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hi what program did LucasArts use to draw the graphics for broken sword 1 and 2? i want to create a game with similar graphics, but i dont know which tool i should use. Ive got paint shop pro, but animating in it isn''t the easiest thing to do, and i dont know if onion skinning is easily accessible. basically, i want to create cartoon-like graphics (not cel shaded) like in BS 1 and 2. any ideas which tools i should look out for? thanks

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you could try www.cosmigo.com/promotion its an old dpaint clone from the amiga days..it has animation and a light table(onion skinning)its a pretty low level pixelsmith it works fine


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Shockwave Flash is generally a good tool for creating 2d-animation. Go to shockwave.com and check out some of their examples, I like _Radiskull and Devil Doll_ myself. Other than that Adobe Illustrator is good for vector graphics and gradient meshes, but I don''t think it does animation.

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if i make something in flash, can i export it to a format that can be loaded to make a game? i thought flash was juse web specific?
i looked at promotion, but for a ''site'' license, it cost $1999. however, i want to make shareware games, so would i have to be a ''site'' license or a ''single'' license, bearing in mind that i am going to use it for commercial purposes?

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A single license should be fine for Flash, and yes, it can export to a number of image formats. Also, LucasArts didn''t do Broken Sword 1/2; Rebellion, a British company, did, and they used Photoshop for the processing of the character art, but most likely drew the art by hand.

Really, Flash isn''t a tool to do what you''re looking for; it''s not good for it at all. You really need a scanner and a program like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, which is much cheaper than Photoshop and almost as good, to color/shader the 2D line drawings you''ve done by hand then scanned in.

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cool thanks. i have a scanner and full version of PSP. photoshop is too expensive does that mean i have to draw each frame of the characters by hand in the cutscene and stuff?

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On a side note: Broken Sword is not made by LucasArts =D


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lol my bad. i was thinking of Day Of The Tentacle as well, so i just put Lucas Arts down :D
thanks

also,how much is that Toonz product? i tried searching on the site but couldnt find anything im assuming its expensive though...

[edited by - loplop on April 23, 2004 5:32:34 AM]

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quote:
Original post by loplop

...also,how much is that Toonz product? i tried searching on the site but couldnt find anything im assuming its expensive though...


I don't know exactly how much it costs, but if they don't list the price on the site, you bet its VERY expensive. I'm guessing $6,000+. That would put in line with XSI and few of their other products.





[edited by - yspotua on April 23, 2004 4:38:01 PM]

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