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How to use custom portraits (BG1, BG:EE, BG2, BG2:EE, IWD, IWD:EE, IWD2)

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  • lefreutlefreut Member Posts: 1,462
    edited October 2019
    SkeleTony wrote: »
    Hello all,

    I am having difficulties with custom portraits in Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition. If I go to 'C:\Users' there are only three folders there: 'Default', 'Public' and '(my name)'. No "Documents" folder at all. And within those three folders there are various folders for many games and programs (including saved games for such, though these seem scattered inconsistently throughout) but nowhere in any of those three folders are any folders for ANY of the 'Enhanced Edition' games from Beamdog that I own (and I own them all through GOG).
    I have still been able to use my custom portraits because of EE Keeper, which seems to use the 'Portraits' folder I placed within the main 'C:\Gog games\Baldur's Gate - Enhanced Edition' folder. Also within game, for my main/created PC I can change her appearance to use a custom portrait but clicking the 'Custom' button within game does nothing at all (save for giving me a brief instruction on using custom portraits) but a great number of custom portraits do appear within the select-able portraits, though these for the most part do not contain the customs within the 'Portraits' folder I created for BG EE.

    Sorry about my confusing mess of a post. Any help is appreciated.

    The path is C:\Users\(username)\Documents\Baldur's Gate - Enhanced Edition\portraits :)

    In the latest version, the custom button only shows instruction. The custom portraits are at the end of the selectable portraits (I know this is misleading and not very user friendly).

  • SkeleTonySkeleTony Member Posts: 5
    edited October 2019
    The path is C:\Users\(username)\Documents\Baldur's Gate - Enhanced Edition\portraits :)

    In the latest version, the custom button only shows instruction. The custom portraits are at the end of the selectable portraits (I know this is misleading and not very user friendly).


    That is the problem. There is NO "Documents" folder at all on my Windows 10 x64 machine and the "Users" folder contains only the three files (see my first post), none of which are "Documents" and none of which contain ANY folders relevant to 'Documents' or Beam,dog or any of the 'EE' games I own.

    EDIT - Never mind...I am an idiot. I am probably still used to older, better Windows OSes and so was trying to navigate via the clickable folders themselves. I was not thinking there might be a separate tab on the opposite side of the screen called "Documents".

    Post edited by SkeleTony on
  • lefreutlefreut Member Posts: 1,462
    Documents is not directly under Users, but it should be inside the folder with your username.

    You can also use %userprofile%\Documents\Baldur's Gate - Enhanced Edition\portraits

  • BillyYankBillyYank Member Posts: 2,769
    edited October 2019
    You should also see Documents under "This PC" in the file explorer.
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    If you're synced to OneDrive it will be C:\Users\(name)\OneDrive\Documents. But it can be anything, because you can customize which folder to use as your Documents library.

    I put my portraits in the override folder, it works better with my mods.

  • SkeleTonySkeleTony Member Posts: 5
    Thanks for the help lefreut and BillyYank.

  • shylamanshylaman Member Posts: 150
    After a year or so away from the game I just did a fresh install on my MacBook Pro. I am using EET, like I did previously. Anyhow, my custom portraits aren't showing up and I am stumped. I have been playing the series off and on since BG was released in the 90s. I have been using the EE versions for a several years and several installs with custom portraits no problem. My only hiccup was when I first moved to EE I had to save them in a different size and naming convention.

    They are named like this (same as in the past):
    MELTH06L.bmp
    MELTH06M.bmp

    They are BMP.
    They are 210x330.
    They are 24 bit.
    They are in Documents\Baldur's Gate - Enhanced Edition Trilogy\portraits.

    They worked previously. So, I am not sure what is up.

  • kungfuhobbitkungfuhobbit Member Posts: 152
    edited April 23
    I havent seen this Custom Portrait problem posted anywhere else

    Some of my custom 210x330 L-sized portraits showed a blank image in-game (EE), even though they had consistent capitalisation, L final character, 24-bit bitmap, =<7 chars etc per OP.
    NearInfinity wouldnt open them; it said they had -330 height (ie. negative).
    yex3hfd0tvdb.png

    [Solution]
    Batch convert in Irfanview to (same format) 24bit BMP. Checked NearInfinity would open them.
    Placed in Documents\...\Portraits

    PS. SaveAs from BMP to BMP in Paint didnt resolve. Batch conversions with Gimp looked OK in windows but opened blue in-game

    Post edited by kungfuhobbit on
  • AsaBMAsaBM Member Posts: 6
    I'm having some trouble in IWDEE. I think it's really cool how the default portraits have a zoomed-in-on-the-face crop for the medium version, but when I use a custom portrait I can't do this! I either have to use lelandl.bmp for the sidebar or lelandm.bmp for the character sheet. I guess I'll go with the medium versions in the meantime since I see the sidebar a bit more than the sheets, but it's still pretty annoying.

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