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2014 High-Res PC Screenshot Thread of the Last Hope for Image Quality

Stallion Free

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The Skyrim header image is courtesy of our own legendary TheVampire.



  • Limits: 2 screenshots per post. If you have more than 2, make more posts or use thumbnails.
  • Spamming: No more than 3 consecutive posts of the same game. Link to an album of your collection.
  • Naming: Always include the name of the game with the screenshots. Not everyone is a game encyclopedia.
  • Compression: Don't compress your screens or use a host that compresses them (Steam, Imgur).
  • Emulators: Emulator screens are fine. However, you should list the emulator used.
  • Stretching: Do not post stretched screenshots. Do not take 2.35 screens unless you know what you are doing.
  • Spoilers: Please do not post major plot points from games released in the last 2 months.
  • Thinking: Think before you post. Is the screenshot really worth posting? Does anyone care about some ugly texture you found? No.



  • Custom Resolutions: If you have an Nvidia card, create a couple custom resolutions over 1080p. 1080p as a rendering resolution is so 2000 and late.
  • Steam: You can tell Steam to also save lossless screens when hitting the button and choose and output folder.
  • FastStone: It's free and bloody easy. You can resize a whole folder with different options and convert to .png/.jpeg in a single step. Props to Neoenigma.
  • Irfanview/Photoshop: Use one of these to convert to .png from .bmp, crop out black bars or resize pictures.
  • Zoner PS: Another Photoshop alternative, recommended by Angelus Errare.
  • Nvidia Inspector: Program for Nvidia cards for fine tweaking AA/AF and other graphical settings for games.
  • Radeon Pro: Program for ATI cards for fine tweaking AA/AF and other graphical settings for games.



  • Alo81's JPEG Guide: Everything you need to know about saving as a JPEG without getting shanked.
  • MrRoderick's Screenshot Compendium: A great thread filled with advice on advanced techniques for screenshotting specific games.
  • Nvidia Inspector: This guide covers how to force AA externally and the basics of using the program.
  • Radeon Pro: Pretty self explanatory, follows alot of the basics from Nvidia Inspector.
  • SGSSAA: This guide on Guru3D covers how to implement Sparse Grid Super Sampling.



  • Flickr: Two terabytes of storage and great for screenshot library management.
  • Picpar: Brought to you by none other than X3sphere, a simple and efficient image host.
  • Abload: Easy to use, doesn't compress jpegs further, auto-converts bmps to png nicely.



Lots of thread regulars were kind enough to dig through their archives and pick out their favorite screenshots they took in 2013.
The name of the contributor of each screen is next to the game name. Sorry if you didn't make the cut! No one looks at this post after the first page anyways! (Click for full-res).

Warframe // Spazznid


Project Cars // Kanuuna


Grand Theft Auto 4 // HolyFridge


Need For Speed: Most Wanted // MrRoderick
 

Cuban Legend

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I love how this thread is so timely and out on midnight on the East Coast for the new year! Very nice OP organization and quality too.

Here's to new screenshots!
 

MrRoderick

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Only thing I had that seemed remotely fitting.

Happy New Year!



I would like to add that the thread ended at the end of a page. How lovely.
 

Laurentius

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Yep. I would say encouraged. Super Mario Galaxy looks AMAZING on Dolphin when you push the graphics options. It's a shame I don't wanna be bothered with setting all the shit up that I need to do it LOL
Cool! I'm wanting to post some Xenoblade shots. Took some test ones, and they look kind of meh at the moment, so I need to mess around with the options a bit. (Looks amazing in motion, but the shots I took kind of have some bad aliasing going on.)
 

Laurentius

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First post in one of these threads. Xenoblade looks great on Dolphin. (High resolution makes the character's faces look even worse, though. The pixelated eyebrows are just painful.)



 

woober

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I can't wait until we start seeing Witcher 3 screenshots in this thread. Good god.
 

JBourne

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Cool, another year of drooling at Skyrim shots while never being able to match them despite having a decent rig.

Love this thread, even if I never post anything.
 

Zefah

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Love how the title banner in the OP perfectly represents what I hate about Skyrim mod screenshots.
 

Dictator93

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A new year and a new thread.

Cannot wait to see some of the great stuff in here. Off to a good start!
 

jim2point0

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Why would you try to upload a BMP? They're freakin massive. Even larger than PNGs. With no benefit.

Convert with free software (FastStone Image Viewer, for example) or capture directly to PNG.

I prefer 100% quality JPG. I'll use an example from this thread

25MB PNG
8MB JPG
 
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That water looks insane. What's that mod?
These mods:

Skylight ENB
Realistic Water 2
Watercolor for ENB and Realistic Water Two
Climates Of Tamriel
Climates Of Tamriel - Weather Patch

And these are the settings I have for the water in enbseries.ini. Replace the existing settings.

Code:
[WATER]
ReflectionAmount=0.85
EnableDispersion=true
FrennelMultiplier=3.7
FrennelMax=0.85
EnableCaustics=true
FrennelMin=0.15
DispersionAmount=0.5
CausticsAmount=2.0
EnableParallax=true
EnableShadow=true
EnableLighting=true
EnableSelfReflection=false
EnableDisplacement=true
DisplacementQuality=2
SunSpecularMultiplier=1.2
ShadowQuality=2
EnableShadowNoise=false
SunScatteringMultiplier=7.0
SunLightingMultiplier=0.6
WetMultiplier=1.0
WavesAmplitudeSunrise=0.6
WavesAmplitudeDay=0.6
WavesAmplitudeSunset=0.6
WavesAmplitudeNight=0.6
WavesAmplitudeInteriorDay=0.6
WavesAmplitudeInteriorNight=0.6
Muddiness=0.8
 
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Why would you try to upload a BMP? They're freakin massive. Even larger than PNGs. With no benefit.

Convert with free software (FastStone Image Viewer, for example) or capture directly to PNG.

I prefer 100% quality JPG. I'll use an example from this thread

25MB PNG
8MB JPG
I'm new to this :(
I am uploading the BMPs converted to PNG via Infranview right now. Old shots should be swapped out soon.
 

Smash88

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Why would you try to upload a BMP? They're freakin massive. Even larger than PNGs. With no benefit.

Convert with free software (FastStone Image Viewer, for example) or capture directly to PNG.

I prefer 100% quality JPG. I'll use an example from this thread

25MB PNG
8MB JPG
There is no difference between JPG and PNG.... People in this thread need to get a grip.

NO DIFFERENCE - stop perpetrating that idiotic notion.
 

PuppetMaster

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There is no difference between JPG and PNG.... People in this thread need to get a grip.

NO DIFFERENCE - stop perpetrating that idiotic notion.
Joke post? Or are you actually clueless about lossless compression vs lossy compression?