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Newgrounds

Homepage - Wiki page
Online entertainment and social media website best known for its Flash-based user-generated content
Favorable source
Only direct artwork whitelisted (art.ngfiles.com)
  • Newgrounds hosts more than just Flash games and animations.
  • Minimum resolution of 16 by 16 pixels. Maximum resolution of 4 million pixels square.
  • Right-click an image on an art submission page to view or download the direct image.
  • Videos and Flash files not directly downloadable, see the other and tools sections on the main howto:sites and sources page or read this page to see how you can retrieve those files. (Link also contains an automated direct link retriever.)
  • No underage characters depicted in any sexual manner allowed.

newTumbl

Homepage
Microblogging and social networking service based on pre-NSFW purge Tumblr
Maybe favorable source?
Direct uploads not whitelisted
  • To view an image in its original quality, just click on it in its post. Right-click on it to view it directly, download it, or copy the direct image URL.
  • To get the original uncompressed images (if you're directly viewing a preview; see URL format section below), either change the suffix to _0 or (more preferably) just remove the underscore and number altogether.

Nijie

Homepage - Wiki page
Japanese art gallery
Favorability unknown
Direct uploads not whitelisted
  • Japanese website, so similar to Pixiv, censoring is required.

OneDrive

Homepage
Cloud storage service owned by Microsoft
Favorable source (cloud storage)
Direct uploads not whitelisted
  • To view a direct image on OneDrive, click on the image, then select "View original" on the header.
  • To download an image without viewing or previewing it first, hover your cursor over its thumbnail, click on the circle that appears on the upper-right corner of the thumbnail to select it, then click "Download" on the header.
    • Multiple images can be selected either by clicking on each of their select circles or by clicking-and-dragging (click and hold in the spaces between the files and folders, then drag over them to select what you want).

Paheal

Homepage - Wiki page
Booru-style image board dedicated to explicit fan art (a.k.a. Rule 34)
Not recommended as a source
Direct uploads whitelisted
  • Like as mentioned under Derpibooru, artwork from other boorus are usually discouraged. However, a number of explicit fan art are posted on there, and their site is on our direct upload whitelist.
  • Paheal respects artists' wishes, accepting takedown requests and maintaining their own DNP list.
  • To view a direct image or video, just click on the "Image Only" link under a picture's thumbnail when searching posts, or click on either the "Image Only" or "Backup Server" links on a post's page.
  • If a post has a source to the original image, use the image from there instead, not Paheal's.
    • Likewise, it's also recommended that you make a reverse search from there first, or search for an artist's gallery/galleries if they are tagged in an image but not sourced.

Patreon

Homepage - Wiki page
Crowdfunding platform
Favorable source
Direct uploads whitelisted
  • Patreon has changed their layout and method of serving images on submissions many times, some in a way where they were serving upscaled content, so writing a step by step might get outdated as it's being written. Try to seek out the highest resolution/quality version from the submission page and keep an eye out if the content does look upscaled.
    • Attached files found under the image are always preferred as these should be the images intended to be downloaded.
    • With images embedded on the submission, make sure you are zoomed in if your cursor changes while hovering over the image, then save it.
  • Content creators can restrict access to either public, patrons only or certain tier patrons only. Site's rules state that Patreons containing explicit content must be marked as such and explicit posts should be set for patrons only.[source]

Piczel

Homepage
Online art streaming service and gallery
Favorable source
Direct uploads whitelisted
  • Maximum file size of 2MB for free users, 200MB for premium users. Doesn't use compression. [source]
    • Possible to upload multiple images at once by storing images in an zip archive and using the bulk uploader.
    • Possible plans to raise file size limit to 10MB per image for free users. [source]
  • Explicit images are blurred by default, you can remove blur by simply clicking on the image. To make all images un-blurred either click "Always show adult content" or adjust your account settings.
  • Submission pages will display the full version of the first image automatically.
    • Submission pages can have one or multiple images. To switch images either click one of the arrows beside the currently displayed image, or click one of the thumbnails above the currently displayed image.

Pillowfort

Homepage
Blogging platform primarily for creative types based on Tumblr, Twitter, and LiveJournal
Unfavorable source unless originally saved in the sRGB color space
Direct uploads not whitelisted
  • The site is currently in a public beta that requires payment for registration. Registration is not required to view users' blogs, however.
  • Unlike the current iteration of Tumblr, NSFW content is allowed. Users can tag individual posts for NSFW content.
  • Pillowfort changes the color spaces of images posted on there to sRGB, thus affecting the quality of the original image if it is not saved in that color space. The site also adds additional metadata to the images. e.g. Compare post #2349805 to the Pillowfort version of the same image. (Here's a two-frame animation showing the changes.)
  • Click on an image in a post to directly view it in a new tab.

