Pixelated Images Guide for Dummies on Hub Pages

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Did you Know:

  • if you right-click on an image in your finished Hub you can see its size (at the very bottom of the screen under 'properties')
  • if your image is not wide enough it will look pixelated

What to do when your Hub is flagged for pixelated images

I was prompted to review the rules after my latest Hub was unpublished for image violations. It was a wake-up call as they say.

At first I was not clear exactly what needed fixing so I went looking for answers, and this is what I found out.

Search

I typed 'Pixelated Image' into the Hub Pages search engine, and got seven pages of results which was reassuring. Clearly there was a lot of discussion going on about this subject.

Forum

Next I checked out Forums on the subject. Here I found plenty of people complaining about being unpublished for image violations, but not too many answers on how to fix. Actually, there were lots of suggestions, but I did not understand what they were talking about. I realized that I had been merrily publishing images without a clue about the 'rules'.

Learning Center

The Learning Center has helpful guides and tips on building a Hub, but I wasn't able to find the information I needed on pixelated images there either.

Back to Forums

Finally I decided to start my own forum thread on the subject. I went to All Forums, selected Arts and Design under topics, selected Photos & Photography, and started a forum thread under Pixelated Images.

This is where things finally started to fall into place.

Help is on the way!

I had asked if there was a 'Pixelated Images Guide for Dummies' on Hub Pages, and if so, could anyone suggest a link?

First responder was Bldg an Architect (thank you Bldg) but the information was way over my head regarding the required image size (72 pixels per square inch).

Next Kenneth Avery suggested making Hub images 1/4 size if they looked the least bit blurred (thank you Kenneth).

Psycheskinner's suggestion was where I started to get that 'Aha' moment, her tip: "Basically make sure a picture for full size display is at least 500 pixels across". Thanks psycheskinner! You Rock!

The Missing Link

So yes, I was starting to see the light, but it was Bldg an Architect that provided the missing link, yes there is a Pixelated Images Guide for Dummies on Hub Pages! It was a Eureka moment!

He found me this hidden gem by squimpleton: "How to put pictures on Hubpages without losing image quality".

Written three years ago, but ever evergreen, the quintessential Pixelated Image Guide for Dummies on Hub Pages.

All better now!

Needless to say, I went back and fixed my flawed Hub, and it was republished the same day.

I found squimpelton's guide for images so easy to follow, easy to understand, and all I needed to know for basic Hub building. I especially liked her/his 'cheater tip' that shows me how to use an undersized image and get away with it.

Kudos to you squimplelton!

Reader's Digest, Cole's Notes (Cliff's Notes in America) and Classic Comic books. Precursors, predecessors, to the 'for Dummies' generation. Whatever it takes to get the information needed fast. It's all good.

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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I had a picture that pixelated and I just made it smaller. That took care of the problem. I got a notice before I even published it so it didn't get unpublished. Good information. I shared so others can profit from your troubles.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks Ms Becky, I was soo happy when I finally found this information.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Great hub and one that I can relate too..I learned like Kenneth just making them smaller of course I could barely see them and ended up changing photos but so glad you found answers that can help us all.

Hugs,

Sunnie


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for encouragement Sunnie, I am actually still working on this. I haven't figured out how to cut and paste the original smaller photo on to the bigger blank foto, kind of frustrating right at the moment, shall let you know how that goes.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

I, like Sunnie Day and Becky, found that making the pictured smaller took care of my problem. I enjoyed reading your hub. I found it very informative. Up, useful, and interesting.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals! I have hit a glitch and it's driving me crazy, can't figure out how to cut and paste the smaller image on to the larger blank picture.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Whew! I think I got it!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I think we have all gone down this road. I was like you at first, didn't know to do. I just learned to make the image half size and all was fine. Thank you for posting this info. I'm sure it will help some new people..


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi always, thanks for visit. I know changing image to half size is one way to deal with the pixelation problem, but this would not work if I wanted to do a slide show, or if I wanted to open with a larger image. I am still sorting this out, but so happy to find some guidelines.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

One suggestion I might offer is, - if using an image from the internet, avoid using its thumbnail version. And if you click the thumbnail and it remains small, skip using it.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Nellianna! Thank you for adding to the conversation. I can use any advice I can get, I do appreciate you stopping by, I see you have a new page up that I must get to, looking forward to.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Ah - nice to see you, my friend! Yes, I've been preoccupied, so I've published a couple of new ones.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hey Snakeslane, Great information and an easy to understand explanation of how to. This came up recently for me as well and I just used the avoidance tactic. Now I have other options, thanks to you. I will be bookmarking this one for future reference.

