Graphic Hacks part 2: Upcycling resources from older makers for MV - NO upscaling!


Sleeping Dinosaur
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Hello folks!

In case you have not, I highly recommend reading my other Graphic hacks tutorial as well, you can find it here:

Something that always bothered me is when people try to upscale the resources from older makers to have them ready to use for MV. I get the point, there are a lot of great options out there, but...upscaling will alwys turn out kinda blurry, because you try to get image informations that are just not there.

So today we will tackle some things you can do to use older resources, to give you a more broad range of things to use in your game without having them look blurry and out of place.

You have to own the makers the resources were made for in most cases, so be careful about that!

1. Faces
I thought, what if I have for example the face of my spring goddess I made for VX Ace back in the days and really want to use it.
A simple upscale gave me this:
Meh. Not really great, huh?
But wait, I had also made a bust back then, and then we can just snip the part of the size of a MV face....

Bust images are drawn in a higher resolution than faces and therefore cutting out a face of the size 144*144 pixels gets pretty close to MV faces! They will be clean as they were drawn on this size and the size works pretty well as well.

Of course not all faces have busts to go with them, but by knowing you can use busts like that you will have a much wider range of faces to choose from!

It works for all busts, but to me the most exciting part is the ability to port all those cool options for animals and monsters!

That way you can easily get beautiful faces for a German shepard and werewolf! Need a cute dragon? A prettier cat than default?
Sometimes some recoloring or color adjustment might be needed, check my tutorial about that here:

2. Sprites

Upscaling pixel art is a NEVER DO THIS!!!!
So... why do I have to make a section for them?
Because upscaling is not always the solution to use sprites.
Let's talk about cool stuff older makers had. Remember XP and its cool animals? How nice they were and how realistic their sizes were compared to what we would get later? And it's monsters? Man, Just let me use that resiz.... WAIT!
Here we see Harold next to XP RTP sprites. They might need some color adjustment to fit in better, but absolutly no scaling at all. The dragon already IS huge, the pig and the goat are even based on a 48*48 grid. You might have to watch out about mixing them with MV animals because of the proportions, but there is absolutly no scaling needed here! So if you look for more realistic animals and a nice range of Monsters, just go to XP, make some adjustments to the brightness and recut them from a 4 frame animation to a 3 frame animation and done!

Heck yeah I always wanted a dragon like that!!!!!

Now lets have a look at VX/Ace as well.
Here we have a bunch of native VX Ace sprites, and what shall I say? They look fine to me!
When it comes to animal sizes, MV has made some very weird choices, so if you use the smaller animals from VX Ace and XP for cats and birds, you can even get some better proportions than with default stuff. The big monsters still are big, so... they can be used as is as well. The slimes and dragons might be a bit tiny, but you can easily use them for baby monsters and can make some funny quests around that if you wish!

So... how about adding some scary monsters from older days?
Vibratos old has a lot of gems that most people forgot they exist!
Check out Granny's list for animals for animals whose proportions work without scaling!
Mack has an XP bear and wings you could glue to MV chars as well!
Mick/289K's stuff should work mostly as plug and play as well!
Kingdom of rise and fall has a lot of scary monsters your heroes still can face, like the Hydra here!

3. Icons
For Icon upscale, everything that needed to be said has already been said: (the workaround tab)

This is more of a "open your mind" than an actual tutorial, but I hope it helps some people with gathering the things for their games and get a whole bunch of new possiblilities. I considered making another part for tilesets, but I don't know if that's something you want to see. (Like tips when you can take tiles without upscaling and how to edit stuff to make it work in MV coming from Ace...)


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Sun Spirit
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Thank you Avery! I'm trying to improve my pixel art and drawing and your tutorials are really helping me. :kaothx:


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Really cool and nice to know!
Thanks for sharing, gonna check out pt. 1 now :)

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