Pixiv

Homepage - Wiki page
Japanese online art community and social network
Favorable source except for animations
Direct uploads whitelisted
  • Site has a mandatory rule on censoring sexual body parts. Many Japanese artists opt to post uncensored versions elsewhere, while some simply ignore the rule.
  • To get the best version:
    • With single images, click on it to open it in a viewer.
    • With sets, clicking images opens "manga mode" in a new tab. There are two different layouts for manga mode: one for normal images (which shows one image at a time) and one for comics (which separates pages into two at a time in a right-to-left format), though older comics use the former as the latter is a more recent addition. To get the best version:
      • For normal images, click the expand icon on the top left corner of the image, NOT the icon on the top right! This opens the full version in a new tab viewer.
      • For comics, click the expand icon located to the left of the page navigators. This loads the full image on the page and will automatically load the remaining ones in the same format as well.
    • Full image URLs should contain /img-original/, all previews have /img-master/ instead. For older uploads, see here for examples.
  • Ugoiras are Pixiv's way of serving animations. They are stored as individual JPEG files and shown on an HTML5 canvas with set delays. Because of this, content cannot be directly downloaded and needs to be converted into either a WebM (preferred) or GIF. See the tools section on the main howto:sites and sources page. (JavaScript command: javascript:window.location=pixiv.context.ugokuIllustFullscreenData.src; does not work consistantly anymore)

SoFurry

Homepage - Wiki page
Furry art gallery and social network
Favorable source
Direct uploads whitelisted
  • No resolution or file size limits are stated anywhere.
  • To get the best version, press Download.

Steam

Steam Community homepage - Wiki page
Computer game digital distribution platform and social network developed by Valve Corporation
Not recommended as an art source
Direct uploads not whitelisted
  • The Steam Community has artwork sections for its users to submit fan art, memes, GIFs, et cetera of the many games and apps sold on Steam.
  • There are methods that allow users to submit any GIF or PNG images to the Steam Community. This guide features one.
  • To view an image directly, click on an image post in a game or app's community page and the image will show in an in-page window. From there, click on the image in the window to open it in a new browser tab or window.

Toyhouse

Homepage
Original character database, art gallery, trading and roleplaying site
Favorability unknown
Direct uploads not whitelisted
  • This site is primarily designed for the creation, management, sharing and trading of original characters (including fan characters).
  • To view or download an image directly from a gallery, click on its thumbnail in an artist's or character's gallery, then right-click the image.
    • If you're just viewing an individual image page, then you only need to right-click.

Transfur

Homepage
Art gallery dedicated to transformations
Favorability unknown
Direct uploads not whitelisted
  • Right-click on an image to view it directly or download it.

Trello

Homepage
Web-based list-making and project management software
Favorability unknown
Direct uploads whitelisted
  • From a user's page, just click on an image to view it. From a board, click on a card with an image, then click the image to view it. Click on "Open in new tab" to view it directly.

Tumblr

Homepage - Wiki page - User script
Microblogging and social networking service
Unfavorable source for direct uploads
Direct uploads whitelisted (but not recommended)
  • On August 9, 2018, Tumblr disabled direct access to all _raw (original quality) images. Currently, the best variation directly available is _1280.png/_1280.jpg for images posted before October 21, 2019. Images posted from October 21, 2019 onward don't seem to be restricted anymore, but requires calculating resolutions based on the 2:3 aspect ratio and are resampled regardless. See the URL format section below for more info.
  • Another change that happened at this time is that Tumblr does convert some PNG files into JPG, but keeps the file extension the same similarly to sites like Fur Affinity.
  • Currently, the only known way to retrieve any "_raw" image from Tumblr is to request for your own Tumblr blog(s) to be exported as a backup (see RAW method section below).
    • Backups are for your entire Tumblr blog, including reblogs, drafts, private posts, flagged posts, any other hidden posts.[source] Media files within those posts will be retrieved.

  • As of December 17, 2018, all sexual illustrated content (photos, videos, GIFs, and artwork) are no longer allowed on Tumblr. Pre-existing adult content are privatized. (See forum #265854.)
  • Videos are not directly downloadable; see the other and tools sections on the main howto:sites and sources page. Make sure the video doesn't have _480 or _720 in it, and in the URL simply remove the part before downloading to get the highest resolution.
  • As Tumblr allows users to completely customize their page's layout, sometimes things are in completely different places or hidden altogether. To make browsing and finding individual posts easier, use archive mode. If not linked on the page, manually go to:
https://<artist>.tumblr.com/archive
  • Even if a user's blog or specific posts have been deleted, direct URLs of their images will still work. However, direct URLs cannot be accessed from deleted posts if you didn't already get them from before their deletion.

