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I''m working on a 2-d game and since I don''t have the $100,000,000 required for most graphics studios I need something free or shareware that lets you save (horay for FREEWARE!!!!!!!) to generate good looking 2-d graphics. (and yes I have Microsoft Paint already.....)

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a good artist can do all he needs in MS Paint. software doesnt make the graphix, the artist does but any program with layers (i.e. photoshop or PSP) will help trememdously... thats about all you really need

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Can you really make decent graphics with paint? I suppose it is just patience *sighs*. back to the Accesories directory then

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You might find Gradient Thief handy if you''re creating backgrounds for maps and so on. It''ll let you "steal" a gradient from an existing image. Imagine grabbing select pixels from a sunset to create a sunset gradient without clouds. It''s free...

http://www.kerlinsoftworks.com

And if you''re looking to upgrade from MSPaint, get PaintShopPro...good product with a low price tag. You could probably even find an older version free on a magazine somewhere.

Also: 3D World Magazine out of the UK often puts older versions of commercial software on their coverdisc. US$12 can get you an older version of Poser a couple issues back.

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You can make good stuff with MS Paint once you understand what it can do and use what you got. I dont know how to post pics here if i did id show you a couple of simple things I''ve done. um can someone tell me how to put a pic in a reply. FAQ didnt say, anyways it takes practice and a LOT of patience to get colors to do what you want. I''ll post again as soon as I know how to put up a pic.

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ill show you a few things ive done on my site... (even though its not complete yet) i should have some stuff up and running in the next couple of days... all my sprites are colored in MS paint.

www.neonstar.net/st0ven/index.htm

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quote:
Original post by TechnoHydra
You can make good stuff with MS Paint once you understand what it can do and use what you got. I dont know how to post pics here if i did id show you a couple of simple things I''ve done. um can someone tell me how to put a pic in a reply. FAQ didnt say, anyways it takes practice and a LOT of patience to get colors to do what you want. I''ll post again as soon as I know how to put up a pic.


upload the image to some free hosting place like geocities, then just put an html img tag in your text.




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Yeah I know they aren't great but I can do this much and I haven't really tried to finish them. If I put more time in them they'd be better. You can see from these that it can be done without too much work.
And Drakonite thx for the help.

Edited by - TechnoHydra on August 8, 2001 1:38:37 PM

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I suggets Photoshop, and PSP (paint shop pro) I have both and I can''t stop using Photoshop. I just installed PSP 2 days ago, and I made a banner ad with it too (you can see it below). I use PhotoShop for my website, and for textures. You can make some AWESOME rock textures with it, and much more. Even the guys why made Unreal suggest Photoshop. So thats what I think. But I''m sure there''s a lot more... oh you said free didn''t you. . . sorry

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I have something funny for you guys with PSP. I installed the 30-Day trial, but then I installed it twice more before the 30-days was up. Now it finally deleted itself after 90 days. If you have about an hour or something, you can install it a million times and have 30 million days before it expires.

But I don''t really like PSP, it has weird stuff about it. Photoshop I at least think has a way better interface then PSP.

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I tried PSP7 too, it was pretty cool. The demo has all the functions which is cool. The only thing I had a problem I had with it is that I couldn''t figure out how to manipulate single pixels. I''m sure there''s a way but I couldn''t figure that part out. I end up doing my pixel sprites in MS Paint and manipulating them in PSP works great. Especially if I want to rotate something slightly and put em back in MS Paint. Testures are cool too in PSP good for backgrounds and buildings. The demo is free and you can reinstall it if it runs out....I think. Pixel manipulation was the only problem I had. Never tried Photoshop so I cant say. Is there a fully functional demo for it too?

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Please dont advocate piracy on these boards.

Paint Shop Pro is resonably priced. Consider its $99 cost compared to Photoshop''s $600 cost. And in terms of features, its right up there with Photoshop..

Personally I prefer Paint Shop Pro at any cost over Photoshop because it conforms better to Windows standard UI. If I wanted a Mac UI, I''d use a Mac... Photoshop for PC shows its Macs roots too much in terms of the look & feel of the UI and a general sluggishness to the UI (likely because of some platform abstraction API they are using?).

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How the F-U-C-K can you post something about cracking software on a developpers forum?! Cracking = Stealing. I don''t know who made PSP, and I don''t care, even if it was Microsoft, they worked hard on this app and deserve the support for what they''ve done. If you can''t afford a Ferrari, would you steal one? or stick to a car that fits in your budgets? That''s the same thing with softwares, not because they''re easy to steal that you _MUST_ steal them

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http://www.geocities.com/dbzaccess/baddie1.bmp


sorry im not sure how to do the pic in the forum thing still ( i guess i am just slow...) but heres a direct link to an example. just a dingle frame of an all out animation. once i get everything together, ill have a nice page dedicated completely to character art at www.neonstar.net/st0ven/index.htm

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quote:
Original post by MaNiAk
Yo get the demo 4 PSP then use gNutella 2 get the crack 4 it. - i just searched 4 paint shop pro and about 6 cracks came up 4 psp7 in a few seconds. <A HREF="http://www.bearshare.com">this is the gnutella client i reccomend.</a>


Bearshare is spyware, don''t use it (it has somewhat hidden commercial applications that install with it). PSP is cheap for an art program, I wouldn''t advocate stealing it. The GIMP is as good as Photoshop (in Linux at least, it''s a little buggy in Windows), so why not use it?

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the small red sprite was hand drawn. completely colored down to the knitty gritty pixels with MS Paint though. glad you liked it... there will be more... theres an actual animation i have up running now of that character at
www.neonstar.net/st0ven/animation.htm if you wish to see

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