Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2

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Easy high quality character screenshots.
By Tune
This is a simple, seven steps guide explaining a neat trick on how to make a proper in-game screenshot of your character and favorite loadout. No SFM or Garry's mod required for this, just your regular TF2. If you follow the steps you can easily make a nice screenshots like the ones in my unusual hat album[].
So you would like to make a nice in-game screenshot of your loadout, but don't want to have to taunt or rely on someone else to make the shot? Then this guide is perfect for you. I can assure you that following these steps will not harm your TF2 game files in any way, so don't worry about that.

Character screenshots are great for showing off cool item combinations or hats you've come up with. You can use them to convince people to buy your items, make friends jealous or even make a steam avatar out of it.

In this album []are a number of good examples of the kind of screenshots you can make with this guide. I've had a lot of experience making these shots and it's even clear to see that the later the date gets, the better the quality became.

If you experience any problems or have questions, feel free to comment on my profile or add me to ask for help. I'm always glad to help people out.
  • Step one.
    Go to options > video > advanced, and crank every setting up (fps doesn't matter because we're going to take screenshots).

  • Step two.
    Choose "Create server" from the main menu and choose a map you like.

  • Step three
    Open the console by pressing ~ (if it doesn't open go to your options > keyboard > advanced > enable console)

  • Step four
    Enter the following command in the console and press enter:
    sv_cheats 1; noclip;

  • Step five
    Go to a nice place in the map and enter noclip again in the console to turn it off.

    (koth_harvest_event in this example)

  • Step six
    This is where the magic happens. Copy and paste the following list of commands in the console:
    cl_drawhud 0;
    c_maxyaw 360;
    c_minyaw -360;
    cam_idealyaw 150;
    cam_idealdist 100;
    cam_idealdistup -50;
    cam_idealdistright 70;
    cl_showfps 0;
    tf_forced_holiday 2;

  • Step seven
    Line the camera up properly. You can insert the following commands in the console to change the camera:
    "cam_idealyaw ###" Angle of the camera
    "cam_idealdist ###" Distance of the camera
    "cam_idealdistup ###" Place of camera on Y axis
    "cam_idealdistright ###" Place of camera on X axis
    (you can use your own values in stead of ###)

    Press the screenshot button (default = F5 or F12) to take the shot. Make sure you make more than one, so you can choose the best screenshot later on.

That's it, you're all done!
I made a small F.A.Q for some questions that keep popping up.

Q: How do I get my hud back and my camera normal again?
A: Disconnecting from the server should reset it. If it doesn't, restart TF2.

Q: Is it possible to get my character on the center or right side of the screen?
A: Yes, "cam_idealdistright 0" should move the camera to the exact center on the X axis and "cam_idealdistright -70 " should move the camera more to the left.

Q: Is it possible to taunt if I want to make a screenshot like this?
A: Taunting is a bit weird in this case, because it will position the camera behind your character again, but keeps the angles you entered before. If you want to taunt and make a good shot, I recommand using the command "host_timescale #" to slow down the speed on the server. Host_timescale 1 will be normal speed, 0.5 will be half the speed, etc.

Q: Is it possible to try on items I don't have on the screenshot?
A: Yes it is. You can type "itemtest" in the console to open a window where you can select any hat/misc you like. For more information on the itemtest command, you can read this guide.

Q: Can I make a screenshot like this from a replay?
A: Yes you can. Just go into your replay, find a good spot and type in "cl_drawhud 0" to hide your hud. More information about replay screenshots can be found in this guide.

Q: How do you get those nice lighting and shadow effects on your screenshots?
A: I make those using Photoshop. It's a bit to complicated to explain in this guide though. You can add me if you want me to help make a nice screenshot for you.

If you still have problems or unanswered questions, feel free to add me.
Here are some examples of screenshots I made with this technique:
(koth_king and cp_foundry)
(pl_barnblitz and koth_harvest)
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End0fw0r1d Apr 13 @ 3:12am 
It still works, you just need to re-enter "thirdperson" to refresh the camera position
jinxx Apr 25, 2015 @ 7:21pm 
u can't edit cam ;-;
Haigfish^ Apr 23, 2015 @ 3:47pm 
Whenever I create a server my items don't appear
❖Deus Ex Machina❖ Apr 11, 2015 @ 12:52am 
im doing this with cam_idealdistright 0 and my character (soldier) wont face the camera, im gettin good screenshots of him looking at the moon but i cant get any view of his full face! plz help
Die Burger :Σ (>NUTTER<) Apr 4, 2015 @ 9:47pm 
The problem is that thanks to the last Halowen update, cam_idealdist and cam_idealdistrght can no longer be modified, and pitch/yaw only work once in a while.
Ben Mar 31, 2015 @ 11:45pm 
Man this is awesome.
Tune  [author] Mar 20, 2015 @ 3:37am 
You're very welcome.
AymericTheNightmare Mar 20, 2015 @ 3:28am 
Thanks Mr. [GFL] Teun for this great guide ! :)
Zeugziumy Feb 23, 2015 @ 6:40am 
Tune  [author] Feb 23, 2015 @ 12:25am 
Alright. Those look good. I understand how hard it is trying to cut out something that's already transparent and then edit it, so I gotta say you did a mighty fine job at that.

I haven't really used those commands for a while to make screenshots, to be honest, so I'm not sure if something changed in TF2 that makes you have to use "thirdperson" every time. I'll take a look at that later.

Anyway, thanks for your reply. Keep up the good work!