Adding images, video and audio
Images, Video & Audio - your profile will thank you for adding some colour in the form of images, which display on your profile as an image gallery. You can also add video, either by uploading directly or by embedding videos from YouTube and Vimeo, and also audio too. See the sections below for more detail on how to do each of these:
To add images to your profile, simply head to My Creative Home (you can always get here by clicking on the Login/My Account link in the top right menu) and from there choose My Content, then My Images.
To add an image, click on the Add an Image link (next to the little eye icon). You need to give your image a title and add some text or description for it. Then click the Choose File button which will bring up a dialog box for your computer from where you can locate your image and click 'Open' or 'Select' to choose it.
If you add a Website Link people will be able to click through from the image to your site etc.
The site will accept JPEG, GIF or PNG files. They must be at least 400 x 300 pixels in dimension, and it's recommended that each image is about 2MB to ensure a quick download. The dimension restrictions mean that the images will always look good when viewed in your profile - it is a way of us maintaining the quality of the site and how it appears to viewers. You may need to resize your image using an image editor such as Photoshop, Microsoft Picture Manager etc.
Make sure that the Publish in my Profile box is ticked so that any image actually appears on the site and in your profile.
You need to make sure you also add Image Categorisations for each picture to help people to search for them in the Images Directory. To do this click the little red arrow which will open up the options. If appropriate you can also add an image location, and contact details for it. If you add a postcode it will be visible in map view.
Once you have done this make sure you click on the Add Image button to upload it.
Altering how images appear in your profile
If you have loaded several images to your profile it is worth considering the way in which they appear in your profile. There are three options - slideshow, slideshow with thumbnails and scroll gallery. Have a browse in the Directory to see how others have done theirs. To change the way your images appear, you need to go to My Creative Home and from there to My Profile Settings and choose from the three Profile Templates.
If you do have several images uploaded you can also alter the order in which they appear in your profile by using the orange up and down arrows to the left of the list of images in the My Images section.
You can remove an image at any time by returning to My Images and simply clicking the red cross under Delete for whichever image you want to remove.
Adding Video Files
To add videos to your profile, simply head to My Creative Home (you can always get here by clicking on the Login/My Account link in the top right menu) and from there choose My Content, then My Videos.
You then have two options: you can upload a video file or you can link to one from Youtube or Vimeo. Start by choosing one of these links.
To Upload a Video click that option then fill in the fields as required (those marked with a red star are mandatory). Then click the Choose File button to open a dialog box and locate your video for upload. As with images there are limits of resolution to ensure quality so you may need to adjust your file for this.
Make sure you add a website link if you want viewers to click through to your site and ensure that the Publish in My Profile box is ticked. You also need to select a Categorisation to help users search for your file. You can also add Location details if appropriate.
When you have completed these steps simply click the Add Video button.
Alternatively, you can link to a video that is already uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo. To do this start by choosing the Link from Youtube or Vimeo option at the top of the page. Then follow the same instructions but instead of uploading a video simply enter the appropriate Youtube or Vimeo link. Remember to click the Add Video button.
Adding Audio Files
Adding an Audio file follows much the same process as Images or Video files. Simply go to My Creative Home then My Content then My Audio and click the Add Audio File link, before filling in the fields, and clicking on the Choose File button to open a dialog box that will select your file. Make sure the Publish in my Profile box is ticked and click Add Audio File.