1. Adding a photo to our PHOTOS
Look for the row of tabs across the top of the screen.
Click on PHOTOS.
Click on +ADD
Click on the gray box CLICK TO ADD PHOTOS.
Select a jpg or gif file from your computer.
Click on UPLOAD. (It may take a minute, especially if the file is large.)
Plug in a title and description, tags
Click SAVE at the bottom of the screen.
When you choose a name, use a word that searchers will use, such as "needle lace", puncetto, oya, Armenian lace, point de gaze flower. No image search will ever find a file named "img2345dsc". If you have 16 needle lace photos, call them "needle lace 1", needlelace 2, etc.  Please post only needle lace photos.  No photos or pages from books or magazines, no photos from other websites, unless it is your website and your photo.  We must respect copyright.

Adding a photo to a comment box: you can either use the link button (the first one), or you can use the image icon (the 2nd button). Link button is for images already online somewhere else, and does not create a 2nd copy of the image, but just a link (smaller use of digital space). Image button creates a 2nd copy of the file: use it for images from your own computer (can also be used for images already online).

2, How to use the hyperlink button to create a link to a photo in our PHOTOS section.
Putting your photo in MY PHOTOS is the right place, because then any of us can create a link to it, for discussion purposes, and because images in PHOTOS can be collected into albums to make them easier to find.
--To add a link to an image in our PHOTOS: Have two tabs open in your browser, one with your comment box (or discussion box or whatever), and the other with your photo with only it on the screen. This is important, because if you move from the page where you have your active comment box to another page or website, everything you typed into the comment box will be lost. You have to keep that page open continously in order to save your work.
--Go to the tab that has only the picture on it. Copy the url of the photo.
--Go back to the tab with the comment box. In the comment box where you want to put the link, highlight a word that will serve as the link. (It may be easier for others to see what to click on if you first make the word BOLDFACE or ALL CAPS.) Then hit the link symbol (the first button on the left). When the little box appears paste the url of the photo into the box. This is where the problem occurs. Go to the beginning of the string of letters and symbols. You will find that http:// occurs twice. You have to carefully delete one set of http:// If both sets are there the link function won't work.

This method will not put a visible photo into the box, but by clicking on the link word viewers will be taken to the image (which is stored somewhere else). The image is not stored a 2nd time on our site. It remains in its original location, we just have a link connection to it.  This method would be used to make a link to a photo on your photo sharing site, your blog or your website, or to link to somebody else's photo on the internet that you want to discuss.  Since we are creating a link, but not making a copy of their file, this is not a copyright violation

3. Adding an image directly to a comment box using the image button. (The actual image is visible in the comment.) When a viewer clicks on the image, the whole original image will pop up, in all its detail.
Click on the 2nd icon -- the image icon. It gives you 2 choices: from my computer, or from a url.
From My Computer: click BROWSE, find the image, copy its name and paste it into the slot. (It must be a jpg or gif file.) Click on OK.
From a URL -- Open a 2nd tab in your browser, get to a screen with only the image on it, copy the URL. Go back to the tab with your comment box on it. Paste the URL into the slot, but be sure that http:// only appears once (or it won't work). Click on OK.
This latter method makes discussion of the image more fluent and easier, but the image is only findable later if members search through pages of old comments to find the box with the photo.   Do not use this method to add somebody else's photo from another website to your comment or discussion.  Doing that is a copyright violation.  To discuss somebody else's photo, create a link according to the instructions in paragraph 2 above.

This method also works for adding a photo to a DISCUSSION.


4. Adding a photo from a comment box to our PHOTOS:

It is possible to take a photo posted into a comment box and add it to our PHOTOS, but it only works with relatively recent additions.  If you move your mouse over a photo in a comment box, and a hand appears, then that photo is one that CAN be added to our PHOTOS.  (Ning changed their software slightly some time around the end of 2010 or early 2011.)

Have 2 tabs open in your browser.  In the 1st click on PHOTOS, click on +ADD.  Keeping this tab open, go to the 2nd tab.  Go to the comment box where the photo is.  When your cursor moves over the picture, a hand will appear.  Click on the picture.  It will take you to a screen with only the photo on it.  Copy the url of the photo.  Go back to the 1st tab.  Copy the url to the slot on the +ADD screen.  Click on UPLOAD.  It will take some seconds.  You can then add a description and select an album to which you can add it.


5. The method of adding a photo avatar to represent you is different from the method for adding a photo to our PHOTOS.
1. Look for the box in the upper right hand corner, with your name on it. Click on SETTINGS.
2. The center column on the page that comes up are all the elements of your profile that you can edit or change. Your photo is the top choice. Click on BROWSE. Select an image from your computer. Go to the bottom of that page and click on SAVE. And you now have your new photo.


Last updated by Lorelei Halley Dec 12, 2012.

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