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FotoBilder FAQs

By mandate of The Queen (rahaeli), because the feature is fast-approaching public release, Abe (burr86) wrote the skeletons of a series of FAQ's to go in the new Photo Hosting (workable title) FAQ category. I wrote a few, reworked a bunch, filled in the holes, etc. Herein lie the fruits of our labor. We worked together on these and I think they came out quite nicely. However, feel free to tear them to shreds with critiques and improvements in order to make them as awesome as possible. Incidentally, before I begin, these are all using the new Rho-Style (tm). And so we begin on a journey through the magical land of wonder known as FotoBilder ...

Does LiveJournal host images? How do I upload images?

Yes, LiveJournal hosts images. The LiveJournal Photo Hosting Service, also known as FotoBilder, is located at In order to use this service, you will need to have a Paid or Permanent account.

You can view any user's galleries by going to the following address, replacing "exampleusername" with their username: Alternatively, you can click the link on their User Info page labeled "Pictures".

Each user is allotted 50mb of storage space. This space is used for userpics, phone posts, and images. To view how much space you've used, go to There is currently no way to purchase extra storage space.

You can upload images either using the web interface or downloadable clients. Note that these are not the same clients as you use to update your journal.

Purchasing a Paid Account:

Uploading new images:

A list of available downloadable clients for uploading images:

What is a gallery? How do I manage my galleries?

A gallery is similar to a photo album. For each of your images, you can specify which gallery or galleries it appears in. When viewing your images, they will be displayed according to these specified galleries. You can manage your galleries from


To create a gallery, click the button at the top of the page labeled "Create a New Gallery". On the next page, you can specify various properties for your gallery. The short name for the gallery is the name that you can use to refer to your category when you file pictures. It will not be displayed in the actual albums. The security of the gallery allows you to specify who can see it. If you select the "Mixed" security option, then the images in the gallery can have a security different than the level you specify for the gallery as a whole. The parent and child galleries determine how you navigate through your album.


This page will display information about each gallery you have. You can edit a gallery's properties by clicking the [Edit] link for that gallery. Alternatively, you can edit several galleries at once by checking the boxes next to the galleries you would like to edit, then selecting the appropriate option from the drop-down box at the bottom of the page labeled "Modify Selected".


Select the checkboxes beside all of the galleries you wish to delete. From the drop-down list at the bottom of the page (labeled "Delete Selected") select whether you would also like to delete the pictures within the gallery as well. If you choose to delete only the gallery but save the images, the images will be put into the "Unsorted" gallery.

Change the way your galleries are displayed:

Edit or manage Short Names:

How do I manage my images?


To upload new images, you must first be sure that you have enough available disk space for your account. Next, you can choose to upload images using either the "Web Upload Page" or a downloadable client. To use the web interface, go to and select which gallery you'd like to upload the images to along with how many images you'd like to upload.

The image must have a GIF, JPG, PNG, or TIF file format and must be located on your local computer. You can upload up to ten images or 30mb at one time. Click on the "Browse..." button beside the filename box and find the image on your computer. Click on the "Upload Your Picture(s)" button when you have selected all the images you'd like to upload at one time.

Each image can be assigned a title, description, and security setting. Titles and descriptions are optional and can contain only plain text. Security settings can be defined for either an entire gallery or specific images.

If you'd like to upload images to more than one gallery, you will need to use the web interface once for each gallery's set of images. If you do not specify a gallery for the images to go into, they will be placed in the private "Unsorted" gallery.


There are many other things you can do with your images once they are uploaded. Go to the "Manage Your Galleries" page, located at, click the [Edit] link next to the gallery the image is located in, and click the [Pictures] link at the top of the page. Check the checkbox next to all of the images you wish to modify; now you have many options:

* You can post the images to your journal by clicking on the "Post Selected Photos to Journal" button at the bottom of the page. This will bring you to a page where you can modify the titles or descriptions of the images for posting. These changes will not affect your settings for the the actual images; they will only be displayed in the resulting journal entry. After you select the posting style you would like to use, click on the "Post to Journal" button. This will take you to an Update Journal page where you can apply your preferred settings and post the entry to your journal.

* You can use the left and right arrow buttons below each image to move their positions around. After you have the images in your preferred positions, click on the "Save Positions" button at the bottom of the page. This will adjust how your images are displayed in your galleries.

* You can remove, delete, or move your images as well. If you remove the images, they will be taken out of the gallery they're currently in and placed in the "Unsorted" gallery. To do this, click on the "Remove" button at the bottom of the page. To delete the selected images, click on the "Delete" button at the bottom of the page. To move the images from the gallery they're currently in to another gallery, select the destination gallery from the dropdown and click on the "Move Selected To:" button at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, if you'd like to move the images to another gallery while keeping them in the same gallery - effectively having the same image in two or more galleries for cross-referencing - click on the "Add Selected To:" button at the bottom of the page.

