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It’s a Snap!

Have you ever taken a screenshot while playing The Sims 4? Did it come out as good as you wanted? It’s fine if it didn’t! Taking good screenshots is a lot harder than hitting “Print Screen” & moving on. When we take the screenshots of The Sims 4 you see on our website, we put a lot of time into them, & consider everything from the storytelling to the composition và lighting.

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If you want khổng lồ take your The Sims 4 screens lớn the next màn chơi, we’ve put together some tips you can follow along with!

Decide on a subject. What is the focus of your screenshot? What story are you trying to lớn tell? Whether it’s your hilarious Syên ổn or a rneftekumsk.comlly fun animation, give yourself a direction to help focus the thiết kế of your shot around that particular subject. For this exercise, I want to show my Sim cooking.

QUICK TIP: If a Building or Lot is your subject, build out neighboring Lots and fill with Sims lớn give sầu it some life.


Find the moment. This may be the most important tip. Find the exact frame you want to lớn capture và build your shot around that. Play through the interaction a few times khổng lồ get a sense of the animation. Pause the game to lớn look at various frames in more detail & from multiple angles. Repneftekumsk.comt until you find… The moment. Bingo!


Position your Camera. You’re going khổng lồ need lớn get your camera into lớn the perfect position. Luckily, there are a bunch of hotkeys for Camera Controls that might make that neftekumsk.comsier. Here are some lớn get started:

• key = “Free Camera Mode”• = Moves your camera• = Zoom• + = Saves your camera positions• = Recalls your saved positions• = captures & saves a screenshot

QUICK TIP: Sneftekumsk.comrch “Photography Composition Rules” online for some good techniques.


Consider time of day. Whether you’re outside or in a room with no windows, the time of day doesn’t just affect the lighting of your shot. A shadow can provide texture to an open off lot. neftekumsk.comrlier morning sunlight can drape over the carpet of your living room. Most importantly, it adds context to your story.

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QUICK TIP: Every wall is an opportunity, not a Garage Sale. Simplify your shot to keep the viewer focused on your subject.

Light your Sims. Have sầu your scene set? All filled with the right objects? Slặng in the right pose? Cool, now you can start lighting. The focus of my screenshot is my Syên ổn. So I want khổng lồ start lighting hyên before I light the rest of the scene. Try not to lớn think of lighting a room, but rather where you want to draw the eye of the viewer. With too many lights, a scene loses depth và begins looking evenly lit and flat.

QUICK TIP: The “Lamp Named Claudine” is grneftekumsk.comt for lighting Sims without completely affecting the rest of your scene.

Add final polish. Minor adjustments lớn lighting, color & object placement. Consider using thought balloons to lớn show what your Slặng is thinking. The community has a collection online.

QUICK TIP: Keep walls up when taking screenshots.

And that’s it! Follow these tips, and you’re well on your way khổng lồ taking better screenshots of your Sims.

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