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Topic: Profiles, screenshots and other helpful tips!
Posted By: GM Rikoo
Subject: Profiles, screenshots and other helpful tips!
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2014 at 19:08
Hello all!

One of the big issues I come across while working with players is that they don't know how to take and share a screenshot or don't know how to update their profile. I am going to tackle these two issues and will possibly add more later, as they come up. Feel free to add tips of your own, and I can add the good ones here. If you want to see another subject tackled, let me know and we'll do it here!

This is not for combat or in-game stuff, really, but mostly covers images and sharing info. Cool? Let's go!

This guide will be broken up into several parts.

PART 1: Taking and sharing a screenshot!

PART 2: Using other Illyriad images on your profile

PART 3: Adding stuff to your profile! (Thanks to Fiona!)

1)Taking and sharing a screenshot!

A screenshot is simply a picture of whatever is on your screen or in your game. For example, http://tinypic.com/r/15qopj5/8" rel="nofollow - click here to see a screenshot of this post as I am making it . So, a screenshot comes in handy when you want to show someone something on your screen. It is useful to us when we need to see what you see, literally, just in case there is an error or bug. 

Screenshots of the in-game map!

Before we get started on sharing screenshots of, say, random stuff outside of Illyriad, I wanted to show you how to share a screenshot of the in-game map. That means if you see something cool on the in-game map and want to show it (like a parade of caravans) then this is how you do it. (This only applies to the in-game world map!)

Go to the map and look for the share button below:



Click that button and a pop-up will, well, pop up. Like this:



...these different links give you ways to share the screenshot of the map. You'll probably use the "Image URL" (2nd one down on the list) the most. For example, the image url (where the image is on the internet) above http://www.illyriad.co.uk/Content/player/uk1/Illyriad_x0_y0_z7_2014-10-09T16-50-3495feaef5-a503-4d37-9d74-19f05fe54a13.jpg" rel="nofollow - links to this map share.  Again, this is good for those times when you see something cool or scary or useful on the map and want to show people a screenshot of it. 

Screenshots of everything else!

Now, let's say you are having a problem with a section of the game and want to show people what you see on your screen. In this case, you are just going to take a screenshot of your screen, upload it to a free service that hosts images, and share the link with other people. This comes in handy when you see something on your screen that appears broken and you want to show it to the team or when you see something funny on a website and would love to show people. We'll get into sharing screenshots from other games later, as the process can be different from game to game.

1) LOOK at the screen: See the cool thing on the screen? Awesome. 

- Example: I see a cool picture of a Panda on my screen and I want to share it! I MUST SHARE IT!

2) TAKE a screenshot: I will add to this list as information becomes available, but for now we'll cover the most common ways.

I am on Windows 8 so I hit PrtScn and the Windows button at the same time! YAY!
  
 - How-to: On Windows 8: Hit the windows button AND the PrtScn (or PrintScreen) button TOGETHER. *  http://www.scoroncocolo.com/win-key.jpg" rel="nofollow - Click here to see how the Windows button looks on the keyboard . * This button press/es might make your screen flash or go dim for a split second, like it's taking a picture.

On other older operating systems: Simply hit the PrtScn or "Print Screen" button. Remember that Print Screen tells your computer "Take a picture of this screen so I can print it or show it off."

Other OS' or tools: Will fill this out over time.

EDIT: Using the SNIPPING TOOL! The snipping tool can be found on your Windows 8 machine by going to search and putting "snipping tool" in. I added mine to my start screen, and it works great for screenshots of particular areas. Save the picture and follow the other steps below!

3) GET that screenshot: Now you will want to share this screenshot, so here's one of the easiest ways.

 - First, LOCATE it. If you use the Windows 8 method above, your screenshot will be in Computer>Pictures>Screenshots. There should be a folder icon in your taskbar http://tinypic.com/r/30ldpx4/8" rel="nofollow - that looks like this , click on that and http://tinypic.com/r/28ujwjp/8" rel="nofollow - locate your screenshot folder like this

If you are using the simple "PrintScreen" button alone, pushing that button takes a snapshot of your screen and holds it in the computers memory so you can "paste" it into something else. In this case, people often use Paint (a simple, default Windows program) to "paste" the screenshot into. So, you would open Paint (find it by searching your PC or by going to the programs list on Windows 8) http://tinypic.com/r/2gub4ac/8" rel="nofollow - and go to the "Paste" button. Pushing that will "paste" the screenshot, and now it can be saved as a file

You'll http://tinypic.com/r/k2xvms/8" rel="nofollow - want to go to "Save As" then "Jpeg" and then when the pop-up pops up, give it a simple name and save it to an area that is easy to remember, like the desktop.

