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How difficult is it to create sprites

July 4th, 07:57 PM
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Like for instance, taking one of the women and changing the color of her dress/hair. I do a bit of digital art but I just don't know what all is involved in the process. I would love to be able to contribute to this forum
July 4th, 09:09 PM
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Striker
Noble Female United States
Daniel, there are clowns. 
If you're familiar with digital art, it shouldn't be very hard to find the sprites, copy them, and then recolor each bmp to whatever you want. This used to be more of a problem way back in the day when you *had* to conform to Dink's specific 256 color palette, but with the later patches, this isn't an issue. To my knowledge (it's been a very long time since I made anything for Dink), Dink sprites still can't handle transparencies and anything that isn't pure white (or in some instances black) will show up as a solid color in game, so keep that in mind.

The more complicated parts involve adding the animation speeds, indexes, and hitbox information into the d-mod's Dink.ini for the sprites you want. In this instance, you'd mostly just be copying the information for the original sprites, but with their new filepaths/names into new sprite indexes. I often used this file as reference. It also helps to play around with the Dink Editor and see how the information entered into the d-mod's Dink.ini relates to what shows up in Editor's sprite index.

Then, of course, there's making sure those all come together through DinkC scripts, but if you're just editing sprites for use in the community, I would typically leave that part to d-mod authors to implement on their own.

I believe there are also a few graphics tutorials floating around here, but I can't vouch for their efficacy.
July 5th, 09:26 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Male Equatorial Guinea xbox steam duck bloop
can't flim flam the glim glam 
July 11th, 01:14 AM
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Robj
Jester Male Australia
You feed the madness, and it feeds on you. 
When did Striker chnange his avatar of what looked like a dude standing there with his arms crossed, to a burning tree.

Or am I just going insane?

Probably the latter.
August 12th, 12:51 AM
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Striker
Noble Female United States
Daniel, there are clowns. 
I had been meaning to retire Hanzo for a like a decade. Sprites ripped from other videogames is so very early 2000s.
August 12th, 10:11 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Male Equatorial Guinea xbox steam duck bloop
can't flim flam the glim glam 
but now the name makes no sense.