Core Artwork Options


artwork_crop
Description This option will crop any displayed artwork to the screen width and height.
Full Command -artwork_crop
Alt. Command -artcrop
Reverse Command -noartwork_crop
-noartcrop
Example mame64.exe pacman -noartcrop
Mame.ini Command artwork_crop
Command Default 0
Argument Format <boolean>

use_backdrops
Description This option will add/remove the backdrop images use by Mame's artwork files. Backdrop images are often placed behind a systems main display, often directly onto a monitor or display itself. See the Additional Media page for more information about artwork files.
Full Command -use_backdrops
Alt. Command -backdrop
Reverse Command -nouse_backdrops
-nobackdrop
Example mame64.exe pacman -nobackdrop
Mame.ini Command use_backdrops
Command Default 1
Argument Format <boolean>

use_overlays
Description This option will add/remove the overlay images use by Mame's artwork files. Overlay images are often placed onto a systems main display, often directly onto the glass of a cabinet or a systems screen. See the Additional Media page for more information about artwork files.
Full Command -use_overlays
Alt. Command -overlay
Reverse Command -nouse_overlays
-nooverlay
Example mame64.exe pacman -nooverlay
Mame.ini Command use_overlays
Command Default 1
Argument Format <boolean>

use_bezels
Description This option will add/remove the bezel images use by Mame's artwork files. Bezel images are the graphics that surround a systems main display. See the Additional Media page for more information about artwork files.
Full Command -use_bezels
Alt. Command -bezels
Reverse Command -nouse_bezels
-nobezels
Example mame64.exe pacman -nobezels
Mame.ini Command use_bezels
Command Default 1
Argument Format <boolean>

use_cpanels
Description This option will add/remove the control panel images use by Mame's artwork files. These images are used to show the original controls on a system. See the Additional Media page for more information about artwork files.
Full Command -use_cpanels
Alt. Command -cpanels
Reverse Command -nouse_cpanels
-nocpanels
Example mame64.exe pacman -nocpanels
Mame.ini Command use_cpanels
Command Default 1
Argument Format <boolean>

use_marquees
Description This option will add/remove the marquee images use by Mame's artwork files. A marquee was the image used at the top of a systems cabinet or casing with graphics and often it's title on it. See the Additional Media page for more information about artwork files.
Full Command -use_marquees
Alt. Command -marquees
Reverse Command -nouse_marquees
-nomarquees
Example mame64.exe pacman -nomarquees
Mame.ini Command use_marquees
Command Default 1
Argument Format <boolean>

fallback_artwork
Description This is a new option and there is no "official" documentation for it. From what I can make out, this option allows you to specify an artwork file that Mame can use if there is no dedicated art for the system. This option is probably best used in a generic custom ini file for screen orientation or specific drivers. There is a guide on making custom ini files on the Configuration Files page.
Full Command -fallback_arkwork <artwork file>
Alt. Command none
Reverse Command none
Example mame64.exe invaders -fallback_artwork generic_art
Mame.ini Command fallback_artwork
Command Default
Argument Format <artwork file>

override_artwork
Description This is a new option and there is no "official" documentation for it. This option allows you to override a systems default artwork with another artwork file. This can be useful if you have some custom artwork that you want to use in specific circumstances but you don't want to delete the original artwork files. For instance, you might have a nice widescreen artwork file for a system that you only use when you run Mame on a TV or you might want to use artwork from a different system on the one that you are running. You could also use this command in custom ini files for screen types or specific drivers. There is a guide on making custom ini files on the Configuration Files page.
Full Command -override_artwork <artwork file>
Alt. Command none
Reverse Command none
Example mame64.exe invaders -override_artwork invaders_ws
Mame.ini Command override_artwork
Command Default
Argument Format <artwork file>