Once you have your screenshot saved on your desktop (or saved in your screenshots folder by pressing Win key + PrtScn) you can now share it. 

4) SHARE that screenshot: Now you want to send the screenshot or, in cases like ours, share it by uploading it to a service and sharing the link.

 - OK, so you have your picture ready to go. You can simply SEND that picture file (the one you saved on your desktop, remember?) to a friend through email or something. But, for this game, I have found that most people like to upload it and share a link. 

 - Go to (my favorite, but there are others) http://tinypic.com" rel="nofollow - tinypic.com . TinyPic is a free service that lets you upload a picture so you don't have to save it on your own webspace. Once you upload it, the service gives you several ways to share it. You do NOT need an account to use TinyPic. http://tinypic.com/r/2hodx52/8" rel="nofollow - So, I go to TinyPic.com and click "choose file", like this.

I pick the picture file from my desktop (or screenshots folder) and click "upload now". It uploads the picture and then brings me to a series of links that I can use to share in different ways. http://tinypic.com/r/1rrxb9/8" rel="nofollow - The easiest way to share your pic is by clicking the "URL for E-Mail & IM" link and sharing it . Double-click or right click the link to highlight it to copy and share. I uploaded the screenshot of the panda from earlier, got the link and here it is:  http://tinypic.com/r/34fh36f/8" rel="nofollow - http://tinypic.com/r/34fh36f/8

The other options are for embedding the picture in a forum post or email, etc etc. We will go over those later. For now, the most important thing is to learn HOW to take a screenshot, WHERE the screenshot goes when you have taken it, and HOW to upload it to get a link to share. 

2) Here's some nice Illy art to share on your profile!

OK, so for part 2, I want to show you how to use some very familiar artwork in your profile!

Thanks to our fantastic local artist GM Cerberus (as well as the previous artists who we contracted) we have a TON of artwork that you can use on your profile. In fact, using Illyriad artwork on your profile is sort of a nice alternative to using something that might NOT be yours, and that might be copyrighted. Just sayin'. :)

We post a lot of GM Cerberus' art in these forums. I will list the links here (will be updated over time) so you can simply right click on the picture you like, go to "open in a new tab (or window)" and then, after it opens, simply copy and paste that web address of the picture into your IMAGE area on the profile editor.

Get images here:

http://forum.illyriad.co.uk/25apr14-tournament-graphics_topic5540.html" rel="nofollow - http://forum.illyriad.co.uk/25apr14-tournament-graphics_topic5540.html

You can also check out ShulNak's links to Illy icons:  http://forum.illyriad.co.uk/profiles-screenshots-and-other-helpful-tips_topic5880_post85402.html#85402" rel="nofollow - http://forum.illyriad.co.uk/profiles-screenshots-and-other-helpful-tips_topic5880_post85402.html#85402

If you look at a profile like the one Sir Edwin put together, you can see how awesome this can be: 

http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/266181" rel="nofollow - http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/266181

For other cool profile ideas, check out some of our past winners:

http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/184874" rel="nofollow - http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/184874

http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/237186" rel="nofollow - http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/237186

http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/227319" rel="nofollow - http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/227319

We'll cover how to edit your profile like these pros in later additions!


GM Rikoo

3) Next, we'll cover How to Edit Your Profile!

Here is a helpful guide on how to edit your profile! 

http://forum.illyriad.co.uk/profiles-screenshots-and-other-helpful-tips_topic5880_post86364_SID983e1dceb9c933z7213e8e4226eae6005902778.html#86364" rel="nofollow - CLICK HERE TO READ FIONA'S GUIDE!


GM Rikoo





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Illyriad Community Manager / Public Relations / community@illyriad.co.uk



Replies:
Posted By: Vanerin
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2014 at 19:19
For Mac OSX, you can do a screenshot with the keyboard shortcut "cmd+shift+4". This will turn your cursor into a crosshair that you can select an area of the screen with. It will save as a jpg to your desktop.

