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Post by Eric of Atrophy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:06 pm

Hey, Rusty!

Your new portraits are absolutely awesome! Let me ask you - did you rework existing portraits? If so, what did ya use to do it? And any chance for a tutorial? I've seen some portraits that would almost fit my PCs, but I'd love to be able to tweak them as I please, without pestering anyone to do it for me.

Again, they are awesome!
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Post by RustyDios on Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:27 am

Jay's was a picture that I found on the web and turned into a portrait foe NWN (with a few minor tweaks, such as the yellow eyes)...
the rest are re-worked images of other peoples work (from the CEP/Aenea/Vault, I have some 900 odd portraits on my PC, I can't remember where they all come from!) ...

.. I used GiMP 2.6.6 to do them, opened them up, copy a new layer to work from...
.... removed any edges I didn't want..
.... copy another layer, with one of the colour channels switched off (copy from visual), dodge or burn that colour layer to the colour you want to recolour,..save...
... remove the unwanted parts (repeat this step as neccesary, until the entire image is coloured how you want "in parts")....save..
.... then adjust the transparency of each layer (this bit takes ages) untill all the layers colour over the original...save...
.... adjust brightness and contrast of entire image untill the picture looks clear, crisp and sharp again...save..
flatten image.... .. save ..
... ensure image is the correct size for a "_h" (256x512 pixels canvas, with 256x240 pixel image)...
... save as tga format..
... rescale to next picture size, save.. repeat for all 5 image sizes ...
.... place into your portrait folder......
... then either create a new PC to view your work, or simply log in to Aenea and use the ;;tool portait xxxx command to switch......

Phew!! ... Hope you can follow that easily enough !

This is the guide that I used when playing around with my portraits for the first time... It's simplistic but gets across the basic's of what needs to be done...
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