Annoyingly The Elder Scrolls Online client defaults all screenshots into BitMap (bmp) file format, which is a paint as this format means every screenshot is around 7MB each and many online upload service require gif, jpg or png formats in order to upload.
Not if you purchased or run the game via Steam you can use the Steam client to capture the screenshot, which are stored in jpg format but are however hidden away in the depths of the Steam folder, which when I’m uploading I always fail to remember where exactly they are due to the way the folders are named with numbers.
Thankfully you can still use the naive ESO client as you can alter the default screenshot format from BMP to JPG, this reduces the size from 7mb each to about 0.5mb each.
How to set the default screenshot type to JPG
In order to do this you need to
- log out of game/client/launcher
- browse to the My Documents folder on your PC, then to the folder named Elder Scrolls Online
- in this folder you will have a folder called Live or LiveEU, you may have both if you play on both MegaServers, open the folder
- you are looking for a file called UserSettings.txt which you need to open in a text editor like notepad
- find (using ctrl+f) the string ScreenshotFormat, which should look like SET ScreenshotFormat “BMP”
- overwrite the characters BMP with JPG and save the file
Once you are saving file in JPG format you can take screenshots in game using the PrtScn button ( which can remap if you like).
In the keymappings (unbound by default) is the option to remove the GUI, for me this is a must if you want less cluttered screenshots, who wants a screenshot where a quarter of the screen is filled with the trading chat, navigation and skill bars?
To set this keymapping do the following:
- Open the options, goto controls and then keybindings
- Scroll down until you find the section labelled User Interface
- Look for the setting UI On/Off
- Bind this to a infrequently used key, I use the “Pause” key on my keyboard. ( sadly the game doesn’t allow keycombos using Alt, Shift or Ctrl for this so it has to be a single key)
I’m a fan of health bars in game showing all the time, however health bars will still show even with the GUI is off, so if you are planning some staged screenshots that you are taking the time to set up, I would advise setting health bars to off or at least set to injured only.