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This page is considered a guideline on Wowpedia.

It illustrates standards of conduct, which many editors agree with in principle. However, it is not policy.

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This guideline outlines good practices to use for images uploaded to Wowpedia, and steps that can be taken to make them display better and/or become lighter for download. To upload image files, visit Special:Upload.

Image usage and layout

Caption

Images make an article memorable and pretty. They can speak where words fail. At the same time, misplaced or untidy images can detract from an article. When choosing images, keep in mind placement, size, and the appropriateness of the image to the section. Let images flow with the text instead of break it up.

Almost all images (especially screenshots) should use the "thumb" (example:[[File:CoolImage.png|thumb]]) option which displays large images as thumbnails. Images should generally be right aligned to enhance readability by allowing a smooth flow of text down the left margin - the "thumb" option does this by default. If an infobox is not being used in an article, a right aligned picture in the lead section is encouraged.

For general information on wiki images, see the MetaWiki page on images and other uploaded files.

Galleries

When an article has many images, or can be improved by having more, and having inline images would detract from the article's readability, the use of a <gallery> section is encouraged.

If a gallery has more than just a couple of files, using the packed gallery mode (<gallery mode=packed>) can allow for a cleaner look.

Image sourcing

To include the image in a page:

  • [[File:File.png|thumb|caption]]
  • [[File:File.jpg]] for a direct link

For more methods of showing or linking images, see Help:Editing#Images and Help:Navigational image.

Image design and quality

Transparency

Images that require transparency should use the PNG file format. GIFs also handle transparency, but only in an on-off sense; they do not allow smooth shading (anti-aliasing) of edges, which is required to work with our different wiki skins, and they only support 256 colors. See the article on the GIMP for more information on how to do this.

Screenshot layout

Game screenshots are "photo" like in appearance, and rectangular (do not need shading). The JPG file format works well for these as they tend to be fairly sizeable and JPG compression brings them down to manageable sizes. Make sure to increase your "Antialiasing" in the in-game options (SSAA being the highest quality and FXAA the lowest) in order to smoothen out rough edges.

  • NPC portraits should...
    • Show the NPC selected
      • Be highlighted by hovering over the NPC with the mouse, especially in cases where the NPC is standing in a dark place
    • Show no UI
      • This includes turning off the NPC color outlines and targeting circle
    • Be cropped to the NPC's shape
    • Example NPC
  • Item screenshots should...
    • Not contain player's names
    • Be cropped to the item's shape or position
    • Example item
  • Photographs or renderings of physical objects should...
    • NOT contain anything else other than the object itself
    • Be taken against a background of a solid color
      • Preferably a black or white background or using a green screen
    • Be cropped to the object itself if need be
    • Example object

Resolution

  • Crop non-landscape images to show the important areas.
  • Do not upload huge images - try to keep to about 1920x1080 as a reasonable upper size limit.
  • Do not blow up small images to larger sizes without good reason - as this can detract from their overall quality.

Programs

Programs can be easier to use than the ingame screenshot system. Here is a list of programs that help crop an image before taking a screenshot.

See also