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Yesterday's blog post talked about the importance of a
profile photo. Today let's talk about how to create and
upload an HD profile photo in ActiveRain. If you have not uploaded
an HD photo, you will see the "placeholder avatar" whenever
you look at the leaderboard. Besides that, there is other good news inasmuch
as when you do update your profile with an HD photo, you will get
bonus points for doing it!
Even if you already have an HD photo, you may be ready to update
your profile photo to a better version. Today's lesson will help
you too. Let's assume that you have a good resolution starting photo to work
with. You want a big enough file so that when you crop it down you are AT
LEAST 600 pixels across. AR classifies an HD photo as 600 pixels x 600
pixels (square). [btw, square format photos work best in the blog commenting
context, you'll also see them on twitter too]
There are different programs that you can use to edit photo files. Free
is always good and there are plenty of free apps to choose from. I'm going
to demonstrate one way here today that is a web-based app you can use at
(My other all-time favorite is a free download from Google called Picasa,
but I'll save that for another set of blog posts for there's plenty to share
about that app!) Today, let's just use Picnik becuase it's fast and free.
After you go to the Picnik website, look for the "upload a photo"
button on the home page. Select the JPG file that you want to use as a basis
for your HD profile photo.
Once it is uploaded, notice the top of the window has a horizontal tab
bar with categories. Choose the "Edit" tab and you will see
these commands that we need today "Crop" first, then "Resize" after.
First, of all click the Crop button.
Next, in the dropdown list, choose the "Square" option for
your crop shape
Next, you can drag an edge or a corner of your crop area to
get it to the right size. Also, you can click inside the boxed area
and drag it around to move it to exactly the right place. Once you
have got it set just right, click the "Ok" button.
Next, click the Resize button
so we can get the image down to the 600pixel target size.
Type 600 x 600 in the input boxes, and then click OK
Finally, you will need to save the file on your computer. Click the "Save
and Share" tab and then type a name that has the good keywords
(like shape and size). Here in my example for Kate, I used the filename
"kate-square-600px" - you can see it automatically does the .jpg ending.
Next, click the Save button. It will pop-up and ask you
which folder to put the file into. If you want to be really organized and
efficient, create a Portraits subfolder of your main Pictures folder
where you can put these files for easily finding them later!
Ok, we're almost done! The last step is to go to ActiveRain. On the left
navigation menu, click "Edit" (profile). On the next screen
you will see where your photo goes. Right under it, click the
"Choose File" button and go select the file that you just created
(see now how easy it was to find it if you were organized). Once you have
selected the file, notice the "Upload HD Profile Photo"
button. Important, you need to click it to finish the task.
Good job! Now I expect to see no more "placeholder avatars"
out there! (ok, maybe not). Well you can tell all your friends who have this
problem to come see my blog article!
About the Author
Craig Daniels is a Technology Manager residing in NYC who specializes in applied technologies in the fields of Architecture and Real Estate. Craig focuses on finding the best uses of tech as can be used to help a business be more successful. He is keen on always seeing the perspective and viewpoint of his audience and he tailors his teaching to be easily understood. He teaches by means of this blog, online courses and webinars, as well as one-on-one remote sessions with persons located throughout the country and beyond.
craig's classroom blog is a place to come for short technology lessons - here on ActiveRain I focus on technologies for real estate professionals - please subscribe if you want to catch future posts! :)
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.