Twitter

Homepage - Wiki page - User script
Microblogging and social networking service
Unfavorable source
Direct uploads whitelisted
  • While Twitter can host true PNG files, most content gets converted into 84 quality JPEGs upon upload, and the JPEG's chroma is subsampled to a ratio of 4:2:0, leading to a further loss in quality and color information. Avoid Twitter as a source unless it's the only source, a PNG, or in a much higher resolution than other sources.
    • As of December 10, 2019, JPEG files are stored at original quality under the orig size as long as the image doesn't use EXIF rotation; the change only affects new tweets. The change does not affect PNG files; see below for more detail on PNG files.
  • As of February 11, 2019, PNG images of larger sizes, especially PNG-24 and PNG-32 formats, are now converted to JPEG format at 85% JFIF quality. Using the transparency workaround no longer works, as transparent backgrounds will be given a white background upon conversion to JPEG. The specific details are:
    • PNG-8 images will never be converted to JPEG, regardless of file size or resolution.
    • PNG-24 and PNG-32 images will not be converted to JPEG if the image's resolution does not exceed 900 pixels in either dimension (width or height).
    • PNG-24 and PNG-32 images with a higher resolution than 900×900 will be converted to JPEG unless the conversion will result in a larger file size.
  • To get the original size, change the size format in the URL (...&name=<size>) to orig or, if you are using the older Twitter layout, add :orig at the end of an image's URL.
    • Twitter does save PNG versions of images as well, usually without any extension (i.e. :large), however, these are almost always lower resolution and/or converted from a JPEG version and thus usually not wanted.
  • Videos are not directly downloadable; see the other and tools sections on the main howto:sites and sources page. Twitter stores several different quality versions, so make sure to download highest quality.
    • GIFs are always converted into compressed MP4 files that loop. Turning these back into GIF files will result in an insane amount of bloating and with WebM the quality stays sub par. If no other sources available, WebM conversion preferred.
    • Videos are converted to compressed MP4 files, only short videos loop.
  • If you're only searching for media files uploaded by an artist, click media. For older content and content from a specific time frame, utilize Twitter's advanced search page.

Virink

Homepage
Art-focused social networking service in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States
Unfavorable source
Direct uploads not whitelisted
  • This site prohibits "violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic [and] sexually suggestive" content.
  • Site uses Facebook Connect.
  • All images uploaded to Virink are converted to 90 quality JPEG format.
  • Click on the post's thumbnail to view the best version. Posts can have multiple images that are scrolled through

VK (VKontakte)

Homepage
Social networking service popular in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States
Unfavorable source
Direct uploads not whitelisted
  • Images uploaded to VK photo posts are converted to 96 quality JPEG format. However, the site stores PNG images when they're used as comments to posts.
  • Click on the image in a post or photo album to view the best version.

Weasyl

Homepage - Wiki page
Furry art gallery and social network
Favorable source
Direct uploads whitelisted
  • Flash content sometimes has cover art that the user must click on in order to enable the Flash file.
  • To get the best version, click either "Download" or the image itself.

WildDream Art

Homepage
Chinese furry art gallery
Favorability unknown
Direct uploads not whitelisted
  • Right click on an image to view it directly or click on the "Share" button to see the image URL.
    • Artists may disable the ability for users to right-click on the submission page to view images directly. The image URL will be hidden and the message "You can not view the image link because the author has disabled the right mouse button." will appear after clicking on "Share" on such submissions.

YouTube

Homepage - Wiki page
Video sharing website owned by Google
Common source for videos
Direct uploads not whitelisted
  • YouTube does not allow any explicit content outside of educational usage! Even unlisted/private videos are in danger of getting removed by automatic algorithms or user flags.
  • Videos not directly downloadable, see the tools section on the main howto:sites and sources page.
  • YouTube automatically converts videos into several formats for compatibility. By default, YouTube uses WebM VP9 for content where it's available and browsers that support it. For e621, the preferred version to have is the highest available resolution of the VP9 video with Opus audio. The most advanced tool, which many other programs also include, is youtube-dl.
    • Avoid using online tools and browser add-ons. Many of these do not allow selecting streams and default to MP4 or another non-WebM format, which are not supported by e621 and converting the file causes quality loss.
  • With thumbnails, the best version is stored at:
https://img.youtube.com/vi/<videoID>/maxresdefault.jpg

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