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...get BIGGER pictures on Blogger!
This is a lot of blah-blah-blah on my part and it may seem complicated, but I promise if you take it step by step it's quite easy.
The process involves a couple of html steps in the initial set up, but these steps are a one-time deal that truly simplify the photo upload in the long-run. If you get stuck, please just give a holler in comments here; I'm more than happy to try & help you out! :O)
Normally, Blogger will only allow you upload
this size of photo as the maximum:
the standard setting in Blogger makes the maximum
image size 400 pixels wide
You can adjust things to make your photos go as large as you like--with some tweaks. The photo above is the 484 x 500 Flickr version. It's not only the easiest to achieve, it's also large enough to show more detail, but hopefully not swamping your computer screen & overwhelming you. However, this tutorial tells you how to get lots more sizes...
photos from Flickr resulting in photos in this size range:
1) 484 x 500 (This is the standard size created by the html offered on Flickr--under "share this>grab html" from the main Flickr page.)
2) Flickr will let you choose any of these size options by clicking "all sizes" in the icons above your flickr photo (This takes a photo upload & quick paste of html): Square (75 x 75), Thumbnail (100 x 100), Small (240 x 239), Medium (500 x 499), Large (1024 x 1021)
3) You can use the Large option to make your photo size customizable down to the pixel! (This takes a photo upload, quick paste of html from the large format (1024 x 102), & resizing it smaller in the click & drag Blogger "Compose" mode.)
--Nice big photos for more detail viewing at a glance
--This method of photo upload has the additional benefit of not using up as much of your allotted photo space in Blogger (which can end up costing you $20.00 odd dollars yearly--trust me, I know!) ;o)
--It also has the advantage of building you up a nice Flickr gallery-where you can see all your work in one spot.
--Photos are not clickable to enlarge (unless the reader wants to click on "all sizes" to see a larger version. They are hosted by Flickr instead of blogger. My solution to this, (so far) since I have long tutorials & like to have a photo of the finished project at the end of them... is to include a second clickable version of the photo at the bottom of the tutorial.
--It takes a little longer to upload photos this way & may involve html changes.
--You only get 100MB of space (not sure how long this takes to use up--it wouldn't take too too many photos, is my guess... and I bet I could do it! LOL)
If you're not comfortable changing your html, or you like the size of your blogger template wrappers as they are--no worries: just skip step 1) and test out your existing template by following these parts: (1) the hack to make blogger take the larger pics & (2) how-to add photos to Flickr. Then, preview your post to see if it will accept larger photos at the width that it has already.)
Getting the larger photo above (hosted on Flickr but displaying
on your blog) involves these steps:
2) Apply a quick hack to make your blog accept larger photos
Part 2- hosting & adding photos to Blogger
3) Upload photos to Flickr
4) Copy the html in Flickr
5) Paste the html in the "Edit html" section while editing your blogger post
- Blogger blog (not sure how to do this for other blogs, sorry)
- The bravery to tackle your html (it's easy, honest. Just be sure to back it up--described in full below.)
Make sure your Blogger template (main & outer wrapper widths) are large enough to accept the bigger photos. (I have a full tutorial for that below--in how-to Part #3--if anyone is interested.)
This might seem difficult but it's actually easy, if you just follow step by step. However, your existing template may already be wide enough to accept the photo sizes you want. You can google the name of your template & wrapper pixel to find the width or follow the steps below (in how-to Part #3) to check out your html...
Step 2) Apply this hack to your html to make your template accept larger photos: http://www.bloggertricks.com/2009/06/hack-how-to-post-larger-hq-images-in.html
Follow step 1-- BUT skip the last step (step 2) altogether!!! There's no need to fuss with measurements, if you follow the other tutorial (that I've linked here in step 3 below)....
This hack is well worth the minimum work it takes to change your html, for the trouble it saves in the next step. Also, to save the hassle of finding the particular pieces of html code (and make this FAST) you can use "edit>find" in your browser tabs (described in full below using Mozilla Firefox as a browser.)
If you want you can make the number larger, instead of
56opxI made my skin accept 62
opx,since my template will accommodate that size:
A word on photo hosting: I found that Flickr has much better quality than photobucket for this application (but I'm a novice, so who knows?)
Image loading... can take longer when you add big photos, so perhaps you might want to limit the amount of them on your main blog page.
& then blog them:
available for free here: www.flickr.net/
Uploading via the Blogger photo box where you normally upload photos will NOT work if you want click & drag resizing and centering (at least I can't get it to); however, I prefer one of these two methods anyway: the super speedy copying & pasting of the photo straight off of Flickr (if you want left justified images)--or alternatively adding the html (described here) if you want to center them....
