Screenshots: Tips & Tricks
Torhead thrives on user contributions! Mission data, database comments - you name it, we love it! One of our favorite methods of contribution is via uploaded screenshots, images depicting various items, NPCs or mission details in the The Old Republic. Users can submit screenshots to any database page which will then be reviewed by our staff and, upon approval, added to a database page! Taking and uploading screenshots is easy!
Taking Screenshots on Windows
- While in the game, press the Print Screen key on your keyboard.
- Now open up your favourite image editing software (Such as Windows Paint or paint.net).
- Create a new image and CTRL + V or Click Edit and Paste
- You should now be able to save the image and then upload it to Torhead!
A good screenshot is like a miniature piece of art. It should showcase the main object, but take into account the details around it. The same 7 elements of art design come into play here, Line, Shape, Form, Space, Texture, Light & Color. We'll touch on several of these and how to make use of the in game settings and mechanics to enhance your pictures.
Turn your resolution and color sampling as high as your computer can handle. In general you want all your settings maxed to really show the environment to its fullest potential (they actually help with the lighting too!) You may find a shot that you need to play with these settings to enhance, sometimes turning down environmental detail is helpful to remove extra grasses.
Most of the time taking the pictures from 1st person view works best, so zoom all the way in so that you're looking through your character's eyes. Occasionally the object might be too big (large NPCs especially) to use this view - if this is the case get as close to them as you can without having your body in the shot and swing the camera around to get the angle that you're looking for.
Pay attention to the light - a well lit picture is 10 times better than a dark one. You may even want to do a little color correcting before uploading - increase the brightness and contrast a touch. For instance - it's a lot easier to take pictures in sunny Korriban than deep in the mountains of Alderaan.
We want to see the armor! Not Joe Schmoe in the armor. In general you want close ups of the piece itself (except for full set pictures). Don't be afraid to submit a 4 inch picture of one glove. Once's it's cropped and loaded and shrunk down to the thumbnail it will look great!
Use your best judgment when cropping armor pics, but remember - we want to see details of the armor - not the person or a far away image. Of course, this also applies to weapons or any other piece of equipment!
Full body shots should be the norm. If you can't get a good full shot (e.g. they're standing behind a counter) get the waist up shot. There's no need to include the on-screen text and titles of NPCs. The website already lists those, so just get in close and take a great shot of the NPC itself.
When capturing moving NPCs, try to get as much a head on front shot as you can, being willing to take a few hits while you take picture of a mob attacking you can make for a great shot. If you don't want to get your hands dirty, sitting in place for a while and waiting for it to path in front of you is often easier and faster than running around it trying to get your shot.