How to embed graphics in an e-mail?

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Julieoakley
Posted Mon Dec 3, 2007 3:51AM

Does anyone know how to point me in the right direction to find out how to embed graphics into an e-mail?

I have a client who wants to send an e-mail Christmas card so I need to know whether it's a relatively easy thing to do. I'm a very experienced print designer but not great on web techie type things.

I'd really appreciate any help – in the meantime I'll let the client know that I'm having discussions with the design team! 
kemie
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Posted Mon Dec 3, 2007 6:35AM

oh, julie, i'm afraid it's a can of worms :S

Some good resources:

http://www.campaignmonitor.com/resources/ 

 

http://www.mailchimp.com/resources/

btw, if your client is planning on sending a lot of emails, i highly recommend the above services.  
caspixel
Posted Mon Dec 3, 2007 8:12AM
Posted By kemie:

oh, julie, i'm afraid it's a can of worms :S


I wouldn't exactly call it a can of worms...but there are a few steps you need to take . Do you or your client have any storage space on a server? For instance, do either of you have your own website? If so, you can upload the graphics to that. Here's a short explanation how to do it using Outlook, but I have also done this using Yahoo mail (just be aware if using Yahoo, that if you have email links in your HTML email that it inserts it's own code and the email link no longer works correctly).


Method 1: One approach is to create the HTML content using your favorite HTML editor. Save it as an .htm file, and then use one of these methods to get it into the Outlook message:


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Check Tools, Options, Mail Format to make sure Outlook is set to use HTML as its default message format. In Internet Explorer, browse to the HTML page that you saved as a file. Then, choose File | Send | Page by Email.

Or, in Outlook itself, make sure that WordMail as your editor is turned off and use the Web toolbar in Outlook 2000 or the Address box in Outlook 2002 to navigate to the web page. Then, choose Actions | Send Web Page by E-mail. (Thanks to Margaret Blauvelt for this tip.)

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Create a new HTML-format Outlook message. In Internet Explorer, browse to the HTML page that you saved as a file. Choose Edit | Select All, then Edit | Copy. Switch to the Outlook message and paste the copied material into the body of the message.

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Create a new HTML-format Outlook message. Choose Insert | File and select the saved HTML file. At the bottom right corner of the Insert File dialog, click the small arrow next to the Insert button, and choose Insert as Text.
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To sum it up, just upload your graphic, pull it up in a browser, copy it, past it in the body of your email. 


I've always wanted to try mailchimp.com, but I haven't had any clients who have done that big a campaign that they've needed a service like that.


I hope that helps!
Julieoakley
Posted Mon Dec 3, 2007 3:06PM
Thank you very much Kemie and Caspixel that is very helpful. I really appreciate that. The forums really are one of the great things about istock for us solitary designers
Joni_R
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Posted Thu Dec 6, 2007 11:54PM
Caspixel's method with html code is the way I use it usually. It is the most friendly way for receiver because it isn't too large file when it is recieved. This is because the pics are downloaded after message is opened.
mlevy
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Posted Sun Dec 9, 2007 1:34PM
Get help from a Web person if possible and use a service.  Campaign Monitor mentioned above is good.
idyzyn
Posted Sun Dec 9, 2007 3:15PM
gosh. For as much as they charge for Adobe Creative Suite, you'd think they'd have come up with something really easy for this by now, don't you think????
caspixel
Posted Sun Dec 9, 2007 3:42PM
Posted By idyzyn:
gosh. For as much as they charge for Adobe Creative Suite, you'd think they'd have come up with something really easy for this by now, don't you think???? 
It's not the design part that is problematic...it's the email programs.
soundsmith
Posted Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:14AM

Very, very important....

Be sure that all of your images are referenced in the HTML with a DIRECT path to the server that is hosting the images...
(e.g. http://www.yourdomain.com/images/email.jpg)

Obviously someone else's inbox can't reference an image that is stored on your local computer so this is the only way to do this correctly. Otherwise the images will never show up in the email! 
procreatemultimedia
Posted Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:04AM
Posted By joniadphotofi:
Caspixel's method with html code is the way I use it usually. It is the most friendly way for receiver because it isn't too large file when it is recieved. This is because the pics are downloaded after message is opened.
depends on teh image size really. most times i simple just go to insert picture... browse the pic and place it right in the email [html formatted]. a jpeg card should be more than a 100-200kb [sometimes less depending] once its optimized. though i do agree with you about using the server to offload the message size if needed. outlook now defaults to choosing to "DL" the image rather than view immediately.
justelaine
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Posted Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:33AM
I used to do this for my daughters skate club announcements(roughly 120 members) and there's a trick you need to do--something about wrapping the whole page in a DIV or SPAN declaration to hold it all if it's form specific.

Also, I always put a disclaimer at the top, outside of the card, that says IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE RECEIVING THIS, CLICK HERE with a link to the actual URL.

Good luck with your project! I'm sending my clients photo Chrismas Cards with one of my photos from Northside Fort Worth.

(Edited on 2007-12-11 08:37:26 by justelaine)
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