Category: Tutorial

A Beginner’s Guide To Image Files

Before We Begin:

❇️ REMEDIAL: This is very basic, easy to learn information. No prior computer or technical knowledge required.

❇️ For this tutorial, we’ll assume you’re using a desktop computer or tablet & have little to no previous computer knowledge and/or experience.

❇️ Don’t worry about making mistakes; you really can’t mess up anything. You’ll get it!

Ready To Start?

Digital Images 101

The Internet is filled almost entirely of words written in text & digital images.

A digital image is a collection of many different small colored dots called pixels.

Pixels are arranged by a computer in a specific order as to represent a recognizable photographic or graphic image.

If you enlarge or magnify any digital image enough, you will see its pixels.

The resolution of a digital image is measured by its number of pixels per inch, or PPI.

Some times PPI (pixels per inch) is also referred to as DPI (dots per inch).

Every photo or image’s pixels are organized & stored in an image file.

A lower resolution digital image will contain FEWER PPI, pixels per inch.

EXAMPLE: A 800 PPI image will have less resolution than a 1000 PPI image.

A higher resolution digital image will contain MORE PPI, pixels per inch.

EXAMPLE: A 4000 PPI image will have more resolution than a 2500 PPI image.

An image file is formatted (organized) in a particular way called a FILE FORMAT.

There are many different types of FILE FORMATS available for photo & video files.

There are many digital image file formats.

Disqus accepts three image file formats.

You don’t need to bother with knowing about all the different digital image file formats; you only need to be slightly familiar with the three image format types Disqus uses: jpg, .gif & .png. Of these three .jpg (or .jpeg) is the most common, widely found image format on the Internet. Almost 95% of all still photos there are in .jpg format.


You can always find an image file’s format by looking @ the file extension on the far right:


So What In Blazes Do .jpg, .gif & .png Actually Stand For?

Ok, since you asked; however, you won’t need to remember these official names:

.jpg (or .jpeg) = Joint Photographic Experts Group

The Joint Photographic Experts Group is the name of the industry trade group of professionals who got together to create this particular image file format.

Let’s keep going; I promise this is the most technical we’ll get in this tutorial:

.gif = Graphic Interchange Format

A .gif image file can be either a single still image or a series of still images ordered in such a way as to play a small looped motion segment, usually containing no sound, over & over again, endlessly.

Understandably, such .gif files are called motion .gifs or animated .gifs. Finally,

.png = Portable Network Graphic

In general, .png image files are only used for still images & are higher quality than .jpg.

They are often used in artwork such as logos or non-photographic design elements.

You probably won’t encounter too many .png files during your daily internet adventures.


Why Do Digital Photos & Images Need Different Image File Formats?

The different image file formats are solutions to a big digital image issue: FILE SIZE.

FILE SIZE is a really big deal for computers & the Internet. Image files are usually very BIG because they contain LOTS of digital information in the form of pixels; more than simple written text words. This usually makes image files very large & more difficult to organize, store & share. Large file sizes occupy more memory & hard drive storage. They can also greatly slow down sharing & transfer. Think of an image file format being similar to a container which stores & organizes all of the photo’s pixels. The different file formats basically all differ by size; some being larger containers which hold larger amounts of digital information (pixels) while others are smaller containers which hold less.

To make it possible for photos & images to conform to a certain image file format’s container, the format compresses the photo or image to make it fit. Some image file formats compress photos more to make them fit because their containers are smaller by design.

RAW photo files are typically the largest image files because technically they are uncompressed. They also have the highest & best image resolution. The above examples are very basic & fundamental visual representations of the container & compression elements of digital image file formats & in no way represent actual scale or proportion. The greater the compression, generally the larger loss of image quality.

OK, now you know more simple, yet very important information about digital image files.

Remember to always get the most from your post!

Troubleshooting Photo Posts In Disqus

Before We Begin, Remember:

❇️ This is very basic & easy to learn information. No prior technical knowledge required.

❇️ For this tutorial, we’ll assume you are using a desktop computer or tablet & have little to no previous computer knowledge and/or experience.

❇️ Don’t worry about making mistakes; you can’t really mess up anything. You’ll get it!

Ready To Start?


