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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 also includes images that you created yourself.

What is a user-made image?

The following things are considered "user-made":

  • Drawn and scanned original artwork
  • Digitally-created original artwork
  • Self-made models rendered and/or skinned in a 3D graphics program
  • Original mixed-media artwork

The following things are not considered "user-made":

  • Screenshots of video games (licensed to the game publisher)
  • Screenshots of movies or television episodes (licensed to publisher)
  • Photographs manipulated with Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro (licensed to original artist)
  • Other pre-existing visual media edited by a user (licensed to original artist)

Basically, you shouldn't try to claim your recolored Boba Fett or clone trooper as your own. Original artwork means that you started completely from scratch, with either a blank white screen in Photoshop or a crisp sheet of paper and crafted your own piece. Manipulations of existing works are encouraged, however you must keep in mind that even if you edit it so that it is almost unrecognizable, there are still elements within that do not belong to you. This includes image mashups, collage scenes, and edited screenshots.

Why would I want to use an image?

Images are a major part of a wiki's content. Although the bulk of the information on any given page is textual content, images enhance what is being said, and attractive images generally enhance the content that they go along with. Adding relevant images to your articles is highly recommended, so long as they are not overused.

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.


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 your floating toolbar.
    • For Monobook users, this will appear as Upload photo in the Toolbox under the search field of the sidebar.
  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?

The {{Information}} template is the template that the image policy requires you to use when sourcing and licensing images. It contains a number of fields for information, the most important of which are the source and licensing fields. A blank version of the template appears like so:

|other versions=

The following sections of the tutorial detail what each part of the template means, as well as which templates are available for licensing the images.


We will now explore the Information template, line by line. I will attempt to keep this brief.

  • {{Information
  • |attention= — For the most part, this section is ignored. Some images, particularly those images that you had created yourself and are offering up for free use, may include a statement saying so, such as "This image is free for anyone to use." Otherwise, skip this field.
  • |description= — What does this image depict? If the image depicts a Jedi Knight, then describe the image as such.
  • |source= — Where did this come from? This field is IMPORTANT!!! (Three exclamation points mean business!) If this came from an official source, such as The Essential Atlas, then you need to list the source of this image. This is a required field. If you took a screen shot from Star Wars Galaxies, then you need to list that as the source. If you made the image yourself, then say "User-made image."

Now, there has been some confusion in the past regarding what qualifies as a user-made image, so I will attempt to clear this up right now: A user-made image is an image that you (the user) had created yourself. If you drew an image, then it is user-made. If you painted an image, it is user-made. If you created a 3D model in 3D Studio Max, then it is a user-made image.

What a user-made image is not: Image edits. This includes, but is not limited to, recoloring Boba Fett to be pink, adding new tattoos to Rex or Cody, copy/pasting Darth Bane's head onto Han Solo's body, changing a Gotal's gun into a lightsaber, changing lightsaber blade colors, etc. Those are image edits and do not qualify as a "user-made image." For image edits, you still need to source the original image. I cannot stress this enough.

  • |author= — Who created this image? For reference book images, you would need to find the original artist and put their name here. For fan-art that you did not create, you need to find the original artist. If you created the image, you would list your name. If the image is a screenshot, ignore this field.
  • |filespecs= — If you made an edit(s) to an image, list those, such as cropping, color changes, copy/pasting, etc.
  • |licensing= — Licensing templates go here! This is important, so there will be exclamation points used! You need to license your image! For the most part, you can use {{Fair use}}. If you are using a screenshot, use {{screenshot}}. If it is a comic panel, use {{comicpanel}}. If you created the image yourself, you can use {{PD-self}}, {{CC-BY-SA}}, or even {{Usercopyright}}. Whatever you use, you need to license your images!!!
  • |other versions= — This is if you have duplicate images. Most of the time, this field will be ignored.


And there you have it! The Information template explained field by field. Hopefully all your questions have been answered up to this point, but as always, if you require further assistance, feel free to ask one of our helpful administrators.

Copyright templates

Are there any other image rules?

How do I use an image in an article?

Wookieepedia:Guide to image use

What does the policy's violations section mean?

Like any other policy, failing to follow the image policy has consequences; specific consequences are laid out in the blocking policy. Administrators will most certainly assume good faith when your first uploaded image may not be sourced or licensed, or the sourcing and licensing has mistakes, but that is why there are warnings. When that warning is given, it becomes up to you to understand what you did wrong and to learn how to do it right. You are not alone, though. There is a whole community of your fellow Fanoneers willing to help you! Feel free to ask the administrator who warned you for help in understanding the image policy; you can also ask other users or post a topic asking for help in the Senate Hall.

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.