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Toasta's Tutorial on the Basics of Spriting

Discussion in 'Creative Discussion' started by Freta, Sep 22, 2010.

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  1. The Basics of Spriting

    This is just a little tutorial on some of the basic skills required to sprite. I decided to use splicing for the tutorial as it is easy to do and easy to show the skills in their use.

    First up, we’re going to paste the two sprites we want into an empty Paint file. This is the newer version of paint that is in Windows 7, but the old Paint will work just as well. Another program you could use for if you have a Mac or something is Paint.Net.

    You can find the sprites you want using this sprite sheet. I have chosen Spoink and Aipom for this splice. When you’re working with a sprite, it’s a good idea to zoom in so that you can work with all of the tiny pixels.
    The first thing to do is grab the colour schemes off both of them. You can grab the individual colours by using the eye dropper tool. It’s a good idea to put the colours in an orderly fashion. In row of brightest to darkest for each scheme.
    The colours aren’t going to be used for a while, so you can just push them to the side until later.

    Before I go ahead any further I would just like to say that while you are spriting you should save regularly, make a copy of your sprite before you edit anything and FOR THE LOVE OF GOD do not save it as a jpg.

    Time to start the splice! First up, we have to choose which one of two is going to be the base. In this case, I chose Spoink because of his round and therefore easy to work with body. I made a copy of Spoink and chose the first feature to change; the tail. I removed the tail from Spoink and made a copy of Aipom’s tail. Whenever you grab a feature of a sprite, whether it be a tail or an ear, make sure to delete all pixels not from that feature so that there aren’t any stray pixels in the finished product.
    To put Aipom’s tail on Spoink, I first turned on the transparency on the selection tool.
    (You can do this in the old Paint by using the [​IMG] button.) This makes it so that you can select all colours except for the one in the second colour box. This means that if the colour in the second colour box is white and I selected Spoink and the white surrounding him, it would only select Spoink so he can easily be placed over other things without dragging the white over as well.
    Next up, I moved the face of Aipom on to Spoink. When working with faces, it’s a good idea to change the colour of the background to one that isn’t being used in the sprites. This is so that the white in the teeth and eyes is selected when using the transparent selection. The same thing should be done for Pokemon that have lots of white in them like Absol or Swablu. To prepare for the face change, I painted over Spoinks facial features with the appropriate shade and isolated Aipom’s face.
    Sometimes when you’re spriting, there’s just no way that you can get something looking natural. Here is a good example of this.
    [​IMG] Herp Derp
    The problem is that the face is not in the correct angle. If something like this happens, you need to tweak the feature until it looks its best. There are many things that you can use to tweak a feature such as stretching out a feature and editing the stretch lines to make it look natural or using rotations or flips.
    In the old Paint, I believe you do this by going Edit -> Rotate/Flip while selecting what you want to alter. A problem that comes up sometimes while doing this is that you get the feature right, but it screws up the shading. If something like this happens it’s actually quite easy to edit it using only the pencil and eye dropper tools. After I altered the face, it looked like this.
    [​IMG] D’aww~
    After this I just used some of these previous methods to add legs.
    It was at this point that I decided to swap over the colour schemes. To do this you need to go grab the colours from before and choose which pallets you want to swap. In this case I was changing all of Spoink’s grey shades for Aipom’s purple shades. I selected the lightest colour in the purple pallet (the one that was replacing) as colour 2 and the lightest shade of grey (the one that was being replaced) in colour 1.
    After this I selected the eraser tool and held down the right mouse button so that it only erased the grey and nothing else. This is a very handy tool when spriting, as it quickly changes the colours, a lot faster than if you were to use the pencil or pain bucket tools. Once I finished the grey, I went on and changed Aipom’s yellow to Spoink’s pink. In the end it looked like this.
    Now if I wanted to, I could have stopped right there and it would have been fine, but I decided to go one step further and change a bit more. I started off with using the pencil and eyedropper to edit out Spoink’s arms and use the transparent selection to add Aipom’s. I then used the pencil and eyedropper to add in Aipom’s face fur. I also moved the eyes a bit.
    I did all this because in spriting, you need to go the extra yard if you want to make a name for yourself. (That was cheesy.) After I finished the sprite, I changed the background back to white and placed it in the standard 80x80 box.
    If you want to, you can make the background transparent using this tutorial.

