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The yellow ring is where you are, travel points can be regained by going to an inn 10 minutes for 1 point. or something like that. Red lines are from town to town.


The Flea market would have like pet stores and potion shops. with like rare item dealers and other. the yellow arrow is to travel farther into town to and cross a bride or enter a cave or something. The inn is for recovering travel points.


Stores would be localized so u can only buy certain items.



I thought it would be a good idea to have some options like this


I thought an overall item design rating would be a nice idea to help list top designers


The top designer/favorite designers page would look like this, I would put the avatars like on the score board but all those avis loading lag me hardcore >_>




Tell meh waht you think :3
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i don't want travel points, makes it impossible to catch up to higher levels
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i don't want travel points, makes it impossible to catch up to higher levels


The user avatars will be reset at some point, it would be immpossible to update otherwise xD
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Hmm, How about when you have 2 avatars but you want to delete the other one but...you don't want to because it has golds and making a button for like giving the golds to someone's crunchyland user?
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Hmm, How about when you have 2 avatars but you want to delete the other one but...you don't want to because it has golds and making a button for like giving the golds to someone's crunchyland user?


like trading?
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I've suggested that the pending items should let people write reviews/comments, to help the creator understand how to improve and such... or to tell them that photos of their favorite characters are not to be used as avatars...


and just now I posted:

"I think you should change the name of "Avatar" into "Base", because alot of people are uploading pre-dressed avatars and photos as base avatars...
You should probably post rules for uploading as well, like describing what each item type is for, exactly."

--

I think I'll make a guide/tutorial on how to draw items in my style...

Edit: Here it is so far...



Hair Designing Tutorial Guide


Intro:

Hello!

In this tutorial guide, I will be demonstrating how I make my hair for
avatar designs.


---

You will need:

- Photoshop, or any similar paint programs.
- A mouse or tablet. (I don't have a tablet, so I use my mouse)
- Your own logic will help you greatly.


---

Information:



When you design things, using a reference can help you out alot. I usually

just go to Google image search and type in the name of the character,

series, item, etc.

Be sure that when you search for a reference, the image shown is what you

think will look good if drawn onto the avatar. You don't want a direct side

-view or direct fron-view item on your avatar, or it will look strange!
Designing items should take time, and should look good on your avatar.

Also, it is not good to just cut out pictures from the original reference...
Doing so will probably make the item look strange and stand out from the

avatar's style!

With Google image search, I was able to find a good reference image of MOMO

from Xenosaga, whom I will use to demonstrate creating hair for!




---

Layers:

Always use layers!
In this picture, you can see I have named the layers, the bottom being

underneath the top.

Leave all of your layers transparent, except for the background!

The background can be any color of choice, but I suggest you also make a

white background, since it is the color Crunchyland uses.

You will greatly benefit from using layers for each different thing.
If you wanted to recolor the hair, you could easily do so if it is in

layers, seperate from the lineart.

Each of the hair's color tones should be in different layers as well,

because it would be terrible if you wanted to change the color or contrast

of just one tone, without changing the other tones.

The avatar should always be it's own layer! If you have merged the

avatar with one of your working layers, you will end up needing to erase it

in the end, which will just be work!




---

Line Art:


Be absolutely sure that you are on the layer for line art, or you

will
regret it!

From this picture, you can tell I have Photoshop just above my internet

browser, where my MOMO reference resides.



For line art, I use the default 1 pixel brush, and simply draw out how I

want the hair shaped. This can be challenging and take a while if you are

not well coordinated with a mouse or tablet.

If you want to make a straight line with the brush, you can hold shift while

dragging the mouse, but it will only work either up-down or side-side.
Another way to make straight lines is to mark the start point, then hold

shift, and click on the end point.

Be aware that using straight lines can result in choppy looking line-art,

and shouldn't be used too often, unless making a straight object, like a

book or pole item.

Continuing on, you can see that the difference between the drawing and the

reference isn't exact. You shouldn't put too much detail into this at first,

and concentrate on the shape. Be sure that the hair will fit snug yet loose

onto the head of the avatar.




You can also toggle the layer visibility with the eye-shaped icon in the

Layers tab to see how it looks without the avatar.




This is the result of my line art.




---

Base Color:


When choosing the base hair color, you should choose the color which seems

to be the main color, the median color.



Be absolutely sure that you are on the layer for base color, or you

will regret it!

After that, you can choose a brush size of your liking. You can either save

time by using a fairly big brush, or spend more time and use a smaller brush

to get in the thin areas first.

You can choose to be messy at first, or be neat and stay in the lines at

first, but either way, you will be erasing the edges at the end.




Using a bigger brush can look like this. Don't worry at all about going out

of the lines for now, because you will need to fix it at the end.




This is the result of using a smaller brush (5 pixels) after the bigger

brush.




The brush size you use should be getting smaller and smaller until you

finish getting in the small thin areas.

Once you think you've finished, you can make a new layer, this time a black

background above the white one. This will help you see leakage of the base

colors from the lines. When you clean up, you should toggle the black layer

on and off, because it tends to happen where you may erase more than

neccessary.




