Creating and Uploading ActiveRain HD Portrait

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Yesterday's blog post talked about the importance of a GOOD QUALITY 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 www.picnik.com (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!

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Rainer
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Ron Wood
HTR/Wood Realty Group, Inc - Benson, NC
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Thanks Craig! I subscribed to your blog today. Your blog is enabling me to smooth out my learning curve.

 

Ron Wood

Sep 24, 2010 04:28 AM #32
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Ken Kelly
Benchmark Mortgage - Chesterfield, VA

Finally! I was finally able to update my photo with your great and very easy to follow directions. Thank-you very much.

Sep 26, 2010 11:15 PM #33
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Suzy Ribeiro
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Quogue & Westhampton Beach - Quogue, NY
Douglas Elliman Real Estate Hamptons & North Fork

My uploaded photo shows up just fine on my ActiveRain main profile, but it is missing when I Comment on other peoples blogs. It there something special I have to do in order for it to show up? Or is something wrong? Please someone help me figure this out.

Sep 29, 2010 06:09 PM #34
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Suzy Ribeiro
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Quogue & Westhampton Beach - Quogue, NY
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See.... my photo doesn't show up. How odd. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Suzy

Sep 29, 2010 06:11 PM #35
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Suzy - If you are in AR under a free account your avatar will not show when you make a comment (but it will show in your profile and leaderboard pages) - If you upgrade to RainMaker, your photo will show. That however is not THE reason to upgrade. If you are writing local info blog posts that you want CONSUMERS to see and if you want to leverage the SEO benefits of AR, then you should really consider the upgrade (highly recommended that you consider it) - without RainMaker status, your posts are members only and the consumer who is non-AR will not be able to see

Sep 30, 2010 06:12 AM #36
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Suzy Ribeiro
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Quogue & Westhampton Beach - Quogue, NY
Douglas Elliman Real Estate Hamptons & North Fork

Oh Thank You Craig, so very much.  I understand now. ActiveRain rules and procedures have changed since those that introduced me to AR have joined. I am being treated differently and have to pay $349 annually to be an AR Rainmaker, while those who have been with AR since the early years are grandfathered in and do not have to pay the "Rainmaker Upgrade Fee"

I think I can survive without paying the $349 AR Rainmaker Upgrade and spend my money on marketing and promoting myself on a local basis right now... a little more important than becoming a PAID Rainmaker. So I will remain photoless in my AR Blogs.

Suzy Ribs

Or maybe not... hmmm... how did that happen? 

Future Rainmaker in the making...

Suzy Ribeiro :)

Sep 30, 2010 08:36 PM #37
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Suzy - FWIW I do think the paid subscription has excellent value for the money - AR is very valuable in the SEO quest! But in any case, until you are ready for that... your photo will show up on your comments once you get to the 10,000 point milestone. I also recommend ActiveRain University webinar classes to learn how to leverage (and why you should consider) how AR helps SEO. The webinars are free to ALL AR members (paid or otherwise)

Oct 01, 2010 02:24 AM #38
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Jeffrey Richman
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Hi Craig,

Thanks for the Tutorial.  Picnik certainly is easy to use.  I have a question for you, if your picture is not square but more rectangle, what is the best way to do this and make it HD?

Oct 23, 2010 06:56 AM #39
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Jeffrey - take another look inside the article above - you'll see there is also some notes about crop. Crop can be set to the square preset shape. That's what you'll be looking to do... :)

Oct 23, 2010 07:02 AM #40
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Kathleen Turner
Keller Williams Realty - Charlotte, NC

Thanks for the picnik tip - I use picasa but see how picnik is a useful tool as well - and the price is definitely right!

Oct 26, 2010 02:19 PM #41
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Elena Roud
Locations, LLC - Honolulu, HI
Realtor, Russian Speaking - Honolulu Homes

I am getting this message, after i am trying to download a photo that is "1 error prohibited this agent from being saved There were problems with the following fields: •Avatar photo is not quite large enough. It should be at least 600x600 pixels in size" any idea on what I am doing wrong ??

Oct 29, 2010 08:14 PM #42
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MyAgent My Agent
Homeland Group Real Estate Services - Lilburn, GA

Hey Craig,

 

I don't know why but for some reason when I am making a comment my picture and name don't show up in the comment box at all.. Can you help? what I have done wrong in my profile settings?

 

 

Nov 21, 2010 04:51 PM #43
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MyAgent My Agent
Homeland Group Real Estate Services - Lilburn, GA

ooh, I think that might be in the signature settings isn't it?

I'll try it in the morning..

Nov 21, 2010 04:55 PM #44
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Violeta (#43/44) - your avatar will not show up on your comments until either you get to 10,000 pt milestone or you go for the Rainmaker subscription (which I recommend, more info see my comments #36 and #38 above)

Nov 21, 2010 11:55 PM #45
Rainer
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MyAgent My Agent
Homeland Group Real Estate Services - Lilburn, GA

Thanks a lot!

Jan 28, 2011 12:27 PM #46
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Mark Hesser
American Mortgage & Equity Consultants, Inc. NMLS 150953 Equal Housing Lender - Maple Grove, MN
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Craig,

I stumbled upon this post last week and liked what I saw but didn't think I had time to get it done in the time I had that day.  I've spent the past few days trying to find this post or anything similar for days and I finally found it again...This tutorial is AWESOME, its so easy to follow, quick and easy.  Best of all it works!

THANK YOU for this huge help

Feb 11, 2011 01:19 PM #47
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relo, Commercial, Luxury & Lifestyle, Residential

As always, thanks Craig. Somewhere along the line I had missed that 600 x 600 standard.

Sep 05, 2011 10:26 AM #48
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Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
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Thanks Craig, this certainly helped. I having a major problem getting my new pic uploaded til I read your post. 

Nov 04, 2011 08:01 AM #49
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Finally I found this info!

So, it should be 600x600!

I'll try right now. Cz, I have a bad luck 'guessing', my picture is too big, or too small and AR edit it in its own way...

Hope, it is still valid for 2013?:)

May 07, 2013 05:31 PM #50
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Inna Ivchenko
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By the way.....picnik.com is over, they moved it completely to Google + and I think, it is called http://ipiccy.com/ ~ a photo editor. And another, very similar editor is PicMonkey. Both are free online photo editing software.

May 07, 2013 05:37 PM #51
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