Questions about Graphics
 
 
Q: How do I upload pictures to my page?
A: It's easy to upload your pictures. Here's how:
1) Logon to your control panel, click "make changes to your website", then choose the page you want to work on next to where it says "current page"
2) Click the WORK ON CONTENT button
3) Scroll down until you see a graphics section (for example: Article 1 Graphic). Click the BROWSE button.
4) You will see a dialog box pop up that allows you to browse through your computer to locate your graphic file. Double click your file when you find it.
5) Scroll to the bottom of the form and click the CLICK TO CONTINUE button.
6) Click the Red Preview arrow and see how it looks.




Q: How do you get THUMBNAILS on the page that you can click on to see the full size picture?

A: Note: Although you can still use this method, we now have an automatic thumbnail feature. Look for the 'Set Auto-thumbnail Options' button on your work on content screen. You can read about this feature by clicking here

You can create the effect of clicking a smaller thumbnail picture to display a larger full size picture 2 different ways.

Method 1 for a Photo Gallery:
If you just want to display the larger picture when someone clicks on the smaller one, and you don't really need anything else on the page other than the larger picture, you can do this:

(TIP: It works best to use the Article Page style for a photo gallery)

1) First, upload the largest version of your picture in one of your articles as an article graphic
2) Use the RESIZE PICTURE menu and choose one of the smaller sizes, such as 1/4 Page or 1/8 page. This will create a small thumbnail for you.
3) Fill in the link box under the small picture on the work on content form with the following syntax:

images/graphics/yourlargepicture.gif


(Replace yourlargepicture.gif with the actual filename of the picture)

This will link your smaller picture to the larger one!

(TIP: You can move more than one picture onto the same line (if they are small enough) by checking the "don't display divider line" box.)

Method 2 CATALOG THUMBNAIL:
If you would like to enlarge a smaller picture and show the full size picture of your product with possibly a detailed description and shopping cart button, you can do the following:

(TIP: It works best to use the Catalog style for creating a catalog thumbnail. You will see this choice next to where it says "Style" on the control panel screen for your page).

1) Add a new page to hold your larger picture (with the add page button). Choose the "Catalog" page style on the "add page" screen for best results.

2) Upload the larger picture on the new page you created. You may also want to include a detailed description of your product and a shopping cart button (use the auto-shopping cart option)

3) Now go back to your page where you want to put the smaller picture. Click the YOUR UPLOADS button under the graphics area where you want the picture to show. You should see the larger picture you uploaded in your gallery. Click on the picture, and it will show up on your page in the larger size. Then, just use the Picture Resize menu to choose either 1/4 Page or 1/8 page to shrink it down to a thumbnail size.

Use the Link Helper button to create your link to the new page that holds your larger picture. You will see a pull down menu of all of the pages on your website on the link helper screen, which you can use to select the name of the new page you created.

When you fill in the link box under the thumbnail picture and save your changes, this will automatically link the smaller picture to the page with the larger one. You can also move the smaller pictures on the same line by clicking the "don't display divider line" check box.




Q: My pictures are way too big. How can I make them smaller?
A: Look for our RESIZE picture menu that you will see above your picture on the control panel. Choose one of the size choices to instantly resize your picture. Everything is resized for you automatically!


Also, if you want to reduce the size of your pictures before uploading them, you can also use the free Picture Resizer utility we have available on our customer logon page, if you want to modify your picture before uploading it to your site. Here's a link for the Picture Resizer

TIPS:
Keep in mind that a picture will take up almost the entire screen if it is 600 pixels wide. Most pictures on the web are 300 pixels wide or smaller.

If you are using a digital camera, a picture will be 640 pixels wide in the LOW res mode. In the high res mode, the picture can actually be thousands of pixels wide, which is absolutely huge on a web page. Make sure you set your digital camera on the lowest resolution setting possible, so the pictures are easier to work with. The same goes for a scanner. The web only requires 72dpi resolution. Many scanners will scan at 2500dpi resolution, which will result in a humongous picture on the web that will take a very long time to download. The higher res modes in digital cameras and scanners are there for giving you a better printout. You will get just as good of picture on your computer monitor in the low res mode. Don't let the phrase "low res" fool you. Most people think that "low res" will result in a lower quality image than "high res". This just isn't the case for pictures you show on your computer screen. Your computer screen only requires a low number of pixels to display your image. This resolution is usually discussed in Dots Per Inch (or DPI). 72 dots per inch is all you need to get the best quality image on your computer monitor. On the other hand, if you need to print you picture, a printer may require many more dots per inch to get a high quality print out. Printers with 600 dots per inch or even 2500 dots per inch are not uncommon.

Save Money on a New Scanner or Digital Camera
If you are shopping for a new digital camera or scanner to use mainly for your web pictures, it's not necessary to spend the extra money to get the models with the highest resolution modes. Usually, you can get the inexpensive models, which will still take great pictures in the low res mode which is all you need for web graphics.



Q: I resized my picture and reuploaded it, but the old larger picture is still showing.
A: Make sure that when you re-save your resized picture, you use a different filename than the original, such as "mypicture2.gif". You need to use a different filename when re-uploading your graphic. The control panel may not copy over a file that has already been uploaded with the same name, so you may still see your original picture.




Q: Can I have more than one graphic on a page?
A: Yes. You can have as many graphics on a page as you wish. If you are using the "article style" on your page, for instance, each article can have a graphic. You can add more articles by scrolling to the bottom of the "work on content" form and clicking "save changes and add ___ more articles" and click the CLICK TO CONTINUE button. You can add up to 10 blank articles at a time. Once you add more articles, you will see new article graphics sections on your form where you can upload more pictures.



Q: How can I move graphics on the same line? How can I have more than one graphic in an article?
A: You can combine article sections by clicking the "don't display divider line" box. This will merge two or more articles together as one larger article with two or more pictures. If the pictures are small enough, they will move next to each other, also.



Q: Can't I just move my graphics where I want them?
A: For speed and simplicity, we have you fill out a form with choices to design your page instead of having you drag objects around the screen. We actually give you all of the choices available to you in Web page programming by simply having you choose the position of your graphic (left, right, above or below the headline).

  • If you choose LEFT, your picture will be on the left, and your text will wrap around on the right.

  • If you choose RIGHT, the picture will move over to the right and the text will wrap around the left side of the picture.

  • If you choose ABOVE THE HEADLINE, you picture will be centered, and the headline will work as a caption and show up below the picture.

  • If you choose BELOW THE HEADLINE, the picture will be centered below the headline text.

If you were dragging your picture around on the screen, the end result would still be one of these 4 options.





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