~Vanerin


Posted By: Berde
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2014 at 19:20
An alternate method if you can't remember the keystroke command
To take a screenshot on a Mac (I'm back on 10.6.8 on an older laptop, just FYI):


Taking a picture of your entire screen

You can take a picture, or “screen shot,” of your entire screen using the Grab application.

To take a picture of your entire screen:

  1. Open Grab, located in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder.
  2. x-help-script://com.apple.machelp/scpt/OpnAppBndID.scpt?open,com.apple.Grab" rel="nofollow - Open Grab
  3. Choose Capture > Screen.
  4. When the Screen Grab dialog opens, click outside that window.

Grab captures the screen within a few seconds. A new window appears with an image of your entire screen.

If you want a pointer to appear in a screen shot, choose Grab > Preferences and select a pointer. When you take your screen shot, click the place on the screen where you want the pointer to appear.



Taking a picture of part of your screen

If you don’t need a picture of your entire screen, you can capture just part of the screen using Grab.

To take a picture of part of your screen:

  1. Open Grab, located in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder.
  2. x-help-script://com.apple.machelp/scpt/OpnAppBndID.scpt?open,com.apple.Grab" rel="nofollow - Open Grab
  3. Choose Capture > Selection.
  4. Move the pointer to a corner of the area you want to capture.
  5. Drag the pointer across the area and release the mouse button.
There's also an option for "Window" that will let you select your current browser window, document window, etc..

When you go to save you will be given a choice of where to save it, most likely defaulting to your Documents folder.

While it does require that you sign up for an account, if you share images frequently I find that imgur.com runs a little faster and with less ad-spam and pop-ups than TinyPic.com


Posted By: Rupe
Date Posted: 10 Nov 2014 at 21:27
Originally posted by Vanerin Vanerin wrote:

For Mac OSX, you can do a screenshot with the keyboard shortcut "cmd+shift+4". This will turn your cursor into a crosshair that you can select an area of the screen with. It will save as a jpg to your desktop.

~Vanerin

cmd+shift+3 will capture whole screen


Posted By: fronfor
Date Posted: 18 Nov 2014 at 03:57
If you want something a little more versatile than PrintScreen, for Windows, there's a default program called Snipping Tool, with many of the functions Berde just mentioned.


Posted By: GM Rikoo
Date Posted: 18 Nov 2014 at 13:33
Originally posted by fronfor fronfor wrote:

If you want something a little more versatile than PrintScreen, for Windows, there's a default program called Snipping Tool, with many of the functions Berde just mentioned.

Yes, been needing to post a short guide on how to use it as well. If some friendly player wants to post it, that would be awesome. :)


GM Rikoo




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Illyriad Community Manager / Public Relations / community@illyriad.co.uk


Posted By: abstractdream
Date Posted: 19 Nov 2014 at 04:01
The Snip Tool is fairly intuitive. Click on it, the screen goes hazy. Click and hold on the corner of the area you want to "snip" and drag the cursor across the area. A clear box area will appear over the image you are highlighting. Once you let go of the mouse button, the image will pop up in its own window. Click the save button (top left) and save the image to a handy location (with a handy name). Voila!

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Bonfyr Verboo


Posted By: abstractdream
Date Posted: 19 Nov 2014 at 04:15
For iPad users, there are 2 good options for saving images. The first is the basic save. Touch and hold on the picture you want to save. A menu pops up. Select "Save Image." The image will now appear in you Photos interface.

The other way is to screen shot it. You can zoom in if you like and then click the home button and the power button simultaneously. The screen shot will appear in the Photos interface.

In the Photos interface is an Edit option (top right). With it you can do basic editing but the most handy option is crop. I've taken free use images off the internet in both ways I mentioned above and cropped them in various ways to make all the images that appear on my in-game profile as well as my alliance TRIVIUM's profile page. I used http://postimg.org" rel="nofollow - Postimage.org to host them for free.

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Bonfyr Verboo


Posted By: abstractdream
Date Posted: 19 Nov 2014 at 04:33
To get an image in your profile or in an IGM, click the little picture icon (first item on the fourth row of the edit tools). A box pops up. It's called "Image Properties". In the section called URL you paste the address for the image you want to add. I use Postimage.org (as shown above) and use the code called "Direct Link." To alter the size, click on the section called "Width". Changing the width only should maintain the ratio of the width/height of the image. The preview section will give you an idea of the size of the image when it is finished. Once you are satisfied with it, click "OK" and you will have your image.

