Full Version: Images in Signatures of Posts (Sticky)

From: Stunt Engraver (DGL) [#1]
 22 Jun 2006
To: Trophyman 23 Jun 2006

Phil,

In another thread, you asked about posting a graphic in your signature.

Here are the basic guidelines, as listed on our start page:

Animated signatures are not allowed. Graphics need to be limited to 45 pixels tall by about 400 pixels wide. Of course text can be used in addition as long as it is not a book.

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Harvey recently provided these instructions, to someone else asking about how to add an image to their signature:

To place a picture, (actually the picture not a link), in your post you must have a web site that contains the image.

Then you enable HTML at the bottom of the posting form and insert a link such as this
code:
<img src="http://www.accentonengraving.com/accentlogo.jpg" border="0" />

Do a preview just to be sure it is correct. (That is the code for my signature logo, the software automatically adds the size dimensions.)

EDITED: 22 Jun 2006 by DGL


From: Shaddy [#2]
 23 Jun 2006
To: ALL

And if you wanted it so you could click on it and it'll take you to your page it would be

code:
<a href="http://www.accentonengraving.com"><img src="http://www.accentonengraving.com/accentlogo.jpg" border="0" /></a>


would look like this, see how it's clickable?



the address to the logo image is sandwiched between the HTML code (a href) to make a link.

Here's a normal underlined text link for comparison (no image)
code:
<a href="http://www.accentonengraving.com">Accent One Engraving</a>


would look like
Accent One Engraving

Shaddy

From: Harvey only (HARVEY-ONLY) [#3]
 23 Jun 2006
To: Shaddy [#2] 23 Jun 2006

Accent on... to
Accent One

Unfortunately there is a problem on my server that has all of the other content, other than the page you pointed to, not working on my site. It is being worked on but is taking sooooo loooong.

Thanks for adding the code for the live link, forgot about that.


From: Shaddy [#4]
 23 Jun 2006
To: Harvey only (HARVEY-ONLY) [#3] 23 Jun 2006

Sorry about that, the rest of the things are right, just the text fir the link. My eye told my brain wrong (c:

I hope they get your stuff worked out, must be frustrating.

Shaddy


From: Harvey only (HARVEY-ONLY) [#5]
 23 Jun 2006
To: Shaddy [#4] 23 Jun 2006

We got it right today. Logged on to the forum for the server and finally found the area for this type of question. They changed the settings on the server so new code had to be added. It was just like here, I had two answers that were correct within ten minutes.

Thanks for your thoughts.


From: John (JOHNRMONTG) [#6]
 24 Jun 2006
To: Harvey only (HARVEY-ONLY) [#5] 24 Jun 2006

Hi Harvey ... just finally figured out the problem. I had to change the defaulted (I believe) link in the 'my controls' to uncheck the 'show links in signature' item. Everything is showing fine now.

Thanks


From: Harvey only (HARVEY-ONLY) [#7]
 24 Jun 2006
To: John (JOHNRMONTG) [#6] 22 Jul 2006

If it works, it works.

Got it! If you show the LINKS you do not show the image only the link. Sort of counter-intuitive wording even though correct. It should say 'show only links in signature'.

From: Trophyman [#8]
 24 Jun 2006
To: Stunt Engraver (DGL) [#1] 25 Jun 2006

Thanks for the Info - looks like my logo is too big, and to be honest, I don't know how to make it smaller and then give it a link address, bit out of my league i think.

I do appreciate your post, looks like i'll have to dip out this time.

Cheers,

Phil


From: Stunt Engraver (DGL) [#9]
 25 Jun 2006
To: Trophyman [#8] 25 Jun 2006

Phil,

If you send your graphic to me, I can resize it.

From: Carl (CSEWELL) [#10]
 25 Jun 2006
To: Stunt Engraver (DGL) [#9] 25 Jun 2006

David;

You can get it off Trophyman's website: Trophyman website.

My reason for posting is to ask why the dimensions (60 x 400?) are what they are? Is it a bandwidth issue?

Trophyman's trophyman (which I'm assuming is what they would like to use) is tall and narrow. If you resize it to meet the 60 height limitation, it probably won't be recognizable. Should the limitation be set to 24,000 pixels (ie 60 x 400 or 400 x 60 or whatever combination you choose)?

