Great news! With a slightly painful server and systems update, all of the original coding done for the site finally works! You can upload your own photos and images to the server and then insert them into printable cards, photo calendar templates, picture frames and more!
Before, there were some restrictions associated with the platform settings. If site visitors tried to upload an image larger than 2.0mb, the upload would get canceled and the user would receive and error message saying “no file loaded” or “your file is not an image”. Now, however, there are no restrictions to file size. So, if you have a newer camera with 10+ mega pixels, that’s no problem. You should still be able to upload your photo as is, either right from your camera (if it’s connected to your computer) or right from a file on your computer. (The programs will only accept .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png, and .bmp files. Any other file will be rejected.)
Tips for saving a little time with uploads: Even though you can upload any file size to the templates, you might want to resize your file or upload it to a photo host if you think you’ll be making a few different things, using a few different picture or just trying a few templates out.
Time-saving Tip 1: resize the file and reduce loading time
Every time you open a new template you have the option to load your image. However, that means you have to load your image every time. If your file is very large, it will take longer to upload to the server and longer to load into the templates. If you can resize your file to half its size, then you’ll save half the time every time you upload a photo. Most digital camera software has the option for resizing and saving your pictures or you can also try some freeware photo resizer programs on the Net.
Time-saving Tip 2: load the image to an online photo spot
You can load images to iCloud, FaceBook, MySpace, your blog, or sites like PhotoBucket. If you have one of these accounts, loading an image to one of these will save you some time. Once loaded to a host, you can right click on the image. You should see an option to save the URL to the picture. Click on that and then in the makers, you can paste the URL to the image in the space provided. Then, click add photo. Your photo should instantly appear in the templates. No load time! This is the fastest method if you are going to be using an image over and over again, or if you have a few images you plan to use, uploading them all and then using the paste URL function will save you a ton of time.
With any upgrade or changes to a server, there can be unforeseen problems. If you have any problems with the site or file uploads, please let me know. I’ll do my best to get them fixed as soon as possible.