Unofficial Tech Support ~ Adding photos and wrapping the text...

Real Estate Agent with The Berkshire Group Realtors

Noah the FiremanAS the unofficial tech support person, I occasionally have the pleasure of being asked to help explain various "how to stuff" on AR.  The following is an email I received awhile back...hope you find my response helpful.

"Hope all is going well for you. I was reading your blog on adding photos -- It is excellent. If you have a moment, I am having trouble finding out how to get the text to near or wrap around the photo. Can you point me in the right direction. Every time I upload a photo there is a lot of space and I don't know who to get the text next to or around the photo. Thanks and I look forward to reading more of your blogs."

Funny, I see blogs where the photo is surrounded by white space and the text doesn't wrap.  I suspect the reason for that is in the way the photos are added.  I've never tried to add photos that way, so I really don't know how or why that happens.

I know how I add photos and it looks OK, so I'll share my method.

First I write the blog, from start to finish, then I go back and add the photos.  Take the cursor and place it where the photo where it should go.

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The next step is one I have found is frequently forgotten.  Many people haven't noticed there are actually TWO tabs on top of the photo insertion box.  Both of these tabs need to be opened.  NOT ALL of the settings are necessary, but some are:

  • Alignment & dimensions are both critical
  • Vertical and horizontal space are optional
  • Border can be used if you want a border around your photo
  • Class & Style are not features I use.  In fact someone else will need to explain what they are.  I haven't got a clue!


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It is not necessary to set the vertical/horizontal space.

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Setting the Alignment is very important.  If it is not set the photo doesn't know where to go.

Playing around with the vertical/horizontal settings here is easy to do.  As you change the  number the example to the right will reflect the setting you use.  This is great for people like me who get vertical and horizontal mixed up.  :)

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Once you have configured the settings in both tabs of the box you can input the photo.  If it doesn't look right, you can "right click" on it  and "cut" to remove it.  Then start over.  The biggest mistake I make is not setting the "alignment" for right or left.

When adding mulitple photos, I tend to look at the text and judge how much space (text) is needed for the photo to look good.  Usually a paragraph or two will consume the area around a 300-400 pixel photo,  Try it out and see how you like it.  If it doesn't look good, cut the photo out and do it again.

Like most things this takes a little bit of practice.  After a few tries you will be placing photos like a pro!

 Kristal Kraft's Active Rain Toots

If you are having trouble with the various aspects of Active Rain Blogging I have written other tutorials.  Perhaps you can find the answer you are looking for here;

The Active Rain Dummies Guide for Boosting your Points

The Official Unofficial Guide to Creating a Blog

How to Create a Link

How to Add Pictures to Your Blog

Who is your audience?

So You want to be a blogger?

Blogging for fun or profit?  How about both?

Getting started on the active Rain Community

My First Time

Think About the Future...ADD VALUE

Hello Seattle someone has me confused with Tech Support (or how to add clip art)

DISCLAIMER~  I am not assoicated with the OFFICIAL ACTIVE RAIN Tech Support.  I provide this information as a public service, occasionally I am rewarded by Active Rain via Genuis Bonus Points...points we all know are redeemable for ......


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The Berkshire Group Realtors
3801 E. Florida Ave. Suite 400
Denver, Colorado, 80210
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Harley Ramsey
Keller Williams - Chatsworth, CA
Chatsworth, CA Real Estate
This was very  helpful...thanks!  Cheers, Harley (I'm bookmarking and look forward to reading the other posts you cited.)
Feb 24, 2008 01:43 PM #56
Linda Box Taylor
Castle Connections Realty - Plano, TX
Your Plano, TX Realtor
This is so helpful.  I've always wanted to know how to do this!  I'm so glad Liz Carter pointed me to your blog. 
Feb 26, 2008 01:32 PM #57
Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
RE/MAX Suburban - Cary, IL
SRES;SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL
Dear Kristal...thanks for sharing your knowledge, it is a big help for an active rain newbie like me!
Mar 19, 2008 06:23 AM #58
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Kristal - thank you for posting this blog. This is very helpful!

Can you write another one about how to insert your signatures at the end of the blogs?

Thanks - Sharon

Mar 20, 2008 03:05 AM #59
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC
Thanks for info. I'll be looking for the signature post as well :)
Mar 26, 2008 11:26 PM #60
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy Kristal

You are always coming up with

very helpful post's to help folks out

with things they are wanting to do.

I really enjoyed reading your very helpful tip's.

Is there a post about adding a signature

to your blog ?

