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Daryoush1941 23:18, 10 September 2007 (UTC)I suggest some graphical examples of how to thumbnail manually. The image we have on the page could do. Crop it to a significant part and put the two together.

Shouldn't there be a mention of where the term thumbnail comes from? Or, for that matter, the actual nail that covers one's thumb?

Where does the word come from? Seabhcán 14:38, 18 July 2005 (UTC)

Merge from thumbshot?[edit]

Isn't a thumbshot exactly the same as a thumbnail? However, the latter seems much more widely used:

Actually, I don't believe this "as small as a thumbnail" to be the correct etymology, or at least, not a unique root.

As an artist, I've always used thumbnail sketches and for me it always means making a preliminary sketch by scoring literally into the art surface with my thumbnail. It's unique in being something I always have to hand and more importantly, it does not colour or taint the art surface. (talk) 15:28, 15 November 2016 (UTC) 19:10, 3 November 2005 (UTC)

There don't seem to be any objections to this, so I'm merging the articles. Jon Olav Vik 11:29, 7 November 2005 (UTC)

Oops *blush*. As I re-read the Thumbshot article to merge it, I realized there was indeed a difference, and a big one at that. I'm removing the merge suggestions and getting out of here 8-). Jon Olav Vik 11:34, 7 November 2005 (UTC)

OK so please go ahead and explain what the difference is. The Google definitions above don't help because thumbshot is only defined here in wikipedia. The googlefight doesn't help at all either because popularity doesn't indicate meaning. How is "thumbshot" different from "thumbnail"? Does it have to do with the navigational element? They're both used for navigation via preview. 01:02, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
A thumbshot is a special sub-case of a thumbnail image, restricted to the subset that is exact representations of the whole item. Thumbnails, particularly in artistic/creative contexts, are often not the whole of the image but may be selective subsets designed to highlight a particular feature. Jamesday 05:55, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

No need to mention the web designer thing[edit]

I think there is no need to describe the way some web designers make thumbnails by just changing the image size in the HTML tag. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:38, August 26, 2007 (UTC)

I have to disagee; some mention of this (and the fact that it's considered poor coding practice) should be made - maybe not here, but somewhere. (I came here today looking for a good definition of "dumbnail" to refer others to, and didn't find one. Could somebody at least add a redirect page or something?) (talk) 14:32, 8 April 2008 (UTC)

What is a video thumbnail?[edit]

User:Comet Tuttle recommended here that I create a redirect to this article. I was looking for information on this topic and so far have not found it. All I know is what he told me here. Obviously if I had to ask the question about what it was called, Wikipedia is missing some information. If anyone knows a source, I'd appreciate it.Vchimpanzee · talk · contributions · 18:17, 23 February 2012 (UTC)

'thumbnail' is a more universal term[edit]

The term has been used by artists and designers for decades, so that the article starts with a description of how they are used in web-design is too limited. Web-design is a subset of design, and the article should reflect more the universal usage of the term 'thumbnail' throughout history. Web-design part can be moved further down as a subset of the examples where 'thumbnail' has been used -- eg. design, art, stroy-boards, etc.