How to Place Photos in Medium Posts
11 Procedures to Help You Place Graphics in Your Story
This is a tip sheet for those, like me, who have struggled with photo and image placement in Medium. Here are 11 tips to save time and headaches when placing graphics in your Medium stories.
1. For starters, keep track of Medium’s instructions on graphic placement. Here are two articles related to image formatting.
The above photo is gorgeous. I screen-captured this photo from an article on the Gizmodo.com website. To reproduce the picture for this article, I used Techsmith’s SnagIt screen capture software. We have access to the digital world via the Internet, so I highly recommend using SnagIt software.
I saved the above screen-capture on my computer. It was a 120 dpi (dots per inch) resolution and was 996 pixels wide. Medium recommends 1400 pixels for the width of a column wide photo. Therefore, I used Photoshop to enlarge it from 996 to the recommended 1400 pixels in width. When I changed the width of the photo, it easily fit into the width of the top of this article.
2. Organize where you are saving your files on your computer. You probably already do this but you should have each article project in its own separate folder (perhaps under your “Projects” or “Publications” folder).
3. In this project folder, save your research notes, bibliography citations, references, drafts and of course the main text of your article.
4. Name the file for your article in such a way that you know THIS PARTICULAR FILE is the only file you will continually edit until you finally publish it on Medium.
5. Make a separate graphics sub folder in that project folder to hold the photos and illustrations you collect for this writing project.
6. In your graphics folder, follow a strict file naming scheme.
A. If you are using a scanner, scan at the highest resolution (like 600 dpi or the highest resolution possible by your scanning software.) The reason for this is that you want to have the highest quality photo possible. It is easier to drop down the resolution but you cannot go…