Add a photo mode – Portal

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Add a placeable camera in Portal to take photos with!


This script adds a photo mode, the ability to holster your weapon and various graphical adjustments to improve photography in Portal.

Find your configuration folder

Navigate to your Portal installation’s configuration folder, which is most likely located here:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Portal\portal\cfg


Create autoexec.cfg

Within the same folder, create autoexec.cfg and paste

alias freecam_on "sv_cheats 1; cam_idealdistup -24; r_eyeshift_x .05; r_eyeshift_y .25; r_eyeshift_z -.02; fov_desired 75; ent_create point_viewcontrol targetname freecam spawnflags 1; thirdperson; ent_fire freecam enable; cl_drawhud 0; wait 10; thirdperson_mayamode; alias freecam freecam_off"
alias freecam_off "firstperson; cam_idealdistup 0; r_eyeshift_x 0; r_eyeshift_y 0; r_eyeshift_z 0; cl_drawhud 1; fov_desired 90; freecam_raise; thirdperson_mayamode; ent_fire freecam disable; wait 10; ent_remove freecam; alias freecam freecam_on"
alias freecam_turn "thirdperson_mayamode"
alias freecam "freecam_on"

alias freecam_lower "ent_create player_weapons*rip targetname freecam_s*rip; ent_fire freecam_s*rip s*ripweaponsandsuit; wait 10; ent_remove freecam_s*rip; alias freecam_holster freecam_raise"
alias freecam_raise "give weapon_portalgun; upgrade_portalgun; alias freecam_holster freecam_lower"
alias freecam_holster "freecam_lower"

bind z "freecam"
bind x "freecam_turn"
bind c "freecam_holster"
bind v "sv_cheats 1; noclip"


into it.
And you’re ready to go! Check the controls section below to learn how to operate the photo mode.




Toggles the photo mode.


Toggles the camera/player turning state.


Toggles the raised/lowered state of your weapon.


Toggles noclip.


Example screenshots

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Known issues

  • Either toggle photo mode again, restart the game or execute freecam_off in the developer console to resolve this.

Please let me know if you have any issues or suggestions for future updates in the comments below!

Written by twiByte

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