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Inserting and Resizing Images in InfoBarrel 2.0

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Some people are having problems inserting, resizing and formatting images in the new InfoBarrel editor. Part of the problem is because it works a little differently than the previous version of the InfoBarrel editor, and part of the problem is that currently image editing does not work right on some browsers. Here is the information you need to know to make images work the way you want in the new editor.

You can edit an existing article to insert an image that was not previously there, or you can resize and move an image that was previously in the article. Do this by choosing the article you need to edit. If you are creating a new article then go through the normal steps to get to the point where you are typing or pasting in your text for the new article. If this is an existing article then click on the Edit link at the top of the Text Element you need to alter. If this is a new article, then click on the Edit link to begin the new Text Element.

My preference is to do everything in one Element like in the old editor. I have not figured out what the advantage of using individual elements is. It introduces anomalies in the way the article is displayed--which might be fixed in the future with some code updates by the administrators. You will not need to create a new element just for your pictures. You can add them right into the Text Element along with your main article.

Up to the top right of the article editor is a box that says Available Media.

To insert a new image into the article, click on the Upload button. A dialog box will show up in which you can choose the image to be uploaded. Once the image is chosen give it a title using the Title box. You can also put in the name of the photographer in the Credit box. Then click the Upload button at the bottom of that dialog box (not to be confused with the Upload button you hit initially to start the process).

A new dialog box replaces the previous one which confirms that your image was uploaded. Now you are able to click the link to upload another image, or get ready to pull the image into your article.

The Shiny Bean in Chicago
Once you are done uploading all of your images, then you want to click the button that says Article in the Available Media box. In that area you will find the image or images you uploaded for the article. You could also choose the All button to pull in other images you previously uploaded. This makes it easy to reuse images from your other articles.

Now simply click on the image and drag it into place on your article. Depending on which browser you are using, this may or may not work like you expect. I am using Chrome and find that this now creates an image that takes up the whole editing box. If you are using another browser you may be able to grab the corner of the image and resize it the way you want.

To resize the image in Chrome you must first left click on the image and then right click it and choose Insert/edit image. This will bring up a dialog box where you can edit all the information about the image. For our purposes you want to choose the Appearance tab. You have a choice of setting the alignment of the image with the drop-down list, or you can align it after you resize it. If you do choose one of the alignment options, the box to the right will show how your image will be placed within the text around it. In the Dimensions boxes choose one of the dimensions and put in a size. These are sizes in pixels and I always type in a number in the width between 200 and 250 to start with (the picture of the Shiny Bean above has a width of 220 pixels). You can adjust those numbers up or down as you see fit.

Leave the Constrain proportions box checked. This will allow you to define width or height and have the other automatically adjust properly.

Select Update. You will get a dialog box saying that you should give the image a description. You really should. I don't always do it though. By giving the image a description Google will pick up on that text and show your image in image searches. Some people have reported significant portions of their AdSense income from their images.

If you did not choose your alignment option in the dialog box, you can choose it now by first left clicking the image and then right clicking it. This time choose Alignment and select the alignment option you want. If you resized the image by clicking and dragging on one of the corners, you can align it using these steps without having to go into the Insert/edit image dialog box.

Make sure you spend time in the Insert/edit image dialog box. You will see all the different information you can set about an image. The Title is used by screen readers for the visually impaired to tell them what the image contains. You can also set a URL to link the image to another page.

Here are some of my thoughts on images. I almost always align them to the right. It makes it easier to read. I always move the image to the start of a paragraph. If the image was inside a paragraph and you moved it, you may have a break in your pargraph text. Insert your cursor where needed and remove the artificial carriage return.

If you want to make your image a link to the resource page, or use it as one of your external links, that is possible too. Left click on the image and then right click on it. This will give you the context menu. Choose Insert/edit link. Then you can type or paste in the URL of the place you want the link to go. For example, I made the Shiny Bean picture link to the media resource page for the image. The easiest way to do that is to publish the article and then click on the picture at the bottom of the article. That is automatically linked to the media resource page. Copy the URL in your browser and then edit your article again to be able to make the image link to the resource page. This did not work for me in Chrome, but works fine in Firefox. Follow all the normal link building tips you would for regular links.

I was careful in the text to tell you to left click the pictures before right clicking them. If you do not then you will be adjusting the properties of the text and not the picture you are working with.

Any other questions? Post them in the comments below and I will work to update this article if it is general in nature or answer the question in the comments if it is more specific.



