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Tips&Tricks to create textures like the PureBDcraft ones

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Hi,

Because, the BDcraft community is amazing and because I can't do all the PureBDcraft patches to support as many Mods as I would, I decided to post some tips&tricks to help you create some textures which looks like the original ones.

About colors


  • Always use only 3 colors for shading (to add relief)
  • Always use a dark variation of the dominant color for each part of your item (for items only)
  • Never use flashy colors (except if the subject is a light or is fluorescent)
  • Never use gradients (except it the subject is the light or a fluorescence)
  • Never use colors with a too high contrast/saturation

About look


  • Never use any curve (except for Nether specific textures and/or to give an "organic" feel)!
  • Add a small opaque border around your items (1px at 128x and below, 2px in 256x and 4px in 512x)
  • Add a thick dark border around each parth of your texture which has relief (~8px for 128x)
  • Never use more than 8 angles for "normally" round shapes
  • Try to create relief or 3D effect with shading
  • Use transparency for wet things (example: Mooshroom dirt)
  • Only use transparency inside your texture. Minecraft is very bad with transparent background
  • Always delete the anti-aliasing of your textures. Minecraft is very bad with transparent background
  • When adding relief to your texture, think as only one light exists in the upper left corner of your texture. Then, Highligh all the sides the light can see.
  • Work in 128x by default or resize to 128x to see the result. If you have many edges that seems to draw a curve, delete some!

About technic


  • Use vector tools
  • Use Photoshop if you can (you work in Vector but you still need to rasterize the result and Photoshop allows you to see the result in real-time)
  • Use layer effects to help you with shadows

The following is an example to color and add shadows to an item:

IMAGE(/img/purebdcraft_patch_example.p...)

I'll add more tips&tricks over time. Winking

If you have questions about creation, do not hesitate to post them here.

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Nice, exept
1: I don't know what those words mean Very Happy
And 2: I don't know HOW to do any of those things.
Cool anyway..

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[quote=alely]Nice, exept
1: I don't know what those words mean Very Happy
And 2: I don't know HOW to do any of those things.
Cool anyway..[/quote]
What are the things you don't understand?

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Sphax do you know how to use vectors in GIMP i dont have photoshop(Im only 13 and cant afford PS) and havent a clue on vectors in gimp so just wanted to ask if you know how they work

All the addons i have made are all made by hand or pixel edits and re colours i know i shouldnt but i havent got a single clue on how gimp vectors work

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Just for me Very Happy
Thanks for this.

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Hey Sphax can we know how you do your textures? Like what program? and what Tool and Plugins Very Happy Would love to know all that Very Happy (yeah i have been using lasso tool to create the textures i made Angry )

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Hey Sphax, I have been currently playing around with the vector tools in Photoshop, mainly the pen and shape tools. But I am still not that keen on how to actually use thees tools effectively.

Would it be possible if you released maybe 1 or 2 pdf versions of your textures. I would really like to reverse engineer the images.

Another request. Could you maybe make 1 or 2 textures and record your self making them? Then post the video on YouTube?
You don't have to commentate over the video, and it does not have to be a tutorial, just a simple video of you making a texture from start to finish.

This would really help me and others know what it actually takes to make a "Sphax" texture. It would also help us in our future efforts at making the textures.

Thanks.

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[quote=SPARKST3R]Sphax do you know how to use vectors in GIMP i dont have photoshop(Im only 13 and cant afford PS) and havent a clue on vectors in gimp so just wanted to ask if you know how they work

All the addons i have made are all made by hand or pixel edits and re colours i know i shouldnt but i havent got a single clue on how gimp vectors work[/quote]

As if anyone actually buys Photoshop....

Go here and download the 30 day trial.
http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=photoshop&loc=en_us&...

You should not be using GIMP Hmm

Also, check your PM.

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[quote=Timmie3054]Would it be possible if you released maybe 1 or 2 pdf versions of your textures. I would really like to reverse engineer the images. [/quote]
Here is one of mine if that helps any:
http://www.mediafire.com/?q1z88r7nh62iwxo

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It defiantly does help thank you.
I would still like to see one of sphax's pdf.

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Also, How did you make the top shape of the wrench? Did you hand draw it with the pen?