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Sprays in Team Fortress 2 : Finding Your Inner Mentlegen

by: Gabriel Rose ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Have you ever been confused by the process of finding and setting up sprays? If this somehow has happened to you, don't worry, this guide will put all of your confusions 6 feet under. With simple step-by-step instructions, and a veritable wonderland of sprays to choose from, you can rest easy.

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    The Basics of TF2 Sprays

    Team Fortress 2 Logo  

    Ever since the release of Valve's Counter Strike, sprays have been included in almost every Valve game. Sprays allow you to place an image of your choosing on almost every surface in the game. In Team Fortress 2, sprays are an incredibly popular way of spreading viral images and memes. Finding TF2 specific sprays is fairly simple, and setting them up is even simpler. This guide will give you the resources needed to get all of the TF2 related sprays you could ever desire. It will also cover how to set up your sprays in game, and how to easily organize and manage your TF2 sprays.

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    Getting Sprays

    With the creation of sites dedicated to acquiring TF2 sprays and making them available to the public, getting sprays has never been easier. Simply visit one of the sites below and browse through their collection of sprays and images, and pick out the ones you like. Save them to an easily accessible folder like C:\Sprays. This will make it easier for you to find them in the file browser used with TF2.

    Game Sprays - Sprays for all of Valve's games, these are not TF2 specific

    Game Banana - Another site that simply hosts custom game content, including maps and custom skins.

    TF2 Sprays - This blog style site scours the web for TF2 sprays, and provides some really unique sprays.

    A simple Google search will turn up even more results. If you're willing to do a little bit of editing yourself, you can also take any image you like and turn it into a TF2 compatible spray. Regular images can be turned into sprays without any extra work, but they will often be squished and blurry if their resolution is too high. This is why it's important to use images that have been optimized for games like Team Fortress 2.

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    Setting Up Sprays In-Game

    This is a step-by-step guide to setting up the sprays you downloaded in-game.

    1) Start up Steam and run Team Fortress 2.

    Steam Menu  

    2) Open up the Options menu and select the Multplayer tab.

    TF2 Options  

    3) Click on the Import Spray button and navigate to the folder you saved your images to, selecting your chosen spray.

    TF2 Sprays Browser  

    4) Go in-game and use the defualt keybind "t" to put your spray on objects.

    TF2 Sprays In-Game Example  

    As you can see, I used a high resolution HD background, in which the high resolution caused the image to be squished into a smaller frame. This is why it's important to make sure the image you're using is of the appropriate size.

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    Closing Comments

    TF2 Sample Spray  

    If you want to have a truly unique spray, you can always make your own. Using standard image editing software, you can create any type of spray you could ever possibly want. Using .GIFs, it's even possible to create animated sprays! When creating your own sprays, you're only limited to your imagination. Future guides will cover making your own TF2 sprays in detail, and get into the process of creating an animated spray.