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How to Get Your Text Away from Your Pictures in AR blogs

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Ever notice how some Active Rain blogs look nice with the text away from the pictures while others seem to have the text all jammed up against the picture?

Believe it or not, it's easy to make you pictures stand out by keeping the text away!

Here's how to do it.

First, start typing your blog.

Step Two:  SAVE your work!

When you're done, SAVE your work using the "Draft" setting in the visibility setting.  This way you won't loose all that excellent hard work you put into your blog.

Always save in Draft mode

Step Three:  Upload your picture.

You should already know how to do this.  Just click the tree looking button on the menu and a window will open.  Once the window is open, click on the red, white and blueish button as shown below.  This will then open another window which will include a browse button.  Clicking on the browse button will take you to your computer where you can locate and upload your chosen picture.

find a picture on your computer

Step Four: Name the picture and adjust the settings.

This is where the magic happens.  When your picture is uploaded, you should name it in both boxes.  And here's a cool trick.  Name your picture something like, "Abacus by Bob Haywood" (use your own name!).  That way whenever someone sees that picture in their Google search results, it will be under your name!  Do this enough times and you'll have pictures all over the Internet with your name attached to them.  Be sure you are not using copyrighted pictures!

Name your picture in your blog by Bob Haywood

Now that you have named your picture, use your mouse and click on the "Appearance" tab in the insert image window.  It should look like this.

AR blog appearance insert pic tab

To make the text stay away from the picture put a 2 or a 3 in both the vertical space and horizontal space border boxes.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  Make sure you click on the next box down after you put the number in.  This makes the program take the number.  I click on the border box after I put the number in the Horizontal Space box just to be sure.

I do not put a number in the border because I don't use borders around my pictures.  You can experiment with this to determine your own preferences.

Once you're done, click on the Insert tab and your picture will pop into your blog with your border settings.  You can then move it left, right or to the center using the settings on the Entry tab of your blog.

This should put a nice space between your picture and your text.  Repeat the above steps for each picture you want to put into your blog.

Finally, SAVE your work as Public or Members Only.

Be sure to put in your tags and choose where to post your blog and you should be good to go!


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Comment balloon 1 commentCheryl Ritchie • January 15 2010 10:16PM


Hi Cheryl~

Thanks for passing along such a great tip!  The editing for the AR blog is pretty sparse, so any advice on how to make photos look more professional is a real help.

This is one of the things I love about AR.  So many generous members sharing their experience with us.

Have a great week end.  Love those goldens!!  You look like you are in heaven in your photo.

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