Dienstag, 18. Dezember 2012

Designing grafical mobile game assets with Open Source tools

Hello together,

how do you design a mobile game if you are not a designer and you want to use Open Source tools to save money?

I can't describe the perfect solution for everyone, but this is how we did it:

At first we tried to get a feeling for the typical quality of game assets. So we downloaded lots of games and investigated the google play market exensively. Thereby you also learned what kind of game concepts are popular at the moment. So once we had a feeling for the design quality we had to reach, we had to decide for the tools to use.

Since we wanted to stay flexible, concerning changing and scaling the assets, we decided to mainly use vector based applications. For that purpose we chose InkScape: http://inkscape.org/?lang=de. It has a good performance and I really like the menu concept. Its easy and fast to use. At some point you always need raster based image applications. In this area we chose Gimp: http://www.gimp.org/

Now that we had the tools at hand we could start practising. And means lots of hours and days practising. We gathered inspiration by using the image search of google and using the appendix "vector". We practised to draw similar characters and learned the creation process. For example at first we had no clue of how to create good looking eyes. After a while we succeded in creating really nice looking and vivid eyes. We kept on practising and created all sorts of grafical stuff.

At some point we had enough experience to create our own game design concept. This also included which colors to use. There are a lot of sites that help you with creating an appealing color scheme. E.g. http://colorschemedesigner.com/.

To organize all of our image files we are using Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/. Dropbox is really smoothly integrated into your windows explorer. All files are automatically synchronized.

Hope this helps other developers to get a handle on the designing process, if one does not have a comprehensive design education ;)

Your Moccagame-team

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