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(Pocket-lint) – Computer games are great, aren’t they? There are some really amazing games out there, but sometimes it’s hard to take good screenshots to do them justice.
Whether you’re trying to capture images for personal use (like wallpaper) or sharing them online, getting good shots is a real art. We’ve already covered how easy it is to take screenshots in Windows, but what if you want to take screenshots in games?
If you play games on Steam, this is one of the most convenient ways to take screenshots. By default, you just need to press F12. Screenshots are saved every time you click this button, and when you close the game you are prompted to upload them to your profile.
In this download tool, you can simply click “Show on Disk” to view the local files saved on your PC and do whatever you want with them.
If you need to easily find screenshots and don’t have this window open, just open Steam and click “View” in the menu, then find and click “Screenshots”. The tool will be opened and all you have to do is select the game of your choice from the drop down list to select the screenshots of the game you want to view.
Even Better Steam Screenshots
If you value quality and convenience, you will be pleased to know that you can also improve the quality of your Steam screenshots with just a few clicks.
Go to Steam settings and find game settings. Click on this option and you will get a better quality PNG every time you press the F12 key. However, it is important to note that these files will take up more space on your gaming console, so use them with care.
Screenshots from Nvidia GeForce Experience
If you’re using a gaming PC with an Nvidia graphics card, chances are you have Nvidia’s GeForce Experience installed. If not, you really should.
We’ve already talked about how useful this software is for getting more FPS out of your gaming machine, but it’s also useful for capturing game frames, streaming them, or just taking high quality screenshots.
When you’re in a game, just press ALT+Z and the GeForce Experience menu will open. From here you have the option to press ALT+F1 to take a screenshot, or (in some games) press ALT+F2 to use photo mode.
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Photo Mode is especially handy for capturing game screenshots as it uses Nvidia Ansel, a tool that pauses the game and allows you to not only take great screenshots, but also create interesting shots. You can move the camera, apply effects, and even take 360-degree photos.
Alas, Ansel requires developers to build support for this tool, so it doesn’t always work, but where it doesn’t, you’ll often find a screenshot tool provided by the game’s developers that you can use to get amazing results. Pictures.
Disable HUD or use photo mode
Creating great gameplay screenshots can require several things, including angle, pose, lighting, framing, and more. It looks a bit like a real photo. The problem is that standard screenshots can be a little confusing, with in-game HUDs and an abundance of information on the screen, which is useful in games but not so much when you’re trying to take a pretty shot.
Fortunately, there are several ways to get around this problem. First, disable hud. Games usually have a setting that allows you to turn off various elements of the hood and minimize shaking. Sometimes you can turn it off completely. It can be tricky to use, but you can dive into the game settings or display settings and just set the HUD to “minimum” or “off” for a while while you’re taking a screenshot.
Sometimes you will find that the game has a special photo mode. For example, Forza Horizon 5 has a mode that can be accessed by simply pressing the P key on your keyboard. This mode pauses the action and allows you to do all sorts of things: move the camera, change focus, apply filters, and more.
It is worth checking if the game has such a photo mode. Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes it’s hidden in the keyboard settings. Scroll through the key mappings and you may find a mode you can use.
Xbox game pad
By default, your Windows installation includes the Xbox Game Bar. This is a tool that you can also use to record gameplay and take screenshots.
It is also easy to use. You can open it by pressing Windows key + G. This will bring up an overlay where you can see a few things, including Xbox social networks to connect with friends, current system performance, and a button to take a screenshot.
You don’t even have to open the overlay to take a screenshot while playing: just press the Windows + ALT + PRTSC keys to take a screenshot, which will then be saved automatically. If you open the overlay, you can share the images on Twitter or access your local save location.
By default, all screenshots taken this way are saved in C > Users > Your username > Videos > Captures. So navigate to that location from Windows Explorer to find them.
Written by Adrian Willings.