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Uploading screenshots from Steam
By uniQ and 1 collaborators
This guide will teach you exactly how to upload screenshots related to the game "Steam"
 
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What we want to achieve
Assuming everybody knows how to upload screenshots from a regular game, this guide explains how to upload screenshots for "special games" like Steam.
You can for instance use this method to upload screenshots of games that aren't on Steam and thereby lower the amount of unrelated images to other game hubs. The result will look similar to this:

Tools to automate the process
If you're looking for a quick and easy solution, you might want to take a look at these tools:

Steamscree: download[steascree.download]
Probably the more reliable and safer one. You can use it on pretty much any OS and it comes with some extra features such as auto-resizing huge screenshots, converting file types and several others.

Steam Screenshot Uploader: more information
An alternative tool that allows you to tag friends and add the location of the screenshot. Please note the high detection ratio on VirusTotal[www.virustotal.com]. I lean towards saying these are most likely false-positives, but it's impossible for me to know for sure.


In both cases you should use the AppID 760, which will show an empty game name.


Please note:
I did not create or assist the creation of these programs and I made reasonable effort to ensure they are trustworthy. You will however have to decide for yourself whether to use them or not. Please also read the disclaimer section of the linked guide. You can simply follow the manual steps below instead if you do not want to use these programs.
1. Finding the folder structure
Start by pressing Show on disk in the upload window.





Your explorer should pop up and there path will be similar to:

C:\Program Files\Steam\userdata\USER_ID\760\remote\GAME_ID\screenshots

2. Creating the missing folders
Now go down two instances, into the folder
C:\Program Files\Steam\userdata\USER_ID\760\remote

You'll need to create three folders, the first one right here. The name has to be the game-ID, some examples are:
  • 753 for the name Steam
  • 765 for the name Greenlight
  • 760 for an invinsible name (actually is Steam Screenshots)
  • You can find other ones either in this guide, or manually on SteamDB[steamdb.info]

Inside this new folder, you need to create the second one and name it screenshots. And finally in this new folder, you create the final folder called thumbnails.

Verify that you now have created the following path:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\USER_ID\760\remote\THE NEW GAMEID\screenshots\thumbnails
3. Correctly moving your pictures
Please note:
Simply copy & pasting all files into the folder does NOT work. You'll need to need to follow the following steps.

  1. Copy all pictures into the folder called screenshots
  2. Create a copy of every image in the same folder and name it [original name]_vr.jpg
  3. Make sure you now have the two files e.g. image1.jpg and image1_vr.jpg
  4. Restart Steam
  5. Open the upload window again and navigate to your "new game". Wait a few seconds and your images should appear.

Troubleshooting
I can't find the Steam folder for screenshots
  • Try to find the folder on your other hard drives (e.g. D: or G:)

My game does not show up in the list
  • Do NOT play/idle games at the same time
  • Try to restart Steam
  • Make sure you have used the correct folder path

I can see the game, but not my pictures
  • Make sure to restart Steam

I try to upload a screenshot, but it always fails
  • Check the size and file type. You have to use .jpg files and make sure they aren't large files Maybe try to lower the size or the quality.
  • Do not simply rename files (e.g. .png) to .jpg. You have to convert other file types to jpg. Open your picture in Paint and save them as a .jpg
  • Make sure the "_vr copies" are named properly?
  • Some games (which you either don't own, or do not support uploading user generated content; usually apps such as Steam Hardware) do not work. Try a different AppID. Experienced users can also try to check the AppID on SteamDB.

Feel free to ask other questions via a comment.
Trivia
Disclaimer
Since some people are concerned about this method and Valve's position on it:

I certainly believe that Valve and Steam's Volunteer Moderators are fine with this method.

If I wasn't, I'd certainly not share this information publicly. All of the following thoughts are speculations and assumptions based on previous events and statements.
Valve's main concern regarding user-generated-content seems to be to prevent users from scams/threats and keeping the game hubs clean from spam/unrelated content. I believe that is why Valve will continue to allow content which isn't linked to a specific game, like this guide, to be posted to these kind of "games". These games do not have a community hub.

This method might very well be comparable to the "exploit" of uploading guides to Steam:
Just by visiting this link you can create such a guide. Valve is undoubtedly aware of it (They have even used this method themselves), but they never removed this method, nor did they ever ban a creator or guide for using it. The reason could very likely be the one listed above; Valve is probably happy to see these guides not longer being posted to games like TF2 or CS:GO. They were disturbing and thus got flagged as Incompatible, or in extreme cases removed.
The moderator KillahInstinct on this topic.
Credits
Thanks to Legends Saga for encouraging me to create this guide, as well as SgtFopper and PsyKitty for their inspiring guides on similar topics.

The thumbnail was created by me, using an icon from Sweetclipart[sweetclipart.com], under the CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 License.
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44 Comments
sense Oct 9, 2017 @ 11:03am 
Sweet. I didn't know that, but tbh I didn't even search for it.
uniQ  [author] Oct 9, 2017 @ 10:53am 
Well, this guide already is for Steam. You can create your own one by visiting this link:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/editguide/?appid=753
sense Oct 9, 2017 @ 10:48am 
Nice. Time to finally make a guide about something for Steam. Since it can be done for screenshots, it must be doable for guides either.
aa Aug 30, 2017 @ 8:58am 
Pretty simple guide, thank you. :heart_me:
nΛro Jun 18, 2017 @ 1:02pm 
@uniQ thx
uniQ  [author] Jun 18, 2017 @ 12:58pm 
@NΛRO The simplest way to do is to copy&paste the letter between the quotation marks here: " " and set it as the title of your screenshot.
nΛro Jun 18, 2017 @ 10:58am 
How to make invisible name? Since 730 shows as steam screenshots in profile showcase...
uniQ  [author] May 29, 2017 @ 9:36am 
An error that can be caused by various things. Make sure that you followed every step exactly and take a look at the troubleshooting section.
twitch.tv/brendonurie May 15, 2017 @ 11:47pm 
what does : " Steam cloud may be temporarily unvailable" mean?
uniQ  [author] Apr 30, 2017 @ 12:27pm 
I'd see it a bit differently, but you're correct. In the end you have a bunch of pictures and own several games via Steam, which gives you the option to play them, but also upload content to these games.
For instance, I've seen some users uploading TW3 shots to the community hub of ShareX, or Mass Effect Andromeda shots to Mass Effects 2. In the end every game you own (Witcher Adventure as well) will work.
The only thing I'd keep in mind, as you described yourself and I did in my disclaimer, is that Valve is proabably mostly concerned about the integrity of the community hubs of their developers. This means, pictures for related games (e.g. same franchise), or on friends-only are probably fine, but this doesn't have to be the same with posting pictures of let's say Minecraft to Call of Duty. In the end it's up to the developer.
TL;DR: Yes, you should be alright and for every game not represented on Steam, you can use the "boring" 760 :blinkygoo: