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02-06-2005, 10:00 PM
Hey y'all! D.2 here, taking over the mind and body of TMTS for one second to bring to you the


thread. Here you will find all the lovely little tutorials and resources that will help create lovely pixel art pieces.

Your Guide:

Gotta Sprite 'em All (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1879869&postcount=9) - A compilation of smaller spriting tutorials submitted by the many generous members of PE2K. To submit your own tutorial, PM me (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/private.php?do=newpm&u=9317) (Azumao).
1. Spriting in MSPaint, [continued] (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showpost.php?p=215955&postcount=5) –created by TMTS
This tutorial can be found in this very first post. It is a useful guide to creating sprites in MSPaint, and also includes some pointers in making MSPaint banners.

2. Scratch Sprites (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showpost.php?p=432958&postcount=8) –created by Defense.2
My very own step-by-step tutorial on how to create a scratch sprite!

3. Spriting in Photoshop (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showpost.php?p=609765&postcount=9) –created by .AzureLight
Sick of guides for low-quality programs? Here's a great beginners' guide to spriting in Photoshop.

4. Trainer Sprites (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showpost.php?p=709497&postcount=12) –created by Gamabunta
A quick lesson on making custom trainer sprites.

5. Region Maps (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showpost.php?p=710731&postcount=13) –created by Shady
Want to make your own custom region map, just like in the game? Here's how!

6. Spriting in Gimp (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showpost.php?p=713025&postcount=14) –created by Azumao
Now you can sprite in Gimp as well!

7. Spriting Resources (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showpost.php?p=719294&postcount=15) –created by Azumao
Looking for something to help you with sprites or Trainer cards? You'll find it here.

8. Overworld Route Maps (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showpost.php?p=827824&postcount=17) –created by Shady
A two-in-one tutorial that helps you create overworld route maps, that also includes any tile you will need to help you make it! Very useful.
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People, this is getting to the point where it's just SICKENING. There are FAR too many people who suck at using MSPaint now, to the point where it's getting out of hand. The next fusion/recolor sprite that I see that sucks, I'm killing everyone. So I made a nice tutorial for you all so you may learn what I know. Isn't that lovely?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/WhiteSealeo/Paint%20Tutorial/tools_colors.png This Chart is referenced a lot.


This is a biggie.
I'm going to be rather blunt with you. The colors MS paint gives you SUCK. DO NOT USE THEM!
(Exceptions being the black, the two greys, and the white)


When I go around and see sprites that use the basic colors, it hurts my eyes. And it bleeds. It really does.

"How do we change this, TMTS?" You ask? The answer is QUITE SIMPLE my friends! Just simply Double-click on a square in your pallette you aren't using, and a little window pops up!


Click "Define Custom Colors >>"


And Hazzah! You now have a VERY wide range of colors to pick from, ranging into the millions!


For this example I did a complex grayscale pallette, but it can be done with any color, and when it comes to sprites, you RARELY have to do that many, especially for a recolor. 5 or so is usually good.

You can also select two colors at a time, for your convenience. Just right-click the second color, and now whenever you right-click in the drawing area, it'll use the second color. Also when you do this, whenever you erase anything (don't use the eraser! (BLUE) ) by moving around with the square selector (see red). Same goes for the eyedropper (yellow) which will be explained later.


LESSON TWO: Transparencies, and getting to know the toolbar!


No. Not acceptable. This is perfectly fixable! First, when you're moving the sprite or w/e, select it, of course.


Now drag it over to the bg or whatever, and click the option marked in PURPLE on the tool reference chart. This will make whatever your second-color is transparent as you drag it over your bg.


UH OH! That white on Qwilfish's tail is transparent!
Never fear! for this can also be fixed easily! But first, we must learn about MAGNIFICATION!

Marked in GREEN above, the magnifier
Is an invaluble tool in paint, especially when spriting. Most people will recommend x 8 magnification, so use that. magnify your area you need to work, and click the x8 when you go to magnify again.


Now that we have it magnified, we need to fix that blue part!


Just select the white color which was erased when it was transparenced, and use the paint-splash tool (marked in orange) to color in what needs to be fixed.


All done! YAY! That wasn't so hard, was it?


This is barely a section, but nowadays most people like it when you save files as .PNG. This not only saves space on your computer, but also allows for a bigger image without being smashed through Photobucket or whatever. When you go to "save as", go down to the file type.


Select .PNG, and save as you normally would.


It's been MAIMED!

Sadly, people, I've seen worse. I really have.

IF you're going to do recolors, make a sprite tower. It helps. It's worth the time, and it keeps it organized.

NOW, in the SCAREY event you'd actually WANT to do a blue pikachu... I'll show you how it's done.