Peg


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi again Nellieanna, hope you're having a good day :)


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Peg, glad you found this helpful.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

A mere two and a half days to get here. Is that the record. One suggestion is to make sure the source of the image has some clue about the issues it mught cause. I am glad you found some information that proved helpful. More dpi! More dpi! is my new motto.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi mckbbks, I didn't know there was a hub visit protocol, if there is I am in big trouble! Yes more dpi! more dpi! Sounds like a good motto, kind of techie sounding too, although it just looks like geek to me.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Snakeslane

Thank you for this very useful information. Bookmarking this one.

Voted up and interesting

Take care


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hello Sueswan, so happy you found this helpful, me too.


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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

Where is this lake in the picture, I need to spend a day there! Jamie


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Isn't it beautiful Jahmann. This is not actually a lake. It is the head of Holberg Inlet on the north west coast of Vancouver Island. You would love it. Trails go all the way out to the very tip of the island. It is a popular wilderness hiking route. About an 8 hour walk from where the trail starts. Very rugged, lots of scenic beaches.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is a great useful hub and I'm sure it will help many hubbers. yes dpi seems to be the answer, I was having promlems a few days ago, not with HP but images for Youtube videos. I found a good forum on the net which gave me good answers.

A brilliant job snakeslane and very helpful


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks Rosemay, the squmpleton hub felt like the holy grail when I found it. But took some doing as I was using the word 'pixelated' in my search term. I am curious now about where you found help for the Youtube video images, do you still have that link?


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Oh dear no I just searched pixilated images in videos. it wasn't a site just a forum I came across where someone was asking advice, after reading a few know-it-all answers in techo speak there came a straightforward answer in dummie speak which made it all so easy. I had tried adding images in different sizes and none of them looked right, it was the dpi that made all the difference.

squmpleton was indeed a good and simple hub, good it is still there after all this time.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks Rosemay, you will have to do a hub on it now for dummies like me who don't know how to do a video. And have no idea how to do correct image size in a video. I have no idea how to translate dpi, I am stuck on pixel width, that's all I know. If you do a hub we could link up lol.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I will be doing a hub over the next couple of days on music but I will put a few tips in re the images.

I don't know what image program you have but when you go into 'image size' it will give you the pixels and underneath it should tell you what the dpi is


Derdriu 4 years ago

Snakeslane, What a compelling, elucidating, gently ironic read about problems over pixelated images! In particular, I appreciate the summary of steps by which you found out where to get correct information and how to apply it. It serves as a map for problem-solving on HubPages.

Thank you for sharing, voted up + all.

Respectfully, Derdriu


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Derdriu. As usual your comments are so positive, and I really appreciate the visit.


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Thank you, Snakeslane, for taking the time and writing this useful hub. I'm new here, I get real headaches when I create hubs, I have never thought it could be such an Everest hike... Thank you for making it dummies-proof-easy =)


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hey bMax, it is a bit of a hike alright. I am still floundering around trying to figure out what is what. I didn't do much here except try to point people in the right direction, squimpleton did all the heavy lifting on this one.


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK

Hi snakeslane.

I've not had a problem with images being rejected for pixilation, but I think I will look up your link, and I wish I had seen the forum correspondence. Maybe I'll look for that too.

I've actually never understood image size as expressed in pixels per square inch either - I should make the effort!

My method has always been to save the image first to My Pictures. That way I can check the image size in terms of Kilobytes, rather than pixels. If possible I will try to publish pics which are about 300-500 Kb in size. I find that if the image is much below 100 Kb, then by the time it's blown up to full or even half page width, the pixels begin to show. I have thought of using larger Megabyte size images, which is the size at which I always initially take my own photos, but I fear that if I use very large images, they may take ages to load on a slow computer. Does that make sense?

I don't guarantee that it's a 100% effective method, but it seems to work, and hopefully at the size of image I publish, the image is neither so small as to be pixelated, nor so large that they take ages to load.