I assume you are now a Disqus photo posting pro after mastering this technique:

You may have noticed it doesn’t always work every time as expected. Some times it can be a challenge to get a photo or meme to post successfully. When this happens, it’s usually because of one of only three tiny technical glitches holding up things. Once you become familiar with these glitches, you can quickly spot & remedy them:

1. The SIZE Of Your Photo Image File Is Too Large

Disqus limits photo image file sizes to 5MB each or less. Anything larger & your photo won’t load. You’ll receive a more than obvious message if your file size is too large.

SOLUTION

Pay attention & check your photo image file sizes before posting. Use smaller sized photo image files less than 5MB so you don’t encounter this snag.


2. Disqus Doesn’t LIKE Or ACCEPT The TYPE Of File You Are Posting

In the Digital World, there are many different types of FILE FORMATS for photo & video files; however, Disqus only loads & accepts three specific format types: .jpg, .gif & .png.

Disqus will also warn you whenever you try to load an unacceptable image file format:

SOLUTION

Use ONLY those photo image file formats Disqus accepts.

You can find a file’s format type by looking at the File Extension which follows directly after and to the right of the dot at the end of each image file’s name.

You don’t need to bother knowing what the format abbreviations stand for or what they mean. That’s covered in another tutorial: Different Image File Formats In Disqus. For now, you only need to remember the .jpg (or also .jpeg) format is by far the most widely used image file format on the Internet. Probably 90% of all the still photo digital image files there are formatted in .jpg.


3. Your Web Browser Page Window Is Broken

Some times, specific functions on your web browser page window will break down & stop working properly with too frequent & higher than normal usage without regular page refreshes.

One of those specific functions which can first stop working on an overused webpage is your ability to drag & drop photo image files into open Disqus comment windows. When you drag & drop, nothing happens…absolutely nothing.

The comment window remains blank as ever because the photo image file won’t load or display. When this happens, your web browser page has broken down & jammed up.

SOLUTION

STEP ONE: This is an extremely easy FIX. Simply refresh your browser window page. Refreshing the page in effect wipes it clean of any corrupted functions & starts you again on a clean & freshly restored version. After you’ve cycled into a new, fresher page; try dragging & dropping your photo image file again into an open Disqus comment window. You will likely see the file load for posting. If you don’t & it doesn’t, then continue to this next step:

STEP TWO: If refreshing your webpage doesn’t initially fix your inability to drop & load photo image files into Disqus comments, BOOKMARK the page you’re on so you can quickly & easily find it again. Next, CLOSE your web browser window completely & then immediately OPEN a NEW browser window. Select your saved bookmark and return to the page you were working on. You should now be able to successfully drag & drop photo image files & have them smoothly load into Disqus comment windows.

Now you can immediately SPOT & FIX the three most common glitches which stop people from posting photos or memes on the internet. Smooth sailing ahead, Sailor!

Remember to always get the most from your post.

How To Post Photos In Disqus 101

Remember Before We Begin:

❇️ This is very easy information to learn, so stay with it until you achieve success. Once you can to do this 2-3 times, you’ll know how to do it forever.

❇️ REMEDIAL: For this tutorial, we’ll assume you’re using a desktop computer or tablet & have little to no previous computer knowledge and/or experience.

❇️ Don’t worry about making mistakes; you can’t really mess up anything. The worst that can happen is your photo or image doesn’t post or display. If that happens, just review this tutorial again to find out what you missed. You’ll get it!

Ready To Start?

Have you ever wanted to post a photo or image in a Disqus comment, but couldn’t because you didn’t know how? In this easy to follow, step by step tutorial, you’ll learn exactly how to do just that.

Adding photos, images or memes (a meme is only a photo or image with added text ) is very easy once you know how; and increases your ability to express yourself & communicate online. It’s also a heck of a lot of fun!

Photo or Image

Meme: Photo or Image with Text

This is a simple 3 STEP process & you only do Step One ONCE.


STEP ONE: CREATE A New PHOTOS Folder:

The first thing you want to do is create a new folder on your computer and name it PHOTOS. If you already have a PHOTOS folder you’re using to store other personal photographs somewhere else on your computer, then name this new folder DISQUS PHOTOS so you won’t accidentally mix the two up.

