3 Free Ways to Take Screenshots of Your PC Games
There are any number of reasons you might want to take screenshots of your gaming experience. These are my favorite ways to capture pictures and video of PC games in high quality.
1. Old School Print Screen
You can always use the built-in Windows screenshot function to capture shots of your gaming activities. The Print Screen (Prt Sc) button simply saves the image to your clipboard and go back to the desktop and paste the screenshot into an image editor (ex, Paint) between each one.
If you’re using Windows 8 or above, you can hold the Windows key and press Print Screen button to save the gaming screenshot as an image file in the screenshots folder in your photo directory.
However, the print Screen function may not always work, as some games will only output a black screen when captured in this way.
2. Use FRAPS
FRAPS, shareware application and free to use for basic purposes. It is an easy way to capture your gameplay in various formats and work on almost any video game regardless of how it was installed or where it came from.
After installing the software from FRAPS website, simply launch the program. The program’s window will appear and mostly reserved for basic configuring that to make the software run properly in the background, so you can just minimize it and start up your game.
Default screen capture key is F10, it will take a screenshot of the current window, and the image file will saves in the directory where you installed FRAPS (default is C:\Fraps\Screenshots).
FRAPS also has the benefit of capturing video while you play, with a pack of settings to tweak your gaming video. The default key for starting and stopping video capturing is F9, and the capturing videos are saved in C:\Fraps\Movies.
3. via Stream
If you’re using Steam to play games, you have another option for grabbing pics of your sweet gameplay. F12 is default key for in-game saving screenshots, although you can change this and a number of other options by clicking Settings under the Steam menu option, then selecting the In-Game tab.
Screenshots will saved directly to your hard drive but it hidden in your Steam folder. However, you can upload screenshots to your account in order to make them easily access and share them.