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Re: Portrait Wizard
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2018, 03:56:45 PM »
I’ll start working on it. Also, I have the original portrait images which are rather large PNG files. I could upload those in the future if you want to resize them yourself to different sizes for various resolutions.

Actually, that would be great - I not only plan on using a larger size for my designs, but square instead of rectangle. :)

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Re: Portrait Wizard
« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2018, 12:02:01 PM »
I will probably have to roll these out one class/sex at a time; because I want to give options for diversity.  Whether that means that you pick the one image that you prefer or you allow for three different skin-tone options for each class/sex combination is really up to you.

Also, be aware that I made an error earlier.  The program does not output the files to PNG.  They are BMP instead.  Shouldn't cause much of an issue if you're going to resize them, anyway (does DC use BMP by default?).

Here's the first batch:  Male Wizard/Magic-User
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Re: Portrait Wizard
« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2018, 12:22:12 PM »
Female Wizard/Magic-User:

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Re: Portrait Wizard
« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2018, 02:23:07 PM »
Use Irfanview to batch process an entire folder.  It can resize, crop, shift colors, add text, etc... and write the resulting images out in any image format that it supports; including png.

http://www.irfanview.com/

Another option is Imagemagick.
https://imagemagick.org/script/index.php
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Re: Portrait Wizard
« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2018, 02:36:04 PM »
I use Irfanview for all my resizing needs.  I think it's a must-have program, and it's my default image viewer (don't like the Photos program that comes built into Windows 10).
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Re: Portrait Wizard
« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2018, 04:38:53 PM »
Male clerics...

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Re: Portrait Wizard
« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2018, 05:04:15 PM »
Female clerics...

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Re: Portrait Wizard
« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2018, 06:23:08 PM »
Wow! These are great, ProphetSword. Since I am getting three options per, I will pick one to be in the SmallPic Pool (what players choose from for PCs) and the other two included as NPC portraits.

DC can use BMP just fine. I use PNG as the default because of file size and alpha channels.

I use PSP mostly, but also PhotoShop and GIMP on a pretty regular basis.

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Re: Portrait Wizard
« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2018, 06:28:32 PM »
I use PSP mostly, but also PhotoShop and GIMP on a pretty regular basis.
That means that you have Jasc AnimationShop, and Adobe ImageReady.  AnimationShop is why I bought Paintshop Pro.

I've done transition animation for in FRUA, and Dungeoncraft, using AnimationShop.

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Re: Portrait Wizard
« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2018, 06:39:25 PM »
I use Animation Shop mostly to take animations apart to use in DC as icons or spell graphics. :)

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Re: Portrait Wizard
« Reply #25 on: February 23, 2018, 07:23:14 PM »
This is probably the last batch for tonight.  Will try to do some more tomorrow.

Male thieves...

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Re: Portrait Wizard
« Reply #26 on: February 23, 2018, 08:09:11 PM »
@ProphetSword  You can also use morphing software to make minor changes to the facial expressions of finished portraits, or even major transformations, like shape-shifting into a werewolf; with minimal, or no drawing necessary.
Also, the Liquify filter in Photoshop can produce similar results; as can the Blender 3D modeler.

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Re: Portrait Wizard
« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2018, 09:16:40 PM »
Any chance you would create a tutorial on how to do something like that?  And is there a free program I could use to do it? (I do own Photoshop Elements 8, but I doubt it has a tool like that).
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Re: Portrait Wizard
« Reply #28 on: February 24, 2018, 12:54:16 AM »
I have read that Photoshop Elements has the liquify filter; (I don't have it installed to check), but you might look for it in Filter>Distort>liquify.   The liquify filter divides the image upon a grid, and distorts it in relation to distortions made to the grid, by use of the liquify tools.  With it you can grab a spot on the image and pull it as though it were printed on silly putty.

I have found that it gives better results when stretching an isolated part of the foreground, if it is first cut out and put on its own layer. This avoids unwanted background deformations, (like stretched or bent stonework, or wall tiles). 

I used Abrosoft FantaMorph 5 for the warping of the face above; it's not free, but there are other morphing tools that are. Generally morphs involve placing control points on the image where you want to pull it from, and to. The program will slide the points from starting position, to ending position (deforming the image).

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I just found a video of it, PS:Elements 7 has Liquify: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZiQTb9bg_s

Liquify is pretty easy to use after a few minutes of playing around with it.  Each tool has a different distorting effect.



 Liquify does not do tweened animation though, for that you'd need image morphing software like Fantamorph, or other. But a workaround for this is if you have screen-capture software that will ignore the mouse. With this, you could record the deformations in realtime—as I did for the above animation, using Open Broadcast.
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Re: Portrait Wizard
« Reply #29 on: February 24, 2018, 05:16:26 AM »
Thanks for the info!
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