went wrong somewhere in the above!

POSTING AN IMAGE FROM ANOTHER WEBSITE (OR ANOTHER THREAD ON THE FORUM)

Any image already displayed any where on the web can be inserted into your new topic or reply.

To do this:

  1. Open the webpage with the image you want to insert displaying
  2. Right click on the image and select 'Copy image address' (Chrome); 'Copy image location' (Firefox); 'Copy' (Internet Explorer)

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  3. Go back to the forum and place the cursor where you want the picture to display in your new topic or reply.

  4. Paste the picture's URL into your new topic or reply by pressing the Ctrl and V buttons together on your keyboard or right clicking with your mouse and selecting paste.

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  5. The picture should now display in your new topic or reply

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Please use this thread to add tips for other devices or to correct me if any of the above is wrong. Please also use it to practice posting your pictures.

 

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In Dropbox, the best way I've found is to:

  1. Open the picture you want to post on the forum in Dropbox
  2. Right click on the picture and select 'Copy image' in Chrome or Firefox, or select 'Copy' in IE
  3. Return to the forum and paste the link into your post

As for Google Drive, it doesn't appear to generate a URL that points directly to your image so the forum doesn't know what to do with the sharing link (other than display the link).  More info here: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/drive/Xm_mnQ1RYZo

 

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I  use the PicsArt app on the desk top:

1) Click edit and choose picture. Save picture

2) Go to profile page click add picture and choose picture you just saved, let it download

3) Choose picture from personal library, go to three dot symbol on right hand side, left click copy image URL right click

 4)  Back to TWF right click and choose paste with left click to insert photo.

 

Hope this may help anyone struggling. 

Paul.

                                      

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On 13/06/2016 at 17:25, Krispy said:

As for Google Drive, it doesn't appear to generate a URL that points directly to your image so the forum doesn't know what to do with the sharing link (other than display the link).  More info here: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/drive/Xm_mnQ1RYZo

 

I store all my photos in Google Drive..but if you then go into Google Photos and enable the option that allows Google Drive photos to display in Google Photos...you end up with a Google Photo URL that does seem to work

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Had a tidy up (hope the posters won't mind) to just leave stuff relating to posting a picture.  Feel free to keep using this thread to practice though.

Here's how to use the Photobucket mobile website and App.

USING THE PHOTOBUCKET WEBSITE ON A MOBILE PHONE


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  4. Now return to the forum and paste the link into your reply

USING THE PHOTOBUCKET APP


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  4. Now return to the forum and paste the link into your reply

 

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INSERTING GALLERY IMAGES INTO POSTS FROM THE FORUM GALLERY (GALLERY MEMBERS ONLY)

  1. When creating a new topic or replying, click the 'Insert other media' button in the bottom right of the reply box and select 'Insert existing attachment':

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  2. Then select your image(s) from the gallery and click 'Insert selected':

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  3. The images or images you selected will be added wherever your cursor is at the time.

 

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You don’t even need an account with postimage.org

Go to postimage.org

Click on the 'Choose images' box

Choose your picture and wait for it to auto upload.

Click on the blue box marked 'Hotlink for forums’

This copies the link which you can then paste into your post.

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Posting an image from Google Photos (best I can figure in 2018): 

  1. In your photo stream, click the image you want to share:
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  2. Once selected, the image shows a check mark and an action menu appears in blue:
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  3. Click the "share" icon:
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  4. Click "Get link":
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  5. In the resulting dialog, click "Copy" and this will put your image sharing link onto your system's clipboard:
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  6. This is the image sharing link for Google Photos. It will not embed the image into your post. It's a link to the shared album. That's what Google Photos offers at present. :sorry:
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Using Copy Image Address or Copy Image Location in browsers results in a long URL that may or may not work, as the photo in Google Photos may or may not be shared publicly. The link may break your post for other users, whilst it works for you (since you are logged into Google Photos and can access your images). 

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If you have an Instagram account and post pictures to it, that's a super easy way to share on this forum, at least from an Android device. Plus it adds the potential to gain more followers and likes, because if they click the picture it links them to your photo on Instagram where they have the option to sign in and follow/like.

From your mobile device:

1. Open Instagram app

2. Open your profile where your images are all hosted (bottom right corner of screen as of now, looks like a bust of a human)

3. Select photo you wish to share

4. Click options/menu toggle (3 dotted lines, vertically aligned, top right, just above the picture)

5. Choose Share option

6. Select Share link with other apps option

7. A list of sharing options which are compatible on your phone pops up. Copy to clipboard should be one. Click that, the link is then copied.

8. Then you simply come to TWF here and paste your link into whatever text you're typing.

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