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Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 5:54 a.m. PST

Since this seems to come up over and over, I thought I'd go ahead and write a short detailed tutorial on how to post images to TMP.

1) First of all your image needs to be online already. Some forums allow you to upload a picture from your computer to their web site. TMP does not do that. So you need to have it on your blog, on Flickr, etc. Note that some sites like Photobucket and Facebook do not allow you to make images public so you cannot use them. (See the special forum notes at the end).

2) Open two browsers or browser tabs: one on the page with the image you want to share, and one on the thread here on TMP where you want post it.

3) Point your browser to the page with your image. Right click on the image and select "Copy Image Address."

4) Point your browser to the thread on TMP you have open. Click on your message where you want the image to appear. Right click and choose "paste."

5) You should now see the URL from your picture. It should start with either http: or www and it should end in .jpg or .gif or .png

6) Hit Submit! That's it, a simple copy and paste.

Flickr Note: If you use Flickr for online photo storage (I do and I like it a lot) you can't simply copy the URL. Instead you'll need to follow these steps:

F1) On your computer (NOT your phone) log in to your Flick account. Click on "You" at the top and the select "Camera Roll." You should now see thumbnails of all your pictures by date. Select all the pictures you want to post to TMP. When you do a pop up window should appear.

F2) Click the "Privacy" icon. In the pop up window choose "Public" and then "Change".

F3) In the navigation bar click on "Photostream."

F4) Select the first picture you want to share. When it opens, in the lower right corner of your screen you'll see an arrow icon. Click that arrow and you should get a pop up window. Click "Embed." Down below in the little drop down select "Medium"

F5) Now copy the URL in the text box just above the photo icon. It begins with "<a data-flickr"

F6) Paste that URL on TMP. It will be very long and filled with nasty code. Like this:


Now you need to get rid of all the gibberish. You ONLY want the image. It ends with .jpg and starts with http. Get rid of all the rest of the text including the quote marks just before and after the image name (everything in yellow here):


F7) Hit "Submit" and you're done. If the image does not show up click the edit button adn look carefully at the URL for your image. Does it have a quote mark still at the end or start? Is there an errant space somewhere?

F8) Tip: I put all the URLs of all my pics in to Note and edit them there. Then I can cut and paste them. I often share images on multiple forums (like here on TMP, on GHQ's micro armor web site, etc.). This saves time.

Facebook Note: You cannot share images that are on Facebook. You can post a link to them and FB members will be able to see it, but readers will need to follow the link and have a FB account to see your picture.

Photobucket Note: Until recently you could use Photobucket just like Flickr. But they now have made direct linking impossible *unless* you pay an annual fee of several hundred dollars.

Member Forums Many other online forums are private, like Facebook, and require membership to view their contents. In this case even an image link will create a link to the page to login, and will *not* display the photo here on TMP.

Hope you find this useful.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 6:05 a.m. PST

You may also consider opening a Google blog account. Then copy your image to your blog post draft. Then copy and paste image from draft into TMPs message comment box. Voila!

Private Matter12 Sep 2017 6:48 a.m. PST


IT WORKS!!!! Thanks for the instructions. I have tried all the previous instructions that were posted and this is the first picture I have been able to post on TMP.

Lascaris12 Sep 2017 7:08 a.m. PST

From a wordpress blog you can't copy an image address. You can copy a link but that address does not end in .jpg etc and won't embed in a TMP thread. Any thoughts on how to copy images over from wordpress blogs?

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 7:39 a.m. PST

I just tried the image here, and right clicking worked just fine (see below). Can you give me a link to what you;re trying to post?


Andrew Preziosi12 Sep 2017 8:46 a.m. PST

Thanks Extra Crispy…while other's are arguing over what to name brand a pizza…you came up with something VERY USEFUL to us all! grin

Just checking if I did this correctly…I have the URL posted and anyone who clicks on it can bring it up, but the actual picture/photo will not appear automatically…correct?


Big Red Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 9:03 a.m. PST

You can also use Twitter to host your photos for posting on TMP:


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 11:21 a.m. PST


Some web sites including some blogs won't let you link. Basically by doing do you're using *their* bandwidth on someone else's server/site (i.e. TMP). SO they force you to link to the page. Not a Wordpress thing, it's a web master thing.

Bill Rosser12 Sep 2017 2:00 p.m. PST


it worked – thanks Mark

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 7:23 p.m. PST


Disco Joe13 Sep 2017 6:16 a.m. PST

Thank you that was very helpful.

Lascaris13 Sep 2017 6:31 p.m. PST


Let's see if this works. My blog is hosted by Wordpress and I can't right click and get the image URL but I can open the image ina new tab and then just copy the address.

kcabai24 Oct 2017 6:30 a.m. PST

Thanks for the help

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Dec 2017 1:11 p.m. PST

It looks like the new Google Photos won't give you a link that can be embedded in you rmessage. Google only lets you create a link, like this:


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Cacique Caribe14 May 2018 1:31 a.m. PST


You mean like this? :)






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Winston Smith20 Jul 2018 1:14 p.m. PST

Thanks. I'll be trying that later today.

Yngtitan Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2019 5:15 a.m. PST
Marc the plastics fan05 Feb 2019 1:29 p.m. PST

What about the way to post using "tiny url" or some such magic. I don't have a blog so I have moved over to FB, but it would be nice to be able to post pics occasionally

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