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Images for Unify Community Wiki

Adding images to the Wiki is a great way to enhance the content of an article, or liven up a userpage. Here are some basics on how to format images to be wiki friendly.

Tips on screen capturing

  • For highest quality screenshots you should capture them in the .bmp format and convert to a wiki friendly file type using a 3rd party software.
  • For high quality screenshots, Graphic options (F11/Graphics) should be set as follows:
    • Anti-Aliasing - highest option available with your video card
    • Visual Quality - 3/4 to highest quality or higher
    • Terrain Quality - High
    • Reflections - All
    • Texture Quality - High
    • Shadow Quality - Off
    • Shader Quality - High
    • Enable Wait for vertical sync
    • Disable Post processing effects
    • Enable Use best texture filtering
  • Watch for the mouse hover. A mouse hovering over objects will make them glow.
  • Depending on the performance of your computer and the graphics settings, the capture will not take place in the instant you press the key, but up to half a second later. This is important to know when trying to capture moving objects, such as walking character.
  • When setting up a scenery to take a capture, take heed of the direction from which the light comes. Capturing images of objects with backlight will make them lose a lot of detail due to shadows.

Making images wiki friendly

  • Permitted file types: png, gif, jpg, jpeg.
  • Although files up to 16 megabytes can be uploaded, there is no need for any image to be that large. Any image that is larger than a few hundred kilobytes can cause issues for people trying to view the page that it is used on, so it is recommended that images be no larger than 500kb.
    • General web friendly image sizing should be kept in mind when uploading an image.
  • Use descriptive titles. Suffix the filename with the content description.
    • Avoid overly long or complicated image names, or image names containing any type of punctuation marks.

Uploading images to Unify Community Wiki

There are two general ways to initially upload an image to the wiki.

  • Use the Upload file link in the toolbox. This takes you directly to the Upload file page. Make sure you are using the appropriate image naming format depending on the use of your image.
  • Create a link [[File:<image name>.<extension>]] on the page you wish the image to appear on. Then click on the red link. This allows you to verify the image name is correct before uploading it.

Select the appropriate use for your image

  • General use - used in mainspace articles, associated mainspace talk pages, public templates
  • User space - used only on user pages.

Select the appropriate licensing tag for your image

Replacing an existing image

Replacing an image that already exists can be done by simply using the Upload a new version of this file link on the image page. This maintains the proper name and image history and allows an image to be reverted to a prior version if the new version is decided to be not an improvement.

  • Due to server cache issues it may take an hour or more for the new image to appear. Refresh the page or try clearing your browser cache using Ctrl + F5 in most browsers, to help resolve this issue if the new image doesn't appear after an hour. Do not simply reupload a new version immediately as this only makes the problem worse.

Free and open-source image editing software

DISCLAIMER: This section describes software written by a third party. The Unify Community Wiki does not endorse, explicitly or otherwise, the use of any third party tools. As with all third party software, the user should investigate the tool themselves and take precautions prior to installation in order to protect their privacy and security.

These free software and open source software packages have been recommended by Wikipedians for use in image and media manipulation:

  • GIMP [1] — General image editor. (Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X)
  • ImageMagick [2] — Image conversion and transformation suite. (Linux, Windows, Mac OS X)
  • GraphicsMagick [3] — A clone of ImageMagick emphasizing consistency of the programming API and end-user command-line options. (Linux, Windows, Mac OS X)
  • Paint.NET [4] — Image editing software based on the .NET platform. (Windows)
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