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How to Upload a Photo to Patch

Submitting your favorite photos to Patch is quick and easy with this step-by-step guide.

Uploading a photo to a Patch website is easy and quick, once you know how to do it. Here's a simple how-to for you to follow.

  1. Sign up as a Patch user. To add a photo or other content such as events or announcements, you need to be a registered member of Patch. You can do this by clicking "Sign Up" at the top of the site.
  2. Select the photo you'd like to upload.
  3. All photos should be original, meaning you need to have taken them yourself. Photos should be in a "jpeg" format. This is the most common photo format. If you see an extension of your photo file that says "tif," "gif," "bmp," or something else, look for a way to save your photo in a "jpeg" or "jpg" format.
  4. Photos should be saved, if possible, at a medium size and a "resolution" of 72 dpi. If you do not know or have the ability to do this, don't worry too much; our system does some "crunching" for you. But the smaller the size of your image, the quicker it will upload to our site, so for efficiency you may want to keep the file sizes smaller.
  5. To add a photo, just click on the link under the current photos that says "Add your photos and videos."
  6. A window will open; click on "Choose files to upload." This will take you to your computer files, where you can choose the image you wish to add. Click it.
  7. One your photo is ready to be uploaded, you will see a screen with a link that says "Start uploading." Click that.
  8. Your photo will upload, and when it is done the computer will ask you what you want to do next. Click on "edit your new photos." This is where you add your caption information.
  9. Click to add caption information. You may also change the "photo credit" if you need to do so. If someone other than you took the photo, click to change that.
  10. Be sure to include in your caption information about when and where the photo was taken, and fully identify any people in the photo.

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