These steps definitely work on iPad. It's how I have done all the images on both profiles.

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Bonfyr Verboo


Posted By: GM Rikoo
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2015 at 17:07
Part 2: Using Illy artwork in your profile!

OK, so for part 2, I want to show you how to use some very familiar artwork in your profile!

Thanks to our http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/73482" rel="nofollow - fantastic local artist GM Cerberus (as well as the previous artists who we contracted) we have a TON of artwork that you can use on your profile. In fact, using Illyriad artwork on your profile is sort of a nice alternative to using something that might NOT be yours, and that might be copyrighted. Just sayin'. :)

We post a lot of GM Cerberus' art in these forums. I will list the links here (will be updated over time) so you can simply right click on the picture you like, go to "open in a new tab (or window)" and then, after it opens, simply copy and paste that web address of the picture into your IMAGE area on the profile editor.

Get images here:

http://forum.illyriad.co.uk/25apr14-tournament-graphics_topic5540.html" rel="nofollow - http://forum.illyriad.co.uk/25apr14-tournament-graphics_topic5540.html

(more to come)

If you look at a profile like the one Sir Edwin put together, you can see how awesome this can be: 

http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/266181" rel="nofollow - http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/266181

For other cool profile ideas, check out some of our past winners:

http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/184874" rel="nofollow - http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/184874

http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/237186" rel="nofollow - http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/237186

http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/227319" rel="nofollow - http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/227319

We'll cover how to edit your profile like these pros in later additions!


GM Rikoo




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Illyriad Community Manager / Public Relations / community@illyriad.co.uk


Posted By: Endrok
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2015 at 11:23
Nice Rikoo,

I find Ubluntu's profile really useful for those unit codes.

I had a good play with the profile editor using tables and adding my own graphics to my profile and that of Well of Mimir.   Couldn't quite get the iFrame working ......  but that's probably just me!

If people have an existing profile I'd advise doing a copy & paste into something like Word before playing with some of the options (Templates etc) as it's really easy to wipe out what you've already created.

Will be good to see what people can do with their profiles  Thumbs Up





Posted By: Albatross
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2015 at 12:01
The best way to take manual backups of profiles is this:
* Switch to Source view,
* Copy everything,
* Paste into Notepad or some other plain text editor

If you want to restore it, just paste it back into the Source view of your profile.


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Posted By: GM Rikoo
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2015 at 13:06
Originally posted by Albatross Albatross wrote:

The best way to take manual backups of profiles is this:
* Switch to Source view,
* Copy everything,
* Paste into Notepad or some other plain text editor

If you want to restore it, just paste it back into the Source view of your profile.

Great tip! My profile was made by Sir Edwin, and he sent the code to me in text form. There were some tweaks to be made, but overall the transfer worked perfectly. I saved my old source in case of a failure.

I will cover how to "trade" profiles like this later on. :)


GM Rikoo




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Illyriad Community Manager / Public Relations / community@illyriad.co.uk


Posted By: Shûl-nak
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2015 at 19:48
Great to see Sir Ed get recognition for his profile; his was part of the inspiration for mine. And like Rikoo said, it just feels... so right... to use Illy art in your profile. Tongue

Anyway, here are some links to profiles that have unit codes in which you can use in your profile. If you type the code in like [@=xxx] in chat or in your profile, it will show up as a clickable tooltip like you have in your barracks page to see unit stats and descriptions, or in your IGMs when you click on rare resources you've gathered.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0ApL1rFFXeNNtdGhNRHZOazZTc2lVc2RZYjVDdlFENmc&gid=1

Some player profiles also have these codes on. Thanks to LaBeteVert for pointing me to this one, and JadeFae for putting it together (scroll down to near the bottom):

http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/Player/Profile/274068

As ever, puzzleslogic remains an invaluable source of information in all things Illy. Here are all the art codes for crafted goods:

http://www.puzzleslogic.com/illy/crafting.html

But also some map tile art which looks really great. I myself used the 'orc statue' at the top of my profile.

http://www.puzzleslogic.com/illy/maps.html


Shameless self plug; here's part of my profile. By clicking on each building in the town map and then copy-pasting their images into my profile box, I could get this effect. I also managed to get to use my avatar's face by right clicking 'view image' on him, ensuring that I had the right layer of his picture and then copy-pasting that.

http://i.imgur.com/HLNxFc0.png

Between all of these resources, and Cerberus' tech-tree art, I think people could make some really amazing profiles using Illyriad's art assets. Please make use of them; if there's one thing I like doing to pass the time in Illy it's reading through interesting, well-made or informative profiles, and then stealing artistically redistributing your ideas to make mine better benefit everyone.

