How to Take Good Screenshots?

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If your a regular visitor to my blog then you know I love screenshots! I’ve been asked more than a few times how I take my screenshots so I thought I’d write up a quick post giving some simple tips.

  1. How do you take a screenshot?
  2. How do you turn your UI off to take a screenshot?
  3. How do you turn player names off or on?
  4. Where are my screenshots being saved?

Q. How do you take a screenshot?
A. I press the “Print Screen” button my keyboard, actually my button says “Prt Scr”on my keyboard.

Q. How do you turn your UI off to take a screenshot?
A. Hold the ALT key down and press Z to turn your UI Off or On.

Q. How do you turn names off?
A. Goto your Interface settings (press Esc) and look for Names. Uncheck the box beside “My Name”. You’ll notice you can also turn “Titles” “Guild Names” and “Friendly” or “Enemy” Players names On or Off by adding or removing these checks.

Q. Where are screenshots saved?
A. It’s been my experience that by default WoW adds a new folder into the install folder named Screenshots. For example C:/Program Files/World of Warcraft/Screenshots

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Additional Tips for Taking Good Screenshots

Get your Limited Edition World of Warcraft Cups Set of 4 from Amazon today!Get an engineer to make you Ornate Spyglass. This item can be used by anyone not just engineers. You can take some amazing self shots if you use the spyglass then use the sit emote then stand up emote.. It then allows you to zoom in on your character without him or her fading away up close.

I use PaintShop Pro to edit my screenshots but you could easily use any graphics software including the free program Gimp. If your taking screenshots in World of Warcraft you you may want to adjust the Brightness/Contrast about 25%  if your screens seem a little too dark.

And for even more suggestions check out this Blizzard Watch Guide for several awesome tips on polishing your screenshots!

Secret Cow Level Opens – Diablo III

When you visited the Immortal Throne in the Ruins of Sescheron in the past, a message saying “The time is not right.” would appear. Apparently, the time is right now!

The Immortal Throne

During the month of March, the torches will light up on the path there and Chief Elder Kanai’s spirit will rise from his throne to open a portal. This portal will lead to Kanai’s Stomping Grounds, a version of the cow level, just without the cow queen or the abundance of chests. Inside, Kanai’s spirit will help you slay the bovine beasts in typical Barbarian fashion.

The Immortal Throne

The  cow level can be found by going to the Immortal Throne found in Act III Ruins of Sescheron. While this dungeon is randomly generated the throne room can always be found in the west-northwest map of the sanctum.

It’s worth checking out the event quickly, especially if you haven’t seen the cow level yet because according to Blizzard community manager Nevalistis, the portal to Kanai’s Stomping Grounds will be gone by the end of March.

Check out this video by YouTuber MadTom:

The Kanai event has actually been present since Patch 2.4.0 launched, but is only available during March – the real world birth month of Kevin Kanai Griffith, the artist for whom Kanai’s Cube (and King Kanai) is named.

For those of you who may not know, Kevin was a talented and dedicated member of the Diablo III development team who passed away in October of 2014 from a rare form of cancer. If you’d like to read more about Kevin, we included a short biography of his contributions to Diablo (and Blizzard as a whole) in the Kanai’s Cube preview.

This event is a chance for folks to get to adventure with Kanai one more time. We hope you enjoy the opportunity as much as we do.

#Legion Alpha – Druid (#3) – Class Hall

Continuing my druids journey in Legion Alpha

Shaladrassil

My journey continues in the middle of the heart Val’sharah. This is the sanctuary of the druids where the corrupted world tree Shaladrassil, in addition to other known threats from the Burning Legion, spreads surreptitiously   ie: The nightmare.

Ysera

As The Nightmare continues to spread far and wide I find myself fighting Harpies as well as many of the other Nightmare corrupted inhabitants of Val’sharah and even beyond.

Ysera

As seen below in this quest reward I have come across the first few quest to upgrade my artifact weapon: Scythe of Elune.

