How to create screenshots using Oblivion

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This tutorial will demonstrate how to create screenshots using Oblivion's built-in screenshot utility.

NOTE: Please read the Screenshots: A basic guideline as a prerequisite to this tutorial.


Here are the steps I follow to get a vanilla copy of Oblivion to produce screenshots:

Done once

  1. Edit Oblivion.ini which is located in C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Games\Oblivion\Oblivion.ini
  2. Find bAllowScreenShot=0
  3. Change to bAllowScreenShot=1
  4. Save and exit
  5. If you still cannot create screenshots, it may be related to your particular video card and anti-aliasing being enabled. Once in the game, go into your video options and disable anti-aliasing (set to zero). But you can force Oblivion in your graphics driver to use antialiasing. So you have nice graphics and can make screenshots.

Repetitive steps

  1. Once in Oblivion where you want a screenshot, press ` to bring up the console and then type tm
  2. Now that the HUD, menu and text are gone, you can take fullscreen pictures without clutter.
  3. Take your screenshot(s) by pressing the Print Screen key.
  4. Type ` to bring up the console and then type tm
  5. Now that the HUD and menu are back, you can exit Oblivion.
  6. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to Oblivion\'s installation folder. Default is C:\Program Files\Bethesda Softworks\Oblivion
  7. You will see .BMP files such as Oblivion1.bmp, Oblivion2.bmp, etc.
  8. Right-click on a .BMP file and open with Paint which is part of Windows XP.
  9. Once Paint loads the picture, click File, Save As, give it a descriptive name and change the Save as type to JPEG and click Save. Exit Paint.
  10. Delete the .BMP you opened (since it was re-saved as a .JPG)
  11. Repeat steps 8-10 for each .BMP file.

Related pages


LHammonds Oblivion Mods Site