Welcome, PlayStation4 players, here is this new guide with some tips and tricks to get the most out of your Final Fantasy XIV Screenshots. I’m Edea Cross and, as former PS4 player and screenshooter, I’d like to share my findings on how to post-edit your pictures.
Let’s get started!
Save your pictures as PNG
By default, your PS4 will save your screenshots in JPG format. In order to keep the best quality of your original pictures, I’d recommend you to save them as PNG.
Follow these steps to change your saved pictures format:
- Open your PS4 Settings menu and select Sharing and Broadcasting
- Select Screenshot Settings
- On Image format, select PNG
Transferring your pictures for PC editing
The easiest and safest way to get your pictures from your PS4 to your PC is using a USB device. Make sure that your USB device formatting is exFAT and FAT32.
You just need to plug your USB device on any of the frontal ports and follow these steps:
- Go to the Capture Gallery from the home menu
- Select the image you want to save and press the Options button on your controller
- You will get a menu on the right side of the screen, select the Copy to USB Storage Device option
- You can select as many screenshots as you would like to export in bulk to the device you have plugged in. Once you have them, select Copy on the bottom right corner.
Transferring your pictures for app editing
For those of you that don’t have a proper PC for picture editing, you may like to try some apps out there on your phone or tablet. We’ll talk about them later on, as transferring is the most important step here. It’s so easy to lose picture quality on the way, and thus I’m going to explain to you the best way to transfer images I found so far.
From your PS4, you can upload your pictures directly to social media sites, like Twitter, where we host most of our events on FFXIVSnaps. It’s indeed the easiest way to share your pictures, but not the best if you’d like to edit them or get them on high quality. Social media sites resize your pictures, which will end on pictures with quite bad resolution, and will change your picture format to JPG. But, there’s one option that will keep your original pictures resolution, which is sending them through PS4 direct Messages.
You just need to find a friend on your PS4 network that agrees being spammed with your pictures – that’s what friends are for, don’t they? – and download the PS Messages app on your phone or tablet. It’s available for free on Google Play and App Store.
Once you have both, you just need to send your pictures from your PS4 by the message, which you can then see and download on your device. Easy enough, right?
Please take on account that this method will also change your format to JPG, so it doesn’t matter how the picture is saved originally on your PS4.
My recommendation on photo editing apps
My favorite tool so far for photo editing on phone/tablet is Snapseed. You can get it for free both for iOS and Android, and it’s really easy and intuitive to use. As many other photo editing apps, it comes with some pre-sets for you to use, but you can also create your own. It also has free tutorials on the app itself that will show you some tricks to get really amazing editions.
This is an example of what you can achieve with Snapssed:
If you’re interested in try other apps, please have a look at this list of the 17 Best Photo Editing Apps article.
I hope you can find new ways to enjoy your screenshot experience thanks to this guide. And remember – PS4 users can also take GREAT screenshots!