The Pattern Library is where we store all of our free scroll saw patterns. We upload to the New Patterns folder, where they’ll stay for 30 days, or when I get around to organize it. Then it will be moved into the most appropriate category.
Having your patterns in the Pattern Library, as opposed to an attachment to a forum post, makes your pattern easier for people to find. It is a real thrill when you see one of your patterns cut. So the easier they are to find, the more likely they’ll get cut.
First, click the Pattern Library tab. Then click Upload in the upper right corner. (This also works if you’re User Gallery tab)
This will take you to the upload page where you’re presented with a few options. Click Upload Pattern.
A popup window will appear, listing all the pattern categories. Most of them are grayed out and can’t be uploaded to directly. But you can upload to New Patterns. Click the button next to that.
Below that are your upload options. Click the Choose Files button and browse to the pictures on your computer. You can select more than one at a time if you’re using the Flash option. Then click Open. Your pictures will begin uploading immediately.
When they’re done uploading, a Review & Publish button will appear. Click that to add information about your patterns.
Be sure to pick a good title for the pattern. Every work of art needs a title. The Tags section are for keywords that people might use to search for your pattern. For the Description section, add a quick description about the pattern; perhaps the size of cutting, special instructions, or any other additional notes a person may need to complete the project. For the Pattern Designer section, be sure to add your name as the pattern designer so people can give credit where credit is due.
Once you filled out all of the fields, click Finish & Publish. It will take you back to the New Patterns category you just uploaded to where you can see your patterns have successfully uploaded.
A couple of notes. Please keep all patterns in the Pattern Library and not in your personal gallery. Patterns will be moved if they’re in the User Gallery. This just keeps everything organized and easy to find. And lastly, this is very important, please only share patterns that you have personally designed yourself from copyright free materials. I have a strict policy about keeping copyright lawyers off my lawn.
Browse to the picture or pattern you want to share in a forum post.
In the upper right corner, click the Options button. Then choose Share Links.
A pop up window will appear with several link options. You’ll want BB Code. Click in the box and it automatically highlights for you. Then right click and choose Copy.
In your forum post, simply paste in your link code into your message by right clicking and choosing Paste.
It won’t look like much to you, but when you Preview or Publish your post, the image will show up.
The nice thing about this method, is when someone clicks the picture, it takes them to the Gallery Page where they can “Like” the picture, rate it, leave a comment, or download the pattern or picture for themselves.
This is a great way to share your projects and patterns in the forums without having to double-upload them; once in the gallery and once in the forum post. I hope you’ll use this feature when sharing your own projects or patterns.
I’d like to note that this link will also work in other forums that support BB Code, which most of them do.