Have a good one Dale


Mar 27, 2008 07:53 AM #61
Rod Pierson
Results Real Estate Inc - Redding, CA
Northern California

Kristal,   Good advice, the question I have for you is how do you copy the screen print and tear the edges?   My computer has never let me do a screen print, why do you think that is.   I have to do it the long way of using a word document.   I have the keys on both the office, laptop and office keyboard and have tried several ways.   I know when an ilustrator like yourself post a blog with screen print photos you just do a screen print, I have talked to computer newbies and they have been able to do a screen print.  

I know this isn't what you blogged out, but I am sure there are others out in cyberworld that need your assistance. 

Thank you in advance.

Apr 01, 2008 08:45 PM #62
Dana Forster
AHome4Sale - Fredericksburg, VA
Realtor, A Home 4Sale Inc, Va
Krystal- Very informative.  Thanks for sharing and making it easy!
Apr 02, 2008 12:35 AM #63
Cynthia Hash
This is GREAT, Krystal.  Thank you so much for putting so much time into preparing this.  I'll pass it on to the person who assists me with my online stuff.
Apr 02, 2008 01:23 PM #64
Aida Pinto
Independent Real Estate Broker - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196

Hi Kristal  I am new to ar and just found you site--I wiah I would have found it earlier.  Tahnk you for sharing

Jun 02, 2008 01:54 AM #65
Greg Hampton
Re/Max Around The Mountains - Blue Ridge, GA
North Georgia Mountain Property,Blue Rid

Kristal, I had seen the boxes but didn't know exactly how to use them. Thank you for your help.

Jun 02, 2008 02:44 AM #66
Greg Hampton
Re/Max Around The Mountains - Blue Ridge, GA
North Georgia Mountain Property,Blue Rid

Kristal, I had seen the boxes but didn't know exactly how to use them. Thank you for your help.

Jun 02, 2008 02:44 AM #67
Michael Sahlman - Keller Williams Realty - Miami Beach, FL
e-PRO - Miami Beach Florida Luxury Homes

I had to bookmark your post. too much info to digest in one sitting. Thanks.

Jul 07, 2008 11:52 AM #68
Nancy Larson
I am a licensed referral agent in NJ - Hutchinson Island, FL

Ditto on the bookmarking the post, but it is exactly what I have been trying to figure have saved the day!!!

Jul 07, 2008 01:30 PM #69
Amanda Evans
DFW Living - Fort Worth, TX
Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas

Thanks, KK!  I've been around way too long not to know this stuff already.   I appreciate you!

Jul 10, 2008 03:57 AM #70
Pam Jank
Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Your Coeur d'Alene & North Idaho Real Estate Pro

Kristal, Thank you very much for the helpful information. I did follow your instructions.  However, the text still will not wrap around all the photos I instruct it to.  Program seems to have a mind of it's own.  It would even change the Allignment, Vertical and Horizontal settings I kept setting over and over again.   I finally gave up and let the program have it's way. 

It did help the photos to not be in a single row, but not exactly what I instructed it to do. See my newest blog " Hiawatha Butt Stripe - it's worth it".  You'll see what I mean.  1st photo will not allow text wraping, 2nd photo did allow (I set them exaclty the same way). Is there somethng I am doing wrong?... I followed your instructions ?  Thanks, Pam

Jul 10, 2008 05:26 AM #71
Claudia Wicks
Real Estate Base Camp - Bellevue, WA

Kristal - thank you for taking time to share this (and other) valuable tutorial.  I truly appreciate it. 

Aug 06, 2008 07:27 AM #72
Callie Thompson
Property Xchange Solutions - Frederick, MD
Property Xchange Solutions

Kristal, I have been banging my head on the wall trying to figure this out! I did a search on how to create white space and I found your post on the 2nd page. I just wanted to thank you so much for the time and effort you put into this blog to help us internet dummies. Your post was a blessing!

Aug 13, 2008 02:20 AM #74
Marian Gregor-Ann
Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Arbor area Real Estate

KK-  I'm a new rainer & was disappointed to not be able to add a photo to what was going to be my 1st post! Anyway, your posts are so insightful that I'm printing off a bunch of them to put into my Rain (how to) binder. Shoes are a given. Red sports car, that too. How about a private jet?

Oct 22, 2008 10:05 AM #75
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT


Being a newbie to AR, I spent a lot of time trying to insert pictures in my first posts and be at the position I want them to be around the text.   I thank you for the explanations.  I look forward to practice the newly learned tips on my next post.

Jan 03, 2009 06:44 PM #76
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