If you'd like any help using anything in this post then private chat or message me in-game and I'll fix ya right up.



Posted By: GM Rikoo
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2015 at 20:01
Thanks, Shul! Will add it to the OP.


GM Rikoo




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Illyriad Community Manager / Public Relations / community@illyriad.co.uk


Posted By: Albatross
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2015 at 22:56
There's likely a way of getting these [] codes straight from the Illy JavaScript - it would be a bit hacky, but I can see the possibility of it sitting well in http://forum.illyriad.co.uk/forum_posts.asp?TID=5587&PID=75564&title=alternative-sovereignty-ui-wip#75564" rel="nofollow - IllyPal or similar.

A far better way would be to have it published by the GMs, who control the resource anyway. perhaps a pop-up, activated near any chat/edit/memo boxes (and CKFinder is expandable - if a bit of a challenge!)


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Posted By: zolvon
Date Posted: 25 Mar 2015 at 00:05
I would like to know how to post a scout or battle report into our alliance forum and have it appear as it does in my mail. With the little symbols etc ??


Posted By: Hora
Date Posted: 25 Mar 2015 at 00:27
If you open the scout report, then click on forward mail...

then you're in the IGM editor. Somewhere up left you'll find a button "Source code" (somehow it gets translated...). On click you'll see all the tags which should work the same in profiles, alliance forum, etc...


Posted By: zolvon
Date Posted: 25 Mar 2015 at 00:41
That kinda worked, I got the symbols but... there's a hole lotta other other stuff there also, which make very unpleasant reading ???


Posted By: Fiona
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2015 at 05:48
I get asked a lot how to add stuff to your profile. Pictures and such. Its really easy. 

First, you have to find a picture on a public site ie: Facebook, TinyPic and any other site I don't know about. Find the picture you want and right click it. Choose the copy URL option. Now go to your profile. Choose edit profile if you haven't already.

See where the arrow is pointing? Thats the option to add pictures. Click on it.


   

Now, when you click that, a little box will pop up.



Right click the box at the top and paste the URL. Then you can size it if you want. To make it bigger or smaller. 

Also, I came across this site, I know its not a secret site I randomly discovered its been around for a while, but it has good pictures to put on profiles. It has almost all the types of terrain and buildings Illy has in game. I thought it was cool! 

http://www.puzzleslogic.com/illy/maps.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.puzzleslogic.com/illy/maps.html

Choose the pic you like and right click on it. Just hit copy this time. No need for the URL. Then paste it where you want it. 

Now to add links. Find the link you want. 



See where the arrow is pointing? Click that box. Now another box will pop up. Right click on the URL box and choose paste. Your link should appear there. 



Click ok and your link should work. If it don't, it may be broken, ie: a space or a wrong letter or something. 

Another thing you can do is name a link. 
What you do is type whatever you want. Say, http://elgea.illyriad.co.uk/#/World/HeraldReleaseNotes" rel="nofollow - The Herald . Then hit the Hyperlink button and then the little box pops up like the above picture. Copy your link into the URL box hit ok and there you go! 


Posted By: Nikon
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2015 at 06:04
LOL, lots of blaming me too, i see



Posted By: Bree
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2017 at 00:11
GM Rikoo, How do I delete a an upload to tinypics? I ran a search on there page but came up with nothing. Thank you!


Posted By: GM Cerberus
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2017 at 20:48
Hey there Bree.

It looks like you just need to fill out the form at  http://tinypic.com/contact.php" rel="nofollow - http://tinypic.com/contact.php  and give them the URL requesting deletion, or you can flag it as offensive and it will get automatically deleted.

Hope this helps!

GM Cerberus



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