Mar 3, 2011 8:52pm
Dpeach, you are so wonderful by writing this. I tried and tried and could not work it out. Now it is so simple I cannot understand how I missed it. I was just trying to drag and drop from the picture insertion not thinking about doing from the text part. thanks so much for your help.
Mar 3, 2011 9:40pm
You are welcome! Glad I could explain it so you understand it. If I could write articles like this all the time and make money then I would be set.
Mar 3, 2011 9:51pm
Great article, and it will be so helpful for many InfoBarrel writers ... perhaps for years!
Mar 4, 2011 6:03pm
Of course the editor may change in the future. I just have to remember to update the article if that happens. Hope it can be a help to many.
Mar 4, 2011 4:36am
Returning to IB after a short absence things had changed and I couldn't get an image to insert to my latest article. This information helped me fix the issue. Many thanks dpeach for this great explanation.
Mar 4, 2011 6:04pm
You are welcome! Glad it was a help.
Mar 4, 2011 2:31pm
Thanks from me too. You have been a great help.
Mar 4, 2011 6:04pm
Thank you for reading and saying so.
Mar 12, 2011 9:42am
This article helped a lot, do you have one to explain an easy easy way to do internal links? What I've read so far is confusing, I'm a show and tell kind of learner and you seem to do that kind of teaching well. Thanks.
Mar 12, 2011 10:57am
No, I don't have one, but I can whip one up.
Mar 12, 2011 7:57pm
Thank you so much....will try this exact method next time. Right now am copy & pasting my photo from the UPLOAD AVAILABLE MEDIA. Appreicate it!
Mar 14, 2011 10:47pm
I hope this helps you become more efficient in your article writing. Thank you for the continually good suggestions for article topics.
Mar 20, 2011 10:35am
If I may be bold: the image file name in this article is 42609.jpg. It really should be called "Chicago-Shiny-Bean.jpg". This gives more keywords in the article that don't count towards the keyword density. Good editor tips. I hadn't thought about using other browsers because Firefox works so well for me.
Mar 20, 2011 11:59am
You are right! Renaming the image with your keyword is a good idea. It also helps the image be found in Google Image searches which could bring traffic back to the article.
Mar 26, 2011 2:35am
dpeach, thanks so much for writing this article. I've already edited some of my articles with pics with these instructions. Thank you!!!
Mar 26, 2011 6:16pm
Glad it could help!
Mar 29, 2011 12:13pm
Hello dpeach,
Excellent work. I'm sure many members will appreciate this article. It took me weeks to figure out how to add images.
You second paragraph has a typo in it. The first sentence ends with the word artice. Your missing the l. I'll see you in the forum friend.
Mar 29, 2011 3:46pm
Thanks, will make the change. I appreciate you pointing it out and I am glad the article is a help.
Mar 29, 2011 4:32pm
This is helpful, with some new info for me. Thanks.
May 19, 2011 9:54pm
Glad to see it helps seasoned writers as well as new writers at IB.
Apr 12, 2011 1:34pm
Answered my question. Thanks for the helpful post
Apr 12, 2011 5:21pm
Great! I am glad it is still helping people get their pictures loaded.
Apr 25, 2011 4:06pm
thanks for this valuable info, you would think it would be easier...
May 16, 2011 10:15pm
Yes, it probably should be easier, but at least we can make it work. Thanks for the comment!
May 14, 2011 10:30pm
depeach, this is great! Thank you for taking time to help so many of us with this problem. I have printed your instructions and will keep them handy for my next article.

Thank you!
May 16, 2011 10:16pm
Great! I am glad it helps. I know I was glad for any kind of step-by-step tutorial when I got started with IB.
May 18, 2011 5:29am
Thanks for this article. I was not getting anywhere with the stand-alone image module. But I have got it done with what you have suggested. Thanks a lot. I was beginning to think if I'll take so much time to publish a single article, when am I really going to make headway?

Thanks to you, I am making headway now.
May 18, 2011 8:28am
Great! I am glad it help I saw your forum post about having problems with images. I assume it is all taken care of now. If you have further questions, then let us know if the forum and I will try to help.
May 24, 2011 8:56pm
This is SO helpful and 100% what I was looking for. Thank you!
May 24, 2011 9:38pm
Thanks 2kids1cat. I saw your question in the forum about how to make a picture into a link. I will look at adding that information to this article. Check back in a day or two to see the added info.
May 26, 2011 4:39am
The Bean - Anish Kapoor I think. We had an amazing show of his sculptures in London not long ago.

Dpeach - thanks for this article. Your instructions are easy to follow. Something I've discovered - if I use Mozilla the screen doesn't show the upload button at the bottom of the screen. I've reverted to Internet Explorer and the layout is much better.
May 26, 2011 7:56am
I am glad it helps. However, I am disappointed that your Mozilla browser isn't working properly. I assume it is the Firefox browser (do they even still offer the other one?). Anything that makes a person revert to IE is a bad thing in my opinion.

