The first method is the simplest and that is using the in-game camera. It's a little expensive to make but very worth it.
A couple tips on using the in-game camera:
- The closer you are the more clear the image will be when transferred to a canvas. It's best to choose only one subject at a time.
- A highly contrasting background will make your image appear more clearly.
- Lighting is crucial. Insure your subject is in good light. If the lighting is dull, the details in the image will be lost and it will appear quite drab.
- You can use the scroll wheel to zoom in and out.
- Remember to press "backspace" to get rid of your HUD before you snap the picture.
Hit the canvas with your brush to bring up the painting menu. Then click the first button on the top left which will be labeled "Load Paints From This Type". The next screen will show you all the available images for that specific "type" of canvas. This includes canvases, signs, flags, and modded canvases, (more on this below). If you have only taken pictures with the in-game camera, all the images listed will be named "Camera-###". In this screen you can click on a listed image on the left and then rename it by clicking the pencil button, second in, on the top. (You can also rename the file in your Steam folder. More on this in a bit.) On the right you will see all the dyes that you will need and/or are missing listed below the previewed image. When you have the image that you want selected and all the needed resources, click the first button on the top left labeled "Load Painting". More in the next post...