Paint.NET is a graphics software that is a step above the software that comes with Windows. Based on Microsoft's Paint, the software is free with a simple interface that includes drawing tools. Sprites are 2D (two-dimensional) computer game graphics created with a small file size. The small size uses less memory and is helpful when playing games. Have an image of the sprite nearby when creating sprites. An image will help determine shapes and any details needed.
Things You'll Need
- Paint.net program
- Image of sprite
Decide what kind of sprites to create, such as a characters or animals. Will the sprites be villains or superheroes?
Find an image on which to base the sprite. It does not have to be exact, but if the sprite is a cat, having an image of a cat will help determine details such as the eyes and whiskers.
Open Paint and create a new file by clicking on "File" and "New File."
Use the basic shapes feature on the tool bar to create shapes to represent the sprite. For example, create an oval for the body, circle for the head and cylinders for the legs. Pixels are small, so to see better use the "Zoom" tool by clicking on the magnify glass on the tool bar.
Connect the shapes by going over with the pencil tool to outline. Erase the basic shape lines.
Sketch in details such as the nose, ears, eyes, and hair or fur.
Click on the "Brush" tool or the "Paint Bucket" tool on the tool bar to add color to the sprite. Choose colors from the "Color" panel. If it is not open, click on "Window" and "Color."
Save the file as a .gif by clicking "File," "Save As" and then browsing to where you want to save the file. Type in a file name next to " File Name," and choose "Gif" from the pull-down menu under "Save As Type." Click "Save."
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- "Action Script 3: Game Programming University"; Gary Rosenzweig; 2008
- Paint.NET: Overview and Features
- Photo Credit Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images