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This article outlines the guidelines and good practices that should be followed for images uploaded to TF2 Wiki.
- Almost all images for use on the wiki should be uploaded using the upload page. That way we don't steal bandwidth from others, and it makes the image links more reliable.
- TF2 Wiki is not an image hosting service. Any images uploaded should be for sole use on TF2 Wiki.
- Images with any license restricting commercial use may not be used on TF2 Wiki.
- Screenshots are acceptable but the Screenshot of Team Fortress 2 license should be selected or be tagged with the
- Creative Commons licensed images with Attribution and Attribution-ShareAlike as their license may be used on TF2 Wiki.
- Each image on the wiki has a corresponding description page. On that page, you should document the copyright status of the image by selecting one of the pre-defined licenses. Unlicensed images will be subject to deletion.
- You should add the source and, if known the author of an image in the summary section when uploading, or use the
- Fan art images should always be marked as such, especially when used in an article, and they should not take precedence over official artwork.
- Use descriptive titles. Suffix the filename with the content description. For example acceptable map names would be "Image:2fort map.jpg" or "Image:Dustbowl map.jpg".
- Lowercase file extensions should be used for uniformity (ie .jpg rather than .JPG).
- Avoid uploading images of the same subjects under different names. It is better to overwrite an existing image with a better one than to upload it to a new name (unless the current name is not descriptive enough). Images can be reverted back to previous versions if newer ones are deemed to not be improvements.
- Names are case sensitive so Filename.JPG is considered a different file from Filename.jpg.
- Use of underscores in image names is unnecessary as spaces in file names will be replaced with underscores.
[[Image:John Doe.jpg]] is the same as
Currently PNG, GIF, and JPG image formats are allowed.
- JPG format should be used for screen captures as their compression rates are good in relation to image quality.
- Categorize your uploaded screenshots in one or more sub categories of Category:Screenshot images (this will be automatic if you use the
- PNG format should be used for icons.
- Categorize your uploaded icons in one or more sub categories of Category:Icon images
Design and Quality
- Although files up to 16 megabytes can be uploaded, there is no need for any image to be that large. As a guideline, images should be no larger than 500kb.
- Larger images may be difficult for some users to download or view so it is recommended that you crop images to focus on their subject.
- JPG - Compression levels of 80-85% normally do the job. In no case should you ever have to go above 90%; the minimal increase in image quality does not outweigh the increased file size.
- PNG - Reducing the number of unique colors in the picture will make PNG files much smaller.
- Optimization programs can be used to reduce file size, consider using something like RIOT if you have Windows or PunyPNG for an online tool - both of which handle JPEG, GIF and PNG.
- Crop non-landscape images to show the important areas.
- Do not upload huge images - try to keep to a width of around 1280 (1280x1024 XSGA for 5:4 aspect ratio, 1280x960 for 4:3, or 1280x720 WXGA for 16:9 ).
- Do not blow up small images to larger sizes without good reason, this can detract from the overall quality.
- It is not recommended to resize images in an editing program, as MediaWiki can scale images automatically. Uploading a larger image that is cropped neatly means that higher amounts of detail can be seen if necessary.
- Images that require transparency should use the PNG file format. GIFs may also handle transparency, but only in a single indexed color as they only support 256 colors and do not have alpha channel support. This means they do not allow anti-aliasing of edges or blended color layers.
- Inline linking (also known as hotlinking) or external linking of images on external sites for display on TF2 Wiki should not be used. There are multiple reasons for this including bandwidth leeching, copyright, ownership and availability issues.