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This workshop is part of the Graphics Lab, a project aimed at picture retouching to improve the graphical content of the Wikimedia projects. More information about the lab can be found on its main page and requests pages (Illustrations ; Photographs ; Maps ; Video and Sound). To ask questions or make a suggestions, see the talk page of the graphic lab page.

This specific page is the requests page for the Illustration Workshop. Anyone can make a request for an illustration to be created or improved. The standard format for making a request is shown below, along with general advice, and should be followed.

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Coat of Arms from .png to .svg[edit]

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Hi! I would be very grateful if someone could turn this image from the current .png to a scalable .svg. It doesn't need to have the shiney bits, if this causes too much trouble to anyone. Although this image would only be for an article in the Spanish Wiki, I intend to start just now one in the English Wiki as well. --Cantabrucu (talk) 13:01, 1 July 2016 (UTC)
Real Sociedad de Tenis de La Magdalena
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✓ Done Offnfopt(talk) 11:28, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Figures and Diagrams for the UK Traffic Signs Manual.[edit]

Category:Traffic Signs Manual (UK) (Chapter 3)

s:Index:UK Traffic Signs Manual - Chapter 3 Regulatory Signs. 2008 (Second Impression 2008).pdf
This is a big ask, and may need it's own Wikiproject, Thanks to a request I put into the Department of Transport I was able to get a set of EPS files, being the figures in the Traffic Signs Manual. These are very slowly being uploaded to the category mentioned. However, the EPS->SVG conversion isn't perfect, and some rendering fixes had to be applied, which is why it is taking time to get the full set uploaded.
I am in need of some more experienced graphists famiar with EPS and SVG to help review and quality control the files uploaded so far.
Some problems I've personally identified so far are :
  • Border elements that have been recombined from single EPS path elements.
  • Unclosed paths.
  • Font substitutions (for Commmons/Wikisource rendering issues.)
There is only so much a single volunteer can do, and I would appreciate this being a community effort.
Update - Having to restart owing to some font rendering issues.ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 00:39, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
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Flow Hive SVG schema[edit]

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fr:Ruche à robinet (currently still in user draft namespace)
en:List of highest funded crowdfunding projects
A SVG schema to illustrate the components of Flow Hive. --Dereckson (talk) 20:25, 10 March 2016 (UTC)
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There's some [information at the manufacturer's information page]. Reading between the lines of the request, it sounds like the pictures on this page would be re-created for Commons.
Cheers, Mliu92 (talk) 14:58, 1 April 2016 (UTC)
✓ Done Made and uploaded a [|new schema] (based on the one present on the official website) to be used for the articles. If you think changes are needed let me know. EDIT: Just realized the file doesn't work as expected. I'll adress that soon. Pablo
Pablozenteno93 I updated your SVG, all good now. Offnfopt(talk) 13:26, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

6th Dragoon Guards carabiners[edit]

en:Carabiniers (6th Dragoon Guards)
Please produce a free version of en:File:6th Carabiniers badge.jpg, currently under deletion discussion at English wiki. --Oiyarbepsy (talk) 21:41, 20 March 2016 (UTC) (BTW, I have no idea why this submittal page creates a gallery when the image doesn't exist yet)
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@Oiyarbepsy: The file has been deleted. Can you link to an external version? BMacZero (talk) 22:58, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Logo for the project Connected Open Heritage[edit]

