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- This page details Zelda Wiki's upload form. For information on correct procedures before and after uploading, see Help:Images. For a video tutorial regarding uploads, see Uploading and Adding Images.
With 15,877 images and sounds at its disposal, files are an essential aspect of Zelda Wiki. All users are encouraged to learn how to upload files so they may expand their editing skills and complement their writing with with visual aids and sounds. Proper use of the upload form, as detailed below, ensures that all these files are properly identified and categorized. Pay special attention to Licensing and Source; these fields assure that all files are attributed to their creator and distributor.
- Before uploading a file, please make sure it meets our quality standards.
To access the upload form, click "Upload file" under the "toolbox" section in the sidebar to the left. Now you can choose a file to upload from your computer. Click on "Browse..." (or "Choose File", depending on your browser) to locate the image you wish to upload. Next, fill out all the appropriate fields of the upload form, as detailed below. Once this is completed, you may proceed to uploading the file by clicking the "Upload file" button at the bottom of the page.
Here you may choose a name for the file as you want it to appear on the wiki. This step can be skipped if you want to use the source filename (the name of the file as it appears on your computer). However, it is highly recommended that you write a descriptive yet concise filename if that isn't already the case. For example, if one was to upload an image of Princess Zelda from Skyward Sword, "Zelda SS.png" would be a more appropriate filename than "1243690847 64601fc368.jpg", and much easier to remember and search for. Please avoid using special characters such as @, &, ♂, etc. Note that you cannot write down a file extension (i.e. ".png" or ".jpg") that is different from the source file.
If you choose a filename that is already being used on the wiki, you will be warned and shown the file. If you continue with the upload, your file will be uploaded as a new version of the existing file.
Important: In accordance with Zelda Wiki policy, make sure the file extension is lowercase (i.e. ".png" and not ".PNG").
Describe (in wikitext) the file you're about to upload. You can choose to leave this blank, but it is recommended that you at least write a brief summary.
Even though most Zelda images and sounds on the web are re-distributions of material that belongs to Nintendo or another company, significant amounts of time and effort may go into retrieving these images and sounds. As such, users at Zelda Wiki are strongly encouraged to cite the distributor of the image or sound, even though it is not their copyright. Authors of original works, such as fan art, must be attributed.
If you find a file on the web and upload it to the wiki, be sure copy-paste the website URL onto the "source" field before uploading, along with the name of the author where applicable. When uploading a new version of an existing image, be sure to change the source accordingly by editing the file page. This field is also formatted in wikitext. If you're not already familiar with it, you may want to visit this page for more information on how to add things to this field. With that in mind, it is recommended that you format the external link to show the website's name instead of just pasting the raw URL (see Link Formatting).
If you obtained the file yourself, simply leave this field blank. Likewise, keep in mind that by leaving the "source" field blank, you are claiming the file as your own. It will be assumed that you obtained it yourself. This is why it is important to cite your source if there is one.
If the image originates from a book or an instruction booklet, this should also be cited as a source, preferably using Cite book or Cite manual, respectively. (Leave the "quote" field blank and do not use the <ref> tags.)
Important:: Using images from fellow competitors, namely Zeldapedia and Zelda Dungeon Wiki, is strongly discouraged. Images from Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation sites are accepted, as long as the proper license is selected.
The "Game" dropdown allows you to select what game the file is from. The mainstream Zelda titles are listed first in order of their release, with the spin-offs and other Zelda-related games available further down. If the file belongs to more than one game, as is often the case with the Oracle Series, Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, and Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, choose one of the options under "Combinations."
If the file is Zelda-related but does not come from one game in particular, choose the first option, "The Legend of Zelda Series." If the file doesn't apply to any game at all, leave the field blank.
This field allows files to be categorized by type. If the image you are uploading is only intended for your userpage, and will not have a use on the wiki itself, please tag it as a "personal image" regardless of what type of image it may be.
|| Official artwork from Nintendo. Common sources for official artwork include instruction booklets, official sites (such as the Nintendo Press Room) or official guides.
This category is for official artwork only. If you find an image on a Zelda fansite, try to ascertain an official source for the image so as to make sure it's not fan art.
|| A render is a 2D image generated from a 3D model. It includes enemies, characters, objects, and bosses from 3D games. They are usually obtained by removing the background from in-game screenshots (see video tutorial Path Rendering). As a general rule, any image that is from a 3D game and has no background is considered a render, except for icons—which are sprites—and, of course, artwork.
Sometimes, renders such as these can easily be mistaken for artwork if they come directly from an official source like Nintendo. Be aware of the difference between official artwork and official renders.
||Images that depict dungeons or overworld locations. Includes in-game maps, such as the one seen on the left, and those found in official guides. In 2D games, it is possible to assemble the game's many "screens" into one image, like so. These images are also considered maps.|
|| Images of published material. Includes all box art, scans of instruction manuals, guides, manga and comics, and other books, including cover art.
