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As most of you know, photoshop is a pretty big thing when it comes to editing pictures. But it's not the only software for this either. Editing your screen shots can be the difference between how well and how poorly your projects do here on PMC, as well as on other MC dedicated websites. For some of you, however, may view it as a "cheap" way of getting your projects viewed. To be honest, it's really not. Either you edit them or you don't, simple as that. But how do you know if you're able to edit the screen shots right? Well, that's why I'm here.

Taking the screen shots:
There are many kinds of screen shots for Minecraft projects in the world today and taking these screen shots can tend to be a bit tricky your first time around. But much like everything else, the more you work at perfecting your skills, the better you'll get over time. You're not going to be able to just waltz right in and be good at it right away. So here's my advice:
  1. Try experimenting with different angles of your projects. By doing this, you'll be able to have more options to choose from. The best way of doing this is to be patient, not get frustrated with yourself, and just make sure that you're getting everything you want in your screen shot. Getting that one tricky angle just right is always a good way of knowing you've taken a good shot. It may take a few hours, but if you work hard enough at it, you'd be able to show it off to the world.
  2. Try waiting for dusk/dawn (or some other time of day) in MC to take a screenshot. Normally if you wait till dusk or dawn you'll be able to take a picture worthwhile. A lot like with real life shots of nature, you may have to let the shot come to you and not force it out.
  3. Using SonicEther's Shading mod. The use of this mod can also have a huge factor in the screen shots as well. It adds a bit of realism to the project itself without you worrying about attempt it yourself.



Deciding on your screenshot:
Normally when it comes to deciding on which screen shot you've taken to use, it's important to decide which one you should use as a preview picture for your project first. The best way to know which is the best is one in which you're able to see most of your project, or most of what you want shown, in a single shot. For example, if you're posting a castle or tower here on PMC, it's generally in your best interests to use the main area of that project in your preview picture. So, for those of you who aren't quite following, take my Sangrose Mountain Castle as an example. The way I've previewed that is by take a screen shot of the central tower looking in on the rest of the structure.

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Now, as you can tell, I did not edit this picture in any way. There are some, but not all, screen shots that do not need editing. Now given, I could have very easily taken the time to edit this shot, but I chose not to do so because I felt that I didn't need to do so.

Editing your screen shots:
When it comes time to editing the screen shots, you first have to know the basic theme of your project. For my Forestreium Tower, for example, it was a forest themed project. So, naturally, I had used a picture of a forest as a background for my tower when I edited it.

Before:
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After:
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Looking at this picture, I'm sure you are probably saying to yourself "That's not what it looks like in the map!" You're half right. The trees aren't what they'd look like in the map, but the tower does. But if you take into account what original picture looks like, you'll see that it doesn't look as nice as the edited version. Sure, you're not entirely able to see what it looks like on the map, but as long as you have the centerpiece of the project, or at least the majority of it, and have it in a good position and angle, you'll be able to edit it with ease.

But the tricky part to editing a screen shot is adding the affects such as renders, film grain, the burn and dodge tool, and so on into the screenshot. Which is why it's a good thing to copy and paste the screen shot from your screen shot folder (located in your .minecraft folder) onto your desktop, that way you'll still have an untouched copy of it. It's also a good idea to duplicate the layers as well.

By duplicating the layers, you'll be able to go back to where you were before, without worrying about messing up. It's always a good idea to have different objects in different layers as well if there's a certain area you don't want to have edited, but it's surrounded by an area that you want to have edited. You might not be able to tell in the edited screen shot above, but the tower was on a different layer than the text, the text was on a different layer than the picture of the forest, and the forest also was different than the tower.

Applying the affects:
Applying the affects is the toughest part in editing a screen shot. It's simply because it's easier to over do it than it is to do too little for it. You don't want to add too much to it or else you won't be able to see the project itself, but add too little and your project won't be as nicely previewed. So choose your affects wisely.

Don't be afraid to add other affects than that you are given by the software you use to edit the picture. Take my Crater Castle: The Dawn's End for example:

Crater-Castle-version--cover_jp


The border on this screen shot had not been from the software I had been using at the time (paint.net). Instead I had downloaded a border .png file off a site (I forget which one) that had allowed people to use the borders for a use such as this.

The use of text can also add on to the screen shot as well through adding the title of a project or even through creating a typography version of the screenshot. Other affects, such as the 3D look of the "Crater Castle" in the screen shot above, can be done using the selection tool, the Emboss effect, and a bit of color changing.

