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Taking Screenshots

While Blade and Soul has a dedicated screenshot view, there are some additional tips and tricks to taking good screenshots. Here are a few of the things I’ve learned.

Print Screen vs Screenshot Program

I don’t use the Print Screen button to take screenshots. I prefer to use programs that allow me to crop the image when I take it instead of getting the whole screen and having to go back and crop it later with another program. Unfortunately, the way the camera works in BNS, it is difficult to stop the camera from moving to click on another program. I have my screenshot program tied to the Print Screen button so it will work the same as if I pressed the button for the program.

Snagit

My preferred program for screenshots is Snagit. Snagit puts a tool at the top of my screen where I press a button that stops the action in game and allows me to drag my cursor and grab only the part of the screen I want. Unfortunately, the free version is only a 15-day trial and then you have to pay $49.95.

Gyazo

I also use Gyazo. Gyazo is a free program that will allow you to grab screenshots or create gifs. I don’t use it as my primary program because it pulls up a webpage for you to save the image instead of a separate window on your computer. Sometimes the Gyazo website can be running slow and I don’t like having to wait for the image to come up. I do use it for gifs though because Snagit has an option for videos, but not a way to do gifs.

Crop

If you don’t use a separate program, make sure you crop images for the Character Submission Form. I can crop images for the visual database, but the Character Submission form uploads directly to the site and it’s difficult to see details when your character is tiny compared to the background. I use Adobe PhotoShop to crop images sent for the visual database. If you can’t afford to purchase a program, try something like Fotor Photo Crop or Picresize.

Uncropped

Cropped

Video Settings

Max out the video settings if your computer can handle it. Even if you can’t play on those settings, try to get them as high as possible for screenshots. There is a huge difference in game graphics between everything on low settings and everything on high.

Low SettingsHide UI 2

Hide UI

When you are taking screenshots in game, hide your UI by pressing CTRL + x. The purpose of taking the screenshots is to focus on the character, not all the information floating around the screen.

Hide UIHide UI 2

Hide Nameplates

Hide nameplates for your character and the NPCs around you. They are distracting and can cover up parts of the items you are trying to show.

Unhidden Names

Lighting

Some areas of have really dark environments. Try to take pictures where there is full sunlight. I’ve noticed many of the towns have a lot of sun.

CroppedDark Lighting

Screenshot View

Scroll in on your character until the background goes fuzzy. This is the screenshot view and will give you the best photos. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to scroll back out of screenshot view and you may have to play around with it a bit.

Screenshot

Be Cognizant of Your Surroundings

The best images are taken against a solid or light background like the sky. Make sure you’re not standing in front of something that drowns out the details. Also, standing in grass can obscure the feet and leg of your character.

Busy Background

DistractingLight Background


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