How to Put a Photo in a wikiHow Article

Images enhance the presentation of our articles and make it easier for others to learn. They clarify and illustrate text. Adding them from the Guided or Advanced Editor is easy!

  • If you're using the Article Creation Tool to write your article, you can publish your article first with text only, and then click "Edit" to add images, using the steps below.

Steps

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    Click on the Edit tab at the top of the article you've chosen.
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    Click on the "Add Image to Steps" button (in Guided Editor), or the Image icon (in Advanced Editor).
    • In the Guided Editor, which has the text divided into different boxes (introduction, steps, video, tips...), you'll find it under the steps section.
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    • In the Advanced Editor, which has all the text in a single box, you'll find it at the top of the box. Articles with parts or methods automatically open in Advanced Editor and cannot be opened in Guided Editor.
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    Choose the step that you want to add the picture to.
    • In Guided Editor, choose a step from the dropdown menu at the top.
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    • In Advanced Editor, put the cursor at the end of the step you want to add an image to.
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    Search for photos you already have permission to use on Flickr and Wikimedia. You can adjust your search terms and click "Search" to find relevant images from either source. If you find one you want, click "Insert."
    • Alternatively, click the "Local File" tab to upload a photo you have saved on your computer. Note that this should be a photo you've created, not one you found on another website.
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    • If you uploaded your own image, you'll be asked to assign the appropriate license to the image. Select it from the drop-down menu. If asked, provide the source information. If you imported an image from Flickr or Wikimedia, this step will happen automatically.
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    Determine the size, layout, and caption of the image.
    • Note that placement of large or landscape images on main steps will be automatic, anyway.
    • For smaller, portrait-oriented images that are right-aligned, you can adjust size/placement and add a caption. For images in substeps, you can also make adjustments using these options.
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    Click on Insert File.
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    Click on Done to return to the Edit page of your article.
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    Adjust the image code further, if you'd like. You may want to change the alignment or size more after you've finished editing and previewing the page.
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    Click on Publish, at the bottom of a page, to save your changes.

Tips

Warnings

  • Only registered editors are allowed to import or upload images.
  • Do not use animated images. On wikiHow, all of our images are static images. Super-short videos are compiled and uploaded by a special account that can, but animated images aren't really necessary here.

Article Info

Categories: Help | Using Images