In order to display a photo in your SharpTools dashboard, it will need to be hosted online somewhere. You may already have your photo hosted online if you use a service like Google Photos!
Note: In order to display the photo in SharpTools, it will have to be ‘publicly’ accessible. What you might be surprised to hear is that photos on services like Google Photos already use an unguessable public URL. These URLs are often upwards of 40 characters long meaning there’s billions upon trillions of possible combinations which makes it more secure than your average password.
The Verge has a nice article that goes into more details on Google’s approach and how it’s secure.
Imgur is a popular photo sharing site that can be used to share photos online for free. One unique feature of the service is you can choose to mark a post as Hidden and it can’t be searched for, commented on, nor displayed in your Imgur profile.
Note: Imgur URLs are much shorter than Google’s, so even though you can mark a post as Hidden, it’s not nearly as private as the Google Photos approach. Imgur Post Privacy Settings
Google Photos is a popular free cross platform photo service. Google photos can be used for privately viewing your own photos, privately sharing with friends/family, or privately sharing via URL. See this article
In our case, we’ll be taking advantage of the URLs that are automatically generated for Google photos.
(Optional) To upload a new photo, drag a photo from your computer onto the page or tap the Upload link at the top of the page. Note: After uploading your photo, you may have to tap on the thumbnail that appears in the bottom-left corner or refresh your page to see it in your list of photos.
Tap on your desired photo to view it full screen
When viewing the large (fullscreen) version of the photo, right click or long-press on the image and choose Copy Image Address
Important: We need a link directly to the image which is why we must right-click on the image and copy the address. If the native ‘Share’ feature of Google Photos is used, it will link to a webpage which displays the image rather than directly to the image itself.
Tap the Create Media button at the bottom of the list
Enter a name for your Media item and paste in the URL from the previous step
Note: After pasting in the Media URL, a preview of the image should show up. If the preview doesn’t show up as expected, double check the steps from the Host the Photo Online section, making sure to grab a link directly to the image.
Click Create to finish creating the media item
*In this example, we leave the ‘Enable Autorefresh’ option disabled as we are linking to a static image. If you were linking to an image that was periodically updated, like a weather forecast, you could choose to refresh the image periodically.