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Formatting images

Post by Vermonter » Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:27 pm

Someone asked me how to properly format images on TD games – an important point.

Many of you will find imgur easy to use for this purpose. After you've uploaded your image, you can alter the image url to resize it. (You can get the image url from right-clicking the photo and selecting "copy link address" or similar.)

For instance, from the page http://imgur.com/gallery/ZmcYXQK, I can manipulate the original .jpg file (http://i.imgur.com/ZmcYXQK.jpg) to get the following images:
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Large version: add 'l' to the url

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[img]http://i.imgur.com/ZmcYXQKl.jpg[/img]
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Medium version: add 'm' to the url

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[img]http://i.imgur.com/ZmcYXQKm.jpg[/img]
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Small version: add 's' to the url

I'm going to make the small version clickable, linking to the full-size image:

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[url=http://i.imgur.com/ZmcYXQK.jpg][img]http://i.imgur.com/ZmcYXQKs.jpg[/img][/url]
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When I use images, I put them all in a single file using GIMP (a Photoshop alternative) to ensure they are formatted and spaced the way I want them to appear. For example:
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Note: the image and its larger version are both hosted on The Final Wager, which I find easier for these purposes – but imgur is just as good.
Hope that helps!
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Re: Think Different best practices

Post by RandyG » Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:43 pm

All of what Vermonter just said. Imgur is so much easier to use and more straightforward as a picture repository than those other bloatwares that masquerade as repositories.
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Re: Formatting images

Post by dhkendall » Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:44 pm

Vermonter wrote: Small version: add 's' to the url

I'm going to make the small version clickable, linking to the full-size image:

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[url=http://i.imgur.com/ZmcYXQK.jpg][img]http://i.imgur.com/ZmcYXQKl.jpg[/img][/url]
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Note: That should probably be an "s" instead of an "l" in your code above.
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Re: Think Different best practices

Post by Vermonter » Sun Feb 07, 2016 11:10 am

Good catch, thanks dhk!
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Re: Think Different best practices

Post by dhkendall » Sun Feb 07, 2016 6:09 pm

Vermonter wrote:Good catch, thanks dhk!
Hey, code is my thing, I've been looking for errors in code since I was 8 (and kinda get paid for that now), they tend to stand out.

(Note, missing/extra brackets or painfully obvious typos in my text don't count, before some weisenheimer comments.)
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Re: Think Different best practices

Post by Ironhorse » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:10 pm

Vermonter wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:00 pm


And no matter what, even if it's your tenth time at the helm, it never hurts to ask someone for feedback on your game: both the rules and the questions. I am always happy to help out, and I know several others here are, as well.
I'm hosting for the first time this next week and I think I may well see if I can take anybody up on this. I'm finishing my draft tonight but want to ensure that it's up to the high standards this community expects.
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Re: Think Different best practices

Post by BobF » Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:29 pm

Ironhorse wrote:
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:10 pm
Vermonter wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:00 pm


And no matter what, even if it's your tenth time at the helm, it never hurts to ask someone for feedback on your game: both the rules and the questions. I am always happy to help out, and I know several others here are, as well.
I'm hosting for the first time this next week and I think I may well see if I can take anybody up on this. I'm finishing my draft tonight but want to ensure that it's up to the high standards this community expects.
Or just wing it like I did and end up with less than 20 participants, LOL. I probably shouldn't have done it while under a bit of a time crunch, but I hated seeing all that empty space.
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Re: Think Different best practices

Post by RandyG » Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:01 pm

If you're looking for feedback on your quiz prior to posting -- and it's always a good idea to get input from others, as many here have affirmed -- here's a thread to post your request: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3632
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Re: Think Different best practices

Post by Ironhorse » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:06 pm

I feel stupid asking this, but I'm terrible with computers. Could somebody help me set up an image gallery for my upcoming TD? I have all images saved to Imgur but can't download GIMP on my Chromebook, and even if I could, I'm not sure how to condense them into one.
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Re: Think Different best practices

Post by morbeedo » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:31 pm

For me it’s easier just to paste the links in order and adjust the size / spacing until it looks good. Does that make sense? Or you size all images into squares on your computer- say 2x2- then create a new image in preview or photoshop or something - size 6x6 and then copy paste those images into the grid. Maybe there’s an easier way

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Re: Think Different best practices

Post by floridagator » Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:22 am

For my TDs, I create all those nifty image grids of Scandinavians and Mexican food and Montrealers and American art masterpieces using http://www.fotojet.com. There is a photo grid maker on their site and most of the grid patterns are free.

Even the ones that aren't free, if you are clever, you can find ways to get for free anyway. For example a 3 by 3 grid is one of the premium grids that you're supposed to pay for. But the 4 by 4 grid is free. So if you need a three-by-three just start with a 4 by 4 and then X away the seven boxes that you don't need and you have a free 3 by 3 grid.

I've gotten lots of compliments on the photo grids in my TDs.

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Re: Think Different best practices

Post by morbeedo » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:26 am

Now I'm using the contact sheet feature in Photoshop Elements

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