First, using the eyedropper tool, make a chart of all the shades in a pikachu.


Now slowly replace each color with the corresponding one, until you're done.


Hazzah! Now how good does THAT look?

(Or, you could find a program that does this FOR you, such as... never mind, this is a PAINT tutorial.)

LESSON FOUR: Extra tips and tricks, and Metalizing.

Just a few small points to get to before moving on to a new section.

- NEVER expand/mizimise with paint. PLEASE Don't. It makes it look like CRAP.
-...especially sprites
-When making banners, a simple black border around the edge does WONDERS, but you can add to that and make it spiffy with a metalized border, explained in a little bit.
-If you're going to ADD to a sprite or something, make it connect by including a black/whatever color border, and add shading to what you added so it MATCHES the sprite.
-NEVER save as .GIF. GIFs suck. They look like crap and should only be used when animating, or when it's ABSOLUTLY necessary. :dazed:

Metalizing is really easy, and can give borders/sprites that extra flare.

Simply do multiple squares or w/e of slightly different shades of black/grey in color order, and you get a really cool effect!


And voila! Spiffy-ness WITH PAINT! Wow! (results are the conan banner in my sig)

You can take this several steps further if you want by using other colors, but this works pretty good.

Here's something I did 2-8-05, messing with a complex sprite tower of a greyscale. It turned out pretty good, and might give a few ideas for the people like me stuck with paint.


LESSON FIVE: More cool shortcuts!

Just a few shortcuts to make your life a bit easier.

CTRL+C - copies whatever's selected
CTRL+V - Pastes what was copied last
PRNT SCRN/ Print Screen- Takes a screenshot of the screen at the time. Then can be pasted with CTRL+V. (see image below for location for the mentally impaired)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/WhiteSealeo/keyboard6ys.jpg thanks D.2

CRTL+E,1,TAB,1,Enter- Minimises the area of the paint screen to one pixil, so you can paste whatever to minimize your workspace, or if you want to quicly crop by slecting what you were working on (let's say a button) and then doing this, and pasting. Magically it'll be cropped. (I use this A LOT)
CTRL+E- brings up atributes for the window, I like to start with 1000x1000 for big prodjects so I can copy every single step of the way as I go through, incase I mess up! (Paint can only "UNDO" 3 times...)
CTRL+Z- Undo. Very Helpful if you're spriting and paint splash the wrong pixil.

LESSON SIX: Cropping stock images to perfection..

Now, in the even you'd want to use stock images, to make something look nice, you want to remove the square-border around it, or if it has a few frilly white spots around the edge of the image (especially with GIFs or anime pictures of pokemon or w/e), you might just want to remove them. Here's how, explicitly explained with 7 WHOLE PICTURES! WOW!

Step one: get your picture. For this example, I'm using a diglett, mearly for simplicity.

Step two: Uh oh! You got a cool background or w/e, but those frilly white spots around the picture don't look too good!

Step three: Make a nice square around the picture off to the side using the tools indicated
and then fill it in with a color like bright red or black, one that shouldn't appear very much on the picture or w/e.
And slowly erase any trace of white-grey. I recomend bright red for this reason, but for some reason I used black in this example. Bear with me...

Step four: Now that you're done isolating the picture, it's time to place it back on the bg!
If you read earlier, you SHOULD know how to do this, but...
Seeing as ironicly that shade of black is in the image, paintsplash your mini-work area with another color, like red.
Do a transparent replace, and you are done! This example looks like crap, but that's because I kinda sped through it... I trust anyone can do better... :tongue: I hope... :ermm:

http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showthread.php?p=215955#post215955 continued there.

05-22-2006, 02:28 AM

09-06-2006, 09:24 PM
Do you hate MSPaint? Not really into low-quality programs? Ever wondered "how the heck do I sprite with Photoshop?" Well, you're in luck. These lessons will guide you through the basics you need to know to sprite in Photoshop. If this goes well, I may include advanced lessons too.

Lesson One: Knowing your tools!

It should work now...
EDIT: A little missed part... the paragraph before the Swellow sprites, add "Then hit delete." at the end. :oops:

09-06-2006, 09:24 PM
Do you hate MSPaint? Not really into low-quality programs? Ever wondered "how the heck do I sprite with Photoshop?" Well, you're in luck. These lessons will guide you through the basics you need to know to sprite in Photoshop. If this goes well, I may include advanced lessons too.

Lesson One: Knowing your tools!

It should work now...
EDIT: A little missed part... the paragraph before the Swellow sprites, add "Then hit delete." at the end. :oops:

11-11-2006, 05:18 PM

11-12-2006, 03:35 AM
Ok, I have been asked quite a number of times by people to make a region map tutorial. Well, here it is:


I know, it's pretty long. But you get good results :happy:

11-13-2006, 02:42 AM
Presenting...Spriting with Gimp!