You want to create a new PHOTOS folder on your computer because you need to have a familiar and easy to find place to store the photos, images and memes you plan to post online in your comments. Did I just say your new PHOTOS folder should be located in a very easy to find place? Yes I did; so put it somewhere you won’t have to navigate through five or six mouse clicks each time you want to find it.

I’m a MAC user, so my PHOTOS folder is directly on my desktop. I could also put it on my hard drive. If you’re a WINDOWS user, you can put your new PHOTOS folder in an easy to find spot on your C Drive.


Before we continue, let’s explain in very simple terms exactly what you will be doing every time you post a photo in Disqus:

▶️ You’ll be taking a photo or meme from somewhere on the internet by dragging & dropping it into your PHOTOS folder.

▶️ Once inside your PHOTOS folder, you’ll move it into a Disqus comment window to post.

These are the ONLY two actions involved: 1) grabbing a photo from somewhere on the web and dragging it into your PHOTOS folder; and 2) dragging your photo out of your PHOTOS folder into an open Disqus comment window. That’s really all there is to it.

To accomplish theses two actions we are going to use a very simple and easy technique called DRAG & DROP. The easiest way to explain DRAG & DROP is just to show you.


STEP TWO: GRAB your photo & DRAG it over into your PHOTOS Folder:

So you found a photo on the internet you’d like to post on Disqus and share with some of your friends. For our example, let’s say you’d like to steal…er, grab this Powerline image of Donald Trump surfing a red wave and post it somewhere else to share it with your friends.

Place your pointer cursor anywhere over the photo. CLICK the LEFT button on your mouse & HOLD it down. CONTINUE to HOLD it down as you MOVE your cursor point with your mouse off the webpage and toward your PHOTOS Folder. (No, your cursor point is not hot pink. I changed the color of mine so it would stand out more & be easier to see in this example.) You are now DRAGGING (Step One of DRAG & DROP) the photo towards your PHOTOS Folder.

You’ll know when you’ve correctly grabbed the photo with your cursor point, because as you DRAG it from the webpage over towards your PHOTOS folder, you’ll see a more transparent version of the image similar to the one above follow along with your cursor point.

CONTINUE to HOLD DOWN the LEFT button on your mouse & DRAG the ghost of the image with your cursor point all the way OFF the webpage & over to your PHOTOS folder. Make certain the TIP of your cursor point is directly ON TOP the PHOTO folder and then RELEASE the LEFT mouse button. The image will disappear as it DROPS into your PHOTOS folder.

OPEN your PHOTOS folder now. You should see an image file for your photo inside. This photo will remain in you PHOTOS folder indefinitely until you throw it away. You can either post it now in Disqus and/or at any future time. You can also post it multiple times on the same webpage or multiple times on many other different webpages. Later, if you become particularly adventurous, you can even use photo & image editing software like Photoshop, Gimp or Elements to modify & customize the image.


STEP THREE: DRAG your photo over into your Disqus comment window:

In this final step, you’ll drag & drop your photo in the very same way as in STEP TWO: only instead, this time you’re dragging your photo from your PHOTOS folder to drop it into an open & waiting Disqus comment window.

You can post your photo in either a top or reply comment window.

Place your cursor point over the photo image file in your PHOTOS folder & HOLD DOWN the LEFT BUTTON on your mouse. CONTINUE holding down the LEFT mouse button as you move & DRAG the image file out of the PHOTOS folder into the open Disqus comment window. RELEASE the LEFT mouse button once your cursor point is inside the comment window to DROP the photo image file into the open comment window.

Once you DROP the photo image file into the comment window, you should see it appear after Disqus takes a second or two to load it. Disqus will also rename the photo image file, usually with an outrageously long new file name. This is normal. At this point, you can also add TEXT by typing it directly into the comment window. Once the photo image file has finished loading into the comment window, CLICK on the “Post as…” button.

Congratulations on posting your photo! Use this same procedure every time you post a photo, image or meme. Does it always work 100%, guaranteed? No. Contrary to popular expectations & opinion, technology is far less reliable than we have been lead to believe. Thankfully, it works much more often than not; and, when it doesn’t, it’s usually because of something very minor and easy to fix.

I’ll cover tips for Troubleshooting Posting Photos in Disqus in the next tutorial.

In the meantime, have fun & happy photo posting! 😊