Tesseract:Images and media policy

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The images and media policy describes preferred image source, content, and usage in articles and other pages. It applies to all images equally, regardless of uploader, format, and subject.

Summary[edit source]

All images must be suitable for use on a mainspace page; if they are for your userpage, please upload to a site such as imgur instead. If you are uploading a replacement for an existing file, please go to that file's page and use the "Upload a new version of this image" link to upload your image. Ideally all images should be taken with 4x anti-aliasing active, be in the .png file format, and should have a good name.

Images[edit source]

Source[edit source]

Nearly all images uploaded to the Wiki should be taken by the uploader themselves while on a suitable frame of a piece of media (in layman's terms, while watching something), preferably through the highest quality of such media available. A screenshot is taken by pressing Shift + Prnt Scrn, Prnt Scrn, or Command + Shift + 3 for Macs, then pasting it into an image editor, usually by pressing Ctrl + V (Command + V for Macs) or opening the Edit menu and selecting Paste. Once in the editor an image can be cropped, edited, and saved (preferably as a .png, details below). Other possible sources, and our related policies, are:

Fan art[edit source]

Fan art should not be uploaded.

Wikis[edit source]

Images from other wikis cannot be uploaded. Most websites ask that the images featured there not be used elsewhere, and it is the wiki's policy to honor that request.

Non-free images[edit source]

Non-free images include things such as official artwork, images, or screenshots from the official Marvel website, may be uploaded but must come from official Marvel sources, such as official Marvel social media outlets (such as Facebook or official Twitter accounts) or the main website itself.

Format[edit source]

This section covers preferred standards which are set or applied after the screenshot is taken. This is usually in an image editor.

File type[edit source]

The preferred image format is .png (in lowercase letters) because it has no compression artifacts and it supports transparency. Images can be saved in .png by changing "Save as type"(or similar) option at the bottom of the save window in most image editors. Images not in .png format should be tagged with {{jpeg}} or {{gif}}.

Transparency[edit source]

All images showing items, objects, scenery or characters should have transparency. This means that the image's background should be deleted and replaced with transparent pixels. If the image editor cannot do this, editors are free to upload images without transparency to which other editors can apply transparency, or they can paint over the background with another color (preferably white) to make adding transparency much easier and faster for other editors. Images without transparency should be tagged with the {{trans}} tag.

A basic guide to adding transparency can be found at Help:Editing/Image transparency. File:Transparency - interface templates.png can be used to assist in applying transparency to interfaces that use that type of border.

Particle transparency and translucency[edit source]

Images that have particles or bloom effects may have their particles recreated to support transparency, as long as the recreated particles are not different than the original particles at a glance. Recreated particles must look like the original as much as possible. Images that require translucency may also be recreated as long as the newly created image represents the original image in an accurate way. Images without particle transparency or translucency should be tagged with the {{Translucency}} tag.

If adding particle transparency or translucency is deemed too arduous, normal transparency may be added without cutting out particles, but the image should then be reverted to the original state without transparency if it is aesthetically superior over a partially transparent form. Particle transparency or translucency can be applied later. An advanced guide to adding translucency can be found at Help:Editing/Image translucency and one for transparency can be found at Help:Editing/Image transparency.

Cropping[edit source]

Be sure to crop the image to show only what is needed to serve the image's purpose. Crop away any irrelevant pixels that would distract from the image's original purpose. For example, a player wishing to create an image showing an employee at the Time Variance Authority should keep only the pixels showing the employee and possibly the desk they're standing at. The rest of the building and other characters should be cropped away as much as possible.

Image size[edit source]

The maximum allowed file size for images uploaded to the wiki is 10 megabytes (10MB, 10240KB). Images which exceed this size are usually unnecessarily large and should be scaled down or cropped to a more reasonable size.

Image use[edit source]

This section covers how images should be uploaded to and used on the Wiki.