Quest: Desperate Vigil

I don’t feel as if I’ve done very many quest here in Val’sharah but as I look to be 3/4 of the way to level 102 I acknowledge once again, time can be deceiving .

It’s been my past experience that each zone should be good for approximately two levels each. I expect the leveling to be similar throughout The Broken Isles which is made of five new questing areas: Val’sharah, Highmountain, Stormheim, Suramar, and Azsuna.

Still wondering about the Druid Class Hall?

Only druids have access to the Dream Grove, accessed after they help Remulos clear the Emerald Dreamway of the taint of the Emerald Nightmare. Once their Order Hall has been established, druids can either teleport to the Dream Grove using Dreamwalk or take the Dreamway. Alternatively, a path along the coast of the Val’sharah coastline runs from the temple of Elune all the way to the Dreamgrove

Druid Class Hall

While this may look like a garden it appears to be more of a gallery of sorts featuring incarnations of the druid artifact weapon.

Druid Class Hall

The Seed of Ages, seen below, is the druids way to upgrade their artifact weapons using artifact points. Besides quest rewards as you kill the corrupted inhabitants around the Broken Isle you may randomly loot items which reward anywhere from 50 to 250 artifact points.

Druid Class Hall - Seed of Ages

I hadn’t used any of my looted artifact upgrade items up until this point so I had a good few saved,  950 artifact points to be exact. Turning in my quest rewarded the first trait (New Moon) in my Traits Tab from there I was able to spend my points to open more connecting traits.

Seen below I’ve opened Skywraith, Falling Star, and Touch of the Moon. Notice how some traits have the option to upgrade more than once? Level one being 150 points, level 2 being 250 points, and level 3 being 300 points. You can see below I’ve upgraded Touch of the Moon 2/3.

Druid Class Hall

The new Class Halls will be Legion’s replacement to WoD’s Garrisons. Class Halls are for specific classes of both factions to hang out with others players of the same class. They’ll be able to pickup quests from well-known NPCs of their class and progress on their artifact weapons.

I know some of you will be disappointed and others will rejoice BUT currently the ONLY thing I’ve seen in or around the Druid Class Hall that even slightly resembles the Garrison is that we still have a Mission Table, well in Legion it’s a Mission Map.

Of course just remember that this is Alpha content and everything seen here is subject to possible changes before #Legion is officially released.

#Legion Alpha – Druid (#2)

Continuing my druids journey in Legion Alpha ….

#Legion Alpha Druid

If Anduin is King now, I’m guessing The Broken Isles must not have ended well for King Varian Wrynn. Stormheim is supposed to be open but the solo scenario that leads to it seems to be broken or at least it is for me. SO broken it looks like I might need to delete my toon and start over!! Ugh.

Remember there’s no set levels for these new zones, YOU get to pick and choose what order you wish to complete them in.

Slight setback .. I was not able to complete or even leave the senario mentioned above. I posted a bug report but I ended up having to delete my character and start again. So here am again but this time I chose to go to Val’sharah to start my questing.

Oh the first mention of Sargeras. Cenarius, Keeper of the Grove. Off the top of your head who do (or did) you think would be the end boss of #Legion I’m not quite sure myself but I think Sargeras is on the list.

Just found my first toy in an unguarded chest marked on the mini map by a small silver star. It’s called Thistleleaf Branch and as you can see it’s a transformation toy.

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Sleeper’s Burrow in Val’sharah was interesting. Either someone loves bananas or they really want these files deleted!

#Legion Alpha Druid

#Legion Alpha Druid

#Legion Alpha Druid

Ding! WooOOooT OK thats enough for today! Laters.

#Legion Alpha – Druid (#1)

Continuing my Legion Alpha journey ….

Arriving in Moonglade I found Hamuul awaiting my arrival to quickly inform me of a discovery. Call of the Wilds: a Dreamway by which we can travel through the Emerald Dream itself. Though only a short walk through the Dream, it will allow us to cross vast distances on Azeroth and even access the ancient home of all druids, Val’sharah.

