Pillars of Eternity: How to Install Custom Character Portraits

With the release of Pillars of Eternity upon us, fans of the game (notably Steam user Jaeger Pilot) have figured out how to implement additional portraits into the game for players to use for any characters they create. 


If you're interested in installing portraits for use in Pillars of Eternity, there are packs from the following games that you can use. 

Baldur's Gate 2 Portraits

Icewind Dale Portraits

Icewind Dale 2 Portraits


Each portrait comes formatted in PNG and measures at 210 x 330 pixels, with the smaller in-game UI portraits measuring at 76 x 96 pixels. 

There are two separate files for any given portrait. You can name them anything you want but the filename must end in _lg.png for the large version of the portrait, and _sm.png for the small in-game UI version of the portrait. 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:



You'll want to copy the files into the following directory depending on whether the portrait is for a male or female character: 

\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

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Be sure to check out our other guides:

Understanding Health and Endurance

Basic Stats and Character Builds

Where to Find NPC Party Companions