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This page is a style guide for all images to be used at the Age of Empires Series Wiki for articles and official documents. It establishes our house style to help editors upload images with consistent layout and formatting. The goal is to make the encyclopedia easier and more intuitive to use. Consistency in style and formatting promotes clarity and cohesion; this is especially important when adding images to an article. Users who are unfamiliar with the process of uploading images should see Help:Images page for more information.

File extensions

There are several file extensions that can be uploaded, with the most common being .JPG and .PNG. Due to its lossless data compression, .PNG files are generally preferable and should be used whenever possible.

Animated .GIFs should generally be avoided if possible due to their lack of purpose and distracted quality. If a still image is insufficient to illustrate the text it accompanies, then rewriting the text to convey the intended message better should be considered instead.

Uploading images

Naming and captions

  • Name images descriptively to avoid confusion, e.g. ArcherRush.png, not Screenshot 11/12/2016 10:47 am.png. Uploading an image using names such as qwerty_asdf_0123456789.jpg may result in deletion or movement.
  • Images are named as follows: ContentTypeGame, with the beginning of a new word indicated by a capital letter. Note that not all parameters apply to every image. Example: An image showing the icon of the Clubman in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is named ClubmanIconAoEDE.png. A in-game screenshot of an Ulfsark may be named UlfsarkFightingAoM.png.
  • When adding an image to an article, always use captions to explain the relevance of the image to the article. Keep in mind that only complete sentences in captions end in a period. Captions are not italicized unless the name of the game is mentioned. E.g. An in-game Fluyt and Thanks to their massive spear, Kamayuks are able to attack from right behind a partner.
  • In infoboxes, icons and mini maps are not captioned.

Categories

  • Categorize images. All images must be categorized with their game image category or a subcategory of it, if applicable, e.g. Images (Age of Empires III) or Icons (Age of Empires III).
  • For help with categorization, see here.

Layout

  • Avoid sandwiching text between two images that face each other, or between an image and an infobox. If it is not possible to comfortably fit all required images into the text, add them as a gallery at the end of the article.
  • Any given article should not have too many images inserted sporadically. If multiple images are required to convey a topic, consider making a gallery with a level two heading at the bottom of the article.
  • Thumbnails shown in the article should generally be 200px for larger images. However, images containing important detail (e.g. a map, diagram, graph, or chart) may need larger sizes than usual to make them readable.
  • Images are preferred to bet right-alignment to left-alignment.
  • If an article does not have an image in it, add the {{needImage}} tag, or add a helpful image.
  • Do not upload images we already have. If you plan on uploading an image, look around the wiki first to see if it has already been uploaded by someone else.

To change image extensions, if necessary, it may be used the preferred application, it is recommended the following:

Quality

  • The image should be of the highest quality available. Screen-captures from the game or video of the game are preferred, with other formats being secondary. In the case of duplicate images, the highest quality image is kept.
  • The infobox image should depict the image icon if available. For maps, scenarios, and campaigns, the mini map icon should be used.
  • Extreme closeups should generally be avoided.
  • In-game screenshots should not be taken with active mods (like grids or smaller trees), but with the original game version. Also, nothing should be selected or marked when the screenshot is taken, unless it is necessary for the point the image is supposed to make (e.g. to compare hit point loss).

Replacement

Replacing (overwriting an image) can be done when the original file is of low resolution/quality. In this case, the original picture must be replaced by the same image with better quality. Small alterations are acceptable.

Deleting images

  • Images may be deleted at any time if they have not been used in any article for a considerable amount of time.
  • Images that violate this policy may be deleted if they are not vital to any article.

Protected images

To make edits or uploads to the following images you need to contact an administrator first:

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