The Media Add New Screen allows you to upload new Media to later use with posts and pages. A Flash Uploader is provided and the ability to use a Browser Uploader is supplied if the Flash Uploader does not work.
Upload New Media
Uploading media from your local computer into the Media Library is quite simple. Two ‘uploaders’, Flash and Browser, are provided. If the Flash uploader doesn’t work, then click the “Browser Uploader” link to use the Broswer uploader.
Choose files to upload
Select Files – Click this button, and then from the Select Files window, find and click the file to upload, then click the Open button. A “Crunching…” message will display, and when the uploading is complete, the image and its related fields will be displayed. At that point you may edit and save the information about that Media (see the Edit Media section for more information).
Uploading multiple files at once – After clicking the Select Files button, in the Select Files window, multiple files can be selected by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on each file. After all the files are seleted, click on the Open button and all of those files will be uploaded.
Show and Hide – Once the Media is uploaded, a Show or Hide button is displayed to the right of the Media. Clicking on Show will expand the Media and allow you to edit the Media information (see the Edit Media section), and clicking on Hide will collapse the Media into a summary format.
Uploading via the Browser uploader:
- Browse – Click this button, and then from the File Upload window, find and click the file to upload, then click the Open button. The Media file name will be placed in the text box to the left of the Browse button.
- Upload – One a Media file name is displayed in the text box to the left of the Browse button, click the Upload button to upload that Media. At that point the Media Library Screen is displayed.
- Cancel – If the Upload is not working or is taking a prolonged period of time, click the Cancel button to cancel the Upload process.
Once Media is uploaded, the information associated with that Media can be edited.
Title-Enter the Title of this Media. The Title will displayed in the File column of the Media Library Screen.
Alternate Text-Enter the Alt text for the image, e.g. “The Mona Lisa”.
Caption -The caption for this Media. For image type Media, the Caption is also used as alternate text for that image.
Description – A description for this particular Media.
File URL – Enter the physical location of the uploaded file.
Update Media – Click the Save all changes to save the Media. At that point the Media Library Screen is displayed.
In the Edit Media section, the Edit Image function allows the actual image to be edited.
Just above the Media image, the tool bar holds several tools to change an image.
Click on the image and holding the left mouse button down, drag the selection box to the size signify the new size and click the Crop tool.
Click to rotate the image counter-clockwise.
Click to rotate the image clockwise.
Click to rotate the image vertically.
Click to rotate the image horizontally.
The Scale Image feature allows you to increase or decrease (shrink) the size of image proportioanlly.
Click the Scale Image button to proportionally scale the original image. For best results the scaling should be done before performing any other operations on it like crop, rotate, etc. Note that if you make the image larger it may become fuzzy. The original dimensions (e.g. 1024×768) are displayed and a box for the new dimensions is presented. After entering the new dimensions, click the Scale button.
The Image Crop feature allows you to select an area of an image and then delete all but that selected area. To crop an image, click on the top left area you want keep, then drag crop frame to the lower right until the desired area is selected. As the crop frame is made larger (or smaller) the dimensions are reflected to the right of the image. Finally, click the Crop tool on the Tool Bar to actually crop the image.
Once the crop frame is visible, these keyboard combinations can ‘fine-tune’ the size of the crop frame. Note: The arrow key can be any of four arrow keys–up arrow, down arrow, left arrow, or right arrow:
- Arrow: move by 10px
- Shift + arrow: move by 1px
- Ctrl + arrow: resize by 10px
- Ctrl + Shift + arrow: resize by 1px
- Shift + drag: lock aspect ratio
Crop Aspect Ratio
You can specify the crop selection aspect ratio then hold down the Shift key while dragging to lock it. The values can be 1:1 (square), 4:3, 16:9, etc. If there is a selection, specifying aspect ratio will set it immediately.
Once started, the selection can be adjusted by entering new values (in pixels). Note that these values are scaled to approximately match the original image dimensions. The minimum selection size equals the thumbnail size as set in the settings Media Screen.
Restore Original Image
If changes have been made to an image the Restore Original Image button will be exposed.
Restore Original Image
After changing an image, include scaling or cropping, the Restore Original Image button, when pressed, allows you to discard any changes and restore the original image. Previously edited copies of the image will not be deleted. Press the Restore image to complete the action.
Save or Cancel
Use this to cancel any operation that has been performed on the image.
Use this to save the changes made to an image and return to the Edit Media screen for this image.