Ever notice bloggers who display their beautiful photos in big, bold, eye-catching sizes? Yet when you load a photo and you want to make it x-large, it's too big and it spills over into the sidebar... which certainly isn't attractive. But when you click on medium, it's too small?
With a little poking, prodding, and praying for wisdom, I figured out that I could 'safely' change the size of the photo in the HTML code. Believe me, when I figured this out, I knew next to nothing about html code. So we tread carefully here.
If you're asking the same question, here's how to do it:
1. Load your photo into your post.
2. Click on the photo and select X-Large.
3. Look for the tabs COMPOSE and HTML at the top of your post toolbar.
4. Click on HTML tab. Don't be afraid at what you see... I know it can look a little scary with all those symbols, but if you scroll through that mess until you see a code that has the words 'height' and 'width' in it... that's the code for your photo. It will look something like this:
<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mywltWUzCJE/Try3YmmKKpI/AAAAAAAAGHg/60JNP6oKBao/s1600/342945mr2z51864q.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="398" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mywltWUzCJE/Try3YmmKKpI/AAAAAAAAGHg/60JNP6oKBao/s320/342945mr2z51864q.jpg" width="640" /></a></div>
Notice the numbers in red -- 398 and 640. These indicate the height and width of your photo. The numbers are what you can safely change to make it fit the space in your posting column, and still look stunning and luxurious.
For my blog post column size, I usually need to change the width from 640 to 590. You might need to experiment a little. I don't usually change the height, but you can experiment if you want to make it longer as well. Just be careful not to change the proportions so much that it changes the perception.
Remember, you only change those numbers, nothing else, unless you know your way around HTML. If something does go weird, click on the 'undo' button (backwards arrow) to bring it back to the original.
5. Once you've discovered the magic size that works for you, that's all you need to do. Now click back on COMPOSE tab and make sure it's the size you want. Carry on with your posting, preview, and hit Publish.
NB. You can also do this with video or YouTube uploads. Just always watch for the words 'height' and 'width' and change the size to fit your column.
Another Option. One blogger said she actually changed the size of her column so the photos would fit properly. Either way would work. You would change in your template settings.
Hope this simple tip helps!