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Tutorial: How to give keyword credit

Ok, so this isn't a tutorial about making icons, but rather what to do with the ones you didn't make. And it may seem like a "duh" to a lot of you; it did to me too. But I've gotten enough questions about it in the past, and have seen enough people who honestly don't seem to know how to do it that I wrote a tutorial. Perhaps it will be helpful. ;)

The question of exactly how to credit seems to be a pretty common one, so this is a brief tutorial on just that: a keyword credit how-to.

Step 1:
When saving icons, it's generally best to save them with the creator's username in some way. If you save a lot of icons from various people/communities, you'll quickly forget who made what otherwise. I've found that the easiest way to do it is to create an "icon" folder on your hard drive, and subfolders within that with each folder named for the creator. For instance, if you snag an icon from me (perceptible), you would save it to something similar to C:\Images\Icons\perceptible\file.jpg.

If you don't want to make subfolders, you could instead change the file name to the creator's name. It would look something like this: C:\Images\Icons\perceptible01.jpg.

[ Common question:
Why should I save the icon at all? Why not just use the "upload from URL" feature on the edit userpics page?

There's a very practical reason for this. If you change your icons a great deal (especially if you have a free account with only 3 userpics), once you delete the icon from your LJ userpics, you can't get it back. If you haven't saved the icon to your hard drive and later decide you want to use the icon again, you're going to have to track down the original post, which will take an awful lot of time. And which may actually be impossible, because it's likely that you'll have forgotten who made it. And thus, that truly excellent Libertines icon that you really wish you hadn't deleted from your userpics is lost forever.

Step 2:
Now that you have the icon saved, it's time to upload it to your LJ userpics. I think everyone knows how to do that, so we'll just move on to the next step. ;)

Step 3:
Ah, the elusive art of keywording. This is where people tend to become confused, and it is the heart of this tutorial.

At this point, you should be on a page (http://www.livejournal.com/editpics.bml) that looks something like this:

Now you're going to enter the actual keywords. Keywords are the method by which you can later use the icon in posts or comments via the "User Picture Icon" drop-down menu. You can use anything you want to help you remember what the icon is or show your originality.

This is what I have now:

One of the really nifty features of LJ is the additional "comment" space beneath the "keywords" option. If you've been around long enough, you'll remember keywording icons before LJ added that feature, and how little space you actually had for keywords. With the "comment" option, you have twice as much room for keywords, making crediting a lot easier.

Now that you have your actual keywords defined, it's time to use the "comment" area for credit. And here's the really great thing: you can use the lj user tag here (<lj user="perceptible">).

This is what it looks like now:

Now all you have to do is click the "Save Settings" button.

That's it! You now have a brand-new icon, properly credited. To see what it looks like, go to your "allpics" page (http://www.livejournal.com/allpics.bml).

It should look like this:

And that's all there is to giving keyword credit for icons. :)


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May. 30th, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)
This is great, I'll be adding it to the user info in my icon journal, ktastic_icons.
May. 30th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thank-Youuuuuuu!!! sheesh I've been SO tired of people taking my icons and not knowing how to credit!!
May. 30th, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm linking this to my icon post =D
Jun. 2nd, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
BRAVO. Just... yes.
Jul. 19th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
cool icons.

for any one who likes my icon. feel free to use it = D
Aug. 17th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)
Thanks for this. I hope you don't mind, but I linked it in my profile.

Aug. 18th, 2005 06:11 am (UTC)
thank u for posting this.... of course i figured out how to do the html right before i saw it (i had it open in another tab too LOL) lol now i gotta go back and add the made by part i only had the link
Aug. 20th, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
thank you for making this....it probably took a lot of time... srry i stole

that icon without crediting you but i didn't know how!

&dagger MooseGuy&dagger
Aug. 20th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
*loves you for making this* Thanks so much! Linked to this in my icon journal. :)
Aug. 21st, 2005 01:52 am (UTC)
I am most certainly linking to this in my icon journal. Thank you SO much! You even have screen shots, and everything! Perfect!
Aug. 27th, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I've been wondering how to credit people for their work! Actually... i can't get it to show on the page. Maybe the user can't see it in their own journal, or something, I don't know. But i did exactly what you wrote.

Oh well.

Thank you!
Aug. 28th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC)

I'm linking this in my userinfo.

Aug. 29th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
thanks! (I needed some help) :)
Sep. 5th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
cool! thanks!
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Sep. 16th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
For a community tag, just replace "user" with "comm": <lj comm="communityname">
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