I welcome you to the spriting guides of Spriters Cavern. All these Tutorials will hopefully help all you newbies to spriting. We will try to make these tutorials easy to understand, and easy to do. Please enjoy your stay.
Not everyone can pick up on spriting as easily as the next, so don't fret if you can't get it to work for you.
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Ok. Now to get you started, you will need to have MS Paint, or Paint.Any windows computer should have this program. Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > Paint. There you go. That is the main program used by professional, and newbie spriters across the globe. The main tools you will need, are the square crop tool (Very top Right), The pencil tool, (One that looks like a pencil), The paint Bucket Tool (The bucket), The zoom tool. (Magnifying Glass), and the eyedropper tool . With most spriting, you will need to see all the little squares (pixels) to change or edit it in any way. To do this,click the magnifying glass tool, then a few options should appear under the tools section. It will contain 1x, 2x,6x and 8x. That will make this a whole lot easier. And the last thing. Whenever you have an image on paint, and move it around, you will usually get a white square moving with it too. Very annoying when the white big goes all over the other images you have on paint. To stop this from happening, under the tools section, click the bottom box (transparency option) [This only transparentises pure white]. Another tool you will need for some spriting styles, is the typing tool. (Capital 'A'). Use this to type anything in the box you drag.
The Rules of Spriting.
1. When you save the image, under where you name the file,click the little arrow pointing down, and chose .PNG (Portable Network Graphic). This keeps images true colours, without glitching them up.
2. NEVER resize a sprite. Resizing a sprite, it making it bigger by stretching it. This ruins the sprite, by showing the pixals.
3. NEVER delete 'shades'. Shades are what makes the sprites 3d. Without them, they are just a piece of paper with colour. Remember to recolour the shades when you sprite.
4. Keep trying. Like most people, no one will get the hang of this hobbie easily. It took me almost a month to understand the whole concept. Just keep practicing. Practice makes perfect :)
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