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Ama
10-29-2007, 10:34 AM
<p>Well i'm bored and i'm kinda in a rut since the company I have my site with is "Transitioning" my website to a new format.  Sadly I have no RoK content to show you guys, contests, or the like.  However that doesn't stop me from finding unique things to show you that are already in game.  </p><p>Thanks in part to the people in the fan-art community dealing with screenshots i've tweaked my settings a bit.  This combined with the knowledged i've gained from friendly friendly artists has lead to some really nice screenshots from the game.  What I will try to do from now on is a weekly or bi-weekly event where I go and get Hi-res screenshots from different parts of EQ2.  Unfortunately my computer system isn't as powerful as others so I can only take nice screenshots of areas that arn't too congested.  </p><p>Here's some screenshots from the Village of Shin at night time with the blown up moon of Luclin as a backdrop. </p><ul><li>From the Fields ( <a href="http://mmodomination.com/Screenshots/V1.tga" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">.tga </a>, <a href="http://mmodomination.com/Screenshots/V1.bmp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">.bmp </a>)</li><li>From the main land ( <a href="http://mmodomination.com/Screenshots/V2.tga" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">.tga </a>, <a href="http://mmodomination.com/Screenshots/V2.bmp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">.bmp</a>)</li><li>Tower of the Four Winds ( <a href="http://mmodomination.com/Screenshots/V3.tga" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">.tga </a>, <a href="http://mmodomination.com/Screenshots/V3.bmp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">.bmp</a>)</li></ul><p>The .tga files are a bit big (1.5-1.7 mb) and you may need to download them to see them.  If you are worried about problems I have uploaded some .bmp files to help out. Unfortunately the .bmp files are a bit bigger than the .tga files at 2.3 mb so they may take some time to DL. </p><p>Suggestions for zone to be screenshoted in can be sent to <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:[email protected]" target="_blank">[email protected]</a> .  </p>

Armawk
10-29-2007, 10:55 AM
<p>Excellent idea.. the screenshots out there mostly let down this games beautiful environments.</p>

Sapphirius
10-29-2007, 11:00 AM
I've seen far too many posts out there that complain about EQ2 environments. I think those people need to see these screenshots. Those are gorgeous!

Spyderbite
10-29-2007, 11:17 AM
Nice pics! I'd share some really picturesque shots I got of Rivervale but I had to reinstall Vista over the weekend and forgot to back up my images directory. <img src="/smilies/9d71f0541cff0a302a0309c5079e8dee.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />I agree there is some really beautiful scenery out there. One tip I didn't pick up on early on was to switch to Extreme Quality when taking scenic screen shots. Especially in the outdoor zones! <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />

Xaxius
10-29-2007, 11:56 AM
<p>I've been taking a bunch of shots, ever since I returned to EQ2 back in July. <a href="http://forums.station.sony.com/eq2/posts/list.m?topic_id=371024" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You can find them in this thread here. </a></p><p>I agree though, with technology finally catching up to the game, EQ2 has some amazing visuals! </p>

Ama
10-29-2007, 09:58 PM
Have to say the hardest thing with screenshots for me is putting them in a file format that doesn't degrade texture wise.  In a .psp format they are very rich and detailed, however if I put them in a .jpg to safe space it becomes problematic. 

Xaxius
10-30-2007, 12:31 AM
<cite>Amana wrote:</cite><blockquote>Have to say the hardest thing with screenshots for me is putting them in a file format that doesn't degrade texture wise.  In a .psp format they are very rich and detailed, however if I put them in a .jpg to safe space it becomes problematic.  </blockquote><p>I ran into the same thing, but I was able to find a nice work around. First, I take the screenshot in .tga format from EQ2. I then open it up in Photoshop where I then 'Save As' a .jpg file. I'm usually able to scale it down to 1mb each without visual loss due to compression. I've included some of my favorites below, as an example...</p><p><a href="http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z274/Xaxius/eq2_000627.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/.../eq2_000627.jpg</a></p><p><a href="http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z274/Xaxius/eq2_001564.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/.../eq2_001564.jpg</a></p><p><a href="http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z274/Xaxius/eq2_001021.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/.../eq2_001021.jpg</a></p><p>Hope this helps. </p>

Armawk
10-30-2007, 05:05 AM
<p>a level 8 jpg saved from photoshop is generally very acceptable for web work.</p><p><a href="http://www.shaunfletcher.com/gallery/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">These</a> for instance are level 8 and quite small. 9 or 10 is still not too huge </p><p><a href="http://www.shaunfletcher.com/gallery/images/villageofshin1.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.shaunfletcher.com/gallery/thumbnails/villageofshin1.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="113" border="0" /></a></p>

dawy
10-30-2007, 10:22 AM
Top marks for those pics.

Ama
10-30-2007, 10:52 AM
<cite>shaunfletcher wrote:</cite><blockquote><p>a level 8 jpg saved from photoshop is generally very acceptable for web work.</p><p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.shaunfletcher.com/gallery/" target="_blank">These</a> for instance are level 8 and quite small. 9 or 10 is still not too huge </p><p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.shaunfletcher.com/gallery/images/villageofshin1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.shaunfletcher.com/gallery/thumbnails/villageofshin1.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="150" height="113" /></a></p></blockquote><p>Thx i'll try that out since I have photoshop on my computer.  I mostly use Photoshop for saving alpha-channels in a 32-bit .tga file.  Have to do it that way since it's the only file that works for the conversion program for HL2. <img src="http://forums.station.sony.com/eq2/images/smilies/136dd33cba83140c7ce38db096d05aed.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" width="15" height="15" /></p><p>One thing some may or may not notice is how weird the pictures may look.  What I do to compensate for lighting, textures, etc... is make 2 layers.  Have the first background layer then I make 2 copies.  I click the eye icon in Paintshop Pro so I work with just the 1st layer and turn it to a dodge function for more lighting.  Adjust as needed then repeat with the 2nd layer.  </p><p>For those 3 shots I did 1 dodge layer and 1 screen layer to achieve a unique feel. </p>