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The '''''Star Wars'' Fanon image tutorial''' is a tutorial detailing the specifics of the [[Star Wars Fanon:Image policy|image policy]], an [[:Category:Policies on Star Wars Fanon|official policy]] on [[Star Wars Fanon Wiki|''Star Wars'' Fanon]], the ''[[Star Wars]]'' wiki of fan invention. As an extension of the image policy, anything documented in this tutorial is also considered policy.
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To make sure you have a strong understanding of the ''Star Wars'' Fanon [[Star Wars Fanon:Image policy|image policy]], this '''tutorial''' has been written to detail the specifics of the policy. As it is an extension of that policy, most of this tutorial is considered policy as well. The tutorial is written in the form of frequently asked questions; questions that have not been answered can be asked on this tutorial’s [[Star Wars Fanon:Image policy/Tutorial|talk page]], or in the [[Forum:Senate Hall|Senate Hall]].
   
== How do I upload an image? ==
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==Why do I have to source images?==
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From a technical and legal standpoint, while sourcing an image does not guarantee that you are automatically entitled to use it, it does help establish {{w|Fair use|fair use}} for the image. More relevant to a creative wiki like ''Star Wars'' Fanon, however, it is important that all artists and/or other types of image creators be given proper credit for their work. Because this is a policy that covers all images, that includes images you created yourself and uploaded as well.
   
Uploading images is easier than you think! That said, we understand that it may seem somewhat confusing, so that is why this tutorial has been put together to help you. First, it is important to ask yourself why you are uploading an image. Are you actually going to put it in a necessary and relevant spot in your article? Are you going to use it on your user page? Are you simply going to put it into a gallery on a user subpage and forget about it? The first two are absolutely fine, but we advise you to reconsider the second. Remember, ''Star Wars'' Fanon is not an image host, so please do not upload an image simply for your own personal use.
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==Why would I want to use an image?==
   
Now, as for uploading an image, there are two ways you can go about doing that. The first is by using [[Special:Upload]]. If you are using the default skin for this wiki, you can find this under the left hand menu, specifically beneath the “Star Wars Fanon IRC” link. It is a button called “Add image.” Click that and you will be taken to the upload screen. If you are using Monobook, it is under the “Toolbox” heading in a button called “Upload image.”
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==How do I upload an image?==
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There are a number of methods you can use to upload images to ''Star Wars'' Fanon. Some are a bit more complex than others, but each one will ultimately allow you to populate your articles with images.
   
Once you get to this page, you will see a big notice asking you to read a whole bunch of information. This is very important so please read it, as it details how to include an image in a page and how you must use the {{tl|Information}} template, the specifics of which will be covered later in this tutorial. Beneath the notice box is the “Upload image” box. In this, you will click “Browse” to find the image from your computer. The name of the image on your computer will be the default name for the image in the “Destination filename” box, but you are free to change it to another relevant title.
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===Special:Upload===
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The most common method used on ''Star Wars'' Fanon is [[Special:Upload]]. The page can be used as follows:
   
Beneath that box, the “Summary” section contains a preloaded {{tl|Information}} template which you are required to fill out, and beneath that you can select a licensing template from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you could place a licensing template in the preloaded {{tl|Information}} template. It’s also strongly suggested that you add appropriate categories using the “Summary” box as well, but please only do this if you know what the proper categories are. Once this is done, click “Upload file” and you have yourself a new image to use!
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#Click [[Special:Upload|Upload a new photo]] on the wiki’s sidebar.
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#*For Monobook users, this will appear as [[Special:Upload|Upload photo]] in the Toolbox under the search field.
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#Click “Browse” to find the image on your computer.
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#You can rename the image in “Destination filename” if you would like.
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#Copy the {{tl|Information}} template from the light blue box at the top of the page and paste it into the “Summary” field, where you can fill it out using the guidelines in [[Star Wars Fanon:Image policy#Sourcing and licensing|this section]].
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#Click “Upload file.”
   
The second way you can upload an image is directly through an article, but only if you are using the default wiki skin. Above the editing box on an article is a number of icons that serve as commands for the article, such as bolding, italicizing, and a number of others. The second to last icon shows an image of a picture with a green plus (+) sign on it. If you click this, you can upload the image directly from the article. However, '''we strongly advise against this''' as it will require you to go back and edit the {{tl|Information}} template into the image, and many people forget to do this.
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Once you do that, you can add the image to your article.
   
== Why do I have to source my images? ==
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===Add images tool===
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Another method is uploading an image directly via the edit box in an article.
   
