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9:18 pm
02/24/2011


Ian

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Post edited 11:01 pm – 02/24/2011 by Ian


A lot of you have asked about how you can help with the site. Now that users can attach images to forum posts, I'm going to request images for character, series, event, and creator headers.

This is very important, but there's no way I can do it all myself while maintaining every other aspect of the site.

An image can be made for any term on the site. All you have to do is upload one that is the correct size and name and I'll drag it into the folder that the site grabs images from.

I could allow you guys to do it directly, but I want to be able to moderate and I think you should get credit for the ones you've done – this way everyone can see your contributions in this public thread!

 

Just follow these steps:

 

1. Find Or Scan An Image

Images should be work safe and not fan art (IE, an image of the original art or character we are discussing.) It's ok to scan from a book, as this is considered fair use (a small image in the service of criticism and archival work.) If you find one on the internet, make sure it's not fan art – we want to represent the work we are discussing and linking to!

 

2. Size The Image Correctly

The headers will only take images that are 187 pixels wide. Anything larger will break the layout! Height is a little more open, but we are going to limit it to 280 pixels for now.

The current default size is 187px x 140px. But taller is fine, just up to 280px!

 

3. Save For Web

Save for web using your application. Here is a tutorial for Photoshop. They are small images and most people have fast connections these days, so you can save at 80% quality (high quality). We want to save for web (compressed) without it looking full of jpg artifacts.

 

4. Name The File Correctly

This is very important. The file name should match the tag, be all lower case, and end with .jpg. Use dashes for spaces. If you are unsure about the tag format, check the url.

For example: Batman -> batman.jpg

If the title has spaces: Brian Michael Bendis -> brian-michael-bendis.jpg

Or any other characters: Sandman (Wesley Dodds) -> sandman-wesley-dodds.jpg

 

5. Upload to This Thread

When making a reply, click the icon that looks like a little tree (next to the film strip) and attach your images. In the uploader, you can select multiple images and upload them all at once.

Then go to the "browse" tab and select them to put them into the post one by one.

It should look like this:

or this:

 

That's it!

 

You don't need to tell me what tag it's for, if it's named correctly it should work as soon as I've dragged it into the folder (I'll reply here to let you know they've been accepted and are up.) But do note that it's a DC, Marvel, etc character so I put it in the right folder.

Right now, I'd prefer to focus on pages with no image (they'll have a default logo, the bookshelf picture, or "Creator" etc.)

Feel free to also ask in this thread if you have any questions.

Now get to it! There are a lot of characters and creators out there with no images!

9:30 pm
02/24/2011


Marc

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Will it take images that are 186 pixels wide? I'm trying to resize an image, but it will only let me choose between 186 and 188 in order to keep the same ratio.

Yeah, I am bad at this stuff. :P

9:35 pm
02/24/2011


Marc

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Never mind, I got it. Now I just need to figure out how to upload it, haha…

9:36 pm
02/24/2011


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9:36 pm
02/24/2011


Ian

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It would, but I'd like to be consistent there. (and I know 187 is weird, I'm not sure how I settled on that, but all the previous ones are there.. sooo…)

Let me know if you need help with the uploader!

9:37 pm
02/24/2011


Marc

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If that looks like absolute crap or I didn't follow directions properly, feel free to yell at me. I have zero experience doing this sort of thing, haha.

9:40 pm
02/24/2011


Ian

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http://www.tradereadingorder.com/marvel-character/spider-man/

 

looks great! The taller ones are a little weird without any header text, but besides that I think it looks just fine. I think taller ones are good for important characters (who will have to have header text at some point) but maybe we should have shorter ones for smaller characters.

Doesn't matter too much though! I think maybe I should add in some text that says "Collected Edition Reading Order" or something under the title?

9:43 pm
02/24/2011


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Post edited 9:50 pm – 02/24/2011 by Marc


Yeah, that could definitely work as a placeholder until more comprehensive bios are listed.

Do you need help writing bios too, by the way?

Well, head text I should say. Not necessarily the same thing as a character bio.

9:46 pm
02/24/2011


Ian

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yeah, I'll start another thread.

9:52 pm
02/24/2011


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So when you say you're taking the day off…you really mean you're working on new projects? Wink

 

I'll see what pics I can find and edit for ya!

9:52 pm
02/24/2011


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Cool. I don't have a lot of free time for writing at the moment, but if and when I do I'll try and hammer some stuff out.

9:54 pm
02/24/2011


Marc

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9:55 pm
02/24/2011


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Best shot I could find of Kirby drawing. By the way if you hate any of these pictures, feel free not to use 'em. ;)

9:55 pm
02/24/2011


Ian

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great, those should be up now!

9:55 pm
02/24/2011


Ian

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don't worry, I'll let you know if I ever have a problem with anything (and I'll probably suggest a solution)

9:57 pm
02/24/2011


Ian

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http://www.tradereadingorder.com/forum/contributing-to-the-database/header-text-bios-links-and-contextual-information/

 

and yeah, I keep meaning to go back to my videogame. It's still on pause. I think now might be a good time to do that. Feel free to submit to either of these threads as needed and I'll put the stuff up when I come back to work!

10:28 pm
02/24/2011


Marc

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Symbiote upload edition!!!

 

 

10:29 pm
02/24/2011


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10:31 pm
02/24/2011


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And here are some other random Spidey characters I came across…

 

 

10:31 pm
02/24/2011


Ian

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thanks guys, they're in!

Though honestly, I'm not even sure Anti-Venom is tagged on any books yet!


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