How much disk space do I currently have left?

A list of available downloadable clients for uploading images:

Creating and managing galleries, along with their security settings:

Setting security settings for individual images:

How do I protect images in my galleries? What are groups?

You can specify a security level for specific images, or you can specify a global security level for an entire gallery, in which case all of the images contained in that gallery will have the specified security level. However, if you set a gallery's security as "Mixed", you will be able to edit an individual image's security independent from the gallery's security.

Specific images can have four different security levels. To set the security for an image, go to the "Manage Your Galleries" page, located at, click the [Edit] link next to the gallery the image is located in, and click the [Text & Security] link at the top of the page. Next to the image wish to edit, select the appropriate security setting from the dropdown and click the "Save Changes" button.

The following are the available security settings:

* PUBLIC: Anyone viewing your gallery can see it.
* FRIENDS-ONLY: Only people listed on your Friends list can view it.
* PRIVATE: Only you can see this image.
* CUSTOM GROUPS: Only users in a specific list are able to see this entry. Your LiveJournal friends groups will be imported, but you can also specify new groups. You can add anyone to your groups here, not just users on your Friends list.


To create a group, go to and enter the new group name into the appropriate text-entry box. To manage the groups that a specific user is in, enter that user's username into the field labeled "Edit User Groups".

To manage the users in your groups, click the group link from the top of the page. From there you can remove or add users from the group, rename the group, or delete the group entirely.

Instructions on setting a gallery's security level:

Managing your Friends List:

How do I change how my galleries are displayed?


Each of the three pages associated with your account - IndexPage, GalleryPage, and PicturePage - are controlled by a common style or layout. Changing this will affect how each page is displayed. To change the style you're using, go to Under "Style Name", click the [Edit] link next to your username. Then, select from the dropdown list of layouts the system style you would like to use. You can edit this later at any time by following the previous steps. Once you've decided, click on the "Save Style" button. You can now choose a theme or color scheme from the dropdown and again click "Save Style".

If you click on the "Customize" button at the bottom of the page, you will have a few more customizable settings depending on the system style you are using. At this page, there will be tabs at the top to navigate through different categories of settings. Each setting has a title on the left, the default option selected on the right with the ability to override this option, and a brief description if necessary. After you have made all of the customizations you would like to make, click on the "Save Settings" button at the bottom of the page.


Before you begin to create a custom style in S2, you should become better acquainted with S2's structure and terminology. In order to create a custom style, you must first create and design a Layout layer. To do this, go to the "Your Layers" page and, under "Create top-level layer", select the type Layout, and click Create. This will take you to the Layer Editor, where you are presented with a blank layer.

Now you have created your Layout layer, you will need to design, or "code" it. This involves knowledge of the S2 programming language which can be learned through referencing the Public Layers and the FotoBilder Core. To view the source code of a public layer, from the "Public Layers" page, click on the name of the layout of your choice, then click on either "Download" to view the raw source code, or "View as HTML" to see the raw source code in a colour-coded format. Note that you cannot view the source code of paid-only styles, such as Vestibule and Portfoloroid. If you do not feel comfortable creating a Layout layer from scratch, you are free to copy a Layout layer's source code in its entirety and tweak things to your liking.

When you have designed your layer to your liking in the Layer Editor, you will have to pass it through the S2 compiler by clicking "Compile", so it can check for any errors in your code. Your layer will not be saved on LiveJournal's servers until it has passed through the S2 compiler without encountering errors. You should use an external text editor (such as Notepad or TextEdit) to design and store your layers locally, so you do not lose your work if either your computer or web browser crashes.

Once the S2 compiler reports "No errors", your layer will be saved on LiveJournal's servers and can be seen on the "Your Layers" page. At any time, you can return to this page and edit your new Layout layer to your liking, providing you remain a paid user. More importantly, you can now use your new Layout layer to create a custom style.

Going back to the "Manage Styles" area, under "Create a New Style", choose a name for your custom style and click on the "Create Style" button. It will be viewable under "Current Styles" on the left of the page. Next to the style you've just created, click the [Edit] link. Choose from the layout dropdown the layout layer you've just created and click on the "Save Changes" button. Choose a theme if applicable and click "Save Changes" again. At the "Manage Styes" area, by selecting the radio button under "Default?" you can use apply and use your style.

Manage Styles:

Further information about custom layers:

Advanced Customization:

Your Layers:

Public Layers:

FotoBilder Core:

There are a couple small things to keep in mind. Firstly, I wrote the third and fifth ones entirely and significantly edited the others all after midnight. I will be going over them after I post this [as I did before] with a fine red pen, but I'm sure I'll miss things. Secondly, I used the nonexistent FAQ 666 to signify FAQs that do not yet exist because they are here, in draft-form. 666? Innuendo? Never. But still. Ignore those. Comments? Suggestions? Improvements? Thoughts? Assorted Mammals, perhaps?

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