When you finish cleaning up, this will be the likely result! Not good

enough? Move on to the next section to learn about shading!




---

Shading:


Be absolutely sure that you are on the layer for shading, or you

will
regret it!

Honestly, I am not that good at shading. Also, because MOMO is a 3d video

game character, it can prove to be challenging to use anime-style shading,

as you may need to do some guess-work. However, this is how I will do it.

First, choose a color that is bottom-right of the base color. You should

choose something that has some contrast, but not too much!(I added the

ponytail just then, to the line art layer, by the way.)




Here you can see I've started off by shading the right side of each hair

piece, and being messy in the process. Don't worry about the base color's

layer, because you are not affecting it now.




When shading, you should also notice how I taper the amount of darkness at

the ends of the hair, as well as the start.

Shading gives the look of lightilluminating the left side of the avatar.

This is my result.




Still not satisfied? Move on to highlights!


---

Highlights:


Be absolutely sure that you are on the layer for highlights, or you

will regret it!

You should start off by seeking a color to the top-left of the base color.

Something bright, but not too bright!

You can see I have started off with a simple tapered line. Just like the

shading process, do not worry about going over the other color tones, as you

will be erasing it.

This layer shouldn't be used too heavily, as it indicates the areas of the

hair which pop out the most.




The tapering of the highlights is very much like the shading, but it goes on

the opposite side of each hair piece, and it is thinner as well. Usually it

is also shorter.

This is the result of adding highlights




Different anime styles use different highlighting techniques. As you can tell, for my Miko set, I've used a different way of highlighting, which doesn't taper as much as the way I've just done MOMO's hair:



So I've just demonstrated one of many ways!

In the end, it may look something like this.




When you submit it, be sure that you have positioned it properly onto the avatar, and that you hide the background layers, making sure it has no background when you save! I personally find that saving as .PNG files seem to work best for me, because they support transparency, and preserve the exact colors, which .GIF files tend to lose.

---

End:

Hopefully this has helped you! Please reply in this post and tell me how it

worked for you, or ask any questions, and I will try my best to help!


---
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pikangie wrote:

I've suggested that the pending items should let people write reviews/comments, to help the creator understand how to improve and such... or to tell them that photos of their favorite characters are not to be used as avatars...


and just now I posted:

"I think you should change the name of "Avatar" into "Base", because alot of people are uploading pre-dressed avatars and photos as base avatars...
You should probably post rules for uploading as well, like describing what each item type is for, exactly."

--

I think I'll make a guide/tutorial on how to draw items in my style...

Edit: Here it is so far...



Hair Designing Tutorial Guide


Intro:

Hello!

In this tutorial guide, I will be demonstrating how I make my hair for
avatar designs.


---

You will need:

- Photoshop, or any similar paint programs.
- A mouse or tablet. (I don't have a tablet, so I use my mouse)
- Your own logic will help you greatly.


---

Information:



When you design things, using a reference can help you out alot. I usually

just go to Google image search and type in the name of the character,

series, item, etc.

Be sure that when you search for a reference, the image shown is what you

think will look good if drawn onto the avatar. You don't want a direct side

-view or direct fron-view item on your avatar, or it will look strange!
Designing items should take time, and should look good on your avatar.

Also, it is not good to just cut out pictures from the original reference...
Doing so will probably make the item look strange and stand out from the

avatar's style!

With Google image search, I was able to find a good reference image of MOMO

from Xenosaga, whom I will use to demonstrate creating hair for!




---

Layers:

Always use layers!
In this picture, you can see I have named the layers, the bottom being

underneath the top.

Leave all of your layers transparent, except for the background!

The background can be any color of choice, but I suggest you also make a

white background, since it is the color Crunchyland uses.

You will greatly benefit from using layers for each different thing.
If you wanted to recolor the hair, you could easily do so if it is in

layers, seperate from the lineart.

Each of the hair's color tones should be in different layers as well,

because it would be terrible if you wanted to change the color or contrast

of just one tone, without changing the other tones.

The avatar should always be it's own layer! If you have merged the

avatar with one of your working layers, you will end up needing to erase it

in the end, which will just be work!




---

Line Art:


Be absolutely sure that you are on the layer for line art, or you

will
regret it!

From this picture, you can tell I have Photoshop just above my internet

browser, where my MOMO reference resides.



For line art, I use the default 1 pixel brush, and simply draw out how I

want the hair shaped. This can be challenging and take a while if you are

not well coordinated with a mouse or tablet.

If you want to make a straight line with the brush, you can hold shift while

dragging the mouse, but it will only work either up-down or side-side.
Another way to make straight lines is to mark the start point, then hold

shift, and click on the end point.

Be aware that using straight lines can result in choppy looking line-art,

and shouldn't be used too often, unless making a straight object, like a

book or pole item.

Continuing on, you can see that the difference between the drawing and the

reference isn't exact. You shouldn't put too much detail into this at first,

and concentrate on the shape. Be sure that the hair will fit snug yet loose

onto the head of the avatar.




You can also toggle the layer visibility with the eye-shaped icon in the

Layers tab to see how it looks without the avatar.




