Portrait

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The portrait is a small, drawing of a character's face, used for the Player character and other members of his party. Players choose a portrait for their character at Character Creation, from a variety of unique portraits.

Custom Portraits[edit | edit source]

To add additional portraits into the game you can either download or create your own portraits. Once you have the right files in the right folder, all you have to do is select the portrait inside the game.

Portrait files

In Pillars of Eternity, there are two separate PNG files for any given portrait, implementing the different image sizes used by the game. You can save images in this format using practically any image editor such as Paint.net, Adobe Photoshop or GIMP. (Jpeg files are supported as well, but given the opportunity prefer the higher quality PNGs)

The two image sizes used by the game are:

  • Large (210 x 330 pixels), seen on character sheets.
  • Small (76 x 96 pixels), seen in the UI elements like the party bar.

Those are the optimal sizes for the portraits, but you can use larger images proportional to those dimensions, which will be scaled to fit (unlikely to produce the best result).

Each of these sizes can be identified by the last letters "_lg.png" for the large version of the portrait, and "_sm.png" for the small. You can name them anything you want but the file names must match, so for example if you have a portrait you want to implement into the game, it'll be made up of two files:

  • Example_lg.png
  • Example_sm.png
Portraits Folder

Once you have your portrait files (created or downloaded), you'll want to copy them into the following directories:

Windows (DRM-free):

<game_path>\Pillars of Eternity\PillarsOfEternity_Data\data\art\gui\portraits\player
<game_path>\Pillars of Eternity\PillarsOfEternity_Data\data\art\gui\portraits\player

Windows (Steam):

\Steam\SteamApps\common\Pillars of Eternity\PillarsOfEternity_Data\data\art\gui\portraits\player\male\
\Steam\SteamApps\common\Pillars of Eternity\PillarsOfEternity_Data\data\art\gui\portraits\player\female\

Linux (DRM-free):

<game_path>/PillarsOfEternity_Data/data/art/gui/portraits/player/female/
<game_path>/PillarsOfEternity_Data/data/art/gui/portraits/player/male/

Linux (Steam):

~/.steam/steam/SteamApps/common/Pillars of Eternity/PillarsOfEternity_Data/data/art/gui/portraits/player/female/
~/.steam/steam/SteamApps/common/Pillars of Eternity/PillarsOfEternity_Data/data/art/gui/portraits/player/male/

OS X (Steam):

~/Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/Pillars of Eternity/PillarsOfEternity.app/Contents/Data/art/gui/portraits/player/female/
~/Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/Pillars of Eternity/PillarsOfEternity.app/Contents/Data/art/gui/portraits/player/male/


Portraits in these directories will be available during portrait selection phase in Character Creation.