The answer to that is simple: {{w|United States copyright law}}. In order to qualify for “fair use,” which will be explained later, an image must be credited to its original author and source, which we require you to do on the {{tl|Information}} template. We use the {{tl|Information}} template because we feel that any wiki that takes image sourcing seriously, such as [[Wookieepedia]], will use a template such as this. We also require you to state the licensing so we know where an image falls under copyright law.
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#Click “Edit this page” on the article you are adding the image to.
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#Click on the image upload button on the toolbar. It appears as a picture with a brown frame.
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#When the pop-up box appears, you can upload an image from your computer. Additionally, you can find images already on the wiki to add to the article, as well as images on Flickr.
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#On the next screen, add the details of the image, such as a new name (if needed) and the licensing template. Note that you will need to return to the image to add the {{tl|Information}} template.
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#Beneath the previous section is a section that allows you to customize the image’s size, choose a layout, and provide a caption. This caption should theoretically be what you will add to the “description” section of the {{tl|Information}} template.
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#Click “Insert file” for the image to appear on the edit page. Images can still be modified in edit mode by hovering over the image and clicking “Modify,” and a pop-up window will appear.
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#Save your edit.
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#Once the image is uploaded, return to the image’s technical page (this can be found by clicking the image and then clicking the magnifying glass in the lower right-hand corner) to add the {{tl|Information}} template. Click “Edit this page” at the top and you can add the {{tl|Information}} template (which you can copy from [[Special:Upload|this page]]).
   
Now we know what many of you are thinking: “I don’t live in the United States, so hahaha! I don’t have to do this.” Sorry, but while you may feel that it is an inconvenience you do still have to source your images, use the {{tl|Information}} template, and follow United States copyright law. The servers for {{w|Wikia}}, the company that hosts this wiki, are located in the {{w|U.S. state|state}} of {{w|California}}, so by registering on a Wikia wiki you automatically agree to follow any applicable laws of the {{w|United States}}. This includes United States copyright law. While the {{tl|Information}} template is not required by law, it is required under our in-house policies.
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===Image placeholder===
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Unless you have chosen not to see these in your [[Special:Preferences|preferences]], many articles are created with image placeholders. Placeholders can also be added to articles by typing <nowiki>[[File:Placeholder]]</nowiki> in place of an image. If this is used, click “Add a photo” and follow the steps beginning at #3 from the previous “Add images tool” section.
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==How do I fill out the information template?==
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==Are there any other image rules?==
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==How do I use an image in an article?==
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==What does the policy’s violations section mean?==

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This page is a Star Wars Fanon guide or help page.

It gives an in-depth explanation about its subject, such as a policy or Star Wars Fanon feature. Feel free to update the page as needed, but please use the discussion page to propose major changes.

To make sure you have a strong understanding of the Star Wars Fanon image policy, this tutorial has been written to detail the specifics of the policy. As it is an extension of that policy, most of this tutorial is considered policy as well. The tutorial is written in the form of frequently asked questions; questions that have not been answered can be asked on this tutorial’s talk page, or in the Senate Hall.

Why do I have to source images?

From a technical and legal standpoint, while sourcing an image does not guarantee that you are automatically entitled to use it, it does help establish fair use for the image. More relevant to a creative wiki like Star Wars Fanon, however, it is important that all artists and/or other types of image creators be given proper credit for their work. Because this is a policy that covers all images, that includes images you created yourself and uploaded as well.

Why would I want to use an image?

How do I upload an image?

There are a number of methods you can use to upload images to Star Wars Fanon. Some are a bit more complex than others, but each one will ultimately allow you to populate your articles with images.

Special:Upload

The most common method used on Star Wars Fanon is Special:Upload. The page can be used as follows:

  1. Click Upload a new photo on the wiki’s sidebar.
    • For Monobook users, this will appear as Upload photo in the Toolbox under the search field.
  2. Click “Browse” to find the image on your computer.
  3. You can rename the image in “Destination filename” if you would like.
  4. Copy the {{Information}} template from the light blue box at the top of the page and paste it into the “Summary” field, where you can fill it out using the guidelines in this section.
  5. Click “Upload file.”

Once you do that, you can add the image to your article.

Add images tool

Another method is uploading an image directly via the edit box in an article.

  1. Click “Edit this page” on the article you are adding the image to.
  2. Click on the image upload button on the toolbar. It appears as a picture with a brown frame.
  3. When the pop-up box appears, you can upload an image from your computer. Additionally, you can find images already on the wiki to add to the article, as well as images on Flickr.
  4. On the next screen, add the details of the image, such as a new name (if needed) and the licensing template. Note that you will need to return to the image to add the {{Information}} template.
  5. Beneath the previous section is a section that allows you to customize the image’s size, choose a layout, and provide a caption. This caption should theoretically be what you will add to the “description” section of the {{Information}} template.
  6. Click “Insert file” for the image to appear on the edit page. Images can still be modified in edit mode by hovering over the image and clicking “Modify,” and a pop-up window will appear.
  7. Save your edit.
  8. Once the image is uploaded, return to the image’s technical page (this can be found by clicking the image and then clicking the magnifying glass in the lower right-hand corner) to add the {{Information}} template. Click “Edit this page” at the top and you can add the {{Information}} template (which you can copy from this page).

Image placeholder

Unless you have chosen not to see these in your preferences, many articles are created with image placeholders. Placeholders can also be added to articles by typing [[File:Placeholder]] in place of an image. If this is used, click “Add a photo” and follow the steps beginning at #3 from the previous “Add images tool” section.

How do I fill out the information template?

Are there any other image rules?

How do I use an image in an article?

What does the policy’s violations section mean?

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