How to creatively increase the resolution of a image sprite in 5 steps!
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Posted 07/27/12 6:26:25 pm
This is probably the most important part of the entire process. Not only do you need to find a cool image sprite, but you need to be able to visualize what it could look like with more detials. In my case, I made a sword for my Mystical Ore mod a while back and I'm going to be using that for the tutorial. So Here is the full size of my starting image:
This is one of the easy parts. Open your image in a image editor (I STRONGLY recommend Greenfish Icon Editor [GFIE].) and for GFIE double click on the page on the side and double the height and width of the image.
STEP 3: Produce Color Palette
STEP 4: Smooth Image and Shade
Once you have your color palette, I recommend selecting the 2nd darkest color and filling in the entire section you will be working on. Then use the pencil and eraser tools to smooth out the lines of the sprite while using your mind to envision if the lines should be slight curves or of curves should be arcs and so on. Once you've done that, start with the lightest color and produce similar shading on the higher res image as is on the lower res one. Do this with all sections and (in my case) will come up with something like this:
You can see that I didn't have a full palette and I didn't add many details other than curves. The next time I added more colors however:
STEP 5: Add Detail
After your have added all details possible you wanted to the image for that resolution, Go back and repeat STEPS 2-5. Improving detail as you increase resolution. Here is what I did from start to finish:
For my sword, I only went to a resolution of 128x128px and it took me about a week to get it where it is now. Also, you can see the color palettes I was using in the corners of my pictures, as I didn't want to remove them yet.
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