As an addition to using the tall grass decal, you can lay some down, start a new layer, and lay down some more. Change the Hue/Saturation for that second grass decal layer as you please to add some tones, from some drier patches of grass to funky colors for an alien landscape. The result is a nice blend of colors that further serve to break up the monotony of the base texture.
It turns out something like this. A bit subtle, but it's there. Don't mind the dirt splotches. Trying to work in some barren patches. The top left one turned out fine, I got lazy on the bottom right. xD
Time for a quick and easy tutorial. I'm not doing video for this, too much going on in my house for the holidays so it'd be noisy in the background.
I figured out a fast way to do your cliffs in RPG Maker MV, and then bring them over into GIMP for parallax mapping. You could drag and drop cliff tiles into the editor if you needed to, but if you don't mind doing them as a static image you can just copy and paste into an empty document for mapping, this takes only a few minutes.
Step 1:start with a blank RPG Maker MV map. You don't want to fill it with any tiles at all. No grass, no dirt, nothing but the transparency layer.
Step 2:Lay out your cliffs. You will notice that there's some transparency on the cliffs that shows the transparency layer through them. Do not worry about this, as I have a fix for it later on.
Step 4laytest your game, and take a mapshot of your map using the plugin(default hotkey should be the printscreen button your keyboard. You don't need to press control+printscreen for it to work).
Step 5:When the mapshot is taken, it should open the directory that it is stored in. Leave this open for the time being.
Step 6pen up GIMP and create a new document. Be sure to set its width and height to the dimensions of your RPG Maker MV map, multiplied by 48. I use a screen resolution of 1104x624 in RPG Maker, so the smallest map size I can have is 23x13. 23x48=1104, 13x48=624. For this tutorial, I've used the smallest map size I can, so my GIMP document will be 1104x624.
Step 7:Fill the ground layer with a basic grass pattern for the time being. You can always edit this later.
Step 8:Grab your mapshot from the folder you left open earlier, and drag into your new document. Set it as its own layer above your background layer.
Step 9:Make a pattern out of the rock pattern from Tile_A2 in the Town and Country Set.
Step 10:Swap down to your grass layer, and paint with the new pattern using the clone stamp at any point on the cliffs where grass shows through. For my example, there was really only one spot of green on the top of the cliff. The bases that touch the ground do have a tendency to show some grass through them but it's not usually a big deal. Paint over the base of the rock with a small brush if you feel like it needs some touching up.
Step 11arallax map as usual! Simple as that. I've made fairly large cliff segments this way. You do have to have a vision for a map in mind already, otherwise you'll find yourself remaking your cliffs a few times. I plan a lot of my maps around the cliffs themselves. Adding a bridge to span cliffs would require you to learn how many tiles across it goes. Easy fix there is to drop a bridge down in GIMP, export the image as PNG, place it in the editor as a parallax, click 'show parallax in editor', and place the cliffs to fit the bridge. I find it better to do cliffs by hand in GIMP at that point though.
@Jesse - PVGames Do you have any more tutorial ideas? I played your indie game entry, and it had some map work that was mind-blowing. The bridge you fight on, combining the castle wall pieces with it, was something I'd love to know how to do. Also the parallaxed water is beyond my knowledge right now.
Heya! I have not been good about making more tutorials. I will certainly try and get around to doing another one when I get back home from holiday travels, closer to the new year. Was there a specific type of map you wanted to see made? Or mostly the bridge scene?
Yeah I will do more at some point. I know interior maps have been requested before, so I will be sure to do one about that. @ForomirDeAlioth was there some topic in particular you wanted to know more about?
The process of actually setting up the layers of the GIMP document to be brought over to RPG Maker. Unless you no longer need to separate things in order to have players behind a tree and all that. I recall having to put the objects you want the player to be in front of in a separate document, import it into RPG Maker, then bring the rest in for transparency, etc.
Updated the main thread - this thread is no longer regarding tutorial videos, as those have been merged with the Plugins and Tools thread. Instead, this is a showcase of the PVGames 2.5D assets - videos and screenshots mostly submitted by people using the assets so you can see examples of what other people are making.