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THE DROPPER; Making of

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avatar Bigre
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Hi everyone,
First of all, sorry if there are errors in this blog (english isn't my base language)

I'm the creator of "The dropper "map and I'm currently in the retirement of Minecraft. So I wanted to share ideas and techniques I used to create "The dropper" map.

For those who still imagines that Minecraft maps are created by placing blocks one by one, you may be disappointed. The following tips require a minimum knowledge of "mcedit" (www.mcedit.net/).


Copy-paste


Copy-paste is an MCedit option that allows to clone many times a selected element.

The best example is the last level in "the dropper 2"


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Level 1 giant spiral in "The dropper" uses this process perfectly.
The first step is to build a "period" of the spiral. So, we import a flat pre-copied element a lot of times to create the first bit of the spiral.


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Once the spiral "period" is done, it remains to clone it upwards to get a complete spiral.


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Important: it's possible to clone or not the air inside the selection.


Replacements


Substitutions in mcedit consists in replacing a block type by another block type (within the selection area). The map "Candy Heaven" created by myself is a perfect example.


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The shape of the mountains was generated by the program "World painter"
The color bands are obtained by remplassing blocks in the area of selection representing the height of the strips.


The recesses


Recesses are usfull to "remove" some matter (replace blocks by a specific shape of air).
Level 14 in the "The dropper" map is a good exemple.

First, a layer of colored blocks forming a spiral image (created with Spritecraft) was cloned upwards till the maximum height of the map.


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The shape of the recess is an upside down cone. It was created entirely with blocks of stone.


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The cone is then cloned into the layers of colored blocks (the box "copy air" is unchecked).


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It remains to select and replace all the stone blocks by air to get a recess.


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Mcedit allows you to move and rotate selections, a tool widely used in "The dropper" map.


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Pixelation


Opposed to vectorization, pixelation is a process usefull to represent an image on a screen by a multitude of dots (pixels). But how to use this principle in Minecraft?
Suppose you want to reproduce a predefined model by respecting its proportions. For example, you want to build the statue of liberty in Minecraft.

Explanations given below should provide ideas to "import" faithfully 2D models (image) or 3D models (Sketchup model) in Minecraft.


1. 2D model (image)


Before 3D pixelation, we must understand the concepts of 2D pixelation.
There are several methods to facilitate the creation of "pixel art" from a 2D model:


1.1. Method 1. Paint


What you need:
- A drawing program such as "Paint"
- An image

The first method is to reduce the number of pixels constituting an image through a drawing program such as "Paint". Simply reduce the size of an image.
The model chosen as example is the following:


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Once the image size reduced to the number of pixels desired (thanks to Paint), we must reproduce all pixels, blocks after blocks, in Minecraft.


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1.2. Method 2. The grid


Required program:
- A drawing program such as "Paint"
- An image

The method of "grid" consists in superimposing a grid of desired dimension to a 2D image. it's usefull to decompose and facilitate the process of pixelation.


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Each square represents a block Minecraft. You can then easily judge witch Minecraft block represents the best each square. In the simple example above, a square more than 50% blue will be replaced by a blue wool block.


This method is long and tedious but will be usefull for 3D pixelation.


1.3. Method 3. Spritecraft


Required program:
- The program Spritecraft
www.diamondpants.com/spritecraft/
- An image

Spritecraft is a Java program that converts images directly into "schematic" files for Minecraft. It works by approximating the colors of an image in a mixture of Minecraft blocks. Rendering is better for large pixel art and viewable from far.


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For small size pixellisations , the program is less usefull.


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2. 3D models


2.1. Method 1: the grid


Required program:
- A 3D drawing program such as Google sketchup
- A 3D model
- "Minecraft structure planner"

The goal here is to reproduce faithfully a 3D model in Minecraft.
The chosen model is precisely the one which has allowed the reconstruction of the skeleton of the level 12 in "The dropper" map.


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The principle is to perform a 2D slice in the 3D model in order to apply the grid method seen previously. Each section represents a layer of blocks in Minecraft. Thus, layer after layer, our skeleton is reconstructed (see image below).


