Refers to attributes of the visual elements of the game (the style).

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Backgrounds for a game [duplicate]

I am writing a 2d game, I have designed the characters but I would need backgrounds, i'm looking free cavern backgrounds for a free game, advice ? thanks in advance
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How do I find artists to work on my game? [closed]

I ask "how" rather than "where" because there are undoubtedly lots of artists that are just plain lousy or unreliable. Let's assume both paying and non-paying (mods, free games/open-source) ...
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How does a single non-artistic programmer make a game? [closed]

I'd like to try my hand at making games. In making some simple ones, I realised I can't do art! I've tried to find others to help: Most existing teams wouldn't want me because of my limited ...
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Is it possible to be a game artist and not work on character/creature animation?

If I don't want to develop and animate living characters (animals, humans, robots, et cetera) for games, but I do want to develop/animate objects (TVs, phones, cars, et cetera) or levels... is it ...
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Why don't more games use vector art? [closed]

It would seem to me that vector art is more efficient in terms of resources/scalability; however, in most cases I have seen artists using bitmap/rasterized art. Is this a limitation put on the artists ...
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How am I supposed to get game assets? [duplicate]

I am currently working on building a game and I have no way to get assets. Most, if not all of the posts related to this are outdated it seems. I am not looking for the "best" place to get free ...
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Replicating a “dark outline” on models [duplicate]

I am looking at several different art styles at the moment, so that I can better decide the general art style of my game. I was thinking that the game will be 2.5D, or even full 3D but with a ...
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Creating a 2d look sprite sheet and textures out of 3d models [duplicate]

I'm trying to make a 2d game (rpg top down), and I've got no 2d artists help me out making 2d characters and textures, but I have one who can make 3d stuff (using Blender and 3d Max), I was wondering ...
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Can I use unlicensed art to develop and raise money for my game? [closed]

I've been developing a prototype for a game that has been made with art that I have neither paid for or asked for permission to use. Naturally once I move towards selling or distributing my ...
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How to cut isometric objects into 1x1 pieces

I'm building an isometric game, and in the interest of z-order sorting, I'm cutting my entities into pieces that are 1x1. What is a good way to accomplish this in Adobe Illustrator? Here's an example ...
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Are there places in the gaming industry for people who are artistic and programmers? [closed]

Are there jobs, where you can switch from project to project between artistic roles (like sprite animations, concept art, visual development or even sound design) and programming roles?
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What level of use can I give to these third person IP based art assets?

I'm making my first game (2D), and while details are irrelevant it compromises lots of spaceships in and out of the screen. They are not the main character or controllable by any means (I don't know ...
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Is it legal to use Creative Commons art in a commercial game?

I would like to know if the following situation would be legal. Let's say I take some pictures on wikipedia, that are licensed under CC-BY-SA license. Then I would like to photoshop them, and use it ...
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How much to pay for artwork in an indie game? [closed]

I am an indie developer and I need some detailed artwork. How much is reasonable to pay an artist for say 20 character designs? I know it depends on the artist's skills, etc, but I am wondering what ...
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How can you duplicat folders and not share old dependencies in Unity?

I have a folder with some prefabs, materials, textures, FBX, etc. My Prefabs refers to FBXs and Materials in this folder. Can I clone this folder in a way that it will save those local dependencies? ...
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Biggest resolution for art assets for mobile games [closed]

I have created a game, and now I need to integrate graphics and distribute it for iOS and Android devices. As there are crazy number of screen resolutions, I think I should have just 3 set of art ...
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Making game textures from sample images - legal/copyright question [closed]

TL;DR version: Can I use samples from images online in a commercial game project? Hello, I have been learning to use blender and have gotten quite decent at making models and applying textures, but ...
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How can I author objects with perspective that fit into a tile-based map but span multiple tiles?

I'm creating a tilemap city and trying to figure out the most efficient way to create unique building scenes. The trick is, I need to maintain a sort of 2D, almost-top-down perspective, which is hard ...
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What tools do you use for 2D art/sprite creation? [closed]

What cheap/free tools do you use for 2D art and/or animation? I don't really like Gimp's interface, Paint.NET is limited and GraphicsGale is sort of archaic. Cosmigo ProMotion looks like it could be ...
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How do you break apart art into components for animation?

I am a programmer and brand new to the game world, trying to get a sense of what it would take to draw simple characters like you'd see in Don't Starve or indie games like that. I have seen in their ...
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I'm a single developer making a game made of blocks. Can I make 3d characters made of blocks without looking like Minecraft?

I would like to differentiate the look as much as I can but yet it has to be within the limits of what is reasonable for a single programmer can do. I have alot of ideas that would make the game ...
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What does the term “channel” mean when used in regards to computer graphics?

I was studying terminology for computer graphics, and this statement came up that confused me. The image can have alpha channels for transparency. I tried searching for the meaning of the term ...
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Splash Screen Resolution size

I am using LibGDX to make a very simple game. I am going to hire someone to create a splash screen logo since I'm artistically challenged. I want to order a vector graphic so I can scale it later if ...
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How do you author HDR content?

How do you make it easy for your artists to author content for an HDR renderer? What kinds of tools should you provide, and what workflows need to change, in going from LDR to HDR? Note that I'm not ...
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Rendering models in isometric view

How to setup the rendering and camera for isometric gameworld projection? And specifically how do i get the images exactly the right size? What angles to use to get the exact 2/1 isomtric view? ...
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Why are my exported illustrator graphics blurry and messy in-game?