#Legion Alpha Druid

On completing the ritual to open the Dreamway I am to be rewarded Dreamwalk, much like the druid portal to Moonglade. Now the true adventure begins … entering the Emerald Dream.

#Legion Alpha Druid

#Legion Alpha Druid

#Legion Alpha Druid

#Legion Alpha Druid

#Legion Alpha Druid

After passing through the Emerald Dreamway (challenging in itself) I found myself in The Dreamgrove, Val’sharah where almost immediately I’m starting the artifact weapon quest.

#Legion Alpha Druid

Of course I chose to begin with Balance which rewards The Scythe of Elune. Thought to be connected with the cursed worgen of Duskwood The Scythe of Elune has hence been held by Valorn Stillbough.

note-to-selfNo longer relying on eclipse for my spell rotation isn’t as freeing as I had previously thought it might be. Actually since moonfire and sunfire are now separate (again) balance druids are back to having 6+ spells and so far no apparent rotation at all – quite confused!!

The bad news, they dangle my artifact weapon in my face only to snatch it away!! But the good news, The Deadwind Hunt leads to a entrance to the catacombs beneath Karazhan. I love Karazhan!

#Legion Alpha Druid

[SERVER] restart 30 seconds. Break Time!

#Legion Alpha Druid

Victory!

#Legion Alpha Druid

Hail Arch Druid Starre haha.

#Legion Alpha – Dalaran

Yah I finally got an invite to Alpha! I haven’t had much time to play yet so today I thought I’d play a druid and see how far I can get.

I found myself starting in Dalaran and having already noticed a few changes I snapped some screenshots to share. Below you notice a new building sits squat in the middle of the city now.

#Legion Dalaran

I’m not sure where the heroes statue (from the fall of the Lich King) is now but it’s no longer proudly standing in middle of Dalaran. As you can see below this lovely unoccupied (at least for now anyway) room is now the center of Dalaran and just as before it still has an entrance (or exit) on all four sides.

#Legion Dalaran

I have not had the pleasure of being ported into Dalaran as of yet so I’m not even sure where we land now but I’m assuming the bright circular base there in the floor will be some sort of portal eventually.

#Legion Dalaran

With xMog 2.0 on the horizon I thought maybe Elizabeth Ross would have a larger Tabard collection to peruse but no such luck.

You can find The Great Akazamzarak showing off his pitiful magic skills just below the statue of Rhonin.

#Legion Dalaran

Before I head to Moonglade to answer Hamuul’s summons I stopped by to gather my professions, skinning and then leather working from Namha. Immediately I was able to learn a handful of LW patterns (nothing special) followed by a quest Skin Deep. This quest leads to  the new zone, The Broken Isles, where I would need to kill exotic creatures for their interesting hides and scales. By completing this quest my LW will be able to go upto 800 in skill level.

For the pet battle lovers out there I did stop by The Magical Menagerie and had a chat with the shop keepers. I found a few new pets available here. Breanni offered a Nursery Spider for 200g.  Draemus has a Plump Jelly for 50 pet charms, Fel Piglet for 200 pet charms, Nightwatch Swooper for 100 pet charms, and a Deluxe Mystery Bag for 200 pet charms. Mr. Burns is standing by and will give you all the pet charms you need for free! He also has battle stones available for no more than 1g each. AWEsome!

Of course after finding such sweet new pets I had to make another stop, the toy store The Wonderworks. I didn’t find near as many new items for sale here actually I only noticed two, the Dalaran Disc (100g) and Soft Foam Sword (50g).

After not having any luck finding a pet battle trainer in Dalaran I decided I wanted to get a look at the new pet battle tournament floating along side Dalaran.  Not finding any obvious exits I quickly jumped down to the outside edge and started traveling around the ledge.

#Legion Dalaran

#Legion Dalaran

#Legion Dalaran

#Legion Dalaran

Well I made the circuit and did not find the new pet tournament at all. I guess it’s not open to the public as of it, bummer.

Ok I’m off to Moonglade ….

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