You will need to register an account for Photobucket, so go on over to www.photobucket.com
and click on "Sign up" if you haven't got one, or login with your username and password if you do.
Once logged in you will see a screen similar to the one below. It won't be exactly the same, don't worry about that.
Its a good idea to organise your images by albums from an early stage they do not need to be moved later on, and so links do not get broken, so we'll do that now.
1) To make a new album hover your mouse over the "Upload to" button as shown below circled in red:
2) Another menu will appear. Choose "New album" as shown below:
3) The following page will appear. Here, you can name your album and set the privacy settings. You can call the album anything you like, though its best to relate it to what the album will contain or be used for to ease organisation. Where privacy settings are concerned, its up to you. If you choose "Public" people will be able to browse through your album freely - but not actually change anything. If you choose "Private" people will only be able to see photos that you specifically post links to, as I am doing here with the screen shots.
4) As you can see from the shot below, I'm making an new album called "Test", with the appropriate settings:
Ignore the "Add as an album to" for now.
5) Click on "Add Album" and the following page will appear:
6) You are now "in" your new album and ready to add pictures
Now you've made your album, we can add pictures to it.
Note, if you log out of Photobucket and want to find your album when you log back in, your albums will appear in the area circled below. This screenshot is an example of how my albums appear:
1) Before we upload for the first time, its a good idea to set the options for the photos being uploaded, i.e. the size.
To do this, click on "more options" below the "Upload Images and Videos" button, as shown below:
2) The following screen will appear. Essentially, we want to set the "Basic dimensions" to "Large (640 x 480)" as this is the size most suitable for message board use. If you wish to upload a bigger file for another use then choose whatever size you like.
Ignore the video options for now.
At the bottom of the screen there are "Other options". I would suggest putting a tick in the "Scramble filenames so nobody can guess your links" for privacy purposes. This basically means that if, for example, your photos were names sequentially, i.e. photo1, photo2, photo3 etc then it would be easy for someone to guess the name, and so link of your photo, and view it. Allowing Photobucket to scramble the name of your photo stops this happening. This has no impact on the photos stored on your computers hard drive so don't worry.
3) Click on "Save" circled in red below and we're ready to upload.
4) Now back on the main screen, click on "Upload Images and Videos":
5) A window, as shown below, will open up allowing you to browse through the folders on your hard drive and find the photo you want to upload. When you find the picture (I'm using one called "Picture 001" in a folder called "Test") either double click on it using the left mouse button, or click once on it to highlight the file in blue, then click "Open" as shown below:
Note, if you want to upload more than one file there are two methods. You can either run through the step above for each file you wish to upload. Or you can select more than one file at a time by holding down the control "Ctrl" button on your keyboard while clicking once on each file in turn that you wish to upload. Double clicking on the files does not work when using this method; you must select each file by clicking on it once with the left hand mouse button(while holding the control key), then click on the "Open" button.
6) When you upload(s) are completed the following screen will appear, with your images shown ready for use - I have uploaded a photo of a gauge as an example:
7) In order to show your picture on, for example, a message board, you need to insert the path to your image so your Internet browser knows where to go to fetch the image.
To do this hover your mouse over the picture that you want to appear in your message - a menu will appear as shown below:
8 ) Click once on the "IMG Code" option at the bottom, so it is highlighted in blue as shown:
9) Then, with the right hand
mouse button, click once on the now highlighted blue area. This will reveal another menu, from which you need to click once with the left hand
mouse button, on "Copy":
10) You then need to paste the line of code that you have just copied into the message you want to write on the forum. Paste this line of code in the place you want the picture to appear. To paste the code, just put your cursor where you want the picture to appear, then click once with the right hand
mouse button to open the menu in the same way as in step 9. Then click "Paste" with the left hand
Your photo should now appear :D