Adding your selected images to your articles is as easy as following these five steps:
- Save your desired image to your desktop in a usable format — .jpg, .gif, or .png are supported; avoid using .bmp images as they don’t resize well and generally have a larger file size.
- Resize the image. You don’t want a huge image that overtakes the whole post, and you also don’t want an image that is so small that it’s hard to see. Ideal size will depend on your blog theme, but typically around 300×300 pixels is a safe size. You can resize using a free photo editing program like Irfanview, or if you are on a Mac you can do it right from the preview screen.
- Save as a smaller, lower-quality file. No one wants to wait several seconds for your article page to load (hint: It’s usually the graphics that slow things down!). To rectify this problem, save your image as a smaller file. The higher the resolution, the larger the file and the slower the upload. 72 dpi is perfect quality for a web page and loads very quickly. Again, Irfanview or your Mac preview will let you change the file quality.
- Upload to your article. You used to have to use an intermediary hosting site to add your images to your blog – no more! Most blog platforms (certainly Blogger, Typepad, and WordPress) enable direct uploading of your images. Just click on the “add image” button, browse to select, and away you go. Many programs will let you resize and place the image once it’s added to your article.
- Add caption and copyright info. If you’ve used a photo from Flickr’s creative commons database or any other image with creative commons license restrictions, you’ll need to provide attribution. On WordPress, you can create a caption that includes the photographer’s name and copyright info. On other blogging platforms, you may need to place a note in the blog text with that information.
There you have it; a simple, five-step process to jazzing up your articles quickly and easily with the images of your choice.
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