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Whenever possible, provide images to accompany your article.

Uploading Images

  1. Begin by saving the images to your hard drive, a disk, or somewhere that you can retrieve them. The preferable extension is .jpg or .jpeg, though Heroes Wiki also allows .png and .gif extensions. Use the extension .ogg for audio files. Remember to make sure your images are standard size where applicable, and that they don't have watermarks. Of course, you should not upload images that would violate fair use agreement. As well, if you hold the copyright to the media being uploaded, then by uploading the media you grant Heroes Wiki a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, modify and create derivative works from, and distribute and publish the media and any derivative works thereof.
  2. Next, go to the upload form. A link can be found in the toolbox on the left. On most browsers, pressing ALT + SHIFT + U or ALT + U is a shortcut to access the upload form.
  3. Click the "Browse" button, and choose the location where you saved your image.
  4. In the summary box, type a description with links (if applicable), and include the source and appropriate image categories. It is preferable to use one of Heroes Wiki's pre-made fair use statements, which often will add appropriate categories. For instance, adding {{image-screenshot|Ink=t|Samuel=t|power=t}} will add the source and the categories for you.
  5. Click the "Upload file" button, and you're done.
  • Please remember that if you are replacing an existing image, it's better to upload it over the old image. Use the same file name and check "ignore all warnings". That way, the new image will automatically appear on all pages that used the old image. The exception is if you are resizing an image for a special use, such as in a sidebar or table, in which case you should keep both the old version and the more specialized version.

Using Images

Adding and Linking Images

To add an image to an article, link to it like you would any other article, being sure to include the extension. If you want to link to an image's page rather than displaying it directly in an article, precede the word "image" with a colon. A blank pipe after the link will remove the Image: namespace, but not the file extension.


Typing Yields
[[Image:Sylar_mini.jpg]] Sylar mini.jpg
[[:Image:Sylar_mini.jpg]] Image:Sylar_mini.jpg
[[:Image:Sylar_mini.jpg|]] Sylar_mini.jpg
[[:Image:Sylar_mini.jpg|Picture of Sylar]] Picture of Sylar

Image Formatting and Captions

You can make the image display as a thumbnail, automatically sized to the reader's preference, by piping "thumb" after the image name. You can include a caption by piping it after "thumb". To include a caption without resizing the image, use "frame" instead of "thumb". You can include links to other articles in the image captions. Finally, you can float the image to the right or left, or center the image, by piping "right", "left", or "center".

The default orientation for framed and thumbed images, if none is specified, is right. Other images will appear in-line—that is, in the text.

Typing Yields
A picture of Peter flying: <tt>[[Image:Painting_peter_flying.jpg]]</tt>. Neat, huh?
inline
A picture of Peter flying: Painting peter flying.jpg. Neat, huh?
[[Image:Painting_peter_flying.jpg|thumb]]
thumbnailed
Painting peter flying.jpg
[[Image:Painting_peter_flying.jpg|thumb|Peter flies.]]
thumbnailed with caption
Peter flies.
[[Image:Painting_peter_flying.jpg|frame|[[Peter]] flies.]]
framed with linked caption
Peter flies.
[[Image:Painting_peter_flying.jpg|left]]
floated left
Painting peter flying.jpg
Note: Since this image is floated, the accompanying text appears along side it and will wrap as needed. Therefore, you can safely use thumbnailed, framed, and floated images in the middle of a page without creating lots of unnecessary whitespace.
[[Image:Painting_peter_flying.jpg|center]]
centered
Painting peter flying.jpg
Note: Text works a little differently with centered images. Instead of floating around the image, the text appears below the image and whitespace is created on either side of the image.
[[Image:Painting_peter_flying.jpg|right]]
floated right
Painting peter flying.jpg
Note: Whether the image is floated right or left, the page syntax is the same: first, link the image, then follow it with the text you want to float around it. When the length of the text exceeds the height of the image, it will automatically wrap around the bottom of the image.
[[Image:Painting_peter_flying.jpg|thumb|left|[[Peter]] flies.]]
thumbnailed with linked caption, floated left
Peter flies.
[[Image:Painting_peter_flying.jpg|100x100px|left]]
resized to max 100 pixels height and width
Painting peter flying.jpg
Note: You can also force the image to resize using a px value (like this: 100px), which constrains width, or a pair of px values (like this: 100x100px), which constrain width and height respectively. If you specify both height and width, the aspect ratio will be maintained, so only the more-restrictive value applies. In this case, the image is taller than wide, so 100x100px scales the image to 100 pixels high. If the image was landscape-oriented, it would scale to 100 pixels wide instead. You should be careful about specifying a size for images; only do so when absolutely necessary for formatting reasons. Otherwise, it's best to use thumb and let the user specify how the image is scaled.

Image Galleries

Articles with several images should use the <gallery> tag. A properly formatted gallery looks like this:

 
<br clear="all">
==Gallery==
<gallery>
Image:Picture1.jpg|Caption for picture 1
Image:Picture2.jpg|Caption for picture 2
</gallery>

Be sure to assign the page the Galleries category

Images as links

By default, images will link to their own image page -- that is, if a reader clicks an image or a thumbnail, the page with the full-sized image, its copyright information, and its categories will be displayed. There are two method for changing this behavior so that clicking an image directs to a different article.

