Post by Kuroya on May 11, 2015 7:53:16 GMT -8
Yes, yes, I know, rather untraditional topic. However. There is merit to it.
As far as I know, tumblr has unlimited bandwidth. Not to mention their icon stashes are pretty big, and there's no limits to how many you can put up. However, on the other side of things, there's also no guarantee you'll be able to trace the icons back to you (as well as the fact that it's more than likely that unless they're posted privately, you'll likely end up with your icons on other blogs and no real way to regulate that). But given that it happens anyway, the really only way to "safeguard" against it is to post privately and/or watermark the icons.
However, I digress. I'm going to show you guys how to post up icons using Tumblr. This is under the current updates as of May 11, 2015 - the reason I put down the date is because a few months ago, it was ten times easier and I wouldn't even need to make a tutorial.
Thanks YahooI'll include visuals of doing it with my own icon blog beneath spoiler tags for those who need help since the updates are confusing, but they can only help you so much. I'll also be writing this for people who have little to no experience in using Tumblr, so please don't be offended if I'm seeming really basic and hand-holding, I'm just trying to be thorough in my approach.
To start, you obviously need a blog to work with - any blog will work fine, even a personal, although I personally prefer to use an icon subblog since I take requests and all that fun jazz that comes along with hosting one. I also highly recommend making the icons beforehand, although you can edit and upload more. Sort of.
Once you've logged in and all that, you need to find the little person in the upper right hand corner (as circled in red in the visual). Click it to open up a dropdown. From there, you can either click on the actual blog (for example, steve-the-derpy-drag-kween in the visual) to pull up a page such as one in the visual, or you can straight out hit the "edit appearance" option (also circled in red). If you had taken the first option, edit appearance will also be on the sidebar (circled in green).
Regardless of which path you take, you will end up in the same place - in the blog settings. Once upon a time, you could edit your theme right out from that page; alas, it is now only a memory so instead you will have to scroll down until you find the Edit theme button (circled in red).
Hitting that will bring you to a familiar screen, the one you use when creating or editing a tumblr theme. On the black sidebar to the left, scroll all the way down until you meet a small area where there's an option to add a page (again circled in red). You want to hit this option since it's now the only one where you can mess with how images are displayed on "posts".
From there, you'll open up a page that may or may not be familiar. It is, however, strikingly similar to the old post page. Regardless, what you're going for now is the button that looks like a camera. This is the trusty old upload image button. I've heard that you can just drag and drop icons straight into the posting area, but in my experience this just crashes my browser, so I have to upload them individually. Whether or not you want to try it is up to you.
As depicted in the visual, if you just upload them, they appear one to a line, as shown by the first three icons. However, if you put your cursor next to them and hit either backspace or delete (depending on where you are), you can move them so that they're next to each other, as shown by the later three. The max width you're going to get on a line in the preview/edit area is five to a line; the max on a page will depend on your individual theme. At any time, if you want to see how they'll display on your blog, just hit the "update preview" button (next to the button circled in green on the top right of the black sidebar) and it will update the page of your blog to show what you have.
If you would like to save it as a page - which is useful if it's a faceclaim you use often or if you simply don't want to share the icons with people - you just need to edit something in under the url field (circled in green in the visual). You then just have to hit save (also circled in green) and you can access it via yourtumblrurlhere.tumblr.com/yourpageurlhere or by going back in the same way you did to make the page, only you hit the page rather than "make new page" (which would be if you had hit masterlist on the visual before the following one). You may also need to save the page a few times if tumblr is being a jerk and not letting you upload; a refresh tends to fix the issue, but it dumps you back out at the general edit theme, so be sure to save before you refresh, otherwise you're back to having none uploaded.
If you would like it as a post, however, continue with me to the next post because this is where things get messy.