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Re: Story Photos & Etiquette (Please read)
« Reply #25 on: November 23, 2015, 09:32:00 PM »
Maybe the ones on your hard drive ARE PNG, but when you upload them to other sites they are automatically converting them to JPG in order to conserve disk space and bandwidth - it'd be bad for their business if all files were large, so unless someone specifically requests it they are going with the lower file size for those 2 reasons.

I honestly wish I could still operate our own gallery, it is just that my server actually doesn't have an awful lot of disk space and the gallery would push me to gradually need a higher priced one.

Maybe one day I'll make an images only server and let people do that again, but it depends on my own success with guides and having someone dedicated to moderating the images. I'd definitely give back to the community in that way, since Sims really kicked off my career.

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Re: Story Photos & Etiquette (Please read)
« Reply #26 on: November 23, 2015, 09:54:04 PM »
Carl, luv, you are already doing a LOT for us.  Don't sweat trying to do more.  Most of us, including myself, have a fine place for keeping our images.  Because I know I would use a lot of images, I actually buy the Mediafire professional thing annually.  It's worth it, especially with their new ap for sharing with android things.  The gallery was fabulous for me, especially when building UC, but really, it's more a matter of wanting an "easy button" and laziness.  No pressure, dude!  We appreciate what you do as is.

I'm going to check my Mediafire files and see what properties it shows there.  I don't need extra space being taken up on my pc either so it would be good to have all my pics jpgs. 
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Re: Story Photos & Etiquette (Please read)
« Reply #27 on: November 24, 2015, 12:53:07 PM »
@Carl if you ever did that and needed volunteers to moderate the images, I'm sure a ton of us would jump at the chance to give back to a site that has given us all so much (I know I would), so finding a PicTeam would never be that difficult to do :-D
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« Reply #28 on: November 24, 2015, 02:19:21 PM »
Maybe the ones on your hard drive ARE PNG, but when you upload them to other sites they are automatically converting them to JPG in order to conserve disk space and bandwidth.


I was thinking about this yesterday. It seems strange to me that photobucket doesn't do this. So I'm currently looking at other photo sharing/storage options. Hoping this will cut out the need for the third step.
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Re: Story Photos & Etiquette (Please read)
« Reply #29 on: November 24, 2015, 03:37:33 PM »
I use Photobucket, and mine are all JPGs. I copy the photos using the second link from the bottom "img".

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« Reply #30 on: November 24, 2015, 04:15:55 PM »
*Runs to check that out @KRae*

*edited: nope, must be a TS3 thing, mine are still png's and I use that img link too. It's cool. I can convert them easily enough using the program Carl suggested, I was just thinking about other ways to manage it all.  :) I've found that converted png's look a little darker and somewhat fuzzy but at the end of the day you can't really tell unless you're looking at a jpg and a png pic side by side.
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Re: Story Photos & Etiquette (Please read)
« Reply #31 on: November 24, 2015, 06:29:01 PM »
Mine are the same as Plays. But the funny thing is some are jpg but most are png. But I just did the convert program and will do that from now on.



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Re: Story Photos & Etiquette (Please read)
« Reply #32 on: November 24, 2015, 06:53:14 PM »
All my TS3 screenshots were .jpg, but when I started TS4, they became .png.
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Re: Story Photos & Etiquette (Please read)
« Reply #33 on: November 25, 2015, 05:55:42 PM »
All my TS3 screenshots were .jpg, but when I started TS4, they became .png.

I never checked my TS3 pics.  Didn't take all that long to convert all the screenies I had, even with going in and redoing the pics posted in one of my stories.  I'll catch up on the other some day, maybe, but for now as soon as I have a screenie folder full I just convert before I upload it to my Mediafire.  Can't remember what my fee is but I have a terrabite of storage for it so no worries about lack of room!
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Re: Story Photos & Etiquette (Please read)
« Reply #34 on: December 04, 2015, 12:04:20 AM »
I've recently started using imgur, due to frustration with photobucket.  Is there a way for me to upload as jpg, or will it only do png?  I really don't want to go back to photobucket if I don't have to.

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« Reply #35 on: December 04, 2015, 12:27:22 AM »
I've recently started using imgur, due to frustration with photobucket.  Is there a way for me to upload as jpg, or will it only do png?  I really don't want to go back to photobucket if I don't have to.

@sone: Imgur accepts every common image format for the web (png, jpg, gif, gifv, etc.). So if your pictures are saved to your computer as JPGs, then they'll stay that way on Imgur.
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Re: Story Photos & Etiquette (Please read)
« Reply #36 on: December 04, 2015, 12:36:07 AM »
@sone I don't use imgur, myself, but thinking of uploading/saving elsewhere, you generally have a 'save as' option or a file type option or something similar. If there is something like that in imgur, see if you can save/upload it as type .jpg rather than as type .png.

I had a quick look at the imgur help pages, but they didn't seem to give much assistance with regards to file types, however it does confirm that you can upload jpg files as well as png files. This article talks about editing images in imgur, maybe the save button there permits 'save as' as well. Note its comment that you can only do such edits on the desktop version, not the mobile or apps versions.

