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These instructions are strictly for using Photobucket, a free Internet image hosting service.  Other image hosting services are probably very similar in the way they work.

  • Capture the screenshot in-game using the camera button (or the "C" key).
  • The screenshots will be on your computer under:
    • C:\Users\*Your User Name*\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Screenshots in Windows Vista
    • C:\Documents and Settings\*Your User Name*\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Screenshots in Windows XP
    • C:\Users\*Your Name*\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Screenshots in Windows 7
    • Users > *Your User Name* > Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 3 > Screenshots (for Mac OS X)
  • Go to http://photobucket.com and create an account if you don't already have one.
  • To upload the screenshot, hit the upload button at the top of the page.  Make sure to double check the location the files are being uploaded to.  Photobucket always defaults back to your Library instead of the last album used.

  • Click on the newly uploaded image when it is done to view it.

  • Click on the box labeled IMG code to automatically copy the photo URL.  This code will include everything you need to post a picture on the forums including the image tags.

  • Now...  go to the forum post and put the cursor where you want your image to show up.  Paste the code in that spot. (Control + V)
  • Click Preview to make sure everything looks good, then click Post.
  • Done!!




Alternative ways to get links (useful for loading multiple images):
  • Before you upload, turn on Easy Linking mode by using Photobucket's instructions here.
  • Now click on the upload button at the top of the screen to upload your screenshots.
  • Once you have uploaded the images - click the "View Library/Album Name* button.
  • When viewing your library you should see a list of links under each picture.   Click on the box next to IMG code and hit Ctrl+A then copy the link (Ctrl+C).

  • Paste the image codes into the forum post where you wanted pictures. Preview for problems and Post when ready.
Due to the recent upgrade to photobucket, at the time of this writing, the ability to auto copy with a single click is not available for easy links.   They've said that it is a work in progress and hopefully will be available in the future.





Resizing your photos using Photobucket
There are hree ways to resize your photos with Photobucket.  One way is to set it up so every photo uploaded is made into the same size. The second way is so that you change it per upload session. The last way is to manually change just the ones you want changed.

  • First Way: Go into your User Settings by clicking on your name at the top and selecting it from the drop down menu.
  • Choose the Albums tab under settings.
  • Click on the link under "Upload Options".
  • Choose the 800 x 600 for forum standard. Now all uploaded pictures will be auto resized to 800 x 600.
  • Second Way: Go to the upload page right before you upload pictures to use.
  • Choose the 800 x 600 option for forum pictures.
  • Upload like you always do.   Then when you go to upload something for home, school or eBay - you can change it back to another setting that suits you best.

  • Third Way: Click on the photo you wish to resize from your Library/Album page.
  • Choose the Edit button above the photo.

  • Choose the resize button at the top above your picture.

  • Forum standard size is 800 x 600 so that's what all of your pictures should be when posted. If using these exact dimensions warps the picture, just try to get the width of 800 and let the editing tool choose the correct height.
  • Make any other edits you need to make and then hit the save button.   This will automatically return you back to the image's page where the links are available to right.
  • Follow the instructions further above for posting the image into a forum post.


As always, let us know if you have questions or problems!

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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2009, 06:54:36 PM »
just a test pic...



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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2009, 06:56:25 PM »
Looks good.  But what is that gnome doing?
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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2009, 06:58:10 PM »
 :D He's floating in the air!  :o

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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2009, 07:38:46 PM »
Are there any size restrictions?

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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2009, 11:52:08 PM »
Are there any size restrictions?

We ask that you resize your images to 640 x 480, which is the best size to use in a forum such as this.  You can do this within the image tool link that's on every post you make.

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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2010, 04:52:03 AM »
Test







I followed the guide but don't know where i went wrong? I uploaded it did the share upload to website thing then copied the thumbnail code pasted it and put inset image! I don't what i did wrong.
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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2010, 05:28:33 AM »
I've never tried following this guide actually. Here's what I do:

After uploading the image to Photobucket, first resize to Large(640x480) if it's too big.
Then simply copy the "IMG code" and paste that to your post; no need to use the Insert Image button.

Done.



