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PostTaTschu on Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:25 am

Hi Blossoms!

This is a newbie question, I know that. But I have no clue how to zoom very close to an object - like a single pillow - to make a screenshot. The cameras ingame are not going close enough like I want.
Maybe someone know a mod or something like that?

Sitting here at 2 am in the morning/night because I can't sleep, and try to figure this out dontgetit crazyspin
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Postszanne7000 on Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:11 am

Hi Tanja,

There are a few ways to do this...

1 - Use the Sim 3 Camera Mode (under Options). You will get bounce, but you can get pretty close. This is NOT the best way to get close, close, close-ups.

2 - Have a sim on your lot and use TAB mode (press Tab). No bounce and you can get really close.

Z to zoom in
X to zoom out
W to move forward
S to move back
A to move Left
D to move Right
Q to move down
E to move up

Read through the suggestions in this thread for lots of great information: Carl's Sims 4 Guide - Pictures & TAB

This video tutorial is also very good and you can SEE what to do: Miss Meh - Sims 4 Camera Mode & Using TAB key

I'm not sure which way (reading or seeing) is better for you, but I read 1/4 of the way down on the first page, but I watched the entire video. I learned something new, myself :D

Please let me know if you need further assistance or clarification <3

Last edited by szanne7000 on Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:34 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : typo, lol :))

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Posttilly on Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:32 am

I get as close as I can with sims 3 camera, using z or my mouse wheel. Then I close crop the screenshot as my screenshots are quite large (see your graphics settings). That works for me, otherwise I find the screenshot can be quite blurry.

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PostTaTschu on Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:06 pm

Thank you so very much, Suzanne! That helps me a lot! inlove34

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PostRanapeach on Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:13 pm

Great info Suzanne, thanks for the links, I learned a lot and may actually give the 4 camera a try.

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Postszanne7000 on Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:33 pm

I use the sims 3 camera because it is easier for me with my hands, Lisa - the mouse wheel is my friend, lol :D

Tanja and Debbie - you're both very welcome - I'm glad I could help <3

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