To be honest, I do editing work on my pictures in Microsoft Paint, which definitely does give the option of saving as .jpg, I then upload the images to my own website and take it from there.

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Re: Story Photos & Etiquette (Please read)
« Reply #37 on: December 12, 2015, 04:01:15 PM »
Thanks, I will definitely try to do this when I post for now on.
Edit: It seems Ifranview does not want to work on my Mac.
It seems that photo bucket saves them as jpg. I will just continue using that, please correct me if I'm wrong about the jpg. thing.

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« Reply #38 on: December 12, 2015, 04:37:07 PM »
@mpart

I searched on photo editors a couple weeks back and did find the one linked below that's for Mac.

PhotoScape -
http://www.photoscape.org/
http://x.photoscape.org/mac/

I don't use it, but figured it might be worth saying something about it, just in case you want to check it out.

I don't think Photobucket changes your file format for you. You have to edit the photo and then save it as a .jpg file then upload it to Photobucket.

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Re: Story Photos & Etiquette (Please read)
« Reply #39 on: December 12, 2015, 04:50:28 PM »
@mpart

I searched on photo editors a couple weeks back and did find the one linked below that's for Mac.

PhotoScape -
http://www.photoscape.org/
http://x.photoscape.org/mac/

I don't use it, but figured it might be worth saying something about it, just in case you want to check it out.

I don't think Photobucket changes your file format for you. You have to edit the photo and then save it as a .jpg file then upload it to Photobucket.

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Oh okay, thanks. it seems the files save as jpg when playing sims 3, but not when playing sims 4. Thank you Mrs.Flynn. :)

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« Reply #40 on: December 12, 2015, 04:57:48 PM »
@mpart

You are correct, Sims 3 saves photos in .jpg format and Sims 4 saves photos in .png format.
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Re: Story Photos & Etiquette (Please read)
« Reply #41 on: December 15, 2015, 10:32:10 PM »
Finally a solution to my many problems with posting pictures and stories! It's been bugging me for quite some time. A year now, in fact. It bothered me so much that my screenshots took a bit longer to load because of the sizes and the format, hence there have been fewer pictures uploaded. I had to stop with my storytelling for my main family coz I'm too embarrassed to post the large-file pictures. :( Though I still play them and kept my screenies. I personally don't have any problems regarding storing the pictures in my laptop, still have roughly 967GB of unused storage.

I did ask my ever "helpful" husband about a photo editor similar to one I had on my old laptop, and he was like "be careful what you download, ..viruses.. and blah blah". So he was no help after all.

It's so good of you to post this @Carl . Especially for the non-tech-savvy people like me.

Side Note: I've been using only the Microsoft Editor on my old laptop to resize pictures/pixels and it worked for me before. The files became smaller and easier to load. But this laptop I'm using now (with Window 8.1) doesn't have one. Is it not free? Or unavailable for this?

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Re: Story Photos & Etiquette (Please read)
« Reply #42 on: December 15, 2015, 11:36:09 PM »
Hi Indira,

There should be a program on your computer that's called Paint. Click the Start button and search for the word Paint in the search box. It's a free photo editor that comes with Windows.

There is something similar to paint, called Paint.net it's a free photo editor that is based on Paint. http://www.getpaint.net/index.html

I'm still learning how to use it. But it might be something worth looking into.

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Re: Story Photos & Etiquette (Please read)
« Reply #43 on: December 16, 2015, 01:34:14 AM »
Gaaahh!! How come I never knew this before? I'm worse than a noob.  ;D
Thanks @MrsFlynn , I knew there is Paint, but I didn't know there was a button needed to be clicked to get into the editing part. Upper right, there is an arrow icon beside the help(?) icon. I could see there is a resize and cropping tool there. Oh man! Those many months I refrained from posting pics much. And it's this easy and already available. **facepalm**

At least now I have two tools I can use for editing screenies. I just hope photobucket fixes itself soon. It's not working right at the moment. Might have to look for other hosts.

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Re: Story Photos & Etiquette (Please read)
« Reply #44 on: December 16, 2015, 01:44:32 AM »
I think a lot of people use imgur as opposed to photobucket due to the bandwidth limit on the free photobucket subscription. Maybe look in to that @Indira

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« Reply #45 on: December 16, 2015, 02:00:51 AM »
@Indira 

I posted this list last year, but updated it to include some photo editors. It also has a list of places that you can use to host your photos. :)

Photo Sharing, Blog Sites, Webhosting and Online Storage Link Suggestions
http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php/topic,19426.0.html

I haven't used imgur that much, but it seems to be pretty good photo hosting service.

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« Reply #46 on: December 17, 2015, 06:13:52 PM »
I just want to say that after several days of frustration, Photobucket seems to be functioning again.

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« Reply #47 on: December 20, 2015, 03:56:45 AM »
That is good news! Thanks @KRae .6

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« Reply #48 on: December 22, 2015, 08:58:03 AM »
I have been trying to figure out how to alter the files using my mac's photo preview. It seems I can convert photos from png. to jpeg, but not jpg. Are they perhaps the same thing? If not, is it okay to use jpeg files instead?

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« Reply #49 on: December 22, 2015, 10:39:43 AM »
I think they are the same @mpart

 

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