Anduraga's Blog Returns....

... and with a new look, no less.

It has been awhile since my last post here, and I felt that I should return to blogging again now that the BouncyRock team has expanded from its first few amazingly talented members to a good sized team filled with even more amazingly talented members.

Over the holidays, I started to broaden my horizons. I delved into something I have never done before. I've been using Photoshop for quite some time now when making my screenshots. Hit 'Print Screen' and cropped the image. Beyond that, my skills with Photoshop were lacking. So after doing a few tutorials, I started a new project. I was going to make a new placeable and get it inside of NWN2.

The project was to take an image of mountain, remove it from its scene and place it into a 2D Backdrop plane. It was a very simplistic project, even simpler than a crate even. All there was to it was a 2D plane with a texture applied to it.

Well, after alot of badgering toward Jonny Ree and BarryTheHatchet, I finally succeeded in creating my first bit of custom content for NWN2. The semi-final result was this:



Area Courtesy of Jclef

Its not exactly the best thing I have ever seen, but its decent enough. I, myself, am unsure on how to improve it aside from get a better foreground. However, a friend of mine is supposed to help guide me to improving the texture sometime this week.

For those interested: Over the next few days, I'll be constructing a simple tutorial on how I made this placeable. It'll include many pictures for you visual learners. Some of you may already know how to use Photoshop and 3DS Max, but if you're a complete amateur like me, then you might find my next blog post to be quite interesting. It's really not that difficult (once you know what you're doing).

2 comments:

  Lance Botelle

December 28, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Hi Josh,

I am always impressed by this kind of thing and will be following your tutorial with interest.

I gave up trying to do anything with GMax, (I don't have 3ds Max - Is that the equivilent?))but maybe your tutorial will inspire me to install it again. ;)

Alternatively, I may just wait until good people like yourself release it at the the Vault. :)

Lance.

  Jclef

December 29, 2008 at 4:57 AM

Nice work, buddy - but that area is rather ugly... ;)

Looking forward to your upcoming tutorials!