A looped square (Swedish place of interest sign) inside a ring using the classical Wikimedia logo style. --Shandris
Wikimedia Sverige's project Connected Open Heritage (COH) aims to bring cultural heritage data onto Wikidata, and images of cultural heritage onto Wikimedia Commons. We especially focus on cultural heritage that is at risk globally. The logo will be used in brochures, on roll-ups, on templates on Commons and on project pages on different wikis. Read more about the project.
Create a visually pleasing representation of the project name Connected Open Heritage with a CC0 license so that it easily can be used to promote the project. Preferably in svg so that it easily can be scaled for various use. (We do not mind getting alternatives from different wikigraphists to choose from.) --John Andersson (WMSE) (talk) 14:22, 28 April 2016 (UTC)
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I have now submitted four logo ideas above. Hope there is something you can use. If you want any alternative versions or changes dont heitate to contact me. AlphaZeta (talk) 22:01, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
@John Andersson (WMSE): I've submitted an idea as well. What are your thoughts? --Shandris (talk) 21:56, 1 July 2016 (UTC)
Hi! Sorry for the extremely late reply. I was sure that I had written here already! These are some lovely logotypes both of you have created! With so many great possibilities I would love to take the opportunities to organize a open vote for all interested to have a say. I will look at that in a week or so when some reports I am working on are finalized. If anyone feel inspired, please add your suggestion as well. Again, thank you both! John Andersson (WMSE) (talk) 08:29, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

Traffic Sign image cleanup[edit]

Basic node cleanup and adjacent node merging, Also the figure lower right should probably have a 'flash' band around it the same color as the main panel. --ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 14:31, 9 May 2016 (UTC)
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For me I would appreciate if you could be more specific because I don't understand what you want to be done. --Goran tek-en (talk) 17:32, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

@ShakespeareFan00: BMacZero (talk) 16:41, 16 September 2016 (UTC)
It needs some nodes mergeing so that rather than a lot of small paths there are full paths for single objects. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 18:15, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

Update Western Australia population growth graph[edit]

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Article(s): en:Western Australia, en:History of Western Australia

The graph could use an update (data here), but even more so it needs a re-scaling: populations grow exponentially, which means the vertical axis needs a logarithmic scale. --Bender235 (talk) 20:55, 10 July 2016 (UTC)
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@Bender235: I can convert it into svg and update it so it's easier to edit in the future.

  • But on the data link you provided I can't find the data. I want the data very easy to access, year-population. If you can't link me to data like that then please add it here and ping me then I will do this, thanks. --Goran tek-en (talk) 17:31, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
    • @Goran tek-en:; I didn't make this graph, but from the source indicated I assume you should use this Excel file, sheet 2 ("Table 1.1"). The 33rd row has the total population of Western Australia for each year from 1829 to 2010. Maybe Glen Dillon can confirm whether this is the data he originally used. --Bender235 (talk) 18:47, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
I will check that excel file. I hope you understand that we graphic workers do just that. We very seldom have any knowledge on the subject so we need that kind of base information presented for us in a simple way, then we do the rest, thanks. --Goran tek-en (talk) 18:56, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
That's perfectly fine. I appreciate your work on this. --Bender235 (talk) 00:19, 1 September 2016 (UTC)

Stock-brush-red.svg Request taken by Goran tek-en (talk) 09:47, 1 September 2016 (UTC)

@Bender235: The previous graph starts at 1829 but the data in the excel file starts at 1788, do you want the new to start at 1788 or 1829? --Goran tek-en (talk) 16:05, 1 September 2016 (UTC)
The data for entire Australia starts at 1788. But this graph is Western Australia, which starts at 1829. Make sure to be in the right row (it should be 33). --Bender235 (talk) 18:33, 1 September 2016 (UTC)

@Bender235: Now there is a draft for you to look at and give me feedback on. The colors and type of lines are picked so that they will work for people with color vision problems. Give me feedback, thanks. --Goran tek-en (talk) 18:18, 6 September 2016 (UTC)

Looks good so far. I don't think it is necessary to have separate trends for male and female. Just the total population trend would be enough IMHO. --Bender235 (talk) 18:22, 6 September 2016 (UTC)
@Bender235: I have uploaded two versions as I already had it made:
You should check so the information on the files are correct, thanks. --Goran tek-en (talk) 17:27, 7 September 2016 (UTC)

✓ Done

Taxonomic map of fungi with ploidy data[edit]

