As someone who writes guides and blogs for a living I spend a good majority of my time working taking screenshots of games and trying to make sure that they are at least a bit good-looking. It’s no secret that I’m not the master of taking picturesque screenshots and have to tip my hat to my husband who takes much better screenshots than me, especially in FFXIV.
It’s funny to me that even before I thought about writing about New World or even streaming New World on Twitch I was already taking a good amount of screenshots and trying to find locations that looked pretty enough, but to my dismay I realized there actually isn’t a dedicated way to take screenshots in the game.
Admittedly, New World is still relatively new, only being out for about a year and the majority of that being in a testing phase, so I’m certain that the creators will one day add a way to take screenshots and hopefully with some options for poses or lighting to ensure that you get the best shot possible.
Though these settings are not in the game yet, there is a workaround for players who are ready to get their camera out though it will take a few steps. That being said, players will need a photo editing software if they hope to be able to make small changes such as cropping, filters and changing things like brightness.
While Microsoft has built-in software such as the Photos app, I personally use Luminar to edit both posed photos and screenshots when needed.
So let’s get started in all you need to know about taking screenshots when in New World.
HOW DO YOU TAKE A SCREENSHOT IN NEW WORLD?
Players can hit F7 in New World in order to take a screenshot and have it saved in the original New World photos folder.
Alternatively, players can use sort of software in order to properly take a Screenshot in New World.
Luckily for players there are two ways they will be able to do this without installing extra software to their computers and this is through Steam and through Windows itself.
For any game running through Steam players will simply need to press F12 while Steam is open. Admittedly, I always have Steam open on my computer, but in the instance that a player chooses to not use steam while opening the game they can resort to using Windows Snipping.
Windows Snipping is accessed by using the Windows logo key + Shift + S. This will prompt a user to select which portion of the screen they would like to screenshot and will then be able to save the file wherever they would like, unlike Steam Screenshots which are just the full screen and will automatically save to your Steam folder.
Typically I will use a Steam screenshot if I have to take it quickly in battle and a Snipping Screenshot if I have the time to manipulate the photo.
Users can also download a third-party app such as Dropbox or Onedrive so whenever you hit Print Screen that Screenshot is already saved to your Cloud. For folks who are nostalgic about their gaming, I strongly recommend this as I’ve been the dummy who has lost gigabytes of data from a hard drive crashing which I still have yet to recover.
There are plenty of options for these apps, many of which are free so pick whatever you already have or grab something like Dropbox which has a limited amount of storage for free.
HOW DO YOU HIDE THE HUD IN NEW WORLD?
Now the biggest problem in New World is the fact that Screenshots are often overtaken by the HUD showing in every picture. There is a very simple solution to this being by using Alt + H.
While this will hide the HUD players will not have a whole lot of control with the panning of the camera. Simply put, players will only be able to use right click to change the positioning of their camera and will then have the ability to zoom in and out by using their scroll wheel.
Due to this some positioning will be limited and you will always have your character in the photo.
You can play around with the Field of View which is located in Settings.
Players will be able to access this by hitting Esc > Video > Field of View (Vertical) which is under the Display portion of Video.
Typically I don’t need to tamper with this as the Scoll Wheel tends to be enough, however, you may have a more specific Screenshot in mind that requires it.
That’s all you really need to know about taking Screenshots in New World, though if you’ve found other important or helpful tips I would really appreciate it as it would be nice to be able to customize things more in-game.
I’d love to see what Screenshots you come up with so feel free to tag me in them on Twitter.