Taking good screenshots & using images creatively

General tips:

  • Use the highest graphics setting you can.  Even if it’s just for the duration of the screenshot.
    • Anti-aliasing can make a huge difference to the quality, especially for characters’ faces.
  • Get rid of your UI (F10 or F12 are popular default UI toggles, you can usually bind this toggle to a key of your own choosing)
  • Take some time to compose the shot
    • can you get a better angle or view elsewhere on the map?
    • does it look better with your character or without? (first or third person view)
    • how about the time of day? weather?
    • where is the focal point? quite often the focal point looks best in the centre, but you can get some interesting shots if it’s not.
    • Move your camera – zoom in, zoom out, left, right, above, below – try standing on some rocks, or crouching.
    • if it’s a character shot – try an emote
    • action/combat shots are harder – don’t be afraid to spam the screenshot key so you can pick the best result.
  • Conversely, sometimes you need to be quick (light in lotro for example, changes very quickly).  Take a quick shot, change your view / location / pose and take shots as you are adjusting.
  • Take more screenshots then you think you’ll need – characters have a horrible habit of blinking at the wrong time 😉
  • Crop the image, if necessary, to get rid of any annoying clutter
  • Taking stills from video can also get good results

Using images in a post:

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thumbnail image

WordPress (but I’m sure other blogging platforms will have similar) has quite a few ways in which you can use images.  Inserting a picture straight into a post as a thumbail, medium or large image.  They are fairly straightforward.  The final image size will also depend upon your theme, but when clicked the image page will show the original image and size.  When using a thumbnail, if you align the image, the text will wrap.

WordPress also do rather nice galleries – with a choice of layout.  Choose the best layout for your post.  Here is the same gallery but with two different layouts.

Try combining images (I use Photoscape but I’m sure there are other programs around)

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or adding speech bubbles

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or a panorama – see this guide for screenshots & Hugin I wrote.

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I hope this helps 🙂 any questions? I’ll try my best to answer

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8 Comments

  1. Nice tips! 🙂

    I’d just add one, that if the game supports macros then making one for the emote makes things a lot easier. With a macro you don’t have to type the emote then frantically hide the UI and try to take the screenshots. You can just hide the UI, press the macro button and take screenshots to your heart’s content. 🙂

  2. These are some great tips. I’ve used WordPress before and didn’t know about the gallery feature.
    What are you using to add the speech bubbles?

    1. Glad it was useful :). I used photoscape (link in post) for the speech bubbles, let me know if it isn’t obvious and I’ll post a walkthrough 🙂

  3. These are amazing tips. I really do wish Blogger had album functionality like WordPress does. That’s the one thing I wish was better. Though, WordPress is extremely limited on blog design/pretties unless you’re paid. So I guess there’s some give-and-take.

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