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.
The user gallery is a great place to share your projects with the rest of us. It keeps all the pictures in one area so you and your friends can see what you've been working on and be inspired.
First, click the User Gallery tab. Then click Upload in the upper right corner.
This will take you to the upload page. This is where you decide where you want to put your picture. You’ll have a few different options. You can Create New Album. This is where your project photos go. You can create several albums so you can organize your project photos. Or you can Upload A Pattern. To upload a pattern, see the Upload A Pattern tutorial where we cover that in more detail. In some cases, you’ll see another option called Select Album. This option is available if you've created an album in the past.
We have not created an album yet. So we’ll click Create New Album. A popup window will appear with several fields for you to fill out. The Album Name is what you want to name your album. You can name it anything you want. The next field is the Album Description. Fill in a quick description of what someone would find in this album. This is handy if you’re organizing your pictures into categories like Christmas, portraits, commissioned work, etc. The Album Category defaults to User Gallery. There isn't anything you can change here. The next area are default sorting options for your album. I’d keep it where it is. All albums are public so this area is greyed out. The next two options is whether you want others to have the ability to comment or rate your projects. Everybody at SSV is really nice and encouraging. But if you don’t want the feedback or it becomes a problem, you can uncheck these boxes. The last option is watermarking images. A watermark is an image overlaid onto the picture, usually a URL, to let people know where the image came from if it is shared. Scroll Saw Village doesn't watermark our images, so it’s greyed out.
Once everything is set up, click Save. Now your album is set up.
Below are some 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 upload 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 pictures.
Be sure to pick a good title for the picture. Every work of art needs a title. The Tags section are keywords that people might use to search for your picture. In the Description section, add a quick description about your project. Maybe some anecdotal advice, or a little backstory to the project. The Pattern Designer section write in the pattern designer if you know who designed the pattern. This is a great way to give credit where credit is due.
Once you filled out all of the fields, click Finish & Publish.
If you ever want to see your gallery, click your name in the upper right corner and choose “My Gallery”
If you want to see someone else’s gallery, click their name to open their profile. On the left side, click Gallery to see their albums.
This is a great feature that allows you to create your own virtual gallery of projects you've completed. As a member, you’re allowed 10 albums, with each album holding up to 100 photos. That’s 1000 photos! As a SSV Supporter, the sky’s the limit. You can have unlimited number of albums with an unlimited number of pictures. Check out the Support SSV tab for more information. Be sure to check out the Sharing Your Pictures tutorial on how to share pictures from your user gallery in forum posts.