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 Post subject: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Fri 19, 2018 1:23 pm 
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How do I add that little personal picture for profile here on forum like everyone else has, next to your name, city, when I joined , etc. ?


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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Fri 19, 2018 1:39 pm 
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Go to the User Control Panel, then click on "Profile", and then on "Edit Avatar"

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
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User Control Panel (in the gray bar at the top of the page) > Profile.


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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Sat 20, 2018 7:19 am 
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Just remember there are size limits to avatar pictures. If it doesn't load for you when you upload the picture, you will need to reduce it's size using a photo editor program of some sort. It took several tries to get mine to work.


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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
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Maximum image size is 100 x 100 pixels. Maximum file size is 6.25 kb.

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Sun 21, 2018 4:03 pm 
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Dave Doughty wrote:
Maximum image size is 100 x 100 pixels. Maximum file size is 6.25 kb.

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OK, I tried at max 100 pix and below. Its saying file still to big. Now what? What's the pixels on a file that's 6.25kb?


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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Sun 21, 2018 4:23 pm 
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Resize your image dimensions and file size using this method below.

Posting photos to a forum thread.
The skinny: viewtopic.php?p=2717120#p2717120

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Sun 21, 2018 4:31 pm 
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fred taylor wrote:
Dave Doughty wrote:
Maximum image size is 100 x 100 pixels. Maximum file size is 6.25 kb.

Dave

OK, I tried at max 100 pix and below. Its saying file still to big. Now what? What's the pixels on a file that's 6.25kb?


The tool you needs comes free with Windows, use "resize" in Windows Paint, you can size by pixels and size. Size to 100x100 1st, then check file size, sometimes, going to 95x95 will work and still look good.

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Sun 21, 2018 4:39 pm 
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Microsoft paint sucks... :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Sun 21, 2018 5:02 pm 
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With no compression, the typical image is 24 bits per pixel (a byte is 8 bits)**. So, an uncompressed image 100 X 100 pixels is 30 Kbytes. With something like JPEG compression, you can get a factor of 2 without any noticeable loss of quality....and I think close to a factor of 10 with "acceptable" quality.
So, using a photo editor, scale to 100 X 100 pixels, and then save in JPEG format (file extension .jpg). If you are given a choice, select 80% quality....or maybe something like "medium". The file size should be well under the limit.


** the typical "raw" image allocates 8 bits to each of the three primary colors. I think there are some high-end cameras that use more, but 24 is the most common.

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
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egg wrote:
Microsoft paint sucks... :shock:

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Indeed!!
I use GIMP, which is almost as powerful as photoshop, and is FREE. It is available for Linux, MacOS, and Windows. There are other free programs that are simpler.

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
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I use Irfanview (also free) which allows you to specify the pixel count then limit the file size when saving an image. No guesswork involved.

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Sun 21, 2018 9:56 pm 
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+1 on the Irfanview. I've tried lots of similar programs but I don't want to spend my time learning how to use tools. Irfanview is quick and easy but also powerful.

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 2:12 am 
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I did mine today using paint on a W7 machine. I tried using photoshop and it would tell me the file size. Then when I saved it, the file size was bigger. I suppose there is a setting somewhere, but I gave up and went to paint.

The picture I used was on my iPhone so I sent it to my email smaller than original size and then pasted it into paint. In paint you have to crop the background after you shrink the picture.

Lots of other good programs out there, just being lazy lol.

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 2:40 am 
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Hey Fred... Where's your avatar picture?
I hope it's not some scantily clad siren... :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 7:21 am 
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egg wrote:
Hey Fred... Where's your avatar picture?
I hope it's not some scantily clad siren... :shock:

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I do, bwahahahaha!

Ain't nothing wrong with Paint; I use it all the time. You can downsize an image and it will show at the bottom not only the pixel size, but also the byte size. If the pixels are within 100 x 100 and the bytes are over the forum allowance, simply resize down until the bytes are within the requirement.

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 11:18 am 
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fifties wrote:

Ain't nothing wrong with Paint; I use it all the time. You can downsize an image and it will show at the bottom not only the pixel size, but also the byte size. If the pixels are within 100 x 100 and the bytes are over the forum allowance, simply resize down until the bytes are within the requirement.

If it doesn't let you choose the amount of JPEG compression, that is a significant flaw. I like the example from Irfanview a few posts back...where you can specify the file size.

Another option is to reduce the contrast of the image, or maybe blur is slightly. JPEG compression will come up with a different file size for every picture....depending on how "busy" the image is. One with lots of detail and high contrast is harder to compress.

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 2:38 pm 
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Tbone wrote:
..... I tried using photoshop and it would tell me the file size. Then when I saved it, the file size was bigger. I suppose there is a setting somewhere, but I gave up and went to paint......
In PhotoShop, you have to choose "Save for Web" from file menu. From there you can enter the image size as well as select the final file size (via 'Quality' slider).

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 4:48 pm 
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The file size is somewhat dependent on the image content. Images with lots of fine detail are especially hard to compress. Wood grain is a good example. Photos of wood will usually be larger than other photos.

When I set my avatar image, the file size limit was 4kB. I had a heck of a time getting that dial face down that small. I applied a blur over the whole image, and when that wasn't enough, I selectively blurred the wood panel until it was almost a uniform brown with no visible grain. That finally allowed the file size to be under 4kB.

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Picture as member user name profile
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 6:16 pm 
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I just played around with my current avatar picture in PhotoShop.

For this first pic I used the same settings as my avatar pic; Save for Web, 100 x 100 pixels, "Quality" slider set to 63%, no metadata. File size is 6.14 KB.
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This second picture is with the same settings as above, but with the "Quality" slider set to 40%. File size is 3.77 KB.
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Not as much difference as I would have expected.

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