Once you figure it out, spriting with Gimp is very easy. Of course, you have to get there first. Thats what I am about to show you how to do.

Getting to know your shortcuts:

This is a major flaw in MSPaint, there just aren't' any good shortcuts. Here are some shortcuts in the Gimp program, and on your computer in general.

Eyedropper/Select Colors--Ctrl+Click (only for the pencil and paintbrush tools)
Edit Colors--double click the color box
Pencil--N, Magic Wand--Z

Lets Begin!

Part One::Gettin' Ready

First off, you will need a transparent background. To do this, go to Layer>>Transparency>>Add Alpha Channel. Then, select the Magic Wand tool. Select the whole background, and move it out of the picture. Then, simple click anywhere on the remaining parts of the image. Viola! Its gone! *claps*
http://img174.imageshack.us/img174/6858/transparentbz7.png http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/8509/clickherekv1.png
Note--The grey checkered area means that it is transparent.

Then, open your sprites and copy/paste them onto your lovely transparent background. (if the sprites are not transparent, simply repeat the above process with the non-transparent parts, so that all you see is the sprite.)

Part Two::The Spriting

Cropping--To crop, use the lasso tool and outline the area that you want to crop out. Make sure that the "feathered edges" option is not selected, because then it will not crop properly.

Erasing the extra--Simply use the Eraser tool, silly! Of course, make sure that it is set to "Hard-Edge" so that you can erase clean pixels. ;)

Now, lets do a simple recolor together for demonstration of these ideas.

Here we have a plain Psyduck:

Well, lets make it blue! <3 First, we need to get our shades. Lets open the "Pick Color" window by double clicking the color. Then, find a nice shade of blue that you want it to be centered around. (main shade)

Then, find of all the shades you need after that. (one darker, one lighter, one outline)
Now, here's Gimp's version of the "Eraser Method" of recoloring:

Select the "Color Region Selection Tool" and select the color you want to change. Then, select the "Paintbucket" tool, and the option to "Fill whole region". Simply pour the new color, and it only fills the selected areas, a.k.a. the color that you wanted to change. Simple, noh?
Repeat the above and recolor all of your sprite. ;)

Thats it. Yup.

11-18-2006, 04:39 AM
Spriting Resources

Man, there have been so many tutorials lately! Many by me, but the point is there are a lot. Well, I wanted to stray slightly away from the tutorial craze, but still be helpful. That is why I am making this resource guide. I will provide images and links that are extremely helpful in various types of spriting. Lets get started! ;)

General Spriting

Color Palette (for easy-access shading)

Normal Chao (for Pokemon chaos)

Normal Egg (for Pokemon eggs)

Normal Pokeball (for Pokemon themed Pokeballs)

Nude Overworld Base (for making custom overworlds)

Trainer Cards

Backgrounds (for...backgrounds)

Labels (for fav. types, etc.)

Badges (for the badge section of your card)




Furniture and General Buildings (for maps and rooms)


Spriter's Resource (http://www.spriters-resource.com/)
PE2K Sprite Resource (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/sprites.html)

01-12-2007, 10:46 AM
Alright, Here's a little route tutorial that I've cooked up... For all those that requested I make one:


12-02-2007, 10:02 PM
Gotta Sprite 'em All

After changing web hosts, I decided to stick GSeA back here on PE2K. All of the guides can be seen here. You can submit your own guides by PMing me, Azumao. Thanks a bunch to everyone who has a guide listed below. Hope this helps!


--By Xtra
Recoloring (http://i8.tinypic.com/4xyt1qu.png)
Trainers (http://i17.tinypic.com/4yj7psp.jpg)
Comics (1 (http://i19.tinypic.com/63v60pu.png)) (2 (http://i18.tinypic.com/4vhet0k.png))
Trainers Again (http://www.freewebs.com/valleyofleaves/Tut3.PNG)

--By Tabbloza
Advanced Recoloring (http://www.tabbloza.com/advancedshadingtutorial.gif)
Shading (http://www.tabbloza.com/shadingtutorial.gif)

--By Sent Reglay
Animation Tutorial (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showthread.php?t=26339)

--By Claona
Pokeball Tutorial (http://i10.tinypic.com/54bzrdf.png)
Tutorial-Making (http://i7.tinypic.com/4rblvgp.png)
Eggs (http://i11.tinypic.com/4vsq4px.png)
Siamese (http://i9.tinypic.com/676zqm9.png)

--By D.2/Matt
Scratch Spriting (http://img47.imageshack.us/img47/7490/tutorial7dd.png)