Currently I use illustrator to create artwork for my Android games. My art size is pretty small, just 32x32. It looks OK in illustrator, but when exporting, my art is blurry and looks messy! Could ...
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Design sprites for games (iPhone game) [closed]

I'm not the very best at design, but I have looked for tutorials to design normal sprites for games (mobile devices), like background, ground and all that stuff in 2D. Are there any ...
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How can I batch-convert TexturePacker .pvr.ccz files to .png?

I am a pixel artist with very little programming knowledge. I have read that it's possible to use Texture Packer to do batch conversion of pvr.ccz files to png using the Command Line Tool. How do I ...
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How does creating 2d game assets differ from regular 2d art? [closed]

I've done some digital paintings and concept sketches in the past, and I was thinking about employing those skills in my game making efforts. From an artists standpoint, what does he have to do ...
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What are some good (retro) symbols for magic/mana/energy? [closed]

Much like a heart is used a lot for health and lives in old retro games... ...what would be a good icon to use for Energy, Mana and/or Magic points?
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Learning To Create Better Art (2D Games)

Until one of my games "makes it" big, or I get flooded with gold ingots, I will have to handle most or all of my game art myself. The crux of my question is: how can I learn enough art to get beyond ...
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(Where) Can I learn to create art for my 2D games?

I'm currently bad at drawing. If I want to create something looking acceptable, it usually takes me hours and hours to fiddle around just to get the basic looks right. I think that I'm not completely ...
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Combining assets with different licenses

Is it OK to mix assets that are Creative Commons 3.0 BY-SA with other assets that are in the Public Domain in the same project? Thanks. For instance here.
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Glowing Sprites

I really enjoy the simple sprite style that is just shapes + slight glow effect. Cipher Prime uses it a lot in their games. I was wondering how this effect was achieved. Is the sprite itself just ...
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Where should I go looking for low-polygon 3D assets? [closed]

The biggest problem for me as a game programmer (who isn't also an artist) is getting good quality 3D models. I have checked out some of the 3D model market places like The 3D Studio and Top 3D Models ...
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How to procedurally (create) grow an artistic (2D) tree in real-time (L-System?)

Recently I programmed an L-system module, It got me interested further. I am a Plants vs Zombies junkie as well, really liked the concept of Tree of Wisdom. Would love to create similar procedural art ...
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How to create a legally valid timestamp of unpublished game artwork

Before publishing promotional material of my first indie game I wanted to mark all my artwork with a legally valid timestamp. There are two ways I know to do this: 1 go to a sollecitor/lawyer and ...
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Is it legal to reuse a 3D model as long as it has a new texture?

If I create a 3D model and texture for a client, say a house. Can I reuse that same 3D model, but apply a new texture and then legally use that in my own game? Is that enough of a difference? ...
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Where can you buy/license game art for small projects? [closed]

I'm looking for a marketplace of some kind where I can buy small sets of art, probably 2D mostly, a mix of backgrounds, tiles, and animated sprite sets. As a solo mobile developer, I'm really lacking ...
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Why is concept art not signed by the author?

I am a starting concept artist who would like to enter the gaming industry. I noticed that some AAA titles show their concept art with no artists signature (only a reference to game the game, such as ...
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How to create a similar 2.5D art style character

EDIT: I am asking about the characters not the 2.5 scene I am the graphic designer of a game and I want to recreate the look and feel of these images: My questions are: Does this style have a ...
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2d terrain workflow [closed]

I am new to 2d art and I had a question about the ground part of a level. What does the workflow look like for a 2d game like Dust: An Elysian Tale or Shank 1-2? I want to do that kind of ground where ...
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Good Book or Resource for 2D Game Art [closed]

I have a very clear idea for my first Game . I have immense Experience in Coding Games in LibGDX but i am very poor at game art . So far I've been hating all the characters I've drawn . Are there any ...
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How to add a feel of depth?

I have several mountain models drawing in the background. See actual screenshot here: At the very back, you see those grey mountains. Although they are so much in background, it still doesn't seem ...
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Bitmap vs. Vector Graphics: Building Sprites [closed]

I'm currently doing game development of my own I heard that bitmap is much cleaner than Vector graphics since it appear to show up ugly in pixel form? What's better shown in a 2D art form?
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ios screen design -> how to target multiple devices [duplicate]

I am writing an IOS Game, landscape only and I am having a conceptual issue with my artwork. The screens are all different sizes. Retina, non-retina as well. Non Retina ipads + ipad mini is 1024 x ...
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Blender move single UV point [closed]

Texturing in Blender and when I am moving UVs around in the UV/Image Editor I'm finding that I can't move a single UV point without moving all other UVs that are connected to the vertex. This seems ...
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How are “2.5D” art assets created?

By "2.5D" I mean the art style in games such as Roller Coaster Tycoon, Age of Empires 2 or Fallout 1 and 2: Everything in the games appears to be created with a "pixel art"-like tool. Am I correct? ...
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Simple game engines / development tools made with artists in mind? [closed]

I've been working in the 2d art side of games for a while now, and my full time job keeps me very busy on the art side of things, but I'm becoming more and more interested in learning to prototype my ...
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How to maintain artistic consistency when working with multiple artists?

I'm making a game that requires a volume of artistic content which is not practical to be created by a single person, so I've enlisted the help of additional artists. The problem is, each artist has ...