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photoshop mspa sprite tutorial by windbladeicepuppy photoshop mspa sprite tutorial by windbladeicepuppy
I like to work with Kanaya or Karkat's sprites, because they don't have anything obscuring their faces, but also because they're good "basic" male and female models.

I always work on separate layers, this way it's easier to correct a mistake, should I make one.

Modifying the facial features makes each sprite look unique. This way, the end result looks a little bit less like a "slightly modified Kanaya". In this case, the character was a ghost, which justified the white eyes. I worked with a sketch reference picture, which also lacked a symbol on the front of the dress.

For the legs, I'll sometimes grab a different set from another character. It's faster than making my own, and looks more true to the source material. Here, I took Rose's skirt and legs, put them in place by setting the layer as transparent, then modified them with the pencil tool.

The last two steps is how I get them to look transparent as a PNG, by setting the background layer as a new layer, then deleting the white that surrounds the sprite.

And there you go! Homestuck fantroll sprite!

Trolls and homestuck and base sprites all belong to one Andrew Hussie. Sablier is not my character either.
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shadowsgalforeve Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know this will sound like a silly question, but what brush did you use to make the edges seem more like paint? Did you edit your brushes settings or something?
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windbladeicepuppy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
I actually use photoshop's pencil tool, and a lot of patience! Nothing fancy at all.
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shadowsgalforeve Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh cool! :D Thank you so much~!
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Kanaya--Maryam Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014   General Artist
this would be useful for me
only I use mspaint
so this doesnt really help that much
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s-taraining Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
(( GIMP & FireAlpaca are two good alternate freebies to Photoshop. ))
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HaileyCrafted Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i usually us ms paint the easy way to edit is mix my fav canon characters hairs to create it
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windbladeicepuppy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
I prefer customizing my own characters' hairstyles, personally.
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HaileyCrafted Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
hairstyle sometimes is easy with ms paint :O
i know i like mspaint but not photoshop or they will think i edit the reallife view....
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windbladeicepuppy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Well, photoshop is not just for editing pictures, I doubt anyone would care.
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HaileyCrafted Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
ok
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BadgerQWERT Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, that's awesome.
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windbladeicepuppy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Thanks! I like helping others.
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FlutterPieBelarus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Veryy good but i unfortunaly don't have photoshop, i hand draw it or work in MS paint
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MaybeIdid Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gimp is what i'm using for my fanadventure. It's free and has all you need for spriting :> If you need help with any spriting i'll gladly help, i find it fun.
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FlutterPieBelarus Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] this was myfirst attempt, just a Karkat sprite edit that i took rose's lips and made some horns up (i didnt take one of gamzee's i sahped them both myself, the description in't great i have more to add))
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SendoChan Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist
So simple
Tnx you very much!!:iconimhappyraveplz:
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JennaABC123 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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empt-minded Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg i've been looking everywhere for something like this!
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windbladeicepuppy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
I hope it can help you with your drawing!
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empt-minded Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope too! Sprite edits seem really fun! It's new to me so trying this out will be exciting~
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Gensokyo-man Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i use paint but is good job
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windbladeicepuppy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
I got used to photoshop a long time ago. It has a lot of tools paint doesn't have.
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Mud-kip-per Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Where did you get the original sprites?
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Mud-kip-per Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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Uzuharu-Ninja Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
I have no idea how you do this.

It's beautiful.

T~T
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windbladeicepuppy Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
well hey
it's a tutorial
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