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LizardWarrior
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posted June 30, 2010 09:46 PM bonus applied by Corribus on 02 Apr 2014.
Edited by angelito at 12:08, 11 Jul 2010.

Def Making and Special Effects Guide

Welcome to creature&def making guide(created at ItachiBrolly request).

PART ONE:HOW TO MAKE A CREATURE


1.The programs

All programs who you need are listed here
-Photoshop(personal I use Photoshop CS2)
-MMArchive v.1.0.2
-DefTool - Create all kinds of Defs. Latest version is v.3.2.1.
-ResEdit 2
-Def Preview

2.Find the creature
If you make a hibryd or a your creation(in photoshop),you must fiind a good creature.An example,I make a hibryd creature,named Death Coloss.First I fiind the perfect combination.


3.Improve your creature
You combined the parts,but you don't like the colors,like my Death Coloss,the golden armor isn't fearsome,so I will change the yellow into black.How?It's simple,first select magnetic lasso,is under the last item on the left part.


After,select the armor carefully,if you want a advance desing you can keep some golden strips.Follow the red line in the picture for use the magnetic lasso.


Now open Image menu->Adjustements->Hue and Saturation.Select Yellow from the list and set lightness and saturation to -100,but if you don't want black use hue for change the color(WARNING: Don't set saturation/lightness to -100).




And here it's the result:


Now we deselect the part who is finished.Right click on the area and press deselect.


Press smuldge tool(the image with a finger)to make golden strips.Put the cursor on a yellow path and move it draw with it as in the second image.



Now for recoloring the weapon,if is white,gray or black and have a path of color,like titan weapon for exmple,use smuldgetool to put cyan on all weapon.


After select weapon with magnetic lasso(for don't affect the cyan background at animation) and use hue and saturation,press cyan on the color list and put -100saturation and lightness.


If at creature remains some weird path of color,like at my death coloss(red at boot's skull),use hue and saturation and set saturation and lightness to -100.


4.Make the animation

Open MMarchive select File menu->Open->H3sprite.lod and from menu def select creature option,now search your creature,personlally I need titan,so I found my def,right click and select your folder(exeath Coloss)



Now open DefPreview,prees the def name(ex:CGTITA.def) in the top of the list,after press menu Edit->Extract Picture and select your folder again.


Back in Photoshop open your folder and frames,now make very frame like your model creature.


Now open H3Deftool and put your images in necessary order,after press buton made def and ready.





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Salamandre
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posted June 30, 2010 09:59 PM

Thanks, it looks great but didn't Dmad make the same thread years ago?
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posted June 30, 2010 10:08 PM

Repetitio est mater studiorum.
Nice tutorial. Some people use 3Deditors and other game models, some people use Photoshop and apply Frankenstein's methods for existed units.

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LizardWarrior
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posted July 01, 2010 08:35 AM

ItachiBrolly asked me so many times,how to make creatures,he didn't understand from other tutorials,so I made a very detalied guide for he(and others like he)

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posted July 01, 2010 08:55 AM

How about a list of creature making tutorials which links to actual threads? At the moment there are Dmad's, BigJocker's and ElliteKill's tutorials sticked on main page and they all explain how to create grotesque recolored hybrid. Is it really something that beginning modder should see at first place?
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LizardWarrior
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posted July 01, 2010 08:57 AM
Edited by LizardWarrior at 20:54, 01 Jul 2010.

Is aleardy a list in GnollKing Moding/Scripting Tutorial.

PART TWO:LIGHTS

Lights are important for magic attacks or shining armors,itsn't important,but make a great effect to animations.First you will learnt how to change brightness of a full creature.

First open your creature,let's say a troglodyte,now make a copy of your creature,how?it's simple,right click on image bar and select dupilcate 4 times.


Now select menu Image->Adjustements->Brightness and Contrast:


Set first copy brightness to 58:

Second to 80

Third to 100


And you will get somethink like this:


It's time for somethink advance,a shining aniamtion.Apply what you learn at Part 1,extract crusader mouse over frames in phototshop.Now select normal lasso tool,right click on magnetic lasso tool and select lasso tool.


Now draw stars in steps at first frame small to high stars to the last.The result will been somethink similar with this:


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posted July 02, 2010 04:31 AM

Hi . Can i ask you a question? You see ,i am trying to redesign the Necro town for my seven years old niece ( She is afraid of them )and i will love to add some animation to the buildings . The problem is,i have no idea how to do that . ?
I will attach a picture for a better understanding.
http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/1952/1necro.jpg
For example:
The water wheel on the lower building is static.
Can you give any advice on how to animate this or what programs to use ?
Any help will be welcomed . Tnx in advance.
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LizardWarrior
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posted July 02, 2010 11:01 AM
Edited by LizardWarrior at 11:02, 02 Jul 2010.