Article(s): en:Polyploidy

The English Wikipedia currently uses two non free files en:File:Polyploidy in fungi2.pdf and en:File:Polyploidy in fungi.pdf to illustrate the ploidy of fungi of different taxa. I wonder if it's possible to create diagrams with the same information that are free images so that we can use these instead.--Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk) 11:12, 11 July 2016 (UTC)
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ملخص قواعد اللغة العربية[edit]

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Article(s): [[]]

Please remove the tape that at the top.Thank you --ديفيد عادل وهبة خليل 2 (talk) 14:36, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
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@ديفيد عادل وهبة خليل 2: I can remove/block that but is it OK to remove information about who translated the document? --Goran tek-en (talk) 19:37, 12 August 2016 (UTC)

Png image in need of definition > SVG[edit]

Article(s): [[]]

Could you improve definition plus convert it into a regular svg image like this? That would be appreciated! --Iñaki LL (talk) 09:48, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
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Translation in french - Geological time spiral[edit]

Article(s): fr:Échelle des temps géologiques

This synoptic diagram is used on hundreds of pages on all the Wikipedia (see There are a japonese translation, and a hebrew one also. Is it possible to have a french translation of this work ?

Here are all the terms in french. --Markov (talk) 21:14, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

I updated the dates, and corrected the mistakes in the original.

  • 542 M.Y. AGO : -541 Ma
  • 488 M.Y. AGO : -485 Ma
  • 444 M.Y. AGO : -444 Ma
  • 416 M.Y. AGO : -419 Ma
  • 359 M.Y. AGO : -359 Ma
  • Please do the fusion of MISSISSIPPIAN PERIOD and PENNSYLVANIAN PERIOD in a single PÉRIODE DU CARBONIFÈRE, starting from -359 to -299
  • 299 M.Y. AGO : -299 Ma
  • 200 M.Y. AGO : -201 Ma
  • 146 M.Y. AGO : -145 Ma
  • TERTIARY PERIOD (outside) : PÉRIODE DU NÉOGÈNE (move the line, it starts from beginning of Miocene and stops at the end of Pliocene)
  • Paleocene Epoch : Époque Paléocène
  • 56 M.Y. AGO : -56 Ma
  • Eocene Epoch : Époque Éocène
  • 34 M.Y. AGO : -34 Ma
  • Oligocene Epoch : Époque Oligocène
  • 23 M.Y. AGO : -23 Ma
  • Miocene Epoch : Époque Miocène
  • 5 M.Y. AGO : -5 Ma
  • Pliocene Epoch : Époque Pliocène
  • 2 M.Y. AGO : -2,6 Ma
  • Pleistocene Epoch : Époque Pléistocène
  • 11,500 YR. : -11 700 a
  • Holocene Epoch : Époque Holocène
  • CENOZOIC ERA : ÈRE CÉNOZOÏQUE (and add the beginning of the arrow which is missing on the original picture)

--Markov (talk) 23:07, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

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Hi @Markov, unfortunately the terms in French are too long in number of letters as well in terms of typesetting. That would be not different in German, but I omitted to the words „epoch“ and „era“ in my translation. If that is just as acceptable to the French version, I would be glad to provide the appropriate edit. Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 14:13, 7 August 2016 (UTC)

Hi, MagentaGreen, really nice work for the german version ! Is it possible, in french, to :
  • keep "ÈRE "
  • omit "PÉRIODE DU " or "PÉRIODE DE L'"
  • keep "Époque " ?
In German, you wrote NEOGEN instead of KARBON (on -359 line), should omit -318, and you forgot Paläozän and Eozän (on the right)
Regards, --Markov (talk) 15:11, 7 August 2016 (UTC)

Coats of Arms from jpg. to svg.[edit]

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Article(s): nl:Navalvillar de Ibor


Hallo! I have this coats of arms image uploaded in jpg. size for those who want to convert this image in svg. format? Grasmat (talk) 15:49, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

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✓ Done -- MaxxL - talk 18:12, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

Tuscany barnstar[edit]

