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Image Hosting and Posting guide

on: March 05, 2007, 11:04:35 am
  One of the many purposes of Pixelation is sharing your own (pixel art) pieces and receiving critique for improvement.
  But how can you post your images? If you are asking that yourself, you've come to the right place!

  First of all, you'll have to upload your image somewhere on the internet. Chances are that you don't have any host of your own or available. But do not worry! Nowadays, after the popularity of forums, blogs, etc, many free image hosting services have become available.
  Some of them might require you to create an account for you to upload content, some others let you upload straight away, but in most of the cases the usage of such services shouldn't be hard.

  Here on Pixelation, we are neutral towards any kind of hosting services, so do not expect enforcement nor favouritism towards any specific service. But we'll provide you a mini-guide of some of the most used hosts.

- Pixelation
Attachments are enabled, so feel free to use them. The limits should work with most pixel art pieces.

- imgur -
Registration is optional, no limit on the number of uploaded images.
Images larger than 1MB will be compressed automatically.
TIFF, BMP, PDF and XCF will be converted to PNG upon uploading them.

- Photobucket -
Requires you to register an account.
Supports .gif, .png, .jpg, .bmp (though .bmp files are automatically converted to .jpgs) and .swf files
On free accounts, they provide you with 1GB of  storage and 10GB of monthly bandwidth. You may only upload images that are up to 1024 x 768 pixels (If bigger they will resize your image)
Remember to sign in at least once in 90 days if you don't want to lose your free account.

- ImageShack
Registration is optional, but you can upload images without doing so.
You can upload as many pictures as you need/want.
Supports .gif, .png, .jpg, .bmp, .tiff, .swf.
Image size should be less than 1.5MB.

  Have in mind these are not the only Free Image hosting options around, (the list would be endless). Feel free to search for more if you are curious about different ones.
  If you have any questions regarding any specific service, please refer to their FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), and don't forget to read their TOS (Terms of Service) before agreeing with the usage.
 It's a good idea to stay away from for anything pixel related, since they seem to serve only poorly compressed JPG images, depending on your location.

  Supposing now you have your image hosted online, the next step would be posting it on our forums.
  For doing so, you must get the link of the image you hosted. Most of the image hosting services provide you a "copy & paste" address, but if that is not the case either drag your image into a new window and copy the address from the URL bar or right click on the image and copy the image address. 

  Once having the link to your image, use the IMG tags as shown in the picture underneath, in your post.

  One last reminder, ideally, for pixel art, the best file types are either .gif or .png since they do not add any noise like .jpg files nor are heavy like .bmp files.

  Now having all this knowledge, you are ready to venture into pixelation.
  Happy posting.
« Last Edit: March 18, 2016, 07:30:32 pm by Atnas »

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Re: Image Hosting and Posting guide

Reply #1 on: April 14, 2013, 12:50:56 pm
I lastly gave's terms of service a closer look.

With regard to any file or content you upload to the public portions of our site, you grant Imgur a non-exclusive, royalty- free, perpetual, irrevocable worldwide license (with sublicense and assignment rights) to use, to display online and in any present or future media, to create derivative works of, to allow downloads of, and/or distribute any such file or content

I'll still use imgur for a convenient way to post edits, but I'm concerned of using it for my own material. If I understand those terms correctly:
- license is not restricted to Internet, and they could very well print art books with best material we post at their place with no retribution of the original artists
- they have right to pick one picture uploaded and turn it into a lolcat, or whatever the current meme is.

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Re: Image Hosting and Posting guide

Reply #2 on: April 14, 2013, 04:30:30 pm
I wonder if that's just loose wording to avoid any trouble for themselves when users upload things they maybe should not have.