Well I know I wrote one of these up before, but alas it is lost so here is another guild to SCREEN SHOTS!
1. How to take a screenshot:
a. To take a screen shot in World of Warcraft simply hit the print screen key, this is standard with most games, the shot will be whatever you see in game, from whatever prospective you see it.
b. If you want a CLEAN shot, without names and your UI (user interface) and junk showing your going to want to use ALT + Z, this will turn your interface on and off, as well as character names so you can have a clean screen shot.
c. If you want a Semi-Clean shot. If you want to show just character names without guild tags or your UI without character names, something of this nature you can go into your Interface Options and decide weather or not to show character names, show guild tags, show NPC names, etc.
d. Clean Shots – Pt.2: I would suggest zooming in (home key) as far as possible to take a clean shot, that way your toons head is not in every picture you take, it makes for a nicer screen shot and looks nicer on the site, this is unless you want to picture to be of your character.
e. Screen Shots for Short People: I would suggest those of us that are short out there (gnomes, dwarves for example) to mount, zoom in and then take the screen shot, it usually adds a much nicer prospective to the screen shot than constantly looking up at everything. That is just my opinion.
2. Now that I took the shot where is it?
a. Screenshots are automatically saved to your worldofwarcraft/Screenshots folder; this will more than likely be found on your computer under c: programfiles. The default name of your screenshot will be WoWScrnShot_# the number is the month, day, year and file location. For example: WoWScrnShot_013007_195458.tga was taken on January 30, 2007 at 20:55. If you know approximately when you took the shot you are looking for it will make it easier, if not then you will have to convert them all.
3. How do I look at .tga files? These aren’t pictures…a. To see a .tga file on your computer you have to convert it to a .jpg, .bmp, or some other type of image. To do this you need a converting program. One of the best ones I have found can be downloaded for free at this site. http://www.softinterface.com/Convert-Image/Convert-JPG.htm It is a simple program and that website will talk you through using it, but basically you right click the file you want to convert and it will convert it into an image (of the extension you choose) and it will then save it either as a converted copy with the same name or any name you choose.
4. I can see may picture, now what?
a. Now you can share your pictures with your friends, make a screensaver, desktop wallpaper, whatever you choose to do. If you want to post the image on GameAmp it must follow our guildlines which includes some of the following:
i. Crop out chat boxes (better yet use ALT-Z for posted images)
ii. Do not submit multiple screenshots of your character in different locations doing nothing. (ie zoom in)
iii. Be ORIGINAL!
b. Another tip is that your screenshot should not be more than around 1024×768 or it might not upload on gameamp. If you are told automatically that file is too large you can crop it or simply resave it at a lower resolution, but that is a decent resolution to work from, and usually what I submit mine at.
5. I have all these pictures I want to share with friends, where can I put them?
a. If you have pictures you simply want to share with your wow friends I suggest using a site such as http://www.photobucket.com to store your screenshots online where your friends can look at them, you can link to them, and use them in siggies and avatars. I use it, and I know a lot of other staffers use it (the GW guys got me hooked!)
Well I think that should answer all your basic questions about taking screenshots, converting them, finding them and sharing them. Hope to see some armature photographer’s work soon! As always I love to see you in combat beating on a big baddy!