Using redirects

If a particular image should always link to a different page no matter where it is used, the easiest way to do so is by making the image's page a redirect. To create a redirect, edit the image's page and type #REDIRECT followed by a link to the target page. For example, to redirect an image to Peter Petrelli, edit its page to read #REDIRECT [[Peter Petrelli]]. The redirect should be the first and only item on the page. Text below the redirect causes problems with multiple redirects. When linking to a different image or to a category, remember to place a colon at the beginning of the link. For example, to redirect to Image:Painting_peter_flying.jpg, type #REDIRECT [[:Image:Painting_peter_flying.jpg]].

Using the imagelink template

Template:imagelink provides an alternate means of causing an image to link to an article. With the image link template, an image can be allowed to link to its own page when used on one article and to link to a different article when used on another. The same image can even be used to link to different articles each time it is used. To use the imagelink template, type the following:

  1. The template: {{imagelink
  2. The image file name: |image=blank.jpg
  3. The article to which you want to link: |link=Main Page
  4. The width at which you'd like the image displayed: |width=150
  5. The correct height of the image at the selected width: |height=116}}
Combining these elements yields the following entry: {{imagelink|image=blank.jpg|link=Main Page|width=150|height=116}}. The resulting image will look like this:
     
Main Page
.

Note that it's important to specify both height and width for browser compatibility. To calculate the correct height of an image, see the instructions at Template:Imagelink.

Image Standards

Standard Image Formatting

  • The first image should be at the top of the article or in a sidebar, floated to the right, and thumbnailed or framed.
  • If an article contains an image gallery but no lead image, use the {{tocright}} template to float the table of contents to the right instead.
  • Provide a caption for your image by piping it at the end of the image link. Your caption can include other links, like [[Image:Picture.jpg|thumb|right|A picture of [[Mr. Bennet]].]].
  • In most cases, don't add a pixel width to thumbed images. Users can set their own preference for thumbnail size in their Preferences page. If you feel it's important an image display at a fixed size, use thumb and a width, but remember that doing so overrides a user's express preferences. The only cases which clearly call for a fixed-width thumbnail are formatted tables, templates, and such where it's important that images fit in a certain space or that several images be sized consistently. For example, the Powers article scales several images to match and to fit the size of the table column.
  • If an image does not meet standards for some reason, mark it with the {{reupload}} template.

Image Size

Be mindful that different readers use different screen resolutions. Overly large images can take up too much screen real estate, use excessive bandwidth, and possibly increase the likelihood that your use of copyrighted images won't be considered fair use. If you do include a high resolution image, it's often best to link to its image page rather than adding it directly to the article.

Be careful about scaling large images using width or thumb. While the resulting image is sized to fit the page, the rescaling requires extra processing and bandwidth.

Certain elements, such as sidebars and portal pages, look better when the images from different pages are all of the same size. In general, it's a good idea to make your image about the same size as others in the same category, but for these elements it's especially important. Some common standard image sizes:

Standard Image Sizes
Image Type Size
Character, Cast and Crew, and Animal portraits 200×250 pixels
(if intended for use in a sidebar or portal)
Episode Images 300×169 pixels (300 wide at 16:9 aspect ratio)
(if intended for use in a sidebar or portal)
Episode Title Images 650×365
Fan Creations Images
Graphic Novel Images
Groups Images
Location Images
Place Images
Powers Images
Events Images
Items Images
Symbols Images
References Images
Recurring Themes Images
450×350 pixels
(if intended for use in a sidebar or portal)
Artwork Images Full size and aspect ratio for all paintings
300×200 for use on the Prophecy article
Comicbook Cover Images 692x450
Images for use in galleries which will not be used in a sidebar or portal may be any size and aspect ratio.

However, maintaining a standard size of 450x350 will give all images the most utility.

Note that most pages use a standard lead image size of 450x350 pixels. This allows the same image to be used in different categories if needed.

Note that Galleries will resize images to match and thus do not require standard-sized images. While it's still a good idea to keep images for galleries roughly the same size and shape, there's no set "standard size". Article images which do not appear in a sidebar can also be of any size and shape, but should be thumbnailed.

Image Sources

When you upload an image, please note the source of the image.

  • If your image is a screen capture from an episode, using the {{image-screenshot}} template will produce the standard screenshot fair use statement. Also be sure to assign it to the appropriate episode image category to make it easier for other users to locate it.
  • If the image is not a screenshot, be sure to note the website or other source from which you obtained the image
    • If your image is a promotional shot, using the {{image-promotional}} template will produce the fair use statement, but be sure to include the source as well.

Articles Without Images

If you aren't able to provide an image for your article, be sure to add the {{noimage}} template (or the Articles without images category) so other editors will know the article needs images.

If you have used a character, cast, crew, episode, location, or place sidebar, the {{noimage}} tag will be added or removed automatically based on whether an image is specified in the sidebar template call.

To request a screen capture for an article, add your request to Requested Screen Captures. Be sure to note the size you need or the use you plan for the image so the uploader can get an appropriately sized image.