There are two ways to upload a photo: Our new Flash-based uploader and traditional uploader. Regular users can upload up to 8 photos, and users with an Upgraded Membership can upload 16. Click here to learn more about upgrading!
To upload an image click here.
If you are using the Flash-based Uploader, click on 'Images' on the menu, then the ‘Click here to upload image' button, and select and open your image. Once uploaded, you can adjust your thumbnail image. A thumbnail image is a reduced sized version of your picture that will be used to identify you around the site. Once your image appears in a thumbnail version, you can set it as your Main Image. You can also add a caption your image.
If you are using the Traditional Uploader, click on ‘Images’ on the menu, scroll down and click the ‘Choose File’ button. Locate your image on your computer. Once you’ve selected the image, click on ‘Upload New Image’.
Once you’ve written your mail message you’ll see your photos displayed at the bottom of the screen. Simply check the boxes beside the photos you’d like to send and your message will contain the images you’ve selected.
-You may have the maximum number of images already. The maximum number is 8 images for regular users, and 16 for Upgraded Members.
-You may have an Image Upload Ban on your account. This occurs if you upload indecent or offensive images.
Images should appear immediately. Try uploading your image again. If the image is uploaded and then deleted, it means it didn't meet our requirements. Even if your image had no nudity, it may have been indecent or inappropriate for the site. If your image is too big it won't upload either.
You may also have problems uploading your image if ...
|1.||Your Image is much larger than 3000 Pixels on any side.|
|2.||Your compressed Image exceeds 5MB.|
|3.||The most common error is that you are trying to upload a word document or a text file thinking it is an image.|
|4.||Your image already contains compression errors or is corrupt.|
|5.||Your image contains a non-standard compression algorithm such as the AOL Proprietary Compression Algorithm|
|6.||If after 5 minutes your image has not been uploaded the upload process will stop.|
|7.||Your uploaded BMP & JPG Images are 8 Bits or less, and not in the RGB Color Model.|
|9.||Your uploaded GIF does not comply with the GIF89a Graphics Standard, non-standard Interlacing, Compression or Animation.|
|10.||The Image File Naming Convention is not ASCII Text, but Chinese, Funky Unicode, etc.|
|11.||Your Image is too small, less than 100 Pixels on any Side: See: Image File Sizes|
|12.||You have re-named another Image Format, such as TIF, PSD, PNG, etc. to any of the accepted POF Extensions of JPG, BMP or GIF, hoping it would somehow upload.|
Items #1 and #2 can be changed by using the "Crop" or "Resize" Function of your Picture Editor.
#4, #5, #6, #7 and #9 by converting your Image to the JPEG Format before uploading it.
For #10, try re-naming your Image File.
For #11, upload a larger Image.
For #12, name the Image back to its original File Extension and convert to JPG, BMP or GIF before uploading.
More about images:
The largest size a pic on your Profile can be displayed at in your Browser is 300 Pixels wide by 299 Pixels high. Simply make sure that the Height of your Image is 1 Pixel less than its Width, such as 300 x 299, 600 x 599, 789 x 788, 1,153 x 1,152, etc. ... or any other Size you like, but not exceeding 1,200 DPI on any one Side. After upload, if you then click on that Profile Thumbnail Image placeheld as the Main Pic, then check the Properties Page, your Image(s) should read 300 by 300 DPI. The Thumbnail "Mouseover" pop-up Image will also be displayed at same Size. 1,200 x 1,199 DPI BMPs will give the very best Results, but sometimes these Images will not upload at all because they well exceed 4 MBs.
If the Background of your Image is "White", and has only uploaded partially, add a 10-20 Pixel black Border around it before trying to upload it again. You can also now upload very narrow or wide Pics, but the Thumbnail Images will be rendered 'Proportionally Distorted'.
On another Note, a JPG Image is a Compressed Image, usually about only 1/7th the File Size of an uncompressed Image such as a BMP or a TIF. A compressed Image (JPG) will always suffer, among a Number of Things, loss of 'Contrast', meaning both the 'dark' as well as the 'light' Areas of the Image are missing some Details. When you upload a JPG to your Profile, the POF Image Compression Filter re-compresses your JPG Image again, losing even more 'Contrast'. For this Reason, should you need to resize or crop your Image, also reduce the 'Contrast a little, so your POF uploaded Image reveals a bit more Detail.
About Image Sharpening, it's generally not a good Idea to apply 'Sharpening' to an Image you will upload to your Profile, as the POF JPG Compression Filter will reveal severe Artifacting of your Image, usually making it look worse than before.
For Images that "appeared" OK on your Computer, but look awful after you have uploaded them to your Profile, unless your Image was partially corrupt, a Non-Standard or Proprietary JPG Compression Algorithm, its usually the Result of too much severe Compression one too many Times, causing extreme Amplification of Image Degradation.
You can only upload the JPG, BMP or GIF Format to your Profile. Since the GIF only has 256 Colors, and the POF JPG Compression Filter renders at the 24 Bit color Level, the Results after Upload are often poor. Uploading JPG usually produces mediocre Image Qualities on your Profile Shots, uploading BMPs cause the least amount of Degradation to your Profile Pics.
Taking a Pic of yourself using a Digital Camera in the RAW or TIF Image Format(s), if your Camera supports it/them, then converting to BMP and uploading to your Profile will produce the sharpest, clearest and most colorful Images.
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