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How to make diagonally facing character sprites, an RTP graphic editing tutorial, translated by Slimmmeiske2


Original Tutorial: http://foryou.opal.ne.jp/sfog/dotcharaquart.html


Pixel Art: Creating a simple diagonal sprite


To make a diagonal sprite, we’ll be cut and pasting sprites from a 4 direction sheet.


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Using the facing left sprite and the facing down sprite, we’ll make one who’ll face down to the left.


Arrangement:

  • Reduce the facing down’s width to half and cut out that half.
  • In case there’s no reduction fuction, it’s 2/5(12 or 13 pixels)from the right.
  • Take 3/5 from the left facing’s right(max. 20 pixels)and combine it with the facing down part.
  • Combine the facing down’s left hair part with the facing left’s right hair part.
  • Now place this combined hair on the body we combined earlier.
  • Shift the ears and eyes 2, 3 pixels.
  • Adjust the outline.
  • Shift the whole a bit to the right.
  • Complete!
Points to look it more diagonal:
  • The forehead in the facing down one is 5 pixels, diagonal it should be 4.
  • The ear should be between the facing down and facing left a bit to the left.
  • It’s easier if the left and right eye are at the same height.
  • If you darken the inner part of the right arm, you’ll get depth.
  • If you move the right arm and left arm 1 pixel up, it gives a depth of diagonal.
Conclusion:
And with this we end the tutorial. (Sorry for the abrupt end.) But you can do this in a short time period (around 3 minutes).


When you’re used to reducing and finding the right balance, you can exclude some other stuff and finish even in a shorter time period.


With such small scale pixel art, cut and pasting can help gaining time, which is a good thing.


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Even if your game does not use 8 dimensional movement, the slanting sprites can create a stage like atmosphere.


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Thank you grandmadeb!!

It was really helpful!

I'll use it! :)
 

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Absolutely a great tutorial, it does take some time to get used to the process. This was my third and first successful try.

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@Masterofhearts - post some more of your goodies, so we can be impressed with you!


That one looks great! =]


lol, and know the tut works, too! =]


@Everyone, so glad it helps. OF course I did not write it, but as a budding GIMP image editor, I appreciate a good image editing tut, and couldn't resist sharing this with everyone.
 
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Nice to know it works indeed. :p

I never had the time to try it out, when I was translating this. ^^;
 
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I never know if this work well with the kaduki charset..because they are not build in the same way so I doubt a little if this will give a good effect...
 

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(sorry for reviving this thread)
Is it possible to make a program apply this pattern?

sorry, I just saw the warning about necro-posting in a thread. Please, ignore this comment
 

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