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nintandrew



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:18 pm    Post subject: help Reply with quote

Hello, I have done perler beads before, but I'm more into cross stitching, and I'm tired of the old lady messages. I have a program that lets me turn pictures into patterns or just make my own, and I like to use sprites, but if I do try to put a picture from the internet, even on paint, there are blurry edges, so how do you make a pattern with that? an example is that I saw some one make a Fender pattern and if I try to use a program I get gray edges. Please help. Thank you.
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DoctorOctoroc
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It might just be the source image you're using. Most sprite sites have images in .gif or .png format. But if you've found .jpg images, the color scheme will look blurred like that. Otherwise, you may have to do some manual editing. I spend a lot of time just making the patterns myself. I know a lot of people dont like to make patterns but to me that just seems like painting a picture with a paint by numbers rather than from the landscape itself. Making the patterns is just another part of te process for me, especially since I do a lot of custom stuff.
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Nintendo_6444
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Making Patterns. If I want to make something, I find it's sprites and then pick the best one to use. Adter that, I make the pattern in paint in 1 of many ways of mine. If you want to make something thats not already a sprite, Edit something else to get it, or make in from scratch. Just look at my Chibi Tails, There is no Chibi Tails in any game, so I made it myself editing from Chibi Sonic. And while it's not a Sprite, Look at my Avatar, The Sonic and Motobug in it I made. Motobug's Custom, Sonic's an edit. It's not as hard as it looks. But you should try simpler stuff first. Like (Dare I say) Mushrooms or Sonic Pocket Adventure sprites. Small things with simple shapes before moving on to bigger things. I didn't do that though. I jumped right into the complex 16-bit action with Chibi Sonic, But, I didn't know of this place quite yet...
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Dave4u2



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found that the best way is to try to recreate the image in a program like mspaint, paint.net, pixen, etc from the source image.
Always try to avoid using jpg/jpeg images where possible, as this is a highly compressed format, and leads to blurring of the pixels. Although there are ways around this....
Take a look at the images here...


This was the original file I found from http://www.verfrisser.net/tweety/tweetypics.php?start=463


Using fireworks/photoshop (whichever your preference), I reduced the size by 50% and used the 'sharpen' tool, I then repeated the process a few times to give me the first image....

I think this shows the blurry edgeness you were speaking of


You can export/save this file then as a .gif image and reduce to 16 colors like I have done in the third image.


This should give you a good idea of what needs to be done to get an image which can be beaded.
The best way I have found is to choose the color closest to the color of the pixel such as, in my image, brown/dark grey becomes black, light blue/lilac becomes white, light brown becomes yellow, etc.
The last pic is the final image after a little editing.


In all, this took me about 10 minutes to complete from finding the image to printing for my girlfriend to do.

I hope this helps.[/url]
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KKSimone
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cross stitch and am also frustrated by the old ladyish stuff (and endless lighthouses). I never had much luck with any of the pattern making software.

Have you tried reducing the colors before putting it through the software? Or, if that doesn't help, any artistically inclined friends (who are good with shading) who can put it on graph paper for you?
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8-Bit Artist
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you have a myspace account, you should check out this guy. youll like this stuff

http://www.myspace.com/videogamecrossstitch
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