Yes, Anish Kapoor is the artist.
May 27, 2011 7:16pm
I'm new to Infobarrel and appreciate the help. I guess the saying holds true in this case. A picture is worth a thousand words.
May 27, 2011 10:43pm
I hope this article and some of my other articles will help you get going well with InfoBarrel. Thanks for the comment!
May 31, 2011 7:54pm
This was EXACTLY what I needed! Thank you so much- you have no idea how much time you just saved me on future articles!
Jun 2, 2011 9:14am
Great! I am glad people are finding this information helpful. I like explaining things. So when I see people having the same problem over and over I try to give them a little help in understanding it.
Jun 6, 2011 12:09am
Hi dpeach,
Your article has clarified some things but I still have questions. I see my pics in the available media but they do not show up in the preview. I thought I had placed them in the image boxes but I'm not sure now. This interface sure doesn't seem user friendly. Any advice would be helpful.
Jun 6, 2011 10:37am
When you say "in the preview" do you mean in your article body? Did you drag the image from the Available Media box into the article?

Jump into the forum here and give us details of what the problem is. I, or someone else, can help there. I do know that there were reports over the weekend that some people were having trouble inserting images into their articles. It seems like it was a temporary glitch.
Jun 6, 2011 11:14pm
Ok, it seems to be working now. I was able to drag the photos from the text boxes as you suggested. I guess it was a glitch of some sort. The image boxes don't seem to work at all though, but I'm happy doing it through the text box. Thanks!
Jun 6, 2011 11:18pm
My recommendation is to do everything through one Text Element if you can. Though that doesn't work with videos. You have to insert those as their own element.

I am glad it is working for you.
Jun 13, 2011 5:43pm
thanks again and another 'thumbs up'. I'm printing this for future reference. Too much for an old man to retain all at once...
Jun 13, 2011 6:18pm
It is a lot to learn, but little by little you will get it.
Jun 14, 2011 7:05pm
Very helpful and informative - thank you. I was struggling with this while writing my first article. I never even noticed the "Available Media" box. After reading your article I went back there and still could not see it. Since I knew it had to be there I looked more closely. Turns out it was hiding behind the "Add Element" and "Article Stats" boxes and I could not get to it. I tried another computer and there it was. Turns out that the first computer still had IE7 and did not display the page correctly. Moral - don't be a fossil like me waiting until the last possible moment to upgrade - keep up with the times.
Jul 21, 2011 9:04pm
One of the other writers on IB has complained about the Available Media being hidden behind a box. I think you solved the mystery. It is there, just hidden.

Thanks for the comment.
Aug 1, 2011 12:39pm
Thank you dpeach! I followed all your instructions. I'm very excited for my first article here. The tips in FAQ in this site's tabs has dead link for the video. Glad to have found your lesson.
Sep 23, 2011 11:38pm
Very helpful. I am bookmarking this for easy reference. Will probably be sending you a question or two.
Oct 17, 2011 9:20pm
This was great, dpeach!
Dec 15, 2011 11:46am
Glad it helps.
Dec 15, 2011 4:08am
Thanks dpeach this is going to help a ton!
Dec 15, 2011 11:47am
Things have changed a bit since the IB 1.x days.
Dec 15, 2011 10:59am
I've been reading articles about adding pics to my own articles all day and finally think I know hot to do everything that I want to do with pictures. I'm so relieved! :)
Dec 15, 2011 11:48am
That is great. It really isn't difficult once you know the tricks.
Dec 18, 2011 4:15am
Thank you so much for this easy-to-follow guide. Everything I needed to know in simple, clear English. Great stuff.
Feb 24, 2012 11:08am
i finally understand and can do this. thanks so much!
Feb 24, 2012 11:08am
i finally understand and can do this. thanks so much!
Feb 24, 2012 11:11am
AAAAAAAAAh - thought I'd cracked it but have managed to lose all my text...
Mar 1, 2012 11:07am
Sorry about that Andrewagreen. In the process of writing articles, I have learned to write as much as I can in a word processor so that I can at least go back to a certain point if the Internet conspires against me.
Feb 29, 2012 9:27pm
On my laptop I could not see the Available Media box in Chrome, so I used IE on my desktop for my first article. Now I am trying my second article and cannot see the Available Media box. It is frustrating, since the picture looks terrible using a separate element!
Mar 1, 2012 11:08am
Sometimes Chrome (and almost always IE) are problematic on the IB platform. Firefox is probably the best option for IB. I have moved to using Chrome on everything, but I keep Firefox handy in case something isn't working right for me. And that usually happens here at IB.
Mar 1, 2012 1:26pm
Hi - thanks for support and feedback. Think I really am ok now thanks.
Sep 11, 2012 3:59pm
Great article, with a wealth of information I really needed!!
Oct 9, 2012 2:53pm
Still a great article a year and a half later! Thank you!
May 30, 2013 5:28pm
Fantastic thank you!!!!
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