Is it possible to make photographs show up smaller? I have found that sometimes the photos become a bit pixelated and generally take up too much room on my web pages, and would like a facility to alter the size and placement, like you can on some other sites.
You can see what I mean with this photo - it looks awful:
Yes, just click on the arrow pointing right at the top of the photo module. This will reduce the size of the image and right justify on the page. You can move the image up or down using the up arrow or down arrow.
Thanks I tried that and it works.
However I have learned recently that having a photo on the right hand side is not responsive for mobile apps and I have therefore been changing all my photos on the right into centre photos, which immediately increases the size and pixelates them. I would like to keep them small but centred, otherwise some of them come up enormous.
You can resize photos and make other edits on Picmonkey.com for free. However, the smallest size HP wants you to have is 1000 pixels, so make sure you don't go below that.
When I have a photo that is too big, I simply look for another that will work and size it as needed. Saves a lot of visual problems!
Thanks for your advice.
I use Photoshop to resize photos, but the problem has been that if I put a small photo on a Hub, HubPages magnifies it to fit their specification,
I take your point about finding a different photo that will work, but I had hoped there would be a better way of dealing with the problem.
As Kylyssa says, put a wide border around the photo. In my editor, it's called canvas size so I increase that, fill it with white so it doesn't show as a border, and it results in the image as a whole being shrunk when it's uploaded.
Alternatively, use landscape photos. They work a bit better, although still a bit large.
The secret is not to resize them in Photoshop! Just upload the full-sized image - HubPages will make them smaller if necessary to fit - but because you've uploaded the original, it won't be pixelated.
The problem arises when you try to make the photo the right size yourself - I notice Photoshop often reduces definition as well as dimensions, meaning the photo gets pixelated.
But if they're large in the first place, they can turn out looking enormous unless you resize with a border. Right justifying gets over that but then they are put above the text on mobile view.
I've never found that to be the case. HubPages will size the photo so it fits the width of the Hub. It can't be any bigger.
If that means the photo is too tall, then you should consider turning it sideways so it's landscape, or trimming the top and bottom of the photo.
If those options aren't possible with that photo, then your next option is to add white space ("canvas") either side of the photo to make it landscape.
Making it smaller won't solve anything, because HubPages will still try to make it fit the width of the capsule.
I agree - that was my original point
I have never had a problem using PicMonkey because you can choose to keep the dimensions the same.
This is what I have been trying, but, as you saw from my very long photograph of earrings in the intro to this thread, HubPages does NOT in fact reduce the size satisfactorily - I have this problem frequently, not just occasionally
Where are you getting your photos? If you use Pixabay and Morguefile you rarely end up with oversized photos and can edit as needed.
I did two edits on this, one with and one without the name.
That's because your problem is not that the photo is too big - your problem is that it's too TALL.
Unfortunately HubPages' layout works for landscape photos (i.e photos that are much wider than they are tall) - it doesn't work well for portrait photos at all.
So, making a portrait image smaller won't solve anything, because HubPages will always blow it up to standard Hub width again, and that will put it back to exactly the same height - except it will be poorer quality (pixelated).
There are only two ways to resolve it. One way is to add extra white space on either side of the photo, so your image is wider than it is tall. The other is to rotate the image so it is landscape.
You could upload as big a photo as you like, and if it's already wider than it is tall, HubPages will adjust the size perfectly every time.
With Picmonkey you can use tools to sharpen and clarify any photo and thus avoid this problem. Give it a try. It's fun to use, costs nothing and produces good results. Take a look at a few of my article photos to see the various types of results you can get. I just love that program!
Give it a really big, thick border of white on the left and right sides. When HP squeezes it to fit the column width, it will shrink the image.
You could use another program to add text on the side of it (a "made for pinterest" image.) That way the photo will be smaller, yet the image will still be full-width on the hub. See image below for example.
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