Article(s): personal and users talk pages

With the regional coordinator of Wikimedia Italy (User:Kaspo) we are reorganizing the network of users living in (or interested in) Tuscany and working on different platforms and I think it would be nice to have a barnstar to give them because some of them did a great work so far. Nothing elaborate, and if I may without the modern post-1975 "pegasus flag" which is IMHO "lame", but as you like it... I am also not a fan of a specific monument like the duomo of Florence or the tower in Pisa as a central image, but again that's just my opinion. No hurry, of course, that's just something nice to have soon or later. I am just not good in designing barnstars. Thanks in advance.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:53, 20 August 2016 (UTC)
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Traditional Chinese keyboard[edit]

Article(s): en:Keyboard layout

Traditional Chinese version of File:KB United States.svg. Traditional Chinese keyboard layout can be seen on second picture. --John123521 (talk) 02:24, 1 September 2016 (UTC)
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What I understand that what you want is a svg file but with Traditional Chinese keyboard layout, is that correct?
If that is what you want please write all of the correct signs here.
Please do understand that we are graphic workers and we do not make research or similar, thanks. --Goran tek-en (talk) 18:45, 9 September 2016 (UTC)

Commons App[edit]

This screen need icons
Would anyone like to help with the community revived Commons app (IEG Grant)? We would need some icons for near-by places that motivate users to go there and take a picture of them. The details are in this Github thread. Icons for "bridge", "river", "church", "general building", etc.. would be needed. Thank you for you help! --Tobias1984 (talk) 07:35, 3 September 2016 (UTC)
I second this request, the app would look so much better with nice illustrations! The list of needed illustrations is: city, waterbody, railwaystation, river, park, forest, event, sport, university, road, isle, building, mountain, bridge, church. Thanks a lot! Syced (talk) 03:07, 7 September 2016 (UTC)
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I'm not really an artist but I'm taking a shot. At worst you get more unified temp art :P. Any thoughts? See Category:Landmark icons by User:BMacZero. BMacZero (talk) 06:16, 8 September 2016 (UTC)

I think they are really nice! @Syced: might have some artistic and technical input? --Tobias1984 (talk) 19:48, 8 September 2016 (UTC)
BMacZero: Wonderful! It is very nice, 1000 times better than the icons we have now :-) By the way, the grey circle is not a requirement, it just happens to be the first icon we found for "undefined", so it could as well be rectangular icons, actually right now we just use photographs like this (photographs are not good, not abstract enough). Would you mind create icons for the other categories? We will start using them as soon as you are done. Syced (talk) 03:30, 9 September 2016 (UTC)
The icons look great, BMacZero! :) Misaochan (talk) 06:29, 9 September 2016 (UTC)
I agree: They look great. But they should be converted to a vector format, so they can be displayed in different sizes without loss of quality. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tkarcher (talk • contribs)
In addition to the categories I mentioned above, an "undefined" category in the same style would be great, a lot of items are actually undefined so it is one of the most important ones. Cheers! Syced (talk) 10:38, 9 September 2016 (UTC)
Great, I can easily upload them in vector format. I'll chip away at them this weekend. BMacZero (talk) 01:01, 10 September 2016 (UTC)
Thanks BMacZero! I'll add whatever is ready to the app next week, they look much better than what we currently have. :) We would also like to add you to our credits file, would you prefer your Commons username or something else? Cheers! Misaochan (talk) 11:39, 10 September 2016 (UTC)
@Misaochan: You can credit me as Brian MacIntosh. BMacZero (talk) 21:24, 10 September 2016 (UTC)
Done! :) Misaochan (talk) 11:03, 11 September 2016 (UTC)

Just as a note for prioritization of symbols. This query shows what P31 ('instance of' on Wikidata) value most things with coordinates have in a country: query. A lot of items are also 'railway stations' or 'gatehouses' for example. I think a few thousand missing images would warrant its own symbol. You can switch the countries to see what is most missing where you live. --Tobias1984 (talk) 18:41, 9 September 2016 (UTC)

Nice tool, I'll refer to that. I'll start with the more general ones and work down if I have time. BMacZero (talk) 01:01, 10 September 2016 (UTC)