Image name[edit source]


When uploading an image to the Wiki, the name should be as descriptive as possible. It is helpful to identify how the subject is being depicted. Names such as "Screenshot-01" or "Untitled 1" are not acceptable. As for the extension, .png is preferred over .PNG.

  • Items
    • Images of items at a glance should be called <Item name>.png
  • Characters
    • Images of characters should be called <Character name>.png
  • Places
    • Images of sceneries or locations should be called <Name of scenery/location>.png
    • Images showing the location of something should be called <Object> location.png
  • Other
    • Images of concept art should be called <Subject> concept art.jpg/png

If the image is of an item or character, please try to keep the name consistent with the name of the article for that thing. Also keep things such as capitalization and punctuation consistent not only with the article name, but with the guidelines above. Spaces should always be used in file names instead of hyphens, etc.

An effort should be made by users uploading files to this wiki to see if in fact the item or image has already been uploaded previously, and to preserve existing naming conventions for this item or for similar kinds of images. Attempts to upload a new image under a new file name for something that already exists on this wiki may result in that image being deleted.

Use in articles[edit source]

All images hosted on the wiki must be used in the main article namespace at least once. Project-related images are an exception. Since the Wiki is not an image host, no personal-use images are allowed to be uploaded, whether it be for use on a talk page or a signature. You cannot justify a personal image by adding it to the pages of items that appear in your image! If you want a personal image to appear on the wiki, you must use either ImageShack, imgur, or Photobucket, since they are currently the only such websites supported by the wiki. (Hosting sites such as Tinypic aren't supported and so will only display an html link.)

Galleries can be added to pages with multiple images for display. The preferred usage is <gallery mode="packed"></gallery>, though setting a mode is optional. The packed-hover mode should be avoided because of its issues on mobile devices. See MediaWiki's image help for more information on the available modes.

Templates[edit source]

There are several templates designed for use on file pages. These can mostly be split into two categories; licenses and maintenance. These templates should be included on the image page. They should link, if possible, to the article of the subject which it depicts.

Licenses[edit source]

Template:License templates

Maintenance[edit source]

Name Appearance
This image contains compression artifacts.
It should be replaced with another screenshot saved in the PNG format. Please see our images and media policy for more information.
{{Retake image}}
This file has a flaw and needs to be retaken.
Files like these should be recaptured in order to meet the Tesseract Wiki's quality standards.
{{Retake audio}}
Stark pen.png
This file has a flaw and needs to be retaken.
Files like these should be recaptured in order to meet the Tesseract Wiki's quality standards.
{{Translucency}}, {{transl}}
This image needs translucency.
This image needs editing to remove the background behind translucent parts of the model.
{{transparency}}, {{Trans}}, {{working on trans}} (if actively working on the image transparency)
This image needs transparency.
The background of this image should be removed so that only the subject is visible. See the images and media policy for more information.

Audio[edit source]

Audio files should be directly related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and should be uploaded in the ogg vorbis file format. Full length music tracks are allowed.

Audio files from other sources should only be uploaded when absolutely required, and must follow the terms of the license of the source of the file.

Video[edit source]

Streaming videos (such as YouTube) should not be embedded in articles. If a video adds significantly to an article, link to it instead of embedding it, however there must be consensus to do so. Since embedded video is not actually hosted at the Wiki, they are allowed without limitation in the user namespace.

Any disputes about any media meeting the criteria above should be discussed on its talk page and tagged with the relevant templates.

Copyrights[edit source]

All image files, audio files, video files, or other media files of or containing Marvel or any other Marvel intellectual property are property of Marvel and are used by the Tesseract Wiki. This includes edited files. Be aware that you may not have permission to use files from the wiki elsewhere - do so at your own risk.

Media files that are not of Marvel intellectual property should be marked with a license template to specify what license it is available under, and the original source (if the uploader didn't create it). Files available under 'freer' licenses (like a Creative Commons or other copyleft license) are preferred. Fair Use should only be invoked when absolutely necessary.