This is the result of my line art.




---

Base Color:


When choosing the base hair color, you should choose the color which seems

to be the main color, the median color.



Be absolutely sure that you are on the layer for base color, or you

will regret it!

After that, you can choose a brush size of your liking. You can either save

time by using a fairly big brush, or spend more time and use a smaller brush

to get in the thin areas first.

You can choose to be messy at first, or be neat and stay in the lines at

first, but either way, you will be erasing the edges at the end.




Using a bigger brush can look like this. Don't worry at all about going out

of the lines for now, because you will need to fix it at the end.




This is the result of using a smaller brush (5 pixels) after the bigger

brush.




The brush size you use should be getting smaller and smaller until you

finish getting in the small thin areas.

Once you think you've finished, you can make a new layer, this time a black

background above the white one. This will help you see leakage of the base

colors from the lines. When you clean up, you should toggle the black layer

on and off, because it tends to happen where you may erase more than

neccessary.




When you finish cleaning up, this will be the likely result! Not good

enough? Move on to the next section to learn about shading!




---

Shading:


Be absolutely sure that you are on the layer for shading, or you

will
regret it!

Honestly, I am not that good at shading. Also, because MOMO is a 3d video

game character, it can prove to be challenging to use anime-style shading,

as you may need to do some guess-work. However, this is how I will do it.

First, choose a color that is bottom-right of the base color. You should

choose something that has some contrast, but not too much!(I added the

ponytail just then, to the line art layer, by the way.)




Here you can see I've started off by shading the right side of each hair

piece, and being messy in the process. Don't worry about the base color's

layer, because you are not affecting it now.




When shading, you should also notice how I taper the amount of darkness at

the ends of the hair, as well as the start.

Shading gives the look of lightilluminating the left side of the avatar.

This is my result.




Still not satisfied? Move on to highlights!


---

Highlights:


Be absolutely sure that you are on the layer for highlights, or you

will regret it!

You should start off by seeking a color to the top-left of the base color.

Something bright, but not too bright!

You can see I have started off with a simple tapered line. Just like the

shading process, do not worry about going over the other color tones, as you

will be erasing it.

This layer shouldn't be used too heavily, as it indicates the areas of the

hair which pop out the most.




The tapering of the highlights is very much like the shading, but it goes on

the opposite side of each hair piece, and it is thinner as well. Usually it

is also shorter.

This is the result of adding highlights




Different anime styles use different highlighting techniques. As you can tell, for my Miko set, I've used a different way of highlighting, which doesn't taper as much as the way I've just done MOMO's hair:



So I've just demonstrated one of many ways!

In the end, it may look something like this.




When you submit it, be sure that you have positioned it properly onto the avatar, and that you hide the background layers, making sure it has no background when you save! I personally find that saving as .PNG files seem to work best for me, because they support transparency, and preserve the exact colors, which .GIF files tend to lose.

---

End:

Hopefully this has helped you! Please reply in this post and tell me how it

worked for you, or ask any questions, and I will try my best to help!


---



(Long quote ... oh well X3 )

I love that! See I have been wanting to make hair and well here it is for me X3 All nice and done X3

I think I might Hiruma's hair from Eyeshield 21 ... THANK YOU SO MUCH PIKANGIE! Your totally awesome (Though I do suggest you have a little bit more images for those who aren't familiar with photoshop that much ^^)
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Hm, is it like the "Magic Wand" thing? In photoshop it's not that good unless you know how to alter the color tolerance.. xD
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pikangie wrote:

Hm, is it like the "Magic Wand" thing? In photoshop it's not that good unless you know how to alter the color tolerance.. xD


Yeah I think it is that ^^; Anyway it worked for me anyway ... I think I'm done but it looks horrible O_O
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Ah, it does take practice. I remember when I was starting out, I was doing pixel art for dolls. I'd be using MS Paint and just zoom in 800% and place each pixel individually... it took forever, but that's how I did it back then.
Then I started doodling freehand with a brush for fun, and on MSN Ink too. I was in middle school when I started the pixel art.
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pikangie wrote:

Ah, it does take practice. I remember when I was starting out, I was doing pixel art for dolls. I'd be using MS Paint and just zoom in 800% and place each pixel individually... it took forever, but that's how I did it back then.
Then I started doodling freehand with a brush for fun, and on MSN Ink too. I was in middle school when I started the pixel art.


Well you see I have never tried pixel art until before this ... so it is all new to me ^^; But I still really suck ...

Your so good! Even my tonfas look crap T-T

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CherrimMew wrote:

Hmm, How about when you have 2 avatars but you want to delete the other one but...you don't want to because it has golds and making a button for like giving the golds to someone's crunchyland user?


like trading?

not really, like giving the golds...
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Cool tutorial pikangie! it's just that me don't have photoshop..-_-
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Thanks Usagi~

EmilyRyu, I thought those Tonfas looked pretty good!
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Thanks Usagi~

EmilyRyu, I thought those Tonfas looked pretty good!


Well I thought they did a little T-T

But that is me ^^;
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