I've added this table to keep track of the icons in the Commons App Landmark Icons category.Offnfopt(talk) 13:01, 11 September 2016 (UTC)

I've also been working off of the results of the query for United States (Q30). I tried running the query without a country constraint but it times out. Some possibly notable entries that show up much higher on the US results are 'radio station', 'city', 'airport', 'neighborhood', 'protected area', 'sports venue', and 'ghost town'. BMacZero (talk) 00:11, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

Black SVG box[edit]

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Article(s): Russian Ground Forces

Black box on bottom of rendered image. Please remove. – Illegitimate Barrister (talk) 21:32, 8 September 2016 (UTC)
Why you not answer on #Black box on SVG?? You have adequate graphic ability, so what is your problem the read the section?
“And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.” William J. H. Boetcker
User: Perhelion 22:23, 8 September 2016 (UTC)
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US Homeland Security Secretary flag[edit]

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Article(s): en:United States Secretary of Homeland Security

Please add a white border around the "wings" to match the flag. Please note, that the current colors are correct per the Department Brand Guide. Thanks, --Corkythehornetfan 19:39, 9 September 2016 (UTC)
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✓ Done --Sodacan (talk) 13:17, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

Flags of the Governorates of Bahrain[edit]

Article(s): Bahrain, Governorates of Bahrain, Capital Governorate, Central Governorate, Muharraq Governorate, Northern Governorate, Southern Governorate. Including related articles in other languages.

Please assist to create accurate SVG versions of the six main administrative regions (Governorates) of Bahrain. The current available images are listed above. --Rehman 10:05, 10 September 2016 (UTC)
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A logo for a Christian organization[edit]

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Article(s): Won't be used on a Wikipedia page

Hello! I'd be really grateful if anyone could try to make a logo for an organization that I'm in. It's a Christian organization in Norway called "God-Søndag" and I'd be very happy if anyone could make a logo for that. PS: Note the "Ø" that's not in the English alphabet. Could you please try with much colors, less colors, maybe some Christian signs/symbols, maybe without, use the whole name (God-Søndag) or the abbreviation "GS". Thanky so much! 2001:4646:4471:0:6867:E635:7E4B:D650 21:59, 16 September 2016 (UTC)
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This workshop is not meant for this type of request. This is meant for media for the commons media repository. You may want to instead try your luck with /r/LogoRequests or have your organization hire a designer to make your logo. Offnfopt(talk) 22:11, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

wikiversity project; labo[edit]

Article(s): [[]]

Details of your request go here… --Bennia Bachir Nadir (talk) 15:18, 21 September 2016 (UTC)
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@NadirPRof93: You haven't written anything for what or what you are requesting. --Goran tek-en (talk) 16:25, 26 September 2016 (UTC)


Article(s): en:List of Deus Ex media

The letters under the triangle are in white. Could someone change them to black? – Zntrip 00:56, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
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✓ Done Offnfopt(talk) 02:46, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

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Revise elements of coat of arms[edit]

Article(s): en:Coat of arms of the Philippines

Would somebody be willing to rework the lion and eagle on this coat of arms? They're quite poorly drawn... Here's the official rendition of the arms by the government: [1] (you can zoom in to see the proper detailing...) Many thanks. --WikiEditor50 (talk) 08:56, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
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Stock-brush-red.svg Request taken by Goran tek-en (talk) 17:55, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Arrows pointing in the wrong direction[edit]

Article(s): en:Safinamide

Hi! This SVG was created with BKchem and Inkscape. It displays fine in Inkscape and Firefox, but Wikimedia renders two of the arrowheads the wrong way round – the two curved ones should point to the left, not the right. Can somebody help please? --ἀνυπόδητος (talk) 13:48, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
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✓ Done by Perhelion. Offnfopt(talk) 00:48, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

There were double path-nodes above each other, I removed them simply. User: Perhelion 00:52, 24 September 2016 (UTC)
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