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Here's how to use custom portraits in IWDEE

JuliusBorisovJuliusBorisov Member, Administrator, Moderator, Developer Posts: 11,883
Having seen this question several times already (see for e.g. here and here), I've decided to make a thread about this subject.

PORTRAIT FILES

Image file format

Portraits for IWDEE are 24-bit bitmaps (.BMP). You can save images in this format using practically any image editor such as MSPaint, Adobe Photoshop or GIMP.

Image file dimensions

You can use a single large portrait, which will be resized to fit the other screens. The optimal size is 420x660 pixels. Keep it at a minimum of 169x266, to prevent blurred images.

Images can be larger than that, but no wider than 1024 pixels. Also try to keep it proportional to the dimensions that have just been mentioned, otherwise, the image will be "squeezed" and may look distorted.

To use a custom portrait, you need 2 versions of an image (only 1 is required, though) with different dimensions (width x height, in pixels):

Large - 420x660 (character creation and character record screens)
Medium - 169x266 (for the right sidebar of the game screen)

Image file naming conventions

You can name your portraits however you want, as long as you follow these rules:

· NO spaces.
· Between 1 and 7 characters (not counting the size letter, see below)
· End with the letter L or M, according to size.

e.g.: AlveusL.bmp (large), AlveusM.bmp (medium).

THE "PORTRAITS" FOLDER

In order for your portraits to show up in IWDEE, you must place them in an specific folder, named "Portraits" (without quotes). This folder is not created when the game is installed, so you must create it yourself.

Where to create your "Portraits" folder

On Windows: go to your User(s) folder - the one that has My Music, My Pictures, and so on. Now follow this path: My Documents > Icewind Dale - Enhanced Edition. That's where you must create your Portraits folder.

Mac OSX: create a folder named "Portraits" on /Users//Documents/Icewind Dale - Enhanced Edition.

Linux: ~/.local/share/Icewind Dale - Enhanced Edition/ Create a folder called portraits (must be lower case) there.

USING CUSTOM PORTRAITS

On a new character

Once you have the right files on the right folder, all you have to do is select the portrait inside the game.

When creating a new character, once you're prompted to select his or her portrait, you will notice a button labeled "CUSTOM" now shows up on the screen.

This button will take you to the next screen, where you'll be able to select the Large and Medium portraits. They're not required to match - you can use different L and M portraits for one character if you so desire.

The Large portrait will be selected automatically according to the Medium one, or ignored (if there is no L version).

On a previously created character

If you're already playing a character and want to change it's portrait, go to his/her Record screen and hit the button labeled "CUSTOMIZE", then "APPEARANCE".

Once you're prompted to select his or her portrait, you will notice a button labeled "CUSTOM" now shows up on the screen.

This button will take you to the next screen, where you'll be able to select the Large and Medium portraits. They're not required to match - you can use different L and M portraits for one character if you so desire.

The Large portrait will be selected automatically according to the Medium one, or ignored (if there is no L version).

Great thanks goes to @Kilivitz‌ , @AlexT‌ and @Jalily‌
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