Just curious.

From: Dave Jones (DAVERJ) [#11]
 25 Jun 2006
To: Carl (CSEWELL) [#10] 25 Jun 2006

One problem with tall images in a sig is that it makes every post by that person fairly tall, even if they only post 3 words. That means readers have to scroll a lot more to read a thread. (yeah, that's minor, but it is the reason a lot of forums don't allow images in sigs, or at least tall ones)

From: Harvey only (HARVEY-ONLY) [#12]
 25 Jun 2006
To: Carl (CSEWELL) [#10] 25 Jun 2006

Dave jones hit it correctly. It is the size in vertical space that I find annoying even if it is not a billboard type signature. The size was set up for what felt comfortable to us at the time. There is always a possibility of a special case, but I do not think the specs will change much. That is my personal opinion, David may disagree.

The front page states 45 tall by up to 400 wide.

Mine is 44 x 240. There is one being used that if 52 tall, but is ignored because it would probably lose a lot by losing those few pixels, the fine lettering would become a blob.

EDITED: 25 Jun 2006 by HARVEY-ONLY


From: Stunt Engraver (DGL) [#13]
 25 Jun 2006
To: Carl (CSEWELL) [#10] 25 Jun 2006

Carl,

We just didn't want images in signatures to be too obtrusive, or distracting, in the posts. The same reason we don't allow animated signatures.

As Harvey said, we will entertain special exceptions but the exisitng pixel dimensions provide a good baseline for what we'd like to see.

From: Carl (CSEWELL) [#14]
 25 Jun 2006
To: Harvey only (HARVEY-ONLY) [#12] 25 Jun 2006

Harvey;

Interesting. If I 'view' your signature image, Firefox reports it being 55 x 300, as does PhotoPaint, with a resolution of 96 dpi. If I resample it to 72 dpi (normal screen resolution?), it is then 41 x 225. Does the forum software automagically convert the images to 72 dpi (or something else)? Or is it possibly a function of my screen resolution?

Gee, mine is 100 x 52 (tall), at 96 dpi anyway. It's less than that at 72 dpi. I guess I'll need to change my logo.

Thanks for the information.

From: UncleSteve [#15]
 25 Jun 2006
To: Carl (CSEWELL) [#14] 25 Jun 2006

I get 240x44 for Harvey's in IE 6....

Odd! :S 

From: Carl (CSEWELL) [#16]
 25 Jun 2006
To: Stunt Engraver (DGL) [#13] 25 Jun 2006

quote:
We just didn't want images in signatures to be too obtrusive


Just the facts! That's all that's needed.

They do make it easy to identify posters. I don't have any problems with the dimensions/limitations.

From: Stunt Engraver (DGL) [#17]
 25 Jun 2006
To: Carl (CSEWELL) [#16] 25 Jun 2006

Carl,

What happened to your signature image?

It wasn't obtrusive.

What's a little extra pixel height/width between friends? :-) 

EDITED: 25 Jun 2006 by DGL


From: Carl (CSEWELL) [#18]
 25 Jun 2006
To: UncleSteve [#15] 25 Jun 2006

quote:
I get 240x44 for Harvey's in IE 6....


Yep, the HTML code restricts the size of Harvey's logo to 240 x 44. Firefox reports the same dimensions under Properties, but when you view it in a new TAB (or Window), it shows the image at the full size without the HTML imposed limitation.

My logo doesn't (didn't) have the HTML coding to limit the size.

From: Carl (CSEWELL) [#19]
 25 Jun 2006
To: Stunt Engraver (DGL) [#17] 25 Jun 2006

quote:
What happened to your signature image?


And where's yours? ;^)

From: Dave Jones (DAVERJ) [#20]
 25 Jun 2006
To: Harvey only (HARVEY-ONLY) [#12] 25 Jun 2006

Harvey, do you realize that your sig logo would look better if you resized it in a paint program and upload that instead of having the browsers resize it? Browsers simply drop pixels, so resizing a small amount in a browser gives a coarse looking image.

Plus it would be a bit crisper as a GIF.


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