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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2010, 06:25:40 AM »
My Pics don't show up Why? this is the code i used without the img things

<a href="http://s838.photobucket.com/albums/zz303/Samoht04/?action=view&current=Screenshot-9.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz303/Samoht04/th_Screenshot-9.jpg" border="0" alt="Adam Snappers" ></a>

Is it the code - the pic was resized
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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2010, 06:48:37 AM »
Here's your picture:




Skip the whole "Post to website" business, I don't know what that's all about. Start all over in Photobucket.

Just click on your pic in photobucket; I opened it by clicking on the first link in your post. To the left is says "Share this image". Copy the code called "IMG Code" and just paste that in your post.


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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2010, 07:02:56 AM »
this is the code i used without the img things

The image tags are required as part of the code for the picture to show up.

There are technically two ways to post images to the forum.  One us using Photobucket and pasting the image code.  The other is to use the "Add image to post" link located below all the smilies when you're typing your post.  This second one was really great until it started automatically putting thumbnails instead of full size images.  I've gone back to using Photobucket myself.
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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2010, 07:06:30 AM »
I think I'm going to go the Photobucket route myself. Those tiny photos from "Add Image..." stink.

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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2010, 02:05:06 PM »
this is the code i used without the img things

The image tags are required as part of the code for the picture to show up.


I left them out so that the code would show up because i tried before but it wouldn't show the code.

Thanks i think i understand now!



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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2010, 06:51:15 PM »
I updated the original post because the steps for Photobucket have changed since it was first posted.  Sorry for the trouble!
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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2010, 07:13:45 AM »
If the first listing for the chain of where to find screenshots in the top post is supposed to be Mac OS X, then the name should be changed as well as removing the C:

I'd do it, but I want to make sure that's the case.

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« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2010, 08:31:37 AM »
If the first listing for the chain of where to find screenshots in the top post is supposed to be Mac OS X, then the name should be changed as well as removing the C:

I'd do it, but I want to make sure that's the case.

This one where it says Windows Vista?

  • C:\Users\*Your User Name*\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Screenshots in Windows Vista

No that's for Windows Vista, heh. And I can confirm it's the same for Windows 7.

Maybe just add the one for Mac, Metro? Or PM it to Pam.

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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2010, 08:47:10 AM »
No that's for Windows Vista, heh. And I can confirm it's the same for Windows 7.

Maybe just add the one for Mac, Metro? Or PM it to Pam.

It's pretty much the same path for OS X but there's no C:

Users > *Your User Name* > Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 3 > Screenshots (for Mac OS X)

I'll make the edit.


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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2010, 12:30:47 PM »

  • C:\Users\*Your User Name*\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Screenshots in Windows Vista

No that's for Windows Vista, heh. And I can confirm it's the same for Windows 7.

Maybe just add the one for Mac, Metro? Or PM it to Pam.

Your right about windows 7 - C:\Users\Thomas\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Screenshots
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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2010, 08:15:41 AM »
I can't find where to resize the image to 640 x 480. I thought I did, but that was just zooming in.

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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2010, 09:00:48 AM »
Testing from Photobucket ... original source Mac O X.  I resized before uploading to Photobucket, and then copy/paste the Img code.


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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #20 on: May 03, 2010, 04:37:42 PM »



Testing new photobucket account.
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« Reply #21 on: May 03, 2010, 04:38:49 PM »
yayyyyy, oh yes, much better than the thumbnails, thanks all.  What a big difference, ah oh, now will be posting more pictures, lol
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Re: Instructions for Posting and Using Images on This Forum
« Reply #22 on: May 04, 2010, 09:22:34 AM »
How come my picture shows up in preview and when I go back in the forum and now it says pic has been moved or deleted? I copied and pasted too.
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« Reply #23 on: May 04, 2010, 09:23:36 AM »
How come my picture shows up in preview and when I go back in the forum and now it says pic has been moved or deleted? I copied and pasted too.

Possibly not saved in Photobucket?

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« Reply #24 on: May 04, 2010, 09:52:00 AM »
I just went back to photobucket and the pic is there, so obviously I saved it,  darn, thought I had fix those stupid thumbnails. :'(
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