Putting pictures in articles

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  1. joeyallen profile image81
    joeyallenposted 9 years ago

    Recently hubpages evidently changed how to size pics in articles. Just when I thought I had it working they changed. Now I can't seem to size the pics right to fit the article spacing.
    Yesterday I tried to change a pic in my highest rated hub and ended up this morning with it plummeting to my second lowest hub score. Help!

    Now, it seems, either I need to size the pic before I insert it in article or is there something I'm missing in the edit mode?
    I did not have this problem before. Why was it changed to something I can't figure out?

    1. The Examiner-1 profile image60
      The Examiner-1posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You can only re-size the photos before you enter them, or settle for the size which HP uses. They changed that a while back.

  2. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image88
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 9 years ago

    Related to this (and in the hopes the tech staff checks the thread) - I tried to change out some photos on a hub, and the system would NOT recognize my downloads.

    Hard to explain (because I don't know what was happening), but I am on a Mac, I downloaded some photos from wikimedia commons (so they're usable) and they show up in my downloads & are not greyed out. But when I try to install the photos in a hub, the download files are greyed and therefore won't load. Everything on my Mac is updated, and I tried it on multiple browsers (Safari, Chrome, etc. - I think even Foxfire).

    If anyone has some ideas to get past this issue, please help!  Thanks!

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image75
      Matthew Meyerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      @Marcy Goodfleisch
      Sorry you are having problems uploading images.
      We are currently unaware of any issue that would interfere with the ability to upload images.
      I would suggest trying a different browser and these trouble shooting steps.
      http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/Diag … r-problems
      You may also want to check Flash and try the non-Flash uploader.
      If you continue to have issues, please contact us directly here.

      1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image88
        Marcy Goodfleischposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Matthew -  thanks so much for responding.  I've tried several browsers - I will try the steps you posted, and I'll let you know if I continue to have problems.

        1. Matthew Meyer profile image75
          Matthew Meyerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          The other thing to check is if it is isolated to one or a few images.
          You might just take a screenshot and try uploading that as well in case somehow the actual image files you are attempting to upload are corrupt.

      2. CJGrace profile image76
        CJGraceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I've tried different browers, Google Chrome and Safari, and still experience issues.  This last couple of days I resized an image in photoshop to 200x200p, and still the image comes out too large and blurry.

        1. Matthew Meyer profile image75
          Matthew Meyerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          If you re-size an image smaller (25x25 pixels for example) to 200x200 you are not creating any more image information, so it is always going to be blurry as this basically just makes the original pixels display larger on the screen.

          The starting source image should be higher resolution.
          We suggest 1000 pixels in the FAQ.

          The Learning Center has some articles about using images in Hubs here.

          1. CJGrace profile image76
            CJGraceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            I'll try that and let you know how it went! Thanks!

          2. CJGrace profile image76
            CJGraceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            I don't believe it! It worked like a charm! The photo I took was taken with my smartphone, but it looks like I took it with my HD cam! So basically HP made it better with the change, those of us who didn't know, should have done our research. I'm ashamed of myself! lol

    2. DATALOAD profile image60
      DATALOADposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Sometimes, depending on how you save the file, you could've saved the path to the file. This means instead of the file being an actual photo, it's a link to the photo on the web.

      Ensure that you have an actual image by right-clicking and choosing properties (for Windows). I'm sure there's a similar process for MAC. Make sure it has the proper extension.

      I hope this helps. I thought I'd add my two cents:)

  3. livingit4real profile image75
    livingit4realposted 9 years ago

    I, too, would like some input on this. I have only seen two options: locating picture on the side or cover whole column by clicking or double clicking.  Of course, there is the thumbnail option.

  4. Writer Fox profile image25
    Writer Foxposted 9 years ago

    HP changed the photo size options.  Now, you get the full width (520 pixels wide) or half width in the side column (260 pixels wide).  These two options can distort your pictures and trigger a warning that they are pixelated.  One way to circumvent this is to create white space around your photo so that it appears the way you want it to look at one of the two option sizes.  You just use a photo editor tool.  It takes time to do this, but there aren't any other choices right now. Here's a forum thread when the change was made two months ago:


    (Marcy, this probably won't solve your problem with the Mac.)

