How to create screenshots using Oblivion
This tutorial will demonstrate how to create screenshots using Oblivion's built-in screenshot utility.
NOTE: Please read the Screenshots: A basic guideline as a prerequisite to this tutorial.
Here are the steps I follow to get a vanilla copy of Oblivion to produce screenshots:
- Edit Oblivion.ini which is located in C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Games\Oblivion\Oblivion.ini
- Find bAllowScreenShot=0
- Change to bAllowScreenShot=1
- Save and exit
- If you still cannot create screenshots, it may be related to your particular video card and anti-aliasing being enabled. Once in the game, go into your video options and disable anti-aliasing (set to zero).
- Once in Oblivion where you want a screenshot, press ` to bring up the console and then type tm
- Now that the HUD, menu and text are gone, you can take fullscreen pictures without clutter.
- Take your screenshot(s) by pressing the Print Screen key.
- Type ` to bring up the console and then type tm
- Now that the HUD and menu are back, you can exit Oblivion.
- Open Windows Explorer and navigate to Oblivion\'s installation folder. Default is C:\Program Files\Bethesda Softworks\Oblivion
- You will see .BMP files such as Oblivion1.bmp, Oblivion2.bmp, etc.
- Right-click on a .BMP file and open with Paint which is part of Windows XP.
- Once Paint loads the picture, click File, Save As, give it a descriptive name and change the Save as type to JPEG and click Save. Exit Paint.
- Delete the .BMP you opened (since it was re-saved as a .JPG)
- Repeat steps 8-10 for each .BMP file.