The following serves as general guidelines on how to crop and upload pictures correctly. We all want to be the best editors we can be and we all want this wiki to grow; so when you are editing, please make sure the pictures are labeled clearly. These aren't necessarily rules that you must follow to the letter; they are more along the lines of guidelines to make sure things run smoothly and look uniform. Please keep in mind of the following rules and/or suggestions:
For Character hexagons (that is, pictures from bust line up to head and/or headwear), squares are great. Squares make character pages and miscellaneous character pages look cleaner. Rectangles are fine, but if possible, squares would be appreciated. The preferred "mood" for character/animal hexagons is neutral/gray. The only exception is The Fate because her age/face changes for each mood and generally for vampires with fangs because they seem to only appear when the character is angry/red. For these hexagon pictures, if the name of the character is preset and cannot be changed, include the "title". If the character's name is changable, crop out the "title". The exception would be for an animal that you may or may not choose to adopt. For animals, please include the "title" of the animal. For example:
|Set Name||Changable Name||Animal (before adoption)|
For items, please crop out the "title" of the item. While there is nothing wrong with leaving the title in the picture, the title makes it "harder" to reuse the picture across the wiki. For example:
|Picture with Words||Picture without Words|
It would be difficult to reuse the first picture (from The Senior when Chris Powell proposes) as the ring for The Royal Romance, Book 3 when Maxwell Beaumont proposes even though Pixelberry reused the same image. Can you imagine how many ring pictures (and pictures of flowers, knives, swords, teddy bears, etc) the wiki gallery would have if we included all words from the screen captures? Please help us streamline the wiki with less "duplicate" pictures.
If you are not sure if the picture has been used in a previous book (as the wiki contains over 15000 pictures and counting), you can search for keywords to find a picture. If your searches come up empty, feel free to add your picture to the wiki database. Keep in mind to name it properly so it will show up in future searches, which brings up the next point...
Please rename your pictures if they are going to be used on a wiki page. For example, do not upload one with the filename "IMG10349835.jpg" or "Screenshot040420_13947157.png" without changing it. The only exceptions are if you are adding it to the comments section where you're showing something to other users to ask about dialogue or a "fact" that was stated, or if you are adding it to your personal profile page.
If you hit "upload" before changing the name and you realize your mistake, please contact an admin / moderator to rename your image file.
It is suggested that you include the Book/Series abbreviated acronym, the character name and face model if applicable, and/or a brief description of the outfit or item. For example, King "Liam" has three face models and numerous outfits. Three files of the same outfit but different face models are named:
- Liam F1 Anointment Ceremony Outfit.PNG
- King F3 Anointment Ceremony Outfit.png
All are correct; all were uploaded by different editors. No one's name is better than the others, but we all understand what the image is referring to.
Preferred image files are .jpg and .png. Of those two, .png is preferred if the resolution is the same. PNG format is a lossless compression file format, which makes it a common choice for use on the Web. PNG is a good choice for storing line drawings, text, and iconic graphics at a small file size. JPG format is a lossy compressed file format. This makes it useful for storing photographs at a smaller size than a BMP. JPG is a common choice for use on the Web because it is compressed. For storing line drawings, text, and iconic graphics at a smaller file size, PNG is the better choice because they are lossless. JPEGs are for photographs and realistic images. PNGs are for line art, text-heavy images, and images with few colors. GIFs are rarely used; the exception being for The Fate because her character model shifts from a younger to an older face depending on her emotion.
If you are replacing an image file with an image with better / bigger resolution but they have two different file extensions (that is, you are trying to replace a .jpg with a .png, or replace a .png with a .jpg), you need to change your file extension before you upload. There are various programs that can help you with this. If you are having difficulty with this, please contact an admin / moderator to help you convert your image file.
This is how to upload and change the name of the picture: