Lights, Camera, GPose: A Guide to Designing Your Own Screenart, Part 1

It seems like with every patch, FFXIV’s gpose feature gains more functionality and features that enable players to push their screenshot game further. YoshiP often uses the new gpose features to tease upcoming content and the Developer Blog certainly drops rather nice screenshots (mostly of lalas, though) to show off new features. So it’s no small wonder that the gpose menu can create something drastically different than what is presented normally in the game; you can turn your pixels into a piece of canvas with a few clicks of your mouse and some timing.

But for those who haven’t used it before and gained success with their own timing of the screenshot button, the gpose menu offers a plethora of customization options for designing your own “screenart,” or turning a screenshot into a piece of art. From lighting to stop motion, and from screen effects to picture frames, we’ll go through the gpose menu and show you what it offers and how you can use it to make those screenshots pop.

When you type in /gpose and your screen shifts, you’ll need to pull up the gpose menu to get crackin’. The default gpose menu keybinding is usually tied to your auto-run button. For PS4 users, it’s your Square button after you type in /gpose in your chat.

Warning: GPose automatically hides your UI, but if you accidentally hide your UI while in gpose, your gpose menu will disappear. So while using gpose, just remember it will hide your UI for you. Additionally, you need to toggle off your gpose menu so it won’t show up in your screenshots!

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Face Camera: This toggle will have your character or the actors in the screenshot face the screen shot. If you find you want to move the camera angle, I recommend toggling Face Camera off, then adjust your camera angle, then toggle Face Camera back on to have your character face the new direction.

Disable/Enable Camera Lighting 1: Toggling this option will show/hide the lighting effects you have selected in the Lighting Effects side menu under Lighting 1. If you pause the slideshow, you can see the Lighting Effects menu with the Disable/Enable Camera Lighting toggle.


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Any adjustments you have in Lighting 1 will appear when you hit the toggle above in the red square. 


Disable/Enable All Motion: The toggle is a little self-explanatory. Any characters, excluding NPCs, mounts, and minions, in the shot will cease movement. Timing this during queued animations or emotes will help you synchronize poses. It should be noted that weather effects, hair motion, and armor motion will not be stopped.

Disable/Enable Target Motion: This toggle is pretty much the same as above except for the capability to click on characters in the screenshot to stop their motion individually. You can have two characters performing the same emote/action on screen but adjust when they stop moving to be at different intervals in the action. Note: Actions are automatically synchronized upon entering gpose. They will start at the same time and play out their full duration before a brief pause and a restart.

Reset Limb Darkening: Limb Darkening, using the menu in the General Settings (first large button on the left), will allow you to add an overlay to the edges of your screenshot. This overlay is a solid color you select using the RGB sliders below in the red box. You can also adjust the direction of the overlay using the first too sliders. If you find you don’t like the look, using the Reset Limb Darkening command will erase it for you.


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The Reset Limb Darkening button up top will erase the effects you outlined in the Limb Darkening box.


Reset Camera Angle: When you find yourself unable to tinker that slider just right, the Reset Camera Angle toggle will help you right yourself.

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The numbers on the Camera Position sliders represents degrees on an X and Y axis. In other words, math and geometry. But, for simplicity’s sake, just play around with it and use that reset button. 


As I’ve tinkered with these buttons, I’ve come to call them Action buttons, since they have a direct effect on the screenshot and execute commands. These are tools to quickly toggle settings you’ve defined in the side menus, which we’ll go over in our next section of the guide. Part 2 will cover lighting effects, screen effects, and a short tutorial of photography in relation to the General Settings. Once you combine the Action buttons you learned today with the settings and interfaces you learn in Part 2, you’ll be a screenart pro and ready to submit your own artwork to the SURGE Instagram!

Click here for Part 2!

 

 

 

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