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When applying the "grid method", it is advisable to work with "Minecraft structure planner."
It's a program that allows the construction of buildings layer after layer.


2.2. Method 2: Binvox


Binvox is a program that allows to transform a 3D model directly in a schematic file by using a "vexolisation" process. Its handling is difficult and can be used only for crude shapes without details. I used it to create the giant heart located in the Nether in "The dropper" map.


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Tell me if there are any errors in this topic ;)
Tell me what you think about this topic ;)
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Cool
"The shape of the recess is an upside down cone. It was created entirely with blocks of stone. "

How did you make the cone? I can't find any MCEdit filter to create a cone.
  • viprixx
  • Level 25
  • Expert Crafter
  • December 19, 2015, 11:43 am
loved both dropper maps.
  • RonjaHC
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 12, 2015, 6:03 am
hello
hello
Can you make a dropper in a Space Theme? Email me via [email protected]
you are the best Bigre!!!!!!!
  • Edvinj2005
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • April 25, 2015, 4:29 am
jag kan inte spela den
  • Xerxes145
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Skinner
  • March 22, 2015, 7:39 pm
It's almost painful to read so many "where do i download the map!!!!!!!" messages... anyway great topic! It always interests me to see how something was made.
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • April 1, 2015, 11:24 pm
thanks :)
where is the download??
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • February 18, 2015, 10:36 pm
Oh my god, seriously ?
Did you read the topic and the comments ?

This is a "blog" topic not a map.

www.planetminecraft.com/member/bigre/
lmao
  • rjp1089
  • Level 22
  • Expert Geek
  • January 17, 2015, 10:17 am
Wow! That is pretty clever!
  • Kelecopter
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Unicorn
  • January 5, 2015, 3:44 pm
Srry, but in the last paragraph, you spelt "Shaps" instead of Shapes. Srry for being edgy...
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • January 5, 2015, 11:04 pm
fixed thanks
  • VenomViper
  • Level 24
  • Expert Dragon
  • December 5, 2014, 9:00 pm
I cannot believe this! EPIC! And by the way, this was the first map I downloaded and this is what got me into minecraft. It made me realise how epic minecraft could be!
where do you actually download this map?
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • November 2, 2014, 5:43 am
On the map's topic.
  • BjornOlof
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Taco
  • September 12, 2014, 9:31 am
You are very good at making BIG rooms.
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • November 13, 2014, 12:55 am
thanks :)
  • ToDaMaxBro
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Miner
  • August 8, 2014, 9:11 am
Sorry, but this is the last one. What is Bigre in English?
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • August 8, 2014, 9:18 am
It means like "crap" in french
  • ToDaMaxBro
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Miner
  • August 8, 2014, 9:10 am
Also I think the topic is great. I thought you placed the blocks by yourself in minecraft. I had no idea what Mcedit looked like.

One question though: How long did it take you to make this whole map?
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • August 8, 2014, 9:18 am
lot of time:p
  • ToDaMaxBro
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Miner
  • August 8, 2014, 9:09 am
One thing you misspelled was once. Once is spelled O-n-c-e, you spelled ones, O-n-e-s.
Sorry if that was offensive to you the way I worded it.
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • August 8, 2014, 9:18 am
Fixed! Thanks
Bigre, I sudjest making a new dropper map with the snapshot's /title command.
Where is the download?!?!
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • July 18, 2014, 5:05 pm
That's a "blog" topic not a map.
Please read two seconds the topic title and the comments
  • NevetCS
  • Level 23
  • Expert Dragonborn
  • July 12, 2014, 3:46 pm
Love your creations Bigre! Where is the download tho...


