1. Spriting something always sounds like fun until I spend an hour tweaking eight pixels

    Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:32:06 UTC from web
    1. @redenchilada Is this for a project of some sort or just a stand-alone sprite?

      Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:32:46 UTC from web
      1. @skyllie Just standalone. I'm kind of considering making it a mascot for that horse gaming site and using it in a new banner, but idk.

        Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:34:03 UTC from web
    2. @redenchilada This looks amazing! Have you ever used the hashing kind of shading? To make new colours that the machine it is on can't use?

      Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:33:28 UTC from web
      1. @metaltao Dithering? That's not very useful in small sprites unless you know exactly what you're doing. (It creates a very specific texture to the shading.)

        Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:35:23 UTC from web
        1. @redenchilada That's what it's called! Is it really not used to mesh a colour using illusions as a base? WOw, I was GREATLY mistaken! XD But, this sounds just as exciting a use!

          Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:36:25 UTC from web
          1. @metaltao It is used for that, but it textures the sprite in a particular way that doesn't always look good. I've used dithering and scattered shading in background tiles before for a rough look before, though.

            Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:38:13 UTC from web
            1. @redenchilada Ahhhh, Again, sorry for misunderstanding this. So, like,

              Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:42:30 UTC from web
          2. @metaltao Here's kind of what I'm talking about. I dithered the sky gradient that you can see on the right edge, and you can tell it's a fair bit more textured than a smooth gradient would be. (And much better-looking than something in the same palette without dithering! :V)

            Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:43:37 UTC from web
            1. @redenchilada OH! IT DOES! :D It reminds me of actual Fiery Sunsets! I see now... Thank you! Wow, is there a technique to it? Or, is it more like... Remembering the same pattern?

              Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:46:01 UTC from web
              1. @metaltao GIMP can automatically dither between colors when converting from RGB to indexed. :y

                Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:46:57 UTC from web
              2. @metaltao Basically, do your gradient first in RGB, convert it to indexed with an auto-generated palette of 4-7 colors and enable positioned dithering. It'll get the pattern for you.

                Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:47:57 UTC from web
                1. @redenchilada Man... I have no idea what just Happened What does indexing... Do? I guess? That is a very Basic question, I am sorry for that.

                  Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:48:53 UTC from web
                  1. @metaltao Indexed is what GIMP calls the paletted color mode. A new image you create in it is done in RGB (the full 256^3 colors that can be declared in color space), and you can switch it back and forth between that and indexed, which uses a set palette of selected colors. When you switch it to indexed you can either use a palette you've put together or have it generate one from the image. If you limit the palette to fewer colors than the image contains, GIMP picks the colors with the widest variety to match as much of the image as closely as it can, and the colors that aren't exact matches are either dithered, if you opted to use that, or simply snapped to the closest matching color.

                    Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:52:03 UTC from web
                    1. @redenchilada Yesss!

                      Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:52:18 UTC from web
                    2. @redenchilada So, it has like... I am struggling to find a metaphor for this. Grrr... All I can think of is an Ocean wave... GAS GIANTS! Ok! So, the more colours you add, are like, adding more Similar Gases to a planet. Depending on what you do with the index, determines how much they mix? And, depending on how many of them you add is like, how many of the colours you add! OK! I am seeing a picture here.

                      Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:58:37 UTC from web
                      1. @metaltao I swore I typed Jupiter...

                        Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:59:07 UTC from web
                      2. @metaltao Umm... I guess?

                        Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:59:44 UTC from web
                2. @redenchilada HEHEHE! This is so cool!

                  Sunday, 25-Jan-15 09:49:26 UTC from web
    3. @redenchilada YAY GIMP

      Sunday, 25-Jan-15 18:09:50 UTC from web