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AzureSky
Independents
2/6/2012 12:54:17 AM


Status: Commander in Chief

On 2/5/2012 5:21:53 PM, MiniS said:
Thanks, Chili, but I don't have Photoshop. I use Gimp, which doesn't seem to have that facility, so should I still save to something like Photobucket or ImageShack? or just upload from my hard drive?


Just jumping in here MiniS Photobucket is a very good place but you will still need to ensure your image is under 350kb.

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AzureSky
Independents
2/6/2012 1:00:05 AM


Status: Commander in Chief

On 2/5/2012 5:21:53 PM, MiniS said:
Thanks, Chili, but I don't have Photoshop. I use Gimp, which doesn't seem to have that facility, so should I still save to something like Photobucket or ImageShack? or just upload from my hard drive?


Just read your message again, for contests just upload from your hard drive making sure it is under 350kb.
When you want to upload an image to the forum then Photobucket
image file is the easy way, or another image place such as Image Shack or Flickr.
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Kellie
Independents
2/6/2012 3:52:14 AM
Status: Commander in Chief

On 2/5/2012 11:45:05 PM, Malcolmxy said:
OK, so I'm trying to vote now and every time I hit 'submit', it says that my votes were recorded for the previous page and that I now need to review the current page...and nothing appears to have been recorded. I use firefox...wrong browser? Do I need a plug in? Thanks.



If you are not sure if your vote has gone through or not you can always use the
option/link/display unrated only at the header of every contest to check this, FF should be fine.



[Edited by User on 2/6/2012 3:59:13 AM]
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MiniS
Democrats
2/6/2012 6:53:13 AM


Status: Hall Monitor

On 2/6/2012 1:00:05 AM, AzureSky said:
Just read your message again, for contests just upload from your hard drive making sure it is under 350kb.
When you want to upload an image to the forum then Photobucket
image file is the easy way, or another image place such as Image Shack or Flickr.


Thanks, AzureSky, that's what I have been doing. I was confused with people talking about "uploading to the web" to size your chops, as I have only Gimp, which doesn't have that facility. I just size my chops by trial and error.

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Chili
Independents
2/6/2012 10:00:32 AM


Status: Commander in Chief
I just downloaded Gimp to see if could change the KB quality , I had no problem , saving my photo as i normally do 950x1400. My 1st time trying Gimp i found it easy . When you save your photo , there is a option to change the quality of the photo , say if its above 350KB , you can lower the quality so its right at 350KB or a little less . Now i need to delete Gimp from my laptop , Bye !!!! Hope this helped ,
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Truly great madness can not be achieved without using Photoshop ;-)

NewsMaster
Independents
2/6/2012 12:53:06 PM


Status: Commander in Chief

On 2/5/2012 12:15:11 AM, Malcolmxy said:
As far as I was able to ascertain, you can upload contest photos directly from your hard drive. I just had an issue because the BB Code for URL was ever-so-slightly different than than I'd ever seen before. Now that I've caught it, it's all good.

(and, I like imgur.com for photo uploads...quick, easy...no fuss, no muss...also, I have 32bit photo editing software, so my images which fit within submission guidelines are usually under 100 kb, so 350 feels opulent)

My subsequent question went to the rules stating the contest submission guideline were 350 pixels wide minimum to 500 wide X 1000 long maximum, when the max is obviously 1000X2000. I don't know if those are old standards or what, but someone should change them if they are incorrect (and it wasn't just a case of me reading them incorrectly). This was in the FAQ (though, I may be the only person who reads these before posting on a site, so it may be a moot issue...)


Sorry about the confusion regarding the 500 pix wide. First of all, it's now 750 pix wide (it used to be 500), I have just updated the FAQ. Even then, 750 pix is the width of the resized images on "contest pages" - meaning that our system will automatically resize the submissions to 750 pix wide (or 1000 pix tall) for the contest pages. The FULL VIEW size is the UNRESIZED version of your submitted image and is not really limited in image dimensions, except that it has to be within 350 KB image size upon submission.
Hope this helps


[Edited by User on 2/7/2012 3:30:24 AM]
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Disasterman111
Democrats
2/6/2012 5:10:22 PM


Status: Commander in Chief
I use firefox all the time!

[Edited by User on 2/7/2012 1:31:15 PM]
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Kellie
Independents
2/6/2012 6:18:16 PM
Status: Commander in Chief

On 2/6/2012 5:10:22 PM, Disasterman111 said:
There have been some issues using Firefox on this site so its best to use either Google Chrome or Internet Explorer!



Always used FF. never had a prob :/

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MiniS
Democrats
2/6/2012 6:52:27 PM


Status: Hall Monitor

On 2/6/2012 10:00:32 AM, Chili said:
I just downloaded Gimp to see if could change the KB quality , I had no problem , saving my photo as i normally do 950x1400. My 1st time trying Gimp i found it easy . When you save your photo , there is a option to change the quality of the photo , say if its above 350KB , you can lower the quality so its right at 350KB or a little less . Now i need to delete Gimp from my laptop , Bye !!!! Hope this helped ,


Thanks, Chili Sorry for all the questions, but I'm really just a beginner at this.

As in your explanation above, is it always better to reduce the quality if the photo is above 350KB, or to reduce the size or a combination of these?
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NewsMaster
Independents
2/7/2012 3:34:02 AM


Status: Commander in Chief

On 2/6/2012 6:52:27 PM, MiniS said:
...
As in your explanation above, is it always better to reduce the quality if the photo is above 350KB, or to reduce the size or a combination of these?


I'd say a combination of these - that's what most people do.

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Chili
Independents
2/7/2012 7:28:40 AM


Status: Commander in Chief

On 2/6/2012 6:52:27 PM, MiniS said:

On 2/6/2012 10:00:32 AM, Chili said:
I just downloaded Gimp to see if could change the KB quality , I had no problem , saving my photo as i normally do 950x1400. My 1st time trying Gimp i found it easy . When you save your photo , there is a option to change the quality of the photo , say if its above 350KB , you can lower the quality so its right at 350KB or a little less . Now i need to delete Gimp from my laptop , Bye !!!! Hope this helped ,


Thanks, Chili Sorry for all the questions, but I'm really just a beginner at this.

As in your explanation above, is it always better to reduce the quality if the photo is above 350KB, or to reduce the size or a combination of these?



As Newsy said , Its a combination of both , Size of your photo plus the KB value . Like say if i just take a reg photo 950 x 1300 an its 350kb . But if i chop it & put layers with it plus a few topaz filters to bring it to life , then the KB will be higher then 350 . So when i save the final photo to my desktop , i need to keep the size but lower the Kb to where it is 350 kb or a little lower .
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MiniS
Democrats
2/7/2012 4:11:46 PM


Status: Hall Monitor
Thanks Newsy and Chili

I'll go on experimenting and perhaps, in time, I'll get a bit quicker at it.
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