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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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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
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
windbladeicepuppy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
I prefer customizing my own characters' hairstyles, personally.
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....
windbladeicepuppy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Well, photoshop is not just for editing pictures, I doubt anyone would care.
HaileyCrafted Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
BadgerQWERT Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, that's awesome.
windbladeicepuppy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Thanks! I like helping others.
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
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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