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volume 1, issue 19

Today in loonygames:

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Livin' With The Sims: theAntiELVIS explores the wild and wacky world that is Will Wright's The Sims, asking the inevitable quesiton, "is The Sims the first step toward a virtual life where everyone is Swedish?"

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Graphic Content:
Creating a Hand Drawn Texture





By Christopher "shaithis" Buecheler

ey all. Running behind on deadlines this week. Eww. But, after I got a pleasant ICQ from my fearless editor asking for this article, I figured it might be a good idea to actually write it. So, here we are at my "Hand-Drawn" tutorial. Time to include some disclaimers, as my articles seem to do. First, when I say "Hand-Drawn" (which I won't be quoting or capitalizing from this point forth), I don't mean "every pixel placed by hand, with the mouse". Hand-drawn simply means (for me) "no photo-base used". Now, in this particular texture (albeit not until the next article) does in fact deal quite a bit with "true" hand-drawn work. I'll be using my tablet to add a lot of detail. But this half of the article is almost exclusively filters. So...don't hate me for calling it hand-drawn. :)

Anyway, on with the texture.

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Make a 512x512 image. Make a new layer. Fill that layer with brown.

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Add a light bit of noise. I do this with almost _all_ of my hand-drawn textures. It helps (especially when size is reduced) to give a more convincing, random, "real-world" feel to them.

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Using Eye Candy's "HSB noise" feature, I added in some "wood grain" (not very realistic just yet).

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Now I'm reducing size using my patented "drop halfway....

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...sharpen and drop the rest of the way" technique. MAKE SURE you flatten your layers before resizing like this (I didn't, and thus had to go through a bunch of trouble to get rid of a seam that appeared). This leaves us with....

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A 256x256 wood grain. I added some light shadows and hilights with the dodge/burn tool. Still not terrifically realistic looking, but that's not a problem. See, we're going to be doing a lot of work with the dodge/burn tool next week.

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