following is a brief outline of how to take screenshots within all
the Infinity Engine & other games (BG1, BG2, IWD1, IWD2, PS:T,
DDO, NWN, NWN2), plus their expansions, and then submit them to
us to share with the world.
are lots of different games, operating systems and hardware configurations
that people might be using while taking screenshots. However, in most
cases you will be able to take a screenshot simply by pressing the "Print
Screen" key, which is normally found next to the "F12"
key. When you press this during a game, 1 of 2 things is likely to happen:
screenshot will be taken and stored on your hard drive, usually inside
a subdirectory of the game's install directory, or simply dumped into
the game's install directory directly (NWN). For example, a screenshot
taken in Baldur's Gate 2 will be given a name like "Baldr000.bmp"
and stored in the ScrnShot directory. This directory will be in your
game's install directory; normally something like - C:\Program Files\Black
Isle\BG II - SoA\ScrnShot. Unfortunately, the game doesn't tell you
that the picture has actually been taken, but you might notice a slight
pause in gameplay at that time.
screenshot will be taken as described above and then you will be dropped
out of the game and back into Windows. A message screen will appear
saying "Print Screen – you copied an image to your desktop… etc."
second method can be useful as it allows you to paste the screen shot
directly into a picture-editing program and, of course, lets you know
that the screenshot has been taken. To actually paste the picture, you
will have to have a picture-editing program up and running and then select
"Edit/paste" or "Edit/paste as new image" from its
menu. You can also do this by pressing and holding the "Alt"
key and then the "Tab" key. This will drop you out of the game
(if it didn't happen automatically) and again allow you to paste the picture
into a picture-editing program. Details on using picture-editing programs
are given later in this guide.
course, for just taking screenshots, it's easier just to stick with
option 1) above. However, the second method is useful for being
able to see immediately what your screenshot looks like.
Sidenote] Taking Dungeons & Dragons Online:
Stormreach screenshots is a bit different:
you want to be able to hide the game's interface, go into the game's
options (CTRL+O), click the "Key Mapping" tab, scroll
down until you see the option "Hide UI" in the "Interaction"
menu and click it. The next key you press will map that key to the
"Hide UI" option. We recommend using the F12 key. Once
you have remapped the key, you hide your UI in the game by pressing
the shortcut key.
take screenshots in DDO, press CTRL+P. Screenshots, by default,
will appear in the My Documents > Dungeons and Dragons Online
Sidenote] Taking Neverwinter Nights 2
screenshots in high-quality Targa format (.tga) requires you to:
Locate your Neverwinter Nights 2 install directory (by
default this is inside the My Documents folder).
2) Find nwn.ini inside the install directory.
3) Open it with Notepad or any other text editor.
4) Under the [Graphics Options] section in nwn.ini, there's an entry
"ScreenshotFormat=jpg". Change the jpg to tga.
5) Save the nwn.ini file.
the above steps will make the game output screenshots in a high-quality
lossless format (good), instead of a heavily compressed lossy format
WARNING: If you have done the above, and then installed any of the NWN2 expansions, you will need to repeat the process after their installation, because the subsequent install does not preserve your screenshot format changes.
you are experiencing problems, there are a number of things you can try.
Firstly, if you are using one of the later games with quasi-3D support
(like BG2) you could try disabling it. Run the "Config" program
(normally Start/Programs/Black Isle/BGII - SoA/BGConfig) then select the
"Graphics" tab then uncheck the "Use 3D Acceleration"
setting before pressing "Apply" and "OK."
might also be memory issues if you are using the 2nd method
described above and trying to run several programs at once. Some graphic
cards can also cause problems when trying to switch between windows. If
either of these are the problem then stick to method 1.
in mind that in certain games (like Planescape: Torment) the in-game method
of taking screenshots with the Print Screen key will not capture screens
where you have the dialogue panel open.
you could try using a 3rd party program which can capture
screenshots, such as Irfanview. Don't forget to set the screenshot-saving format to BMP or TGA in such programs!
should not be over 1680x1050 pixels in size, if possible. If you
are taking shots in earlier games (BG1, PS:T & pre-HoW IWD),
which are limited to 640x480, simply send us the screenshot in its
original size and DO NOT try to resize it.
to Change Game Resolution
option only applies to the later games like Baldur's Gate 2 and
Icewind Dale with the Heart of Winter expansion installed. Earlier
games were limited to a screen size of 640x480 pixels. To change
the screen size you need the "Config" program. Again,
normally this can be started by selecting something like "Start/Programs/Black
Isle/BGII - SoA/BGConfig." Select the "Graphics"
tab then check the "800x600" option in the "Game
Resolution" section before pressing "Apply" and "OK."
Now the game will be running in 800x600 and your screen shots will
automatically be taken at the same resolution.
you are not sure what picture-editing program you are using, you can automatically
load it by finding your screen shot file and double clicking on it. If
you don't have a picture-editing program, you can normally get them free
with computer magazine cover disks or download free trial ones like Photoshop.
screenshots you submit should be in BMP or TGA format (see above
how to enable TGA output in NWN2). This allows us to easily correct
too bright or dark pictures and to output optimally compressed images
for the SotW feature. Please do not send screenshots in JPG format.
you now have a picture of the right size and the right file format.
It's time to send it to us so we can all enjoy it. If you know how
to use your e-mail, then fire it up, start a new mail message addressed
and put SoTW or Screenshot of the Week in the topic. Then choose
"Insert/File" and attach your screen shot(s). If
it all possible, please zip or rar the images if you are sending
more than one.
don't send in any old rubbish. Most really good pictures are the result
of forethought and planning. Try and keep to pictures that are interesting,
or funny stuff like dragon victories, cool spell effects, tough fights,
funny dialogue, etc. An important thing to keep in mind is that as much
as possible should be happening on the screenshot. Screenshots 90% covered
by the fog of war or empty background and highly uninteresting to look
at (unless, of course, there's a very good reason for it, like some related
characters in action or screenshots of the game being altered in
any visible way (like cheating via the CLUAConsole) will not be
accepted. However, screenshots showing cool new fan-made custom
content (placeables, monsters etc.) in the Neverwinter Nights series
will be accepted. Finally, before sending the screenshots in, read
the checklist below.
The games you can send us screenshots from are all of the games
we cover on SP.
Send us stuff that looks good, like dragon victories, cool spell effects,
tough fights, funny dialogue and similar. No hacked characters in action
Send in screenshots in BMP or TGA format, preferrably in up to 1680x1050
Write a short description of each screenshot you are sending in, or a
comment you would like to see displayed along with the screenshot. Don't
forget to write your name or alias your screenshot should be posted along
with. Also, if you are sending screenshots from the NWN series of games, please specify whether the shots are from the NWN OC, SoU, HotU, NWN2 OC, MotB, SoZ etc.
5. Do not
send in screenshots from foreign language versions of games. For example,
a screenshot with dialogue in German or any other game shot where text
is in a language other than English would not be understood by the majority
of our visitors so we will not be able to accept such screenshots.
Do not send in screenshots that have been altered in any way, like
by cutting out the party bar and similar. Such screenshots will
not be posted.
the screenshots to
and put SoTW or Screenshot of the Week in the subject.