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Photo Sharing: Posting a Link to Your Photo

September 5, 2007 by debbie T | Digital PhotographyFlickrPicasa 2

So you found the perfect Photo Sharing site, and now you want to post your photos on a blog, in a forum message, or on another web site. Most photo sharing sites make it very easy.

This tutorial will show you how it’s done using Flickr, Picasa Web, and WebShots. If you are using a different photo sharing site, the instructions will probably be very similar. Just take a peek around that site’s interface.

When posting an image to a discussion forum, keep in mind:

When posting to your blog, similar rules apply:

Posting a Photo from Your Flickr Account

Once you have a photo uploaded to flickr.com, click on the photo thumbnail on your main photo page. This page displays a medium sized version of your photo, along with your photostream, sets, group pools, tags, and other information.

Click the link for “All Sizes” located above the photo (See screen shot.) This page will display links for all available sizes:

at flickr, click the link for all sizes

Choose the size of your photo. Small or medium are good choices.

choose a photo size

Once your photo size is chosen, flickr creates the appropriate html coding for you to copy and paste. (See screen shot below)

If you want to post an actual photo, copy the html coding from the first box. If you want to post a text link to your photo, copy the html coding from the second box. For the majority of situations, you will want the html code from the first box, but if a discussion forum does not allow images, then you will need to copy and paste from the second box to insert a text link.

flickr will create the html code

How to Copy and Paste: Click & drag to highlight the html coding, and from your browser menu, choose Edit>Copy. This sends the html coding to your clipboard. It is ready to paste in a forum post or your blog. Click Edit>Paste.

Here is an example; The small version of my froggie photo is also a link to my flickr account.

Another found frog

Posting a Photo From Picasa Web Albums

Once you have photos uploaded to Picasa Web Albums, click on an album thumbnail on your main photo page, then click on a specific photo. This page displays a large sized version of your photo, along with other image information.

To the right of the photo, click the little arrow next to “Link to this Photo” and Picasa Web will create the html coding for you to copy and paste. Choose a photo size in the “Select Size” pull down menu (see screen shot.)

picasa web albums - link to this photo

If you want to post a text link to your photo, copy the html coding from the first box. If a discussion forum does not allow images, then a text link is a good solution.

If you want to post an actual photo, copy the html coding from the second box.

There is also an option to show a link to the album, but this creates complex html (using a table), which probably will not be allowed on a discussion forum. To keep it simple, leave that box unchecked.

How to Copy and Paste: Click & drag to highlight the html coding, and from your browser menu, choose Edit>Copy. This sends the html coding to your clipboard. It is ready to paste in a forum post or your blog. Click Edit>Paste.

Here is an example; the small version of my woodchucks photo is also a link to my Picasa Web account.

little woodchucks

Posting a Photo from Webshots

Once you have uploaded photos to Webshots, click on an album, then click on a single photo thumbnail. The page displays your large sized image, along with all sorts of information and option links.

Click on “Link to It” from the menu on the right. (See screen shot)

choose link to it from the webshots menu

On the page that now appears, choose a photo size. 200 (small) or 400 (medium) pixels are good choices. After a size is selected, Webshots will create the html coding for you to copy and paste. (See screen shot)

webshots will create the html code

If you want to post an actual photo, copy the html coding from the first box.

If you want to post a text link to your photo, copy the html coding from the second box. If a discussion forum does not allow images, then a text link is a good solution.

There is also code specifically for forums called BB Code. This is a nice option if the forum allows images, but does not allow html coding. The special [url] and [img] BB tags are an alternative to html.

How to Copy and Paste: Click & drag to highlight the html coding, and from your browser menu, choose Edit>Copy. This sends the html coding to your clipboard. It is ready to paste in a forum post or your blog. Click Edit>Paste.

I hope this tutorial was helpful! Have fun sharing your photos!

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  1. Hi people… 🙂

    Comment by Moniboniz on February 20th, 2009
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    Comment by marthafines on December 25th, 2009