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Using Spritesheets in Spritebuilder   
Liam

Liam
Australia  

 visit Liam's website: Spellhold Studios
  8/2/2012  6

Here's a quick tutorial on how to use the Spritebuilder's best and most underutilised function: the spritesheet.

To start off, open a c16 file in the Spritebuilder. Something with a fair amount of frames, such as a norn head sprite. Then, on the menu, Cut > Automatic Uncut to Clipboard.

Open Photoshop or your image editor of choice. Paste. This is the spritesheet for your sprite file, which you can now alter. Don't touch the color outside of the sprites when you edit, though -- the easiest way to preserve it is by masking it off or copying it to a new layer.

When you're done, save the sprite sheet as a bmp file. If using Photoshop, make sure you save 24 bit color and with 'Flip row order' ticked.

In Spritebuilder, make a new file. Click the 'Insert bitmap' button, and select your spritesheet. This will import your spritesheet. Now, you want Cut > Automatic Cut. BAM.

It's as easy as that!


- Liam / K'aeloree

Spellhold Studios, a Baldur's Gate II, Neverwinter Nights and Oblivion Modding Community

 
Ghosthande
Prodigal Sock

Ghosthande
United States  

 visit Ghosthande's website: Breeders Beware
  8/2/2012

Thanks Liam! I'm sure a lot of people will benefit from this. I know I can think of more than a few applications... [ngrin]


 
Bifrost

Bifrost
Norway  


  8/3/2012

How can I not have known this? I mean, this is what kept me from ever finishing the dino norn heads... And now the images are gone (perhaps dormant on some computer that's been left o dust down unplugged somewhere). But this makes sprite building a whole, whole lot easier. I'll try this out some time.

Thanks a lot, Liam. You're brilliant!

 
Liam

Liam
Australia  

 visit Liam's website: Spellhold Studios
  8/3/2012

I may have them if you want to continue. ;)

Edit: Additionally I still have the png of Ettinopia if you ever wanted to continue working on it!


- Liam / K'aeloree

Spellhold Studios, a Baldur's Gate II, Neverwinter Nights and Oblivion Modding Community

 
Bifrost

Bifrost
Norway  


  8/5/2012

You seriously do? That is so cool! If you'd send them over, I might attempt to revive my efforts (though I offer no guarantees).
 
ylukyun
Patient Pirate

ylukyun

Manager



  8/6/2012

Very useful information! Thanks.
 
Liam

Liam
Australia  

 visit Liam's website: Spellhold Studios
  8/6/2012

Bifrost: I do! Just shoot me an email at liam.esler@gmail.com and I'll mail them to you :)

- Liam / K'aeloree

Spellhold Studios, a Baldur's Gate II, Neverwinter Nights and Oblivion Modding Community

 
bailey76

bailey76
Australia  

 visit bailey76's website: Bailey's Creatures Cabin
  8/17/2012

I am using this method to create head sprites for C1. It works but you have to convert the spr files to s16 first.
 


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