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The Eorzean Aesthetic

Greetings, everyone!

The development team endeavors to give our Warriors of Light as much power as possible when it comes to taking screenshots of their adventures through Eorzea, and they are constantly working on new features to make this possible. In addition to all the amazing new content that is on the way in Patch 3.4, we'll also be implementing brand-new group pose features.

If you haven't tried out the group pose feature you are missing out! All you need to do is type /grouppose or /gpose in chat and you're set to take great group shots. You can also make it even easier by creating a keybind for this!

With that said, let's explore what's in store for this fun feature!

We're adding a new camera settings menu that will allow you to add and adjust various aspects to tune your screenshots to your liking! While in group pose mode, you can access this menu by pressing "R" on your keyboard or by pressing the "X" button (or square on PS3/PS4) on your gamepad.

■Face the camera

Instead of having to press the spacebar key to toggle the way the group faces the camera, this menu will allow you to do this easily.

Now if you forget which key accomplishes this you won't have to guess and accidentally clutter your screen!

■Let there be light

While many players have already been utilizing the Wind-up Sun minion to add a light source to their screenshots, we're adding a separate feature that will allow you to add a light source at the current camera position. Sorry Wind-up Sun, you hogged the spotlight for too long and it's time to share!

In this tranquil ocean shot we added a light source over the water to give it a nice feel.

■Everybody freeze

Stop a character dead in their pose or emote with this handy feature.

Not only will you be able to freeze your entire group, but you can also select a single target to freeze so that you can capture the perfect moment of an emote!

■Pick a filter

Apply a filter from a total of 11 different choices to customize the feel of your screenshot.


■Deeper into the depth of field

You'll now be able to enable the depth of field effect and modify its strength with a slider.

■Darken those limbs

A limb darkening feature, also known as vignette control for the photography savvy, will allow you to darken the corners of your image.

Both the shape and the color of this darkening can be adjusted, so once it's released try out a bunch of different combinations in various settings!

Normally I'm not much of a screenshot taker (I hardly take pictures in the real world either!), but with all these cool new features I'm quite excited to find some of my favorite aspects of Eorzea to capture perfectly.

Before I sign off for today, check out some example screenshots taken by our QA team while testing out the features!

While I introduced these new features for group pose, you'll be happy to know that the filters, limb darkening, and depth of field effect features can also be used for the idling camera as well!

Patch 3.4 is just around the corner so get hyped for the information to come!

-Camate