jk lol. Anyway, you've inspired so many people! Also, are you planning on making any more maps after the 1.8 mario sprint is done? 1 last thing. Is your "bigre" pronounced as if its "bigger" or like "big ree"?
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • July 12, 2014, 4:46 pm
thanks :)
No, have no plans for future maps(for the moment)
Well, you can pronounce "Bigre" as you want :p
 "Bigre" is an unusual french word.
  • NevetCS
  • Level 23
  • Expert Dragonborn
  • July 12, 2014, 5:36 pm
OK just wondering!
How can u play this though
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • July 2, 2014, 1:56 pm
?
That's a "blog" topic not a map.
  • DylzCraft
  • Level 48
  • Master Spelunker
  • May 19, 2014, 9:07 am
Hey Bigre. How did you make the cone? Looks really cool! Played the map and it was insanely hard! But awesome
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • June 30, 2014, 11:08 am
iI created ncreasingly small cercles
  • DylzCraft
  • Level 48
  • Master Spelunker
  • June 30, 2014, 10:02 pm
Thnx
Can you make  a .zip file Bigre? i dont know how to download the map.
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • April 22, 2014, 3:08 pm
But that is not a topic of a map.
It's a "blog"

the map topic is here:
www.planetminecraft.com/project/advpuzz-the-dropper-2-new-levels/
  • AeroPlanet
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • April 14, 2014, 3:01 am
Awesome job, Bigre. It got a little twisty when it comes to the ending part. Made me a little dizzy. But that doesn't really matter. What's important is the map! I diamonded it. You should be proud!
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • April 21, 2014, 2:47 pm
thanks :)
  • Appmattle
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Architect
  • March 25, 2014, 12:03 am
Thanks Alot! Made A 3D Massive Car!
  • MatthewF_
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • March 24, 2014, 8:29 am
wow awwwwesome
  • WeiWei0
  • Level 29
  • Expert Miner
  • March 5, 2014, 3:29 pm
great !
It's Totaly Great Maker Custom Map Is Bigre...Hey Bigre You Teach me to Make The Dropper
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • February 25, 2014, 4:05 pm
Thanks:)
The explenations are above ;)
  • Tres26
  • Level 40
  • Master Artist
  • January 10, 2014, 5:36 pm
Bigre May You Contact Tres26 On Skype I Need To Speak And Give You A Big Offor
  • beko09
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • November 29, 2013, 10:42 pm
where's download link
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • November 30, 2013, 3:22 am
OMG,this is a blog topic not a map topic.
Click on my avatar and you will see all my creations
  • LBossFireIceS
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Warrior
  • September 30, 2013, 3:03 pm
This is amazing, thanks for the help!
bigre ok im not new to minceraft its just idk how to world save the map unless you can tell me how btw im on mac no pc :P
I've been only playing minecraft for half a year, but i think there should be a save button somewhere
bigre lol maybah :3 not new to minecraft tho I just don't know how to world save :P unless you can tell me howz
  • MrOmNomNom3
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Miner
  • November 7, 2013, 2:57 pm
Go to the .minecraft folder and go to Saves. .minecraft is in the folder AppData/%AppData% .
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • September 7, 2013, 12:29 pm
I don't understand :s
you don't know how to what ?
  • Ozzie1258
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 29, 2013, 3:30 pm
where do i download?!
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • August 29, 2013, 10:28 pm
OMG

You are on the MAKING OF topic.

http://www.planetminecraft.com/member/bigre/
where do i download it and how do i get the ip
One word: Noob
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • August 22, 2013, 1:49 pm
You must be a real New Miner
  • creepyg55
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • July 26, 2013, 5:54 pm
.________.
i like this map it is very laggy but still fun and really hard!!!!
WHERE DO I DOWNLOAD THE DANG MAP?!
are you kidding
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • May 1, 2013, 11:36 am
._.
  • AntVenom99
  • Level 20
  • Expert Dragonborn
  • December 31, 2012, 4:17 am
These creations are epic!
Diamond
I played it

That up there look hard
  • tomtheblob
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Blob
  • November 26, 2012, 8:13 am
"Making Of..." not 'Making off' btw.

I LOVE your maps, you are really talented :)
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • November 26, 2012, 10:45 am
Fixed :) thanks
well, you spelled "errors" wrong.
  • Bigre
  • Level 100
  • Transcendent Engineer
  • November 26, 2012, 4:34 am
:p thanks
  • Meta-Craft
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • January 24, 2016, 11:46 am
Thanks alot

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