Did you put buildings in game(what kind of necropolis is this?bloody hell,I can't live with a necropolis like this,it's my favourite town)?If you put them,I don't think you need to explain the basics,but if not or for others I will explain:

I will explain with photoshop,to have it you must pay,if no use gimp,is free.

PART THREE:BUILDINGS EFFECTS

To make a building you must make three pictures,1 red shadown of building,contur and the building image.

Let's extract a necropolis building from heroes IV,but somethink is missing from it,hmmm,let's draw some ghosts effect.

First make one copy of building:


Now,select brush tool to and put opacity to 25%:


After deal iregular lines around the buildng and copy again,lines will be small at first copy to taller than building at fourth copy.


There's the result:


Now assamble it and make def at H3deftool and it's ready to put in game.

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bucazaurus
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posted July 02, 2010 11:41 AM

Tnx for tips . Yes those are in game building . I know they are not necro anymore but i told you , i am doing this for a little girl
Unfortunately , with my current basic skills in Photoshop i can only do
static images.What i need to learn is how to animate parts of them.
If i found out the steps needed the rest will be easy . I will take your
advices and try to put a fire in top of the former cover of darkness to see how it's work. Tnx again .


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posted July 02, 2010 01:20 PM
Edited by Octavius at 16:42, 02 Jul 2010.

Sorry for my question ... But how the parties combined

Sorry for my question


Edit: Me again...I did a creature i hope you enjoy



I called him "Blood Titan" (Titan + Master Genie)

What do you think

P.S : Thanks very much and i will make new creatures
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Salamandre
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posted July 02, 2010 01:21 PM

Layers.
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LizardWarrior
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posted July 02, 2010 07:43 PM
Edited by LizardWarrior at 22:05, 02 Jul 2010.

Quote:
Sorry for my question ... But how the parties combined

Sorry for my question


Edit: Me again...I did a creature i hope you enjoy



I called him "Blood Titan" (Titan + Master Genie)

What do you think

P.S : Thanks very much and i will make new creatures


If you use photoshop,use smuldge tool between titan part and genie part,this make it to look like one creature.

PART FOUR:REPLACE COLOR
Well that's easy,piece of cake,if you want only a simple recolor that's the method(or use hue/saturation,but this is better)

First open menu Image->Adjustements->Replace Color.


After,select the blue on the lizard,now put hue,saturation and lightness how you want(I made like in my avatar).



Select now,the brown on lizard chlote and make same think.


IT'S WAS SIMPLE,right?

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ItachiBrolly
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posted July 03, 2010 10:14 AM

the way you did Lizard i fater (keboard doe nt work )

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Octavius
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posted July 03, 2010 05:57 PM
Edited by Octavius at 18:21, 03 Jul 2010.

I made a new creature...His name is Silver Lizard



P.S. : I use pen tool and layers to unify the creature thank you LizardWarrior

If there are problems with the creature tell me...
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LizardWarrior
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posted July 04, 2010 10:01 AM

No,you use the tool exactly where you don't need to use,you cut one a hand.
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posted July 04, 2010 12:27 PM

Quote:
No,you use the tool exactly where you don't need to use,you cut one a hand.


O...Sorry i forget to say i can,t put the hand of Lizard can someone to say my how...
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LizardWarrior
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posted July 04, 2010 12:30 PM
Edited by LizardWarrior at 12:31, 04 Jul 2010.

That's better:


questions?
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T2_2112
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posted July 04, 2010 02:40 PM

Quote:
Quote:
No,you use the tool exactly where you don't need to use,you cut one a hand.


O...Sorry i forget to say i can,t put the hand of Lizard can someone to say my how...


About layers, may be you make the hydra parts layer over the lizard parts layer

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posted July 05, 2010 01:31 PM

Quote:
How about a list of creature making tutorials which links to actual threads? At the moment there are Dmad's, BigJocker's and ElliteKill's tutorials sticked on main page and they all explain how to create grotesque recolored hybrid. Is it really something that beginning modder should see at first place?



For an experienced modder who already know the steps to do it  ,the final pictures, may look grotesque and silly. But as a beginner this is not important. What i want to know from tutorials is the technics used to get the desired effect i am looking for. So don't be too harsh with the man
With their help i was able to create my first animation and i am grateful for that.
It may not be too good but it opened the way

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/9495/waterweel.gif
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posted July 05, 2010 03:44 PM

Congrats,but the whell looks non-natural use smuldge tool,but only there use it.(in left part)
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