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This page will teach you how to upload images and insert them into articles. You must have permission from the artist before uploading an image! You will also need to contact the staff and ask for editor rights before your account has authorization to upload files. For more details, see Wikipedia's Help page on Images.

Uploading Files[edit]

Images must be uploaded to Coppermind before they can be used in articles. Use the Upload file link under the Tools section of the sidebar. Select Browse..., choose the file you wish to upload, and select Open.

Next you need to fill in the file description. The "filename" box should be automatically filled after the file is uploaded; you may change it if you'd like. Fill out the "summary" box with a description of the file, which may include links to related articles.

File Pages[edit]

After uploading an image, a page will be created for it named File:FILENAME.EXT, where FILENAME.EXT is the filename (and extension) you provided. You can find a searchable list of all uploaded files at Special:ListFiles (there's a link to it on the upload page). The file page is where people will usually land when they click on your imagine in an article.

Please include an infobox beneath the file description--generally you'll want to use the {{art}} template for this--and add any relevant categories. Just look for a similar file if you need some guidance on this.

Art Template {{art}}
Looks like: {{art |artist= |tracer= |book= |series= |source= |type= }}, where:
  • artist= is followed by the artist's name. If they have a Coppermind account, link to the user page ([[User:USERNAME]]).
  • tracer= is followed by the name of the person who traced the .svg file (if applicable).
  • book= is followed by the book that the artwork relates to or was taken from.
  • series= is followed by the series that the artwork relates to.
  • source= is followed by a reference to the source of the artwork (usually a link to a page the image can be found on)
  • type= followed by any categories that the image fits into.
  • Note: artist= and source= are required. Other parameters may be omitted if irrelevant.

Don't worry about getting this all right first time--the wiki staff will most definitely review all files uploaded and their respective information. If you don't understand how to use the {{art}} template, please at least add a brief description including the artist's name and a link to where you found the image.

Using Files[edit]

The easiest way to insert an image into an article is to use [[File:FILENAME.EXT]].

FILENAME.EXT is the filename (and extension) of the image. This adds a full size image into the article. Additional parameters may be included, separated by vertical bars (|), to adjust to how the image appears. Some important parameters include:

Include thumb to make the image a thumbnail, which will give it a border, provide space for a caption, and size the image down to a standard thumbnail width.
Alternatively, border will provide a simple border but will not provide space for a caption or resize the image.
Use right, left, center, or none to adjust the default horizontal alignment of the image.
Enter a number followed by "px" to specify the width of the image in pixels. Height will adjust accordingly. (Example: 200px rescales the image to a width of 200px)
Any text to serve as a caption. This is a good place for a simple description and/or giving credit to the artist.
The image will link to the file page by default. To link elsewhere, use link= followed by a Coppermind page or URL.


Use galleries to add a series of related images.

To add a gallery, first use <gallery>. Then, on a new line, enter File:FILENAME.EXT, where FILENAME.EXT is the filename (and extension) of the file you wish to add to the gallery. Repeat this for all images you wish to add, each on a new line. Finally, use </gallery> to complete the gallery. You may add vertical bars (|) after the individual file names followed by some text, to caption each image.

You can use a few different parameters in the first <gallery> tag (separated by spaces) to change some aspects of the gallery. Some basic parameters are:

Use widths= followed by a number and "px" to change the default width of all images in the gallery.
Use caption= followed by some text inside of quotation marks ("") to provide a caption for the gallery.
Images per row
Use perrow= followed by a number to set the number of images that will appear per row. The number of images per row will adjust dynamically with the window size if this is omitted.


Most articles begin with an infobox, positioned in the top right corner. To insert an image into the infobox, simply provide an image= parameter and input the filename (and extension) of the image you want.


Thumbnail Example

[[File:Cosmere_symbol.svg|thumb|the [[cosmere]] symbol]]

the cosmere symbol
A simple thumbnail with a caption, using the default thumbnail size and position (left).

Resized and realigned Example

[[File:Cosmere_symbol.svg|left|200px|the [[cosmere]] symbol|link=Cosmere]]

the cosmere symbol
The image is aligned to the left and resized; no border or room for the caption (supplying one like I did here was pointless). This image links to the "Cosmere" article.

Centered with Border Example

[[File:Cosmere_symbol.svg|border|center|the [[cosmere]] symbol|link=]]

Given a border and centered. No width specified means the image will be full size. Again, no room for a caption as is. This image links to the Coppermind home page.
the cosmere symbol

Resized and line break Example


Using none (or center)will break the text for the image...
the cosmere symbol
... like this.

Gallery Example

<gallery widths=75px caption="Lots of cosmere symbols!">
File:Cosmere_symbol.svg | 1
File:Cosmere_symbol.svg | 2
File:Cosmere_symbol.svg | 3
File:Cosmere_symbol.svg | 4
File:Cosmere_symbol.svg | 5
File:Cosmere_symbol.svg | 6
File:Cosmere_symbol.svg | 7
File:Cosmere_symbol.svg | 8
Infobox Example
by Kit Buss
World Scadrial
Featured In Mistborn (series)

To produce a basic {{character}} infobox for the "Kelsier" article using the "Kelsier.jpg" file:

|image-artist=[[Kit Buss]]
|books=[[Mistborn (series)]]

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