Category talk:SVG simplified Coats of Arms

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Some thoughts about simplified coats of arms

First of all, it would be nice to have some consens or agreement for the dimensions. There are CoAs in all possible sizes and relations. Often 600×660 (ratio 10:11) is selected, another size is 260×300 (ratio 13:15).

The category escutcheon shapes contains many samples for CoA outlines. Some examples are the following
(It is very easy to scale them, or to stretch them to other relations, by modifying the SVG code)

Then starting from that, any filling can be added to create the desired image.

Often clipping may be helpful to simplify the SVG coding Wappen Massenbach.svg within the shape.

See SVG simplification by clipping and SVG simplification by fill pattern
The file desription of Balearic Islands Arms.svg shows both possibilities -- 14:58, 13 March 2012 ‎Sarang

For an example how to draw waves see Wappen Frankenbach.svgWappen Frankenbach.svg or Kreiswappen des Kreises Höxter 1953.svg Wappen Höxter.


600 by 660 is the size of standard French Wikipedia heraldry project templates, but French Wikipedia images are required to have that hideous pseudo-reflective gradient (which really does not add anything in my eyes), and thousands of them all seem to have the same <desc>Flag of Canton of Valais (Wallis)</desc> tagging, even if they're not a flag and they have nothing to do with Valais. When making a coat of arms more or less from scratch, most commonly I set the height to 600 pixels, and the width to whatever is natural given that height... AnonMoos (talk) 11:23, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

600 (×660 (10:11), or something that gives the required relation) seems to me a good choice. It is often used, but there are also lots of other sizes. It is not any problem to draw again all the templates/examples above in this dimension, even that it is almost sqare (10:11). From other inspirations I took 260×300 (13:15), because I had no better idea.
All relations exist, another set is 500×588 (125:147) from 1000×1176.

Recommended sizes: The document size (width and height) causes how an image is displayed when viewed by itself.

While a size too small may hide essential details, a size too large requires zoom out activities to see the entire image.

A good choice are values for the height of about 600 px

I would like to contribute something to the project (if I only knew how to do this), restricted to simple CoAs that can easily drawn by hand. sarang사랑.svg사랑 12:23, 14 March 2012 (UTC)


Here are some coats of arms that I made pretty much from scratch. It could help to know some basic heraldic terminology (you could peruse A Complete Guide to Heraldry by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (1909), here or here). AnonMoos (talk) 22:15, 14 March 2012 (UTC)
Though Fox-Davies focuses heavily on English and Scottish heraldry... AnonMoos (talk) 00:43, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Here are some shield-shapes that I declare to be PD: AnonMoos (talk) 09:28, 15 March 2012‎

600 x 660
<?xml version="1.0" standalone="no"?>
<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" width="600" height="660">
<path fill="none" stroke="#000000" stroke-width="3" d="M3,3
V260.637C3,369.135,46.339,452.459,99.763,514
C186.238,614.13,300,657,300,657
C300,657,413.762,614.13,500.237,514
C553.661,452.459,597,369.135,597,260.637V3Z"/></svg>
485 x 585
<?xml version="1.0" standalone="no"?>
<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" width="485" height="585">
<path fill="none" stroke="#000000" stroke-width="3" d="M3,3
V103C3,185,15,279,58,365
C102,452,173,547,242.5,582
C312,547,383,452,427,365
C470,279,482,185,482,103V3Z"/></svg>
543 x 623
<?xml version="1.0" standalone="no"?>
<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" width="543" height="623">
<path fill="none" stroke="#000000" stroke-width="3" d="M3,3
V182C3,277.29,30.696,366.024,78.952,439.854
C144.25,533.495,236.718,602.486,271.5,620
C306.282,602.486,398.75,533.495,464.048,439.854
C512.304,366.024,540,277.29,540,182V3Z"/></svg>

Finally uploaded the three shapes above as files: -- AnonMoos (talk) 20:32, 25 March 2012 (UTC)

Capitalization[edit]

Ordinary capitalization would be "Category:SVG simplified coats of arms"... AnonMoos (talk) 08:50, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

Yes, you are right. I vacillatet between "coat of arms" and the abbreviation "CoA", and mixed it up. sarang사랑.svg사랑

French shields[edit]

Blason Projet-Blasons.svg

The Projet:Blasons uses the Old French shape in the 600 × 660 dimension, its simplified authentic code is

m1.5,1.5v257.5c0,286 298.5,399 298.5,399c0,0 298.5-113 298.5-399V1.5z 

or, half a pixel smaller,

m2,2v257c0,286 298,398 298,398c0,0 298-112 298-398V2z

As an example, the Red Simplified Gradiented can be coded

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" width="600" height="660">
<defs>
<radialGradient cx="220" cy="190" r="400" id="g" gradientUnits="userSpaceOnUse">
<stop stop-color="#eb5353" offset="0"/>
<stop stop-color="#ea4c4c" offset=".2"/>
<stop stop-color="#d31515" offset=".6"/>
<stop stop-color="#c60808" offset="1"/></radialGradient></defs>
<path d="m2,2v257c0,286 298,398 298,398c0,0 298-112 298-398V2z"
fill="url(#g)" stroke="#333" stroke-width="3"/>
</svg>