Mastering the Addition of Images to Your Wikinut Article

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 17th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3hv8yf2q/
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There are a lot of articles added to Wikinut that do not have Images attached, yet Images do add so much value your Wikinut article. Each writer should contribute at least on picture to each article they publish. Truth is articles that have images associated with them become much more visible to the world.

Why do I need a Picture?

Have you recently carried out a Google search? Did you notice that some of the results have pictures associated with them? Truth is that Google now recognises the value that pictures have in presenting an article to the general public.

It has been said that a picture paints a thousand words, I remember a newsreel of events in the Chilean capital of Santiago during 1973, a soldier takes aim and kills the cameraman that is filming him, and the image spins skyward and falls to the ground, as the soldiers came across the street one of the journalists grab the camera and run. I remember seeing this on the BBC news at the time. The events I have described sound dramatic, but they are nothing without a picture to accompany them and below is the video, thanks to a digital archive and being posted on YouTube.

I had the privilege of meeting the children of the cameraman in London during the 1980s and to them this was a special testament to the works and beliefs of their father.

Not as Dramatic

Of course not every situation has such a dramatic picture to accompany it, but the description can be made so much easier if it has one - the picture can also set the tone for the article, a funny cartoon may tell you that the author intended the piece to be light-hearted, or a serious image may make us all think more seriously about what you have to say.

Attach an Image

What could be simpler than that? It should be a case of following the options, clicking a few buttons and hey presto all is pretty in article land.

But for many this is where the challenge begins, how to use their pictures and how to display them all give cause for concern, Mark Gordon Brown gives a good guide to using pictures in his article "Adding Pictures to your Wikinut Page: How and Why", the best place to find your pictures are from the lens of your own camera, but it is possible to find royalty-free stock photographs for use. For this article I have used a tool called SnagIt, which allows me to capture images from my computer desktop and play with them, much more powerful than the Microsoft Snipping Tool that is available from Windows 7.

Bowsing for an Image

All you need to do is use the "Browse" button and browse on your computer for the appropriate image. Now I do not know how you organise your files, but I have a folder with all my images included in it and when I am preparing an article I have usually sourced my images before adding my article onto Wikinut, many come from my own collection of photographs (although most of the time I take segments from a larger photo, which helps me make the picture specific to the article I have written.

Clipart Collections

I have made much use of clip-art over the years, and in this respect I purchased the images and have the right to use them whenever I publish articles, these are some of the CDs that I have used images from over time.

Placing the Image

Where you place the image is very important and with Wikinut you have the choice to place it either at the top of the section or at the side of the section, the latter choice will have the body of the text wrap around it. When an image is placed at the side it is shrunk down to allow the text to wrap around it, placing the image at the side does mean that it is smaller than one placed at the top.

Placing the image at the top of the section will allow the details in the picture to be viewed in depth, the reader can take time to see all of the parts of the image, which will allow them to understand what you have to say, in depth and if you intend to publish something like a Powerpoint Slide then placing it at the top is vital so that the reader can see all the detail, generally images that educate are best at the top.

Preview Image

The preview image is important because is used by Wikinut to allow your article to be previewed on all relevant parts of the site, this is also the image that will be shown on social media pages, such as Facebook or LinkedIn.

The importance of a preview image cannot be understated, and as a moderator I have to say that I am disappointed how many articles do not include preview images, including some that include videos and/or excellent visual guidance, this sadly can limit the visibility of the article.

Selecting the Preview Image

Once an image has been uploaded to Wikinut you then decide whether it should be a preview image. Looking at the image at the top of this section there are two images that could be selected as the final preview image, I included both here as food for thought, the image on the left is simple and clear-cut yet the image on the right by contrast is quite busy, both are similar in size and could be used as a preview image.

The types of image that would not make a good preview image are those that are large or contain a lot of information, such as a Powerpoint slide, generally large images make poor preview images.

A preview image is best as a side image and one that is both succinct and powerful.

The power of Imagery

Imagery is important and will certainly enhance your article.

Do you have something to say? To date the author (Peter B. Giblett) has published a wide variety articles on many subjects here on Wikinut plus others on a variety of other sites, these are the most recent articles published include:

Each person has a unique voice and Wikinut is great a place for you to share some of your wisdom, insight and knowledge, you could start by adding a comment, but perhaps you need something more in which case should join Wikinut, write then become connected to others who share a passion for writing, supporting one another, and learning on Wikinut.

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Attach An Image, Clip Art, Clipart Collections, Do I Need A Picture, Images, Mastering Images, Placing The Image, Preview Image, Side, Top, Wikinut Article

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
Author of "Is your Business Ready? For the Social Media Revolution"

Social media consultant, with C-Level background.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
18th Mar 2014 (#)

I know that some of mine don't have pictures but planning to do so hopefully soon. Thanks for the advice of importance of adding pictures to an article.

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author avatar spirited
18th Mar 2014 (#)

Great informative article Peter, very easy to follow and to read.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
18th Mar 2014 (#)

I hope this helps all the newbies who haven't posted pictures. MGB's article is also great. I used it when first learning the ropes. And then I wrote my own. The info is out there in abundance. I hope that those who are trying are reading and learning and intent on becoming better.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
18th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks for this wonderful information.

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author avatar Retired
18th Mar 2014 (#)

Good advice, this post has been a great help to me . I am new here and still learning how to do things. Thanks

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author avatar Delicia Powers
18th Mar 2014 (#)

Outstanding!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Mar 2014 (#)

Useful share. I learned over time to add images and I play it safe by accessing them from Wikimedia Commons - siva

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author avatar Dean moriarty
18th Mar 2014 (#)

I have years of photos from all over the world that I would like to add to my 60 odd articles but this site won't let me add any.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
18th Mar 2014 (#)

I have never had any problem adding any photos to my articles. One tip that I do suggest is that if you have large photos (e.g. raw format images) then these will have problems loading on any site. Everything I upload is either .JPG or .PNG format and it it easy to take a full copy of any photo you have by using the snipping tool. Mark may also be right that Internet Explorer is notoriously bad at doing things like this and either Firefox or Chrome are better alternatives.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th Mar 2014 (#)

There are many people that will benefit from this.
Pictures are important, even if it is just one. People are more likely to share a post with pictures. Pictures can promote an article via Pinterest too.

People who hare having problems might want to try using Firefox.

Beware of copyright photos, use your own or ones from a site such as Siva mentioned or morguefile.com

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
18th Mar 2014 (#)

Could you please post a piece as to how to add a video to an article. I've tried several times but could not manage to add one.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
18th Mar 2014 (#)

GV, I had meant to add a section on video, but forgot that when reviewing it. I will address that at some point.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
18th Mar 2014 (#)

Great advice, Peter. I always try to use images. I use my own pictures whenever possible. I've also had good luck with morguefile.com and wikimediacommons.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Mar 2014 (#)

great Peter...thanks for all your assistance again...

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author avatar writestuff
19th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks for this informative post. I've begun to use more images and to keep my mpv with me when out and about.My image goal is to also utilize you tube in future articles.

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author avatar wonder
19th Mar 2014 (#)

I feel a picture relaxes our eyes as we read along continuously on the net, thanks for the share.

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd Mar 2014 (#)

Great overview of using images.

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author avatar Mariah
26th Mar 2014 (#)

Images so enhance an article,
and bring the subject of the post to life, thanks to my time on wikinut, I now enjoy experimenting with images, and adding personal touches to blend in with the theme of my posts.
Great article Peter, thank you

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