This picture entered using LiveWriter, medium size, drop shadow
Does this happen to you: You’ve written an item, put a picture in the post, put a caption underneath – and then publish, to find everything has moved around?
Great blank sections - or even worse, all your carefully placed text all over the place, wrapped around an image with some underneath, and it all looks a total mess?
I've finally worked out how to solve the "photos where you want them" problem.
- Update Blogger to the new editor if you haven't already (Settings > Basic - go right to the bottom).
- Write your post, and click the position where you want the photo to go (they always used to load at the top, but now will go where your cursor is).
- Click on the photo logo on the post toolbar and browse to find the picture, then click Enter - the picture will go in the centre of your post - you are then given the option of deciding where you want to place it (left, centre, right) and the size.
Don’t alter placement or size – yet
DON'T alter either placement or size. Do a carriage return (enter key) to go down a space and then type any caption you want.
Go down another space and continue writing your blog.
If you want to reposition, go back and do it. Don't alter the size unless you have to (you'll get the optimum size for the thumbnail anyway) and the image and caption should stay where you want them.
If you alter the position of the image as soon as you enter it onto your blog (say, to the left) the text will immediately wordwrap to the right of the image - then if you want to add a caption it entails the endless publish/edit/tweak/publish cycle, over and over. (Does this show up as entry after entry on our Reading lists? Can anyone tell me?)
Using LiveWriter – and why
If you want to add a ton of photos, alter size and placement to suit, this is foolproof but takes longer: download Microsoft LiveWriter: http://home.live.com/
Like everything, there are advantages and disadvantages: LiveWriter's downside (to me) is that you don't get thumbnail pix which you can then click on to enlarge. And if you try to edit in Blogger after publishing, the post defaults back to the Blogger problem of text/photo/publish/edit again.
Picture entered in the post in Blogger (thumbnail) & the whole post copied to LiveWriter
But if you want big pix, or a dropped shadow, or want to add copyright info - you'll love it! You can just get on and write.
My sneaky solution for perfect picture placement
HOWEVER - I have gotten around this by combing the two programmes in a sneaky way...
What I do now for complex posts with lots of pictures is to write the post in Blogger and position the pix more or less where I want them, then right-click to Select All > Copy whilst still in the post and BEFORE publishing, so it's still in the draft stage. I paste it all into LiveWriter (in normal view, not html view) then do any adjusting there, then publish.
This gives me all the advantages of LiveWriter (position, more freedom re size of text etc) and yet somehow LiveWriter keeps Blogger's thumbnail capability. So I get the best of both worlds.
So when I publish, I have posts and pix that display how I WANT them to!
I’d be very interested to hear if anyone else has tried this, and what you think of the idea – whether it’s the perfect solution or if you’ve come up with a better one.