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Community Tips: Adding Photos to Blogs or Discussions

By Ginny Butsch posted Apr 21, 2014 3:32 PM

Adding photos to a discussion post or blog entry can help you sell or rent a costume, illustrate a point, or simply create some visual interest. There are two ways to add photos in the Community and this post will cover both. This is also how you can embed screenshots, graphs, clip art, etc.

My preferred way to add a photo is to use the “Image Manager” tool. It embeds your photo right into a post or blog and doesn’t require anyone to open or download an attachment. To use Image Manager, you will need to have a new blog entry or post open. Type any text you have, find the location where you want to insert a picture and find the button on the toolbar that looks like this:


A pop-up window will appear. Select “upload” to retrieve a picture saved to your computer.


Choose “Select” to view the files on your computer and choose one picture to add at a time.

If you need to add more than three photos, click on the "Add" button to allow you to add more. When finished, click "Upload."

After it uploads, your picture will appear. Select "Insert" to add it into your blog or post (I'm using a Puffin picture I found on Your Shot by Kate Ali.)

Depending on the size of the picture you are using, it may appear too large to fit into your post. Scale it down by grabbing the corner and dragging it towards the center of the picture until it becomes the size you need.

If you are a little more familiar with resizing digital photos, you can also right click on the photo, select "properties" and enter exact dimensions:

When your picture is perfectly sized, post away!


The other way to add a photo is by attaching it to your message. It's a little easier, but requires others to download your picture in order to see it. You will also be creating a new Community Library entry with anything you attach. This method will only work for discussion posts, not blogs.

Open a message, type in your response and click on the "attach" button underneath the reply window:

An "Attach File" window will open, select "choose" to find the file on your computer.

Then click on "upload."

This next step is a little tricky. Use the scroll bar on the right of the window to scroll down until you see the "Next" button and click it:

Give it a title and a description and click "Finish."

Your attachment will now show as a file on your message and as an entry in the Community library.

As always, don't hesitate to contact me if you need further assistance with these tasks or have any other questions. You can reach me through the Community or by email at

Did you miss my other "Community Tips" blogs? If you want to know more about Searching Community Content, Writing a Blog, or Participating in Discussions, be sure to check them out. If you have ideas for more Community Tips, let me know!

1 comment



Apr 28, 2014 9:41 PM

Love the image!
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