Saturday, November 29, 2008

Picture Enlargement

Several people have asked me how I make the pictures on my blog larger than normal. Well it took a while for me to figure it out and I had to ask a couple people along the way.

First I asked Steve, since he has such great pictures that all seem to fit perfectly on his blog, Shooting My Universe. He directed me to a post he had written a while ago titled appropriately enough: Size Matters (The SMU Layout). I also spoke with Mary over on Mary's View. Another fantastic blog with gorgeous photos. Seems I confuse easily though because no matter what I did I couldn't get my pictures quite right (though I think I've finally figured it out on this most recent Frost post).

Then this morning I happened to see Southern Hospitality (love Rhoda's blog!) had a post titled: Fa-La-La! and a Blog Tip! How could I resist a blog tip?! So I headed on over and read her post. Rhoda explains resizing photo's in very simple terms that most anyone can understand. As a matter of fact I'm going to try using her suggestions in my next post. Somehow I think it's what Steve was trying to tell me all along, am I right Steve?

As for my template, I use Minima Stretch, which you will need to use if you're planning on using wide (800 px) pictures. If you ever want to figure out what someone is using for a template, go to their page, right click, then click on 'View Source'. Their whole html template will pop up. When I first started blogging and wanted to make a 3 column blog that's how I figured a lot of it out, by looking at other people's html. Yes, I'm a peeper, okay?

Hope that helps!

*Now if I can only figure out how to change the Title font on my blog post's to a custom font I'll be all set! Any tips on where to find it in my html? Anyone?


Glenda/MidSouth said...

I just found your blog by way of Southern Hospitality. What beautiful photography! I just started a blog and have a lot to learn. I will be back to check out more of your blog, when I have more time.

Kim said...

Love the fancy new look to your blog and the header is so pretty this time of year. Thanks for this post. I am going to check out the links over coffee tomorrow so I can learn more!

Mary said...


First, your header is stunning. Are they your trees?

Thanks for all the research on sizing pics! I saved Rhoda's post in case I need it. I don't use Blogger to upload photos and rely on Flickr but I might need this information one day.

I can't remember what template I'm using... I think it's Minima Stretch also. I need to work out a way to put a photo in my header they way you did.

Happy Thanksgiving, Sharon!

A New England Life said...

Nice to meet you Glenda! Let me know if I can help you in any way.

Hi Kallen, You'll be a big time blogger before you know it ; )

Mary, I stopped using Flickr for my large/wide pictures because I noticed the pictures were too wide. The right side doesn't show up on my post.
Picasa lets you choose an 800 px width instead of 1024 px on Flickr, so the whole photo is viewable. However, I like Rhoda's idea of being able to load regular pictures from my computer and then just changing the width and height manually.
I do think you need to have the Minima Stretch like you do in order to have wide pictures. Di, over on Blue Ridge Gal had to change hers from Minima to Minima Stretch and now the larger pictures fit just fine.

You asked about the tree's, Mary. No, they aren't mine. They are next to the local Fire Station. After I dropped my daughter off at work early this morning I stopped on the way home and took a few pictures as the sun was coming up and everything was still frosty. It almost looks like snow.

Have a nice Sunday all!

Cindy said...

I'm so happy Rhoda posted that too! How did I not know this? Love youd sky photo!

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Unknown said...

Hi Sharon *waving* I am up ahem early reading your blog and stretching pictures left and right all over the place. Thanks guru. : )

A New England Life said...

Hi Cindy,
Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by! That Rhoda, she's a smart one : )

You keep stretching, it does a body good.

You can also make your pictures 500 px wide like Flickr does, which makes them a little bit larger than normal, and very nice. (I've added that note to the post)


Donna said...

This is very useful information that I will be using. Thank you!

Alyson | New England Living said...

How did you put that beautiful background in?

A New England Life said...

Hi Alyson!

First I found a background I liked (I already had this one), then I lightened it some in Photoshop. After that I uploaded it to Photobucket.

From there you have to go into your html. Not to far down you will see this:

/* Use this with templates/template-twocol.html */
body {
font:x-small Georgia Serif;
font-size/* */:/**/small;
font-size: /**/small;
text-align: center;

See the part I've highlighted? That is the code to your background color. Remove that and add this instead:

background-image: url(;:#bca;

That's a cute background you might like, or use the code from the background you chose, whether it be from Photobucket, google pictures, or where ever. Make sure to use the 'http' code though or it won't work right.

Anymore questions just ask : )


Alyson | New England Living said...

So, you just need a photo of something and it will fill up the entire screen? That's so cool!

Thanks for all your help! As soon as I get a chance to change my background, I'll definitely be giving you some linky love in a post! :)

A New England Life said...

Yes, the photo will multiply itself and fill up the whole background. Pretty neat!

Hope the photo tip helped you too. That way you would only have to upload your photo's once instead of Photobucket, then blogger. Man that's a lot of copying and pasting!

Saucy said...

You can see other people's HTML? How???

A New England Life said...

Good day Saucy,

You may view other pages html by Sourcing them. It's easy peasy lemon squeezy. Right click on their page, then click on 'View Source' in the pop up box.

There you go! Source away!

Alyson | New England Living said...

I'm having a hard time making the pics be 500px. It only works at 800, but I don't want them that large. Any idea why it won't work when I change it to 500 instead?

A New England Life said...

My apologies Alyson. I thought I had tried it and it worked. Apparently I was mistaken.

The only way to make your pictures 500 px would be to upload them to flickr then add the code directly into the html portion of your post. That's what I have done in the past. If you need help just send me an email.

Again, I'm sorry for the confusion.


Alyson | New England Living said...

That's so weird that it will only allow 800. I wonder why that is! Anyway, thanks for all your help. Maybe at some point, I'll add them at 800.