Artwork scanned from a book should not be categorized as printed media, but as artwork. This also applies to maps.
||An image taken directly from gameplay. If the screenshot is from a 3D game and you intend to put it up for background removal, you can instead mark the image as a render ahead of time.|
||A sprite is a two-dimensional image or animation integrated into a larger scene. It includes enemies, bosses, characters, and objects from 2D games as well the icons on the menus and the HUD in 3D games. As a general rule, any image that is directly from a 2D game and has no background is considered a sprite.|
||Any image that is only intended for use on userpages.|
Important: If you're uncertain as to which type the file belongs to, please leave this field blank. It is easier to add a type to uncategorized files than it is to find improperly categorized ones.
- See also: Zelda Wiki:Copyrights
Zelda Wiki makes use of several licenses to identify the copyright status of its files. It is necessary for every file on the wiki to be correctly licensed, so as to avoid copyrighted violation. It also provides useful information to those who may wish to re-distribute the file, namely the conditions under which they may do so. Licensing options are as follows:
|| All of the video games described at Zelda Wiki are copyrighted either to Nintendo or another video game producer. Therefore, most of the images, sounds, and videos used here are copyrighted. Common examples of such content include:
Zelda Wiki claims use of these files to be "fair use," given that we are a non-profit organization and are using them for educational purposes only.
||Used for any file in the public domain. A work constitutes public domain if the author releases it as such, or if the work's copyright has expired. Some images are also ineligible for copyright; images that consist of simple text or geometric shapes, such as certain logos, may automatically be public domain (logos are usually trademarked, however). The Copyright and Public Domain logos you see here are examples of this kind of image.|
| Copyleft is a form of copyright where an author reserves some rights to their work, but allows it to be freely distributed and modified, as long as any modified versions remain freely available and are released under the same license as the original work. Original content at Zelda Wiki is released GNU Documentation License (GFDL). Therefore, any original work that you upload to the wiki, except fan art, is automatically covered by this license. By uploading your work to the wiki, you are releasing it under the GFDL. The work may henceforth be copied, distributed, and/or modified under the terms of said license.
Many images on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, and other constituent sites of the Wikimedia, as well as many other wikis, are licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License (example). This license should be selected for these images.
|| Used for derivative works. Includes any unofficial, fan-made art depicting content related to Zelda or another work of fiction. This category includes heavily modified versions of official images (example) and images from fan-made games (example), which themselves are derivative works. Fan art should always be tagged as such, regardless of its copyright status.
Fan art does not usually constitute "fair use" on this wiki. If the image was created by someone other than the uploading person, and the creator claimed some copyrights rights, then obtain proof of permission from the creator before uploading! Failure to obtain the permission first is copyright violation and will result in the image being marked for deletion.
||The Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike is another copyleft license that is increasingly popular among wikis. Images tagged with this will be licensed under the latest version (currently 3.0). Only use this license for works that have been exclusively licensed under the CC-BY-SA version 2.0 or later (example). Use the GFDL license instead when possible (many Wikipedia images are dual-licensed).|
||Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. Similar to the above license, but with the additional condition that the licensed work may not be used for commercial purposes. Many NIWA wikis use this license; its principal use on this wiki is for screenshots of these websites (example).|
||If you're unsure as to an image's copyright status, you may opt out of selecting a license. When doing so, please make sure to cite the image's source so that a more experienced editor may determine the correct license. Be advised that unlicensed images may be deleted if its copyright status cannot be found, or if its use here is believed to be violating copyright law.|
Important: Copyleft licenses (either GFDL or Creative Commons) require that the author of the work be attributed. Please make sure to always cite the author alongside the file's source. Failure to do so constitutes copyright violation. In addition, the two CC licenses (BY-SA and BY-NC-SA) are not compatible with one another. You cannot license a BY-SA file under the BY-NC-SA license, or vice-versa.
Zelda Wiki identifies its files using the FileInfo template. Its fields are automatically filled according to the upload form. After uploading, the fields can be changed at any time by editing the file page.
Uploading may take a few moments depending on the size of the image and the speed of your upstream Internet connection. You will not be able to upload any image larger than 20 megabytes (MB) and/or 15 megapixels (MP).
If you upload a new version of an existing image, the file may not update immediately and the previous version of the image will be displayed instead. In such instances, you can:
- Wait a few moments and let the database catch up and update the image. This can take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.
- Bypass your browser's cache to see the changes. For Mozilla / Firefox / Safari: hold Shift while clicking Reload, or press either Ctrl-F5 or Ctrl-R (Command-R on a Macintosh); Konqueror: click Reload or press F5; Opera: clear the cache in Tools → Preferences; Internet Explorer: hold Ctrl while clicking Refresh, or press Ctrl-F5.
Zelda Wiki supports the following file types:
|.png||An image format. Stands for Portable Network Graphics. These files maintain very good quality and support transparency.||High quality images and transparent images|
|.jpg or .jpeg||An image format. Stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group. These files are smaller than PNGs, but do not support transparency or preserve the same quality.||Large photographic images|
|.gif||An image format. Stands for Graphics Interchange Format. These files can be animated, but only support a 256 color palette.||Animated sprites|
|.svg||An image format. Stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. These files preserve detail, even if the image is magnified many times.||None at the moment (format is buggy)|
|.ogg, .ogv and .oga||Audio and video formats||Audio and video|