Step 1) Upload a full sized photo to Flickr
For instance, a photo that is 3953 x 3312 pixels (you can see this in the file properties & change it in photo editing software. (Flickr will automatically make more sizes for you & the html provided on the initial flicker page will give you the 484 x 500 px version that you see in the AFTER version of this post.)
Step 2) Go to your photo's Flickr page.
Step 3) Click the small icon above it, next to the magnifying glass that says "all sizes"
Select the the Large 1024 x 1021 option
Step 4) Use the html offered below that large photo (copy & paste into your blogger html in "Edit Html" mode (the tabs to the right above where you write your blog posts.)
Step 5) After pasting the photo html, switch to Compose mode
Step 6) Use the click & drag feature in Blogger to vary that size however you like:
A) Click on the photo in your Blogger post; small white squares will appear.
B) Click on & Drag one of the white squares to the center of the photo to make it smaller.
NOTE: Use the squares in the corner only or your photo dimensions will warp.)
Step 7) Easy centering: if you have added your photos to blogger by pasting them the code in the Edit Html Blogger mode (as described above), you can switch to the compose tab to view them & you can also center them (or left or right justify them instead) using the formatting you normally use to center text, just highlight them & hit.
An alternate choice for adding the photo to your blog: if you don't mind your photos left justified this is super speedy:
SPEEDY: Simply highlight & copy the photo straight out of it's main Flickr page, then paste it into your blog post (I like these hot keys: control C for copy & control V for paste.) If you're pasting like this, your photo will still be large & it will still be hosted on Flickr.
clicking takes you to its photo page.
love that you can click for larger photos & remain on blogger hosting, and that ability is complicated by hosting on flicker.
More detail on
...alter the your template wrapper widths
(3 wrappers in your Blogger Template)
You can change the width of your wrapper/sidebar in blogger (the area where you type your posts) (Making it larger in px pixels):
I altered my html so that it looked like this:
to alter my Blogger template
The 1st measurement (width 940px) is the "outer-wrapper" It's the area of your blog template design that holds both the width of the post you write & that of your sidebar(s)
The 2nd measurement (width 630px) is the "main-wrapper" It's the area of your blog template design that holds just the width of the post you write.
The 3rd measurement (width 280px) is the "sidebar-wrapper" It's the area of your blog template design that holds just the width of your sidebar.
You may also want to change your header-wrapper to make a larger header possible.
Please NOTE: Measurement #1 (for the outter-wrapper) should fit both measurements #2 & #3 in it or your sidebar can disappear on you.) For example: my side-bar (measuring 630px) & my main-wrapper (measuring 280px) add up to 910 so they fit in the 940 of my outer-wrapper with room to spare (which makes a nice margin or "padding.")
To check your html and find (or change) the exact width of your SIDEBAR:
Step 1) Find the html section of your blog.
A) To get into your html, login to your blog, click on "customize" then click "layout" (or click on "dashboard" then "layout") [If you see "template" in your dashboard instead of layout you're have an old blogger style and may want to update]
B) Under the layout tab, choose the section "Edit html"
Step 2) Back up your html! Before you change any of your html, it's wise to back it up. You'll see this text:
"Before editing your template, you may want to save a copy of it. Download Full Template"
It's a GOOD idea to click the Download Full Template link; then, you can play around but you'll have a saved version if anything goes wrong. :O)
You'll find your wrapper sizes under the section entitled...
To find the html easily, you can use the tabs in your browser window (my browser is Firefox so I use Edit>Find) and type in "wrapper" Click next until you recognize the section. :O)
I'll use the sidebar as an example...
("red quotes are not part of the html.)
I just changed 220 pixels to 280 pixels:
You can change that "width" number to resize your sidebar to any size you want (as long as it fits in your outer wrapper & on the average screen.
You can preview the changes before you commit the html by saving it. (Hit the "save template" button and the changes should show up on your blog--you may need to hit "refresh" to see them.)
Hope this all makes sense; I've been a little out of it with being so sick lately, but I hope you can follow this to get bigger photos if you want them!
Please don't hesitate to let me know where I make no sense! LOL :o)
Edited to add: P.S. The lovely Dawn asked about header width. Here's my take on it:
For the header size, you can just increase the pixels to make it a teensy bit smaller than your outer wrapper measurement. That should look lovely, but you can always alter it up or down in size & preview until you're happy. You'll want to be sure that you uncheck the shrink to fit button when you upload your new header, so it doesn't automatically fit it to the old standard size of your template. :o)