  5. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image88
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 9 years ago

    Thanks, Writer Fox - maybe someone can clue me in on what I'm doing wrong, or what the system is doing wrong.  I can't update photos or even write new hubs (no way to add photos) until I figure this out.

  6. Phyllis Doyle profile image93
    Phyllis Doyleposted 9 years ago

    I have noticed recently that when I use images from Wikipedia, that if I want a large image up at the top of my hub or anywhere in the hub, I have to click on the image I want, and save the larger image that comes up on that second page. Like WriterFox says, the space for a full width image is now 520 pixels -- so, you have to save an image that is at least 520 pixels so it will not be distorted and unacceptable by HP.

    1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image88
      Marcy Goodfleischposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, Phyllis - I'm not sure what's wrong at my end - I can't even get the photos to be accessible from my downloads if I'm in the edit photos mode.

      1. The Examiner-1 profile image60
        The Examiner-1posted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Are you downloading photos which are accepted by HP? Are they for public use and not under license or copyright? See below:

        1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image88
          Marcy Goodfleischposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Yep - they're either wikimedia or morgueFile.  It's something to do with how the HP system reads files from a Mac, or to do with the browser, I think.  They won't load at all.

          1. The Examiner-1 profile image60
            The Examiner-1posted 9 years agoin reply to this

            I believe that I have seen Mac viewers on Google Analytics, so that should not be the problem. What browser do you use? It should work with any, but try Chrome or Firefox 4+. Others that should also work are IE 8+, Safari or Opera.

  7. quiterandom profile image73
    quiterandomposted 9 years ago

    Irfanview is a free, handy little graphics tool for resizing your your images and saving them in formats that work well for online publication. I have no suggestions for Mac users, other than possibly GIMP (which has a DMG file available somewhere) which has quite a higher learning curve.
    Am I allowed to post links to the places to download tools that help hubbers work on their hubs?

  8. CJGrace profile image76
    CJGraceposted 9 years ago

    I've noticed that no matter how many times I resize my photos, HP just doesn't seem to accept them.  I've tried uploading them in different browsers, and I still get the same issue.  I resize my photos in Photoshop 7.0, and I realize they need to be resized, as they are HD, they have very large files.  So, really I think the issue is on HP.  I have the issue most of the time, not always.

    1. quiterandom profile image73
      quiterandomposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      It's best to resize them properly to HP's image sizes, 520 width for full column, 260 for side (half) column, at 72 DPI.
      What are you sizing them to?

      1. Matthew Meyer profile image75
        Matthew Meyerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Here is the FAQ entry related to suggested dimensions for uploaded images.

      2. CJGrace profile image76
        CJGraceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Smaller than 260. I don't experience the problem all the time, but most of the time.

        1. Jean Bakula profile image95
          Jean Bakulaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          During the summer the images I was trying to use came out so huge they were unusable. I had already been forced to change many of my original photos when the option to display 6 on our profile page was new, so it was a lot of work. Last Christmas none of the images I had for products were usable, that was what clued me in to the fact I had to find new pictures. Then this summer, they all were gigantic. Once you put it in the hub, it will get smaller, but you have to put it towards the right side of the words. So you can't be as creative as you might like. I haven't added any content since then.

  9. sabrebIade profile image75
    sabrebIadeposted 9 years ago

    It would be great if they would just change it back to the way it was.
    I hardly ever had a problem with that.

  10. Shiley profile image73
    Shileyposted 9 years ago

    I am so unhappy with this change.  Why would they take something that works just fine and change it to something more complicated?

  11. brakel2 profile image77
    brakel2posted 9 years ago

    @Marcy.  I had trouble with the Commons so had to use the large photo and save it rather than downloading.  Otherwise it would not upload correctly to HP. It was frustrating.


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