Tutorial’ish.

I realised while ranting on sim_rants about people who don’t know their screen capturer program, makes those retarded squished pictures, that someone was surprised to find that i used the in game camera. I do, i LIKE the in game camera actually, and one perk is that it always saves your image in the same size, so i decided to do a tutorial’ish thing to show how ‘I’ do, i tried many different ways and this is what i thought worked best, and so i thought, why not share?

I might add that i have all my game details set on high, and make sure your game takes the pictures in high quality (jpg) and in the largest size the game will allow you. I use Photoshop CS, but the features that i use, should be present in older and newer versions too.

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In case you never use the in game camera, i thought i would start with letting you know where they are. You can find them in your SIMS2 folder, then NEIGHBOURHOODS, choose the hood you were playing/taking pictures. and open the STORYTELLING folder, and you will see all your images there.

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Just a quick tip here, it can be hard to find your new images if you do a long story or a legacy, then right click on the window, select ARRANGE PICTURE AFTER, and then choose PICTURE TAKEN DATE (Or what the hell it is called in English, as you can see my version is in Danish) And the next time you take pictures in your game, they will always be located at the bottom of the folder.

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Select the image you want and click OK. This image above is the image in its original form, straight from the game.

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Then click on IMAGE, and then on IMAGE SIZE. (important! NOT canvas size)

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Then type in 80 in the WIDTH slot, and then choose PERCENT, it will automatically change the HEIGHT to 80 as well, and click OK.

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Then click on FILE, and choose SAVE AS, find the folder where you wanna save it (i recommend somewhere else than the original folder) and then click OK, then this little window will pop up, type in 12 in the quality slot, and use the drop down menu to choose MAXIMUM, and slide the slider up to LARGE FILE. and then click OK.

So now you have a resized, optimized JPG file, i would recommend to use the JPG format for legacies and larger projects, cause it looks quite alright quality wise, and it does not eat your photbucket bandwith as much as BMP’s or PNG’s, Personally i use JPG files for all my legacies and stories, it takes aeons off the loading time for your readers as well.

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PNG’s are better quality, and i recommend using that for a photoshoot or any other form of showcasing. where you have less images, and you need it to look extra sharp/neat. Then you do as i did above right down to the point where i saved the file. You still click FILE, and SAVE AS. The image is JPG per default from the game, so you use the drop down menu apply another file format to the image. Choose PNG.

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Then choose INTERLACED, and you’re done. Remember to save it in another folder than the original one.

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The finished image as a JPG.

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The finished image as a PNG, note that the colours are a little more defined, and the edges softer than the JPG.

Hope it was of some use.

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