Objective: To add a new photo or graphic to a forum post
Before you begin, you need to sign up for a free account at one of the image hosting sites (unless you have a website of your own). There are several available but three common ones are Photobucket.com, ImageShack.com & Flickr.com.
These instructions are for using Photobucket but should be similar for whichever service you use.
STEP 1: Sizing Your Photo
Large photos cause pages to load slowly. This is why most forums have a maximum size they allow for graphic. You will find the allowed size in your Profile area on the forum.
You will need a photo editor like Photoshop or PaintShop Pro to resize the photos. If you don’t have either of those, either download www.irfanview.com (free) or try http://featurecart.com/jpeg/index.asp.
Use the instructions that come with the program to resize your images.
STEP 2: Add Image to Hosting Service
Sign in to Photobucket
Click the browse button and look for your picture saved on your computer.
Once you find it, click the picture and choose “Submit.”
NOTE: You can load multiple pictures at once by clicking “bulk uploader.”
STEP 3: Get Your Code
Below your newly uploaded photo you will see a few code options The third code is what you need to add your picture to your forum posts.
IMG: [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/vXXX/albumname/picturename.jpg [/IMG]
STEP 4: Add Code to Post
Simply paste the code between (and including) the [img] and [/img] tags into your post wherever you would like it to show up.