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Getting a Correct Representation of the Color

Posted By WILLIAM MARYOTT, Sunday, March 6, 2011
Ever wonder why the pictures you see of daylilies don't look like they do in your garden?   Many time it's because the submitter relies too much on the camera to "decide" what color the flower is.   There are many folks very hesitant to play with the colors because it is so easy to make them look unnatural.

The composite show here will demonstrate that very slight variations in color make very large variations in what the flower will look like.   My recommendation is to find a good program to modity picture colors. (I use Adobe Photoshop)  Then hold the actual flower in front of the monitor and adjust the color to best match the actual flower.   Recognize this will never be perfect.  We must deal with light exposure, monitor resolution and color settings, and many other variables.   With a little bit of care one can usually adjust a picture to represent rather closely what the flower really looks like.

Tags:  color/color adjustment 

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Comparison of Image Sizes and the 250K Size Limit

Posted By MICHAEL BOUMAN, Friday, March 4, 2011
Updated: Saturday, March 5, 2011
This post is a demo of various image sizes and a discussion of the 250K limit on attached or inserted images here.  I use the word "limit" advisedly.  In my experience, you will never need to insert or attach an image that bulky, even if you want to fill the computer monitor. If you want to show good manners in posting pictures, you can do so by keeping their bulk under 150K.

I'm pitching this post at novice users of digital camers and digital photo editing.

The number of pixels determines the size of an image

The width and height of a digital image is expressed in pixels, the small particles of color that add up to what you see.  To reduce the size of an image file, you have to reduce the number of pixels.  You can do this by cropping the image and/or by saving the image at a smaller dimension in pixels.

We've set a limit of 250K on the bulk of attached or inserted images.  As you will see in this demo, you can share quite a large image and still be within the 250K limit.

Image Sharpness in Print vs Computer Monitor

A modern digital camera is designed to let you take publication-quality pictures with a huge area and hundreds of dots per inch.  The Eureka Guide is an example of a publication that requires big image files for obtaining sharpness at large dimensions.  The same image files that meet Eureka's needs are WAY too big for use on the internet.  So, it's good to learn about "resizing" your images.  On a computer monitor, the size of an image is directly related to the number of pixels.

Spoiling the Design of These Forum and Blog Pages

In the three-column design of these pages, the center column carries the content.  An image that is no wider than 552 pixels will fit nicely within the column.  Any larger picture that you upload into your personal Photo Gallery will be automatically downsized to 552 pixels.  You don't even have to think about it.

But...if you insert a widebody image from some other photo source, you'll spoil the look of the page for everyone.  The center column will expand for your wide photo, forcing the two outer columns "off the browser window."  A scroll bar will appear at the bottom of the browser window.  This change will affect every reader of the forum, which is why we all have to be aware of "good manners" when inserting images from a source outside this Portal.


At the bottom of this post, you'll see a thumbnail image of a picture I attached rather than inserted.  If you click on the thumbnail, you'll see the attached photo at full size.  In this case, full size is 790 pixels wide, with a bulk of only 47K.  It's a nice sharp picture, plenty large for showing off, and only a fifth of the maximum bulk for this site.

I uploaded the same picture into my photo gallery.  That process automatically changed the width of the picture to 552 pixels.  When I inserted it here, it matched up with the designed width of the column.  This picture is 75K in bulk.

I used Windows image resizer to provide a smaller photo.  Here is the smaller version.  The size is 461 x 480 pixels.  It's a very slim 22K in bulk.

Here is one that's 350 pixels wide.  It's 22K.


If you have a glorious image that you want to share, and its full glory is expressed with a large image, you should attach the image rather than insert it. You can attach an image 1,000 pixlels wide and still be well under our 250K limit for the size of attached images.

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Best Way to Add a Picture to a Post

Posted By MICHAEL BOUMAN, Friday, March 4, 2011
The best way to add a one of your pictures to a forum post is to upload it to your personal photo album and then copy its address into the Insert Picture dialogue box in the Editor.  This method works with all web browsers.  

Browser Differences
We recommend the Firefox web browser because in a few important ways it is more convenient than Internet Explorer, Safari, or Google Chrome.  Firefox works on both Windows and Macintosh computers.  The examples here show what you will see if using Firefox.

Here's an image I have inserted from my Photo Gallery.  (The software of our Membership Portal downsizes all images that are too big to fit into this center column of the page design.  You don't have to do anything about image size when uploading images to your Photo Gallery.)

The method is:  
  • Upload a picture into your personal photo gallery in the Membership Portal.
  • Navigate to your photo album and click on the picture you want to insert into a forum post.  That will expand the picture.
  • Place the cursor on the picture and right-click with your mouse. Click on Copy Image Location.

Now navigate to the forum where you want to insert this picture into your post. (You can follow this procedure when creating a new post, editing an existing post, or posting a reply to someone else's post.) 

At the point in the post where you want to insert the picture, click on the Insert tab above the Editing icons.  
Place the cursor in the SOURCE field and click control-V to paste the picture's address into the field. 

Then click insert and your picture is inserted into your post.

Click Submit to complete the process  

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Understanding the Portal

Posted By MIKE HOLMES, Monday, February 28, 2011

THE NEW AHS PORTAL, Narrated by Michael Bouman

This is a 15 mg powerpoint file you that you may download and view.

Click me to download 

Tags:  Portal Powerpoint presentation 


How to Add a Picture to a Blog or Forum Post

Posted By MICHAEL BOUMAN, Saturday, February 26, 2011
Updated: Saturday, March 5, 2011

This video demos Internet Explorer, which forces you to make more mouse moves and clicks to get the job done.  I have also demo'd this with the Firefox Browser.  Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome browsers all make this task really simple and direct.

--Michael Bouman

Tags:  images 

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Using Cam Studio to screen video record Tutorials

Posted By MIKE HOLMES, Monday, February 14, 2011

How to make Tutorials using Cam Studio

Tags:  Cam Studio Tutorial 

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Video from Powerpoint to MovieMaker

Posted By MIKE HOLMES, Monday, February 14, 2011

Convert your Powerpoint presentations with Movie Maker

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8 ways to convert PowerPoint into Video

Posted By MIKE HOLMES, Monday, February 14, 2011

This is an ebedded video from youtube on how to convert Powerpoint into video.

Tags:  powerpoint converter 

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Building A Mini Website

Posted By MIKE HOLMES, Sunday, January 30, 2011

A question asked, is can we bulid a mini website within our home profile page?

Yes, everyone has 10 custom pages. I did an example of what you can do. If you do a site search of Holmes, and go to Michael Holmes, then click "profile pages" located at the top, you'll see a dropdown that says 2011 Introductions. Click on it to see my custom profile page.

How to do:

Your profile page images come from your own photo gallery. So make an album in your gallery. You will need your photo's URL. To get the URL, after you've made your photo gallery, go to an image and expand it. Right click on the image and you will see the URL. Copy it. Go to your manage profile page and create a new page. Go to the editor at the bottom. Click Insert. Click the photo icon. Paste the copied URL into the"Source" line. Title the image. Click insert. Click back to the Home tab. Enter text or copy and paste from Word or another plain text editor.I copied the text from my personal website. The editor buttons operate like Microsoft Office.

You can hotlink your URL's but in a secured mode the images will not show.


Tags:  build a website 

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Adding Video from YouTube

Posted By MIKE HOLMES, Sunday, January 30, 2011

We are going to show you how to add a video

Tags:  Flash  Video  You tube  Youtube 

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