By Christopher "shaithis" Buecheler
Offsetting the texture by 128 horizontal pixels shows that the edges don't line up exactly (big surprise there :). This needs to be corrected so that the final version will tile decently.
Correction is really easy. Just a little dodge/burning, and a tiny bit of rubber stamping, and mr Seam has gone the way of the Dodo.
I've copied the top section (I know, I'm such a lazy jerk. Actually...it's because I'm way behind deadline for this article due to my vacation and the repercussions that had on various deadlines. Sorry!) and am offsetting it by 128 pixels to help avoid things looking too symmetrical.
Adding in the bottom shadow, now. Just a simple burn with the tablet.
Always check your tiling. Here I've noticed that the vertical seam leaves a lot to be desired.
Using the burn tool, I smoothed out that central seam (after offsetting the texture by 64 vertical pixels). I also took this opportunity to very quickly touch up the shadow area, which had a few seams.
I decided the image was pretty much ready to go at this point, and resized it to its game-ready size of 128x65. A problem popped up almost immediately...the shadow lines were now too specific.
Some more touchup work with the burn tool produced a texture I was relatively happy with.
Just a final tiling test. The texture artifacts a bit heavily, but as trim it's likely to be used in a relatively shaded place, and probably not repeated on top of itself multiple times. This will help to keep the artifacts from being easily noticed.
Hope this was educational for ya'll. I have to admit that it's not my area of expertise (gimme my digital camera any day ;) but it is pretty cool to change things up once in awhile and hand-draw some stuff. Thanks for reading! Next week I'll be talking about the importance of base textures, and why they're often referred to as "glue" textures.
- Christopher Buecheler is a freelance 2D artist.
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