Help:Uploading images

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This page explains how to upload images to this wiki. We upload images to the wiki so they can be embedded in wiki pages.

Uploading a single image

You can upload images one-at-a-time on the Special:Upload page:

  1. On the left-hand sidebar, under “toolbox”, click “Upload file.”
  2. Select the “Source filename”
  3. Fill in the optional “Summary” text.

Adding information about the image

If you upload an image with a name like "DSC0013424.JPG", then please choose a more meaningful Destination filename on the upload page, as it makes linking to the image easier.

A description, license information and categories can be added in the summary (it can be update late by going to image page and clicking edit). Example summary in wiki markup:



'''Licence''' [[wikipedia:Public domain]]

[[Category:Design and graphics]]

SVG files

Sometimes SVG vector files don't render correctly, for example they are blurred or have the wrong background. They can be edited using Inkscape. The absolute size of the image has an effect (as measured in the image's set units), as does its relative size to the image's set document border.

Sometimes 'cleaning' the cruft from the image can help. This can be done with the online tool (keep a copy of the original file).

As a last resort the SVG can be converted to a bitmap PNG/JPEG file at an appropriate resolution and then uploaded to the wiki.

Note Note: There is a bug that shows the last iteration of the graphic in the thumbnails on the image's file page. Add the graphics to an article page to see how it renders.

Uploading a set of images

Commonist gui

The program Commonist can be used to upload a whole batch of images. You can set it up as follows:

1) Install Commonist by following installation instructions for your operating system, as shown here.
(unfortunately the 'Easiest way' described in those instructions -- using JNLP -- will not work! You must install the program to your computer).
2) Open the file 'etc/wikis.txt' in the folder where the Commonist is installed. If the 'etc' folder and 'wikis.txt' file don't exist create them.
3) Add the following line of text to the 'wikis.txt' file:
nottinghack _
4) Now you can run Commonist and select 'nottinghack' in the list of Wikis.


Note Note: If you want to upload a whole gallery of photos it may be better to use the Nottinghack flickr group.