Anyway, snakeslane - an interesting and useful page.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hello Alun, the image sizing seems so complicated (to me). For example the profile photo. Instructions say that photo can be no larger than 8 MB (I think it's 8) but whatever it is does not help me because I don't know what an MB is! I don't know what a KB is either. And I don't know how to calculate the dpi! This is all a foreign language to me so I'm completely lost when I see these terms used. But the squimpleton Hub just worked for me. Maybe it's the photo editing program I use (Microsoft Office Picture Manager mostly) but I needed that minimum pixels information squimpleton provided. It's not the overall dimensions that create pixelated image, it's the width of the photo that has to be a certain size. I think higher resolution would be better (look better) because they are resized to fit the format. That is very thoughtful of you to give up quality so people with slower download can still view your images. And it is a good question. I am not sure how it works but it would make a good forum topic and you might get some answers. Right now the slide shows are a big topic in the forums. The new layout is not appreciated by many as far as I can see from reading posts. The slide show actually makes the images smaller (go figure) rather than larger, and you can no longer click on an image to see it full size. Hope that glitch gets resolved soon as a lot of my pages are photo galleries, or photo related. Thanks for the visit Alun, I really appreciate your comments. Glad you found interesting and useful :)


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh snakeslane,

I am heading to the corner for time-out... this teacher recognizes when she is "plumb over her head".

Now lemme say, that you have laid out the issue so that a "real dummy" could get it... you wrote this piece in an understandable, comprehensive and user-friendly manner.

That being said, I will be back to visit countless times, as I am in the grade that is somewhat lower than a "dummy"...!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Voted UP & across the board. Why FUNNY... (because I'm even reading it...!) Hugs, Maria


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hey Mar, did you follow the link? It's the 'How to' article highlighted here in the blue box that helped me. Maybe I need to re-write this. Thanks for reading. Maybe you've already figured this out in Marcoujor language. I know you are not a Dummy. :)


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Shhh, that really confused me (I 'am' a dummy with this...)

There is an angel who is currently watching out for my pixies as I am on "mind overload" with classes and then I am going to re-read both of these articles with a very clear head.

You 'absolutely' do not need to re-write this. If you could rewire my head... (lol, I am digressing)


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

snakeslane, I had the word pixelated show up in an article on a weekly digest by the author, a staff writer that said loosely "If your image is pixelated, you probably need a new image".

I went away with a mental note to find what is "pixilated" and now I know, thank you! I've been scanning my own and they end up "gianormis" (a new word by me for effing huge, and yes I added it to my dictionary lol) so they get shrunk down with no fear of pixels showing through my new dress. I did find a program that is free and "adware free" as well, it is called "Paint.net" and even I figured out how to use it to create custom designs one for an author we all know sorta, kinda, well, but I'm still learning more all the time and accidentally telling things on me as well.

Ah the program, it re-sizes maintaining ratio quite easily it makes microsoft paint look like garbage, and after all it is. It may do all that photoshop does but I'm uninterested in that, adding face under a horses tail and stuff like that. (yep I did it to see if I could) I also took a 35mm picture of a roll of toilet paper and made a lost person ad like the old milk cartons used to have, I put my self there with a caption "Has anyone seen this A$$hole? dial 1-800-A$$-Wipe and added 3 ply and some floral decor had a fun time and I am waiting to use it against myself in the future. So I'm an overgrown child who does the fart jokes or flatulence was what I was accused of and rightfully so, the flatulence isn't really all that funny it's the poor old ladies who walk into the cloud while shopping and the look on their face and my favorite has to be the 3 or 4 year old in the shopping cart who loudly declared "somebody sh!t" and I just about collapsed in laughter to the floor as I pointed at her mother whose face was bright red, with anger, or possibly guilt of adding to the present condition. All I know is that was the first time I heard the wheels of a shopping cart squeel as they peeled out, and rounded the corner, to escape the scene of the crime.LOL

I'm totally sorry for getting off course here but thank you for the valued knowledge in exchange for a warning, never go to the store with me!

Peace and Blessings,

dust


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Dusty, pixelated images are a pain, but no longer an issue thanks to squimpleton's easy to follow guide. I've got my computer over loaded with programs I never use, been trying to stick with the basics and learn as I go. Sounds like you are enjoying the artsy fartsy side of image making.

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