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Picture Manager Help

Managing Pictures

Uploading pictures is simple. When you first sign up, PhotoAdvent will take you to your "Picture Manager" page. (You can also get there by clicking "Manage Pictures" in the right hand sidebar.)

On this page, you'll find 26 'frames' for your pictures. Initially they are all empty and are marked with a plus sign and the words "Upload Picture 1", and so on. The numbers refer to dates. To upload a picture, click one of these links, browse to a picture you want to include for that date and add it. If you want, you can type in a title and a credit for the picture, then click the button marked "Upload Picture." Your picture will be uploaded and a thumbnail will appear inside the frame with a small toolbar below it. There is a 6 MB size limit for uploads. Your picture will be resized automatically.

Once your picture is uploaded, you have several options. You can:

  • View: Click the picture itself to view it at a larger size.
  • Delete: Click the red 'X' to delete the picture, if you don't want to use it.
  • Edit: Click the small square image with the pencil. This opens a window where you can rotate the image or edit the title and credit information.
  • Move/Swap: Click the number in the tool bar. This will allow you to move or swap the picture to another date.

Most Advent calendars have 24 dates. If you want, in PhotoAvent, you can also have a picture on Christmas day - just check "Enable advent window for Christmas day" on your Settings page. There is also a frame for a 26th picture, included as a convenience when trying to choose between different pictures. The extra picture will never show up in your calendar.

The final frame on the page shows your current background. A label such as "BG-1" means it is one of your backgrounds, while a label like "PA-4" indicates that it is a background provided by PhotoAdvent. You cannot change the background while you are on this page, but clicking the small icon in the background frame's toolbar will take you to the "My Backgrounds" page, where you can edit the background.