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Sharing Photos on the Forum
« on: January 30, 2015, 08:12:54 PM »
✽Updated: Apr. 2022✽

This is some information about sharing photos on our forum.

Index of Links

- Attach and Insert Photos Into Forum Posts
- HighSlide Image Mod - What It Is & How to Use it
- Using Imgur
- Using Flickr
- Using Photobucket
- Preferred Photo Size and Format to Share with Forum

- Online Tool to Resize & Edit Photos (

- Screenshots Reminder: Only Use JPEG Format [PNG Format Vs. JPG Format]

Links to Some How-Tos:

How To: Use IrfanView Batch Conversion and Resize Images

Resize Images with Irfanview

How To: Edit Photos - Basics using Windows Paint

How to Use Microsoft Paint in Windows

Resize an Image in Microsoft Paint

How to Edit Photos on Mac Using Photos

Preferred Photo Size and Format to Share with Forum:

The preferred size for the Forum is no more than 800 width in .jpg or .jpeg format. Limit images to no more than 25 per post, regardless if you are using links from an image hosting company or the forum's attachment system.

Jpg files are more web friendly for those with limited or bad internet, it helps with bandwidth and prevents overwhelming the forum's display engine as well as other forum resources.

The forum loads the photos per thread, so for example if you view a thread with a lot of photos and pages, using 800 width jpeg-format images places less of a burden on our forum.

If you upload the photos to the forum using the attachment feature, images will be down-sized to 800x450. See the link below for more details.

Jpg or .jpeg format is overall a smaller format than .png. Plus .jpg or .jpeg files are much kinder to mobile or limited internet users and is easier to share via the web. See image for file size comparison. This is an image from Sims 4 in png format then converted to .jpg.

Click image to see larger view:

Smaller files save bandwidth, disk space, forum resources, and helps the forum load more smoothly and faster for everyone.

By default Sims 4 screenshots are .png and Sims 3 photos are saved as .jpg. Read more about this and why we prefer photos be shared in .jpg the post linked below:

Image hosting sites do not change your image file format for you. You have to edit the photos and then save them as a .jpg or .jpeg and then upload them to a photo hosting site of your choice. You can use IrfanView to convert your .png files to .jpg or .jpeg files.

  ✽ Issues: Problem Changing Image Format.
If having problems changing the image format from .png to .jpg please take them into Paint, for example and resave the images as .jpg and reupload them and getting the .jpg image link again. -- Need help using Paint, see this how-to.

-- Download IrfanView
-- wikiHow to Convert Pictures To Jpeg

If you want the image bbcode, click the Insert Image button [Button with image in a frame] in the Editor menu above the message box. Add the image link in between the image tags, as shown below.

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