--By Jr Trainer
Midget Pokemon (http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=6g48bx3)

--By Pikablu Pie
Hero Pokemon (http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t44/Pikablu-Pie/Guides/HeroTut.png)
Devil Pokemon (http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t44/Pikablu-Pie/Guides/DevilTut.png)
Re-Elements (http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t44/Pikablu-Pie/Guides/Re-elementTut-1.png)
Prevolutions (http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t44/Pikablu-Pie/Guides/PrevosTut-1.png)

--By Pokeboy sarab
Fusions (http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k1...fusionstut.png)
Recoloring (http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k155/sarabdeep/revamptut.png)

--By TVTMaster
Revamps (GSC Style) (http://img503.imageshack.us/img503/1007/tvtsgscrevamptutkp6.png)
Revamps (RBYG Style) (http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/4426/tvtsrbygrevamptutuc0.png)

--By Togeking
Inverts (http://img53.imageshack.us/img53/1773/tuttg4.png)

--By sonickid01
"Brillianizing" (http://img468.imageshack.us/img468/516/tutorialfq5.png)
Devamps (http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/4001/devampjc8.png)
Sprite Comparisons (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1157884&postcount=1)
Evolutions (http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/5062/preevotutpb6.png)

--By Volcanflame
Eggs (http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o29/Volcanflame/pokemoneggtut-1.png)

--By Sky Tamer
Fusions (http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x122/eternal_mana/FusionTut.png)
Custom Trainers (http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x122/eternal_mana/CustomTrainersTut.png)
Pokemorphs (http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x122/eternal_mana/PokeMorphsTutorial.png)
Reposes (http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x122/eternal_mana/ReposeTut.png)

--By Shady
Pixel Overs (http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/7932/pixelovertutorialri7.png)
Region Maps (http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/1027/tutorialxs2.png)
Route Maps (http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/161/routetutorialcv8.png)

--By Wandering Mew
Re-elementing (http://i9.tinypic.com/6h7nnkm.png)
Scratch Spriting (http://i1.tinypic.com/53fxl4i.png)
Saving as PNG (http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l25/lindz398/tutorials/PNG.png)
Recoloring (http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l25/lindz398/tutorials/recoloringtutorial.png)
Trainer Cards (http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l25/lindz398/tutorials/trainercardtutorial.png)

--By Azumao
Pillow Shading (http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/shadow_azu/other/pillowshading.png)
Saving (The Right Way) (http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/shadow_azu/other/savingtutorial.png)
Disguises (http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/shadow_azu/other/disguisestut.png)
Siamese (http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/shadow_azu/other/siamesetut.png)
Overshading (http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/2677/overshadingtutda6.gif)
Lineless (http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/315/linelesstutuw1.gif)

--By Anala
Devamps (http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/2880/devampingtutorialmd9.png)
Chaos (http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/8274/chaotutorialld4.png)

--By Salamence
Trophies (http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/1774/ttropiesrn6.png)
Chaos (http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/9448/ctutorialfc6.png)
Trainer Cards (http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/3317/tctutdn5.png)

DP Overworlds (http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g207/claona/DPoverworldspritetutorial-1.png)
Re-Element (http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g207/claona/Re-elementingtutorial-1.png)
Inferno (http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g207/claona/Infernotutorial.png)
Lineless (http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g207/claona/Linelesstutorial.png)

--Shadow Eevee
Trophies (http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/458/trophybe8.png)

Chaos (http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j135/tokyoking466/chaos.png)
HG/SS Map tutorial (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2950360#post2950360)

Eggs (http://img362.imageshack.us/img362/7218/eggtutorialsyi3.png)

Weapons (http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/1899/pokeweaponsqn8.png)

Chaos (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1158537&postcount=250)

Re-Elements (http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o29/Volcanflame/re-elementtut.png)

Infernos (http://i19.tinypic.com/4ldk590.png)
Pokeballs (http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g152/da_pound_hunter/PokeballTutorial.png)

Pokemorphs (http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b267/Infernal_Explosion/PokemorphTutorial.png)

--Lord Lambchop
Fossils (http://i13.tinypic.com/66uac5s.png)

Fusions (http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p66/Happyburntwaffle/FuzingTutorial1.png)

Cell Shading (http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h1...elshadetut.png)

--Berserker Fury
Cropping (http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u93/BeserkerFury/CropTut.png)

Re-Elements (http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/9118/reelementtutoriallz2.png)

Infernos (http://i44.tinypic.com/293j76a.jpg)
iPokemon (http://i42.tinypic.com/5ffec1.png)

Scratch Spriting (http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/fused-crocnaw/scratchingtut-1.png)

Scratch Spriting (http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a83/Mavenous/Scratchingtutorial1.png)