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Old 10-01-2014, 09:56 AM   #1
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Photobucket Upload Sizing Tutorial

It is an easy out to blame Photobucket for the sizing problems with our photo uploads to the boards. I know we were all a bit miffed when Photobucket upgraded, and honestly for awhile there, glitches were the norm as they were so common. Even though Photobucket has retained most of its features, many of us just don't know where to find them.

One feature that most everyone missed during the upgrade was the ability to preset the upload size of photos. Many of us went in search of programs that would allow us to resize photos before uploading to Photobucket. One night while messing around on Photobucket, I discovered that this feature was NOT missing after all. It was just tucked away where I hadn't noticed it previously among all the other new gadgets and gizmos of the site.

Once I found this little gem, I have had no problem getting my photos to the required 640 x 480 size needed here on the boards. And one of the best things to know is that once you set it, it won't change unless you change it. So once you've made this your setting for photo uploads sizes , it will work every time you upload photos.

I'm a visual learner. So to help you see things, I have taken some screenshots of the steps to follow to set your photo upload size.

Step 1:

Open photobucket in your browser window and log in. At the very top of the website on the right is an orange rectangle for the Cart. Right beside that is your avatar for the site (e.g. mine is a photo of Stefanie). When I click or hover over that avatar, a drop down menu appears in black. Go to SETTINGS and click.



Step 2:

This will take you to your personal page. Right underneath the heading Personal Information are several tabs. For this task, you need the ALBUM tab. See photo below.



Step 3:

Click on the ALBUM tab. This is the screen that you should now be seeing.



Step 4:

Scroll down the ALBUM screen until you see UPLOAD OPTIONS. Then click on the blue CUSTOMIZE UPLOAD OPTIONS.



Step 5:

A smaller window will pop up at this point.



Notice you have 6 sizing options available. For trip reports our website guidelines call for photos to be no larger than 640 x 480. As you can see, that is the option that I have selected for all my photo uploads. Just a note Photobucket recommends the extremely large (and board inappropriate) size of 1,024 x 768. If you have not made your own selection, this may become the default size of your uploads and the cause for them appearing too large on our boards.

Once you've selected the 640 x 480 size, remember to select SAVE. And then you are done.

Since I have reset this option, I have never had it magically changed to anything else. My grumbles and frustrations with Photobucket, at least on this issue, have ceased. Hope this helps you, too!
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thank you! I'm also a visual learner, so this helps alot!
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Thanks, Cam! I had problems in the beginning, too, and was resizing before loading. Somehow, though, all my photos are loading at the proper size. I thought it was that after the "upgrade" they restored my previous settings, but I may have found your method by accident when grumbling my way around the site and made the necessary change without realizing it! At any rate, I'm glad to see that things are back to the way they were.
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THANK YOU. I have been presizing EACH photo BEFORE uploading to Photobucket - it takes forever! (Part of the reason why it takes so long for me to finish a TR )
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Cam, those instructions were great!! They should hire you to write their instructions. I don't have photobucket, but maybe I should.
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Thank you for sharing these directions! I have always used a Microsoft resizing tool to resize my photos before uploading to Photobucket. I don't have that tool anymore because of a computer upgrade, but it looks like this Photobucket resizer will do it for me.
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