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We have a requirement to upload before and after pictures, can we use rich text area field ? Which storage category does Rich text area field comes into - data storage or file storage ?

  • Something else worth noting in addition to Eric's answer: I believe Rich Text Fields default image width to 500 px wide, and don't give you a way to resize images. You may find this makes your images too small for your liking - in which case you might consider an alternative like hosting the images online and referencing via a formula field with an Image() method and URL. – smohyee Aug 17 '16 at 21:01
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Help docs seem to answer all your questions:

The maximum size of an image that can be uploaded in a rich text area field is 1 MB. Only .gif, .jpg, and .png file types are supported.

https://help.salesforce.com/HTViewHelpDoc?id=fields_using_rich_text_area.htm

Images within the rich text area fields count towards file storage for the object that contains the field.

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