Frequently Asked Questions

How do I put an image into Reason?

  1. Make sure you have a web-ready image on your personal computer. "Web-ready" means the file is in .jpg or .gif format. If the file is in another format, such as .bmp or .tif, you will need to convert it using an image editing tool like Paint, Photoshop or GIMP. Don't worry about how big the image is -- Reason will automatically resize it for the web. (Note: If you are using Photoshop to convert your image, be sure to use "Save for web" instead of "Save as." There is a bug in Internet Explorer that causes problems when viewing images that are saved using "save as" in Photoshop.)
  2. In Reason, click on "Images" under "Add/Edit".
  3. Here you will see the list of images. click "Add Image" in the upper-right.
  4. You will be taken to a form that allows you to enter the relevant information about the image.
  5. Enter the appropriate information in the following fields:
    • Name: A name for internal reference. One use for this field is to differentiate several photos of the same person by entering "John Doe, Portrait" and "John Doe teaching"
    • Author: If you know who took the photo, put their name here. This may come in handy if someone later wants to track down originals, or if you want to recognize a student worker for taking a good picture.
    • Short Caption: A brief description of the photo, like "John Doe," or "Willis Hall." This will appear under the photo's thumbnail (i.e. small) version
    • Long Caption: A longer description of the photo. this will appear under the normal-sized version of the photo. Here you might enter, "John Doe, Cratchit Professor of Cyptology and Watercolor," or "Willis Hall, home of the Economics Department". This is particularly useful for identifying individuals in a group photo.
    • Keywords: Any words you think would help in searching for this photo. It would be a shame if someone wanted searched for photos about "Integrative Exercise" and you have only entered "Comps!"
    • Photo Taken: If you know when the photo was taken, you can enter that information here, in Month/Day/Year format. If the photo was taken on a digital camera, Reason will probably (no promises here!) automatically figure out when the photo was taken. But sometimes the camera has the wrong date, so you might want to double check that this date is correct after uploading the photo!
    • Image: Click the Browse button next to this field and browse your computer to find the image you want to upload.
    • Thumbnail: Reason will automatically generate a thumbnail image from the one you upload, so typically you will not need to enter anything here. If you have created your own thumbnail image, however, you may browse to it that same way you did for the main image.
  6. Okay, now you can just click on one of the Save buttons. If you want to check to make sure everything was uploaded correctly, click on Save and Continue Editing. If things look good after saving, you can just click on Finish in the yellow editing menu. If you clicked on Save and Finish, you will automatically go back to the image listing.
  7. Now you are ready to place the image on a page!
  • Matt Ryan, 14 July 2004
  • Keywords: Upload, Enter, Add, Image, Photograph

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