Image Guidelines

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Whether it's a eye-catching title picture or a crisp, detailed screenshot, images help to draw viewers into your content and keep them focused on your post and subjects within.

Why add images?

When done correctly, images can provide significant benefits for your content, including:

  • Consumability: Images are a great way to separate subjects in your content and make them easier to navigate in your posts. Viewers that are presented with walls and walls of text will often look elsewhere for their answers as they may feel overwhelmed and impatient in their efforts to examine your post. Use images when possible to provide insightful illustrations and beneficial takeaways that expedite your audiences views and engagement.
  • Comprehension: Complex ideas and best practices can easily be digested when illustrated with an image. For example, would you rather read an article on how to travel from the U.S.A. to the U.K., or view a clean, clear image of a map that you can absorb in a fraction of the time? Keep this in mind when creating supporting images for your content.
  • Shareability: These days, images are very easy to post and share across almost all channel of the Internet. Good images can be used to represent your content as thumbnails or even full guides when sharing and distributing your content online. 

Are you ready to add images, screenshots, or graphics to your content? If so, keep these tips in mind when supplementing your content with some creative, inspirational, and informative imagery.

Screenshots

  • Most computers come with screenshot tools, or even screenshot keyboard shortcuts that allow you to capture high-quality images of your screen. Third-party free and low cost tools are also available, such as Greenshot and SnagIt.
  • When capturing screenshots, ensure that your screen is clear of distractions. Hide any unnecessary toolbars, including the Start Bar or Dock, browser toolbars, tabs, etc. 
  • When capturing screenshots from a browser window, use your browser setting to zoom in on screens that may benefit from enlargement. It's better to use the browser to enlarge prior to a screenshot than attempting to enlarge an image after the screenshot has been taken.

Images & Graphics

Original images and graphics can also be useful in illustrating your point or supplementing your post. Here's a few tips around adding images and graphics.

  • SImple diagrams, charts, and even infographics are great for simplifying complex ideas. Use tools such as PowerPoint and Lucidchart to illustrate workflows, diagrams, and more.
  • Original "title images" are great for kicking off posts in a big way. For example, if your post is about increasing productivity using your best practice, why not grab your viewer's attention with a spaceship blasting off? Of course, you'll want to limit the amount of times that you use these types of images throughout your content, but keep an eye on where you can make a statement and represent the heart of your content with a single image.

Uploading & Embedding

When you've created and/or selected images to supplement your content, it's time to upload and embed your work into an article, blog, or post. Here's how to bring your images to the Anaplan Community:

  1. The Anaplan Community works best with images that have been saved as a .jpeg, .jpg, .png, or .bmp file. 
  2. You may embed your image to your article, blog, or post using the Photos button in the Rich Text toolbar.
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  3. Follow the prompts to select the image/s from your computer, position and size your images, and then embed them to you post.

Image Requests

Can you visualize the images that your content needs, but are struggling to get them created? Let us know!

Jot down your ideas or even scribble out your design, and then send us an email at community@anaplan.com. We'll connect with you to create the images that will bring your content to life.

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