Conclusion:
All in all, it truly comes down to how imaginative you can be with taking the screen shots and editing them afterwards. Whether it's through the use of rendering or even simple borders, anyone can make a screen shot of theirs look great.

Great Photo Editing Programs I Use:

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08/02/2012 7:37 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Taco
Kerrtastic
I really like when people add effects like beams of light, shadows, and nice looking fog, while not changing any parts of the environment. A title next to the build is a GREAT idea as well. Diamond!
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07/28/2012 10:38 am
Level 22 : Expert Explorer
TetraGC
IVE ALREADY SEEN THIS PLYR!
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07/28/2012 10:47 am
Level 59 : Grandmaster Pyro
plyr
ROFLMAO well good to know you saw it twice then :P

i guess if you did then it must be that good...... either that or my adertising skins are just that good xD
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07/27/2012 12:06 pm
Level 22 : Expert Explorer
TetraGC
DIAMOND. :D
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07/27/2012 12:09 pm
Level 59 : Grandmaster Pyro
plyr
roflmao thanks girly xD
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07/27/2012 5:49 am
Level 26 : Expert Unicorn
pinkcham
Awesome tutorial!!! :)))
+ Diamond for u!!! :))
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07/27/2012 7:40 am
Level 59 : Grandmaster Pyro
plyr
thanks :)
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07/27/2012 8:12 am
Level 26 : Expert Unicorn
pinkcham
ur Welcome!!! :)))
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07/26/2012 6:07 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Crafter
JapaneseTsuki
23rd diamond! This is SO cool! And I'm your 177th subscriber! :D

-Tsuki =333
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07/26/2012 6:08 pm
Level 59 : Grandmaster Pyro
plyr
lmao thanks XD
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07/26/2012 6:10 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Crafter
JapaneseTsuki
No prob! You deserve it! ^w^

-Tsuki =3
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07/23/2012 4:38 pm
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
Nice tutorial, I'm gonna need it for posting something other than renders of my builds :-p

Diamond&sub for you ;-)
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07/23/2012 4:40 pm
Level 59 : Grandmaster Pyro
plyr
lmao nice and thanks XD
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07/22/2012 10:01 am
Level 1 : New Miner
xXxDE4DShotxXx
:D, I do a lot of GFX Artists stuff for my friends and personal use. Its nice to see someone who knows what the hell he's doing xD. Diamond fo' yo'
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08/03/2012 11:04 pm
Level 59 : Grandmaster Pyro
plyr
lol also, (sorry for the long delay with this comment, i was just kinda bored and went through all these again XD) but i actually am going into graphic design so i'm glad i could be of help for you as well.
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07/22/2012 10:07 am
Level 59 : Grandmaster Pyro
plyr
lmao thanks XD
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07/17/2012 9:17 am
Level 36 : Artisan Dragonborn
eij1298
is Pixbuilder Studio free?
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07/17/2012 9:19 am
Level 59 : Grandmaster Pyro
plyr
yes, it is. it's a bit like photoshop just with some differences here and there.
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07/16/2012 10:48 am
Level 17 : Journeyman Engineer
ndnprct3
cool!
HORRAY FOR PLYR!!
dadadadadadadadada!
ouch!
dont hit me........
your a clone are you?
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07/15/2012 3:15 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Unicorn
Envious_Data
Great Tutorial
I enjoyed it and learned alot :d
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07/15/2012 3:15 pm
Level 59 : Grandmaster Pyro
plyr
WHEEW lol thanks XD
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07/15/2012 10:32 am
Level 30 : Artisan Cake
Geppetto
Not bad, though I'll never learn how to edit screenshots...
Just to lazy to try :D
Have a diamond^^
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07/15/2012 10:35 am
Level 59 : Grandmaster Pyro
plyr
lol thank ya XD

but ya i'm sure you will still learn how to though don't worry XD
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07/15/2012 9:20 am
Level 23 : Expert Architect
Arf98
What programs do picture editors like you use for getting fonts?
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07/15/2012 9:29 am
Level 59 : Grandmaster Pyro
plyr
everyone i've used has had the same fonts, really. i've used programs like paint.net, photoshop, pixbuilder studio, and stuff like that.
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07/15/2012 2:42 am
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
Nice! :D
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07/15/2012 8:25 am
Level 59 : Grandmaster Pyro
plyr
thank ya :)
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