Frequently Asked Question

Actor & Character Images
Last Updated 15 days ago

Basic Characteristics

  • Dimensions: 300x450 pixels
  • Format: JPG
  • Maximum size: 500kb

Image Types

There are two supported image types. Actor Image and Character Image.

  • Each person type can have one primary Actor image. It will be the default on a series or movie page in the event that there is no character image uploaded for their specific role.
  • Character images should be an image of the actor in this specific role.
    • If the character is non-human. e.g. An animated character, puppet or always in costume. The image should be a photo of the character they voice.
    • If an actor image is already set for this actor, uploading a character image will replace the actor image in the series record.

Guidelines

  • Images should be headshots. A good headshot...
    • Is framed from the chest up.
    • Captures the actor looking directly at the camera.
    • If a headshot cannot be found then the image should stay above the waist
  • Images should not be stretched in any way. 
  • There should be no writing or logos on the actor images. Examples include...
    • Broadcaster, band, group or series logos.
    • Watermarks
    • Twitter handles, URLs, signatures or character names.
  • Photos should not contain decorative overlays.
  • Actors should not have hats, glasses (unless they wear them full-time), hands, props, or anything else in their photo. Again, it should just be a clear shot of their face and chest, looking at the camera.
  • Images must take up the entire canvas. Masking bars on the sides, top or bottom are not allowed.

If you can't find high-quality images that meet our requirements, please leave it for someone else to fill in.

The only exception to these rules can occur when a studio has released official artwork for all characters in a movie or series. These images may violate our guidelines, but they are still able to be added. Ex: Captain America: Civil War. This exception is only allowed if every featured character has a photo in this style, and will be up to the sole discretion of TheTVDB's admin team. Please submit a ticket if you'd like to request to upload character photos that may break our current artwork rules.

Examples

These would be considered the images that best meet our rules. They are classic headshots including primarily the face, shoulders and chest.

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Secondary Examples

Below are additional images in styles we regularly find on the site. They include descriptions of their acceptability for inclusion on the site.

Example Image Acceptability
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Better

This image is acceptable. The actor is looking towards the camera, some of their chest is included and it is well framed. Would not be replaced unless there were exceptional circumstances.

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Good

This image is acceptable. The actor is looking towards the camera and it is well framed. But it is quite a close shot. Could be replaced if a demonstratively better image were available.

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Ok Not Good

This image is marginally acceptable. It is an overly close shot and the top of the actor's head is cropped off. Would be replaced if a better image were available.

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Ok Not Good

This image is marginally acceptable. There is way too much whitespace. Would be replaced if a better image were available.

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Last Resort Image

This image is marginally acceptable. It shows too much of the actor and would result in a very small image for mobile devices. Would be immediately replaced if a better image were available.

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Side Profile/Hands Visible

This image is largely unacceptable. It is not a straight-on shot and unnecessarily shows the actor's hand.  Most likely would be deleted by a moderator upon detection.

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Very Low Resolution/Pixelated

This image is unacceptable. It is a very low resolution. Would be deleted by a moderator upon detection.

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Not a Photograph

This image is unacceptable. No matter how a good a painting or drawing is not a photograph. Would be deleted by a moderator upon detection.

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Image is Distorted/Stretched

This image is unacceptable. It is very obviously distorted or vertically stretched to meet the image dimension requirements. Would be deleted by a moderator upon detection.

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Image is Far Too Closeup

This image is unacceptable. It is an extreme closeup and is missing parts of the actor's face. Would be deleted by a moderator upon detection.

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Masking to Create Larger Image

This image is unacceptable. Do not simply place a smaller image on a background to achieve the required image dimension. Would be deleted by a moderator upon detection.

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Framing an Image

This image is unacceptable. Do not place a frame around an image. Either to achieve the required image dimension or for stylistic purposes. Would be deleted by a moderator upon detection.


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Watermark or Text

This image is unacceptable. There should be no text that is not part of a person's clothing. Would be deleted by a moderator upon detection.

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Decoration

This image is unacceptable. As the purpose of the image is to clearly see that Actor or Character. Covering their likeness with decoration subverts that goal. Would be deleted by a moderator upon detection.

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Logo

This image is unacceptable. The same as text there should be no logo that is not part of a person's clothing. Would be deleted by a moderator upon detection.

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