Screenshots: Tips & Tricks

Torchlight 2 Armory thrives on user contributions! Database comments, screenshots - you name it, we love it! One of our favorite methods of contribution is via uploaded screenshots, images depicting various items, NPCs or monsters in Torchlight 2. Users can submit screenshots to almost any database page which will then be reviewed by our staff and, upon approval, added to a database page! Taking and uploading screenshots is easy!

Remember to turn off your in-game UI if supported! Upon taking your screenshot, you can then go in and use an image editor (such as the free program Paint.NET) to crop your image for faster upload. You can select specific sections of a screenshot to upload (if you are featuring a particular piece of armor, for example) and save the file, then simply upload your pre-cropped image directly to Torchlight 2 Armory!

To submit a screenshot to Torchlight 2 Armory, simply navigate to the database entry for which you've taken a screenshot and navigate to the 'Screenshots' tab. Click 'Choose file' or 'Browse' button (depending on your browser) to locate the file on your system. Remember that only GIF and JPG file types are accepted! Once you have selected the screenshot simply click "Add Screenshot" and you're on your way! Upon approval (which may take up to 72 hours) your screenshot will then be featured on the database page, as well as in a 'Screenshots' tab in your user profile!

Quality Tips

A good screenshot is like a miniature piece of art. It should showcase the main object, but take into account the details around it. The same 7 elements of art design come into play here, Line, Shape, Form, Space, Texture, Light & Color. We'll touch on several of these and how to make use of the in game settings and mechanics to enhance your pictures.

Turn your resolution and color sampling as high as your computer can handle. Turn on all the image effects and details, but turn down the weather effects to the lowest setting. In general you want all your glow and spell effects maxed to really show the environment to its fullest potential (they actually help with the lighting too!) You may find a shot that you need to play with these settings to enhance, sometimes turning down environmental detail is helpful to remove extra grasses.

Most of the time taking the pictures from 1st person view works best if available, so zoom all the way in so that you're looking through your character's eyes. Occasionally the object might be too big (large NPCs especially) to use this view - if this is the case get as close to them as you can without having your body in the shot and swing the camera around to get the angle that you're looking for.

Pay attention to the light - a well lit picture is 10 times better than a dark one. You may even want to do a little color correcting before uploading - increase the brightness and contrast a touch. Daytime pictures also turn out better than night.

Featuring Armor

We want to see the armor! Not Joe Schmoe in the armor. In general you want close ups of the piece itself (except for full set pictures). Don't be afraid to submit a large picture of one glove. Once it's loaded and shrunk down to the thumbnail it will look great!

Use your best judgment when cropping armor pics, but remember - we want to see details of the armor - not the person or a far away image. Of course, this also applies to weapons or any other piece of equipment!

Featuring NPCs

Full body shots should be the norm. If you can't get a good full shot (e.g. they're standing behind a counter) get the waist up shot. There's no need to include the on-screen text and titles of NPCs. The website already lists those, so just get in close and take a great shot of the NPC itself.

Get down on their level - you may need to sit or even lay down if available to get a good view of something low to the ground (scorpions, boots, spiders, etc.)

When capturing moving NPCs, try to get as much a head on front shot as you can, being willing to take a few hits while you take picture of a mob attacking you can make for a great shot. If you don't want to get your hands dirty, sitting in place for a while and waiting for it to path in front of you is often easier and faster than running around it trying to get your shot.