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On Windows XP, these files are contained in:
C:\Documents and Settings\your_windows_username\Local Settings\Application Data\Gas Powered Games\SupremeCommander
On Windows Vista, these files are contained in:
C:\Users\your_windows_username\AppData\Local\Gas Powered Games\Supreme Commander
Also on Windows Vista, if you have Forged Alliance installed and are looking for those screenshots, the files are contained here:
- C:\Users\your_windows_username\Documents\My Games\Gas Powered Games\Supreme Commander Forged Alliance\screenshots
If you have installed on Windows 7 (Yes you can do this) the replay files are contained here:
- C:\Users\your_windows_username\Documents\My Games\ Gas Powered Games\Supreme Commander (Forged alliance also)\Replays
Replace "C:" if Windows is not installed to your C: drive,, and "your_windows_username" with your Windows username. (This will be displayed at the top of your Start menu)
The path will end in SupremeCommanderDemo if you are using the demo.
Screenshots are exported in the uncompressed BMP format, so will consume relatively large amounts of hard-drive space and be unsuitable for Internet use unless you convert them to a format such as JPEG, PNG or GIF.
Taking Good ScreenshotsEdit
The default control for taking screenshots is Ctrl-F. However, judicious use of various controls can yield much higher quality screenshots.
The keystroke Ctrl-Alt-F1 turns on 'Screenshot Mode.' This hides the user interface, devoting the whole screen to the viewport. This can be used to obtain full-screen images of battles and units.
Unless very zoomed out, the camera may be rotated about its target point by holding the space key and moving the mouse. However, it will snap back to the standard orientation when space is released.
The keystroke Ctrl-V will toggle locking the view. This has two effects - firstly, the tactical overlay will vanish, meaning that units will not be replaced by their illustrative icons even when zoomed out. Secondly, the camera will not return to its default orientation when space is released. Unfortunately, due to the mechanic used by the game camera, it is impossible to rotate the camera to look upwards.
The T key will set the camera to follow a certain unit. This is useful for obtaining screenshots of a certain unit - especially air units, which can otherwise be very hard to 'target' with the camera.
The numpad + and - keys can be used to change the game speed. Slowing the game to its slowest speed can be used to capture perfect moments while taking screenshots. For example, you can focus on a unit, slow the game to a crawl, send the unit into battle, and press Ctrl-F at appropriately dramatic moments.
The Pause key will pause the simulation, but will allow you to retain control of the view. This is also very useful for capturing the exact moment required or taking your time to position the camera. However, unless pause is pressed when in screenshot mode (see above) a 'paused' display is likely to appear onscreen.
The above controls, when used carefully, can give screenshots of equal quality to those generated by the developers.
Remember, screenshots can often be improved by cropping, and always convert them to a compressed format before attempting to place them on the Internet.
Ideally, you should resize images to a suitable size (e.g. 400px across) using a good quality image editor such as Adobe Photoshop or the GIMP. This will avoid the wiki having to resize the image itself, possibly degrading the quality.
Note to contributorsEdit
A list of pages illustrated by screenshots exists at User:3DS_Mike. Submissions of good quality illustrative screenshots to the unit pages are welcome.