HiQ photos, 2: Settings

This first post on the High Quality photography subject will focus on how to set the client to get the best raw material from your photography attempts. No matter how good you are in Photoshop or The Gimp, if the photos you take are of a bad technical level, you might be able to enhance them a bit but they will never be great.

I normally use the Imprudence client for InWorldz so the photos below are from Imprudence. I also prefer Mac to Pc so most of the screenshots might look just a little bit odd for you PC-folks. Let me know if you use InWorldz client or Windows or Linux and have problems finding the settings in there.

In this and all the following tutorials I will be using a lot of shortcut key combinations as I prefer that. Normally you can find menu choices for doing the same things.

Follow these steps:

1. Open the Preferences with the shortkeys Ctrl-P (Pc) or Cmd-P (Mac)

2. Go to the graphics tab in the Preferences. Depending on your computer and your graphics card you will have set the graphics preferences to something your computer normally can handle. To get the best possible photos we have to get close to thet limit and that means you have to reset the settings back to normal after the photosession.

Look at the photo below and set graphics settings Quality and performance slider to max (if your computer can handle it for a short while). See the red arrow in the upper part in the image below. If you have problems with this try to lower the max drawing distance to lets say 96 meters. (In Imprudence you can do this with the quick command  in the local chat with the command DD 96 if your computer becomes very unresponsive)I normally use a rather good Macbook Pro and even then I dont normally use these setting because I prefer a responsive and smooth word when I am building and so on. But when I take photos I go all the way to the most extreme….

(If your Graphic settings page might look a bit smaller than this, then look if you have the custom checkbox to the right of the top arrow clicked in)

3. Click on the button for Hardware settings. In the image above you see a red arrow in the lower part of the image above. Click on the Hardware settings button to open the window below.

4. Click in the Anistropic Filtering checkbox and change the Antialiasing dropdown to 16 times. Both these settings gives less jagged images and smother drawing at a distance. On my computer I can use these setting all the time in low lag Sims, but normally i have to switch them on when I am about to take photos and then switch them back after the photosession.

5. Click OK in the Hardware settings window and then OK in the Preferences window

Attention! Sometimes when you do this the screen becomes all black! Dont panic even if it looks horrible… your screen is not broken and  there is a very simple fix for it…. Just drag the Quality and performance slider all the way to the left, wait for things come back to the screen, and then drag it all the way back to the right again.

Well done!

Now we have set up our computer and graphics card to give the best possible image from InWordlz on the screen.
In the next episode will will take a snapshot and save it to the computers harddrive in the best possible quality!


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  • Whiskey Day  On November 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Excellent! thanks so much Us!! Great to see you blogging! 🙂

  • Anna Loom  On November 16, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I have followed Us’ instructions and it really does make a HUGE difference to my photos.
    Thanks Us for sharing and waiting for more!!

  • Mira Karu  On November 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I will try those settings too, rather then waiting for my avatar’s face to clear up from a wet cloth look, spoiling my found de teint 🙂

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