    So there you have it. Those are the basics of spriting. Once you’ve gained confidence in these skills you can go out and make anything you want from trainer sprites to even scratched sprites. Here is a list of some successful spriting threads that might inspire you.
    Teh Shiny Sprites of Tun .:The Home of PokePlush™:.
    Windsaver's Sprite-Home of The Famous Blockymon
    Tasty Toasted Sprites
    A Pixel of [X5]
    Sprites n’ Stuff
    Trainer J’s Sprite Place
    Jeyjey’s Art Request
    Jappio's Supposedly Awesome Sprites

    There's also a good tutorial made by Tun on how to do trainer sprite called Tun's Trainer Sprite Tut c:

    So keep at it!
  2. hey i have a question how would i post sprites onto the forums
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  3. First, upload them to some host like Photobucket, Tinypic, or imageshack. Copy the url, and paste it inbetween the img tags:
    [img]put url here[/img]
    That's all there is. Be sure to click the links in the topic or check the board for the Transparency Tutorial. It's pretty helpful if you don't already know how to make sprites transparent.
  4. thanx for the help ^_^
  5. Hey do you have a transperency tutorial for paint, cause i used to go to this website i found on this forum but i lost it when the topic got deleted. Can anyone halp?
  6. As far as I know, you can't add transparency in paint. You have to use programs like Photoshop or GIMP for that. There are some great tutorials for transparency for them here (although the GIMP one is outdated, so I'd recommend downloading a trial version of Photoshop or something.)
  7. There's a more recent one for GIMP in this post that isn't archived, check that out:

    http://www.pokecharms.com/forums/http:/ ... ic.php?t=8
  8. I meant did anybody have like a site that i could use but ill try to use gimp.

    thx though
  9. Photobucket works nicely, here's a tutorial for it. If it goes a little over or under, just go until you see my post. Nothing to download, and it's free.
  10. Could you by chance post a list on features or downloadables you can possibly add to your laptop that could make backgrounds transparent ?
    Or is this too confusing ?
  11. Here are some transparency tutorials. It's in the art board, but it works for sprites as well. There are a few more if you scroll down past Magpie's post. Actually, on my post above yours, the exact same link is there, only to my post in the Tutorial thread.

    Everything except Photoshop is free, so GIMP and Photobucket work well(note that no download is required for Photobucket, you only have to register, which is also free).
  12. Oh I never knew you could use Photobucket .
    I have a Photobucket account but I don't know how to use the transparency tool .
    And I can't seem to find it in the tutorials ....
  13. Straight from the thread I linked, you just needed to look a teeny bit around, is all. Hope it helps :3
  14. Oh thanks but I found it !
    And your right , I'm a bit impatient sometimes so I really should start taking my time . Hehe , ;D .
    And I have another question and this is about renders ---
    What can I use for editing layers and rendering pictures and stuff like that ?
    I checked out the tutorials for it but , GIMP ?
    How do I get that ?
    #14 Animefan1, Jan 8, 2011
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  15. http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

    I'm assuming you're using Windows, so download the one in the top section labeled "Gimp 2.6.11-installer for windows xp sp2 or later"
  16. Can someone do a tutorial for Apple (Mac) thanks
  17. For spriting? You can do it in Paint, Paint.net, Photoshop, Gimp, and several other programs. Aside from Paint, you have to download one of the others, but Gimp and Paint.net are FREE. There's a link to gimp somewhere earlier in this thread, so check that out. All 3 have user-friendly interfaces, and there's nothing to hard about using them either.
  18. How do I get only one of the Pokémon into paint? I am uber confused...
  19. Magpie

    Magpie Feathered Overseer
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    The person who made this thread hasn't been active for a while, so I'm not sure you'll get much of an answer. I'd answer myself but honestly Paint isn't something I've used for a super long time. I'm not sure if Paint even has a 'select' tool which is what I'd suggest. Someone with more Paint knowledge might come along with an answer but just watch the dates of stuff you post in if you're asking a question ;)
    #19 Magpie, Mar 13, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2014
  20. Shiny Pyxis

    Shiny Pyxis 2016 Singles Football

    Usually I use the selection tool, if you're using something like the sprites from Spriter's Resource where they give you a whole sprite sheet. Select the sprite you want to edit with the selection tool, and copy/paste it into a new canvas.

    (after you select it, copy it using either ctrl+c or the usual right click>copy method)
    (paste using either ctrl+v or right click>paste)

    I hope this answered your question!
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  21. What I did was I deleted the pokemon I didn't, um, exactly favor. I feel kinda stupid. Thank you!
  22. Thank you! I like doing sprite work the most, so this was a big help!
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