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ColourCrafter : A minecraft pixel art program


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#1

Mr. Tiggywinkle

Posted 01 November 2010 - 08:24 AM

ColourCrafter

I've been working on a program the last couple days for helping with pixel art in minecraft.
I made it for a university assignment, but I thought someone might get some use out of it anyway so I might as well release it.

It's basically a program that pixelates any image into a height defined by the user and then matches the colours to those available in the normal minecraft flavours. Basically it converts any image you want into an image ready for use as a template for pixel art.
For example if you want to convert a picture into a piece of pixel art 32 blocks high, you feed the image into the program and the height and it'll make you a picture that you can use to create your pixel art.

Here's an example:
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The program also has the capability of using only the colours the user defines (from a preset amount of colours).
Note that this is a veeerrryyy early version of this program. If you make mistakes entering numbers and variables, the program will crash spectacularly.  :chestfront: If people show much interest I'll polish it up so it won't do this anymore. :iapprove:

Not sure if this has been done before, but oh well.

How to use it is in the readme.

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reidster338

Posted 27 November 2010 - 06:07 AM

Wow this is really useful, more people should check this out.
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#3

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Posted 27 November 2010 - 07:01 AM

I did this for a project using Photoshop like a week ago.

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 02:53 AM

Better way of doing it:
1. Shrink Source to 1/2 or 1/4 the output size
2. Enlarge to output size

That way it looks pixelated and you don't have to have an 8-bit image.

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 03:18 AM

Stucuk said:

Better way of doing it:
1. Shrink Source to 1/2 or 1/4 the output size
2. Enlarge to output size

That way it looks pixelated and you don't have to have an 8-bit image.

No. Just.. no.
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Posted 28 November 2010 - 09:05 PM

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No. Just.. no.
No what? Minecraft is pixelated. My suggestion is a way to make an image pixelated(As long as you don't use a fancy filter which blurs the image. "Nearest Neighbour" in Photoshop is the filter you want to use). Minecraft doesn't use 8-Bit textures, just an 8-Bit style(Which are completely different things).

Examples (4x and 8x):
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#7

Mr. Tiggywinkle

Posted 09 December 2010 - 05:20 AM

Nice to see it got a little bit of interest at least. :(

The truely useful part of this program isn't really the pixelation aspect of it, it's more the colour matching and the ability to easily resize to whatever dimensions the gap you have chosen to put pixel art into.

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 08:23 AM

Nothing in Minecraft uses 8-Bit images. Even the current artwork uses 24/32 bit images. So i don't see why there is any need for an application to make 8-bit images.

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Mr. Tiggywinkle

Posted 17 December 2010 - 07:21 AM

Stucuk said:

Nothing in Minecraft uses 8-Bit images. Even the current artwork uses 24/32 bit images. So i don't see why there is any need for an application to make 8-bit images.
I think you are missing the point. The point of this is to make pixel art out of blocks in the game world. And you can choose any dimensions for the overall construction to fit into.

It's for making pixel art in the actual game, You want to put the mona lisa out of basic game blocks? Get a picture of the mona lisa, run it through the program, giving the height of the gap in the game world you want, and it'll generate a template for you to make the mona lisa in the minecraft world out of generic blocks you can get in the world.

8bit, 24 bit 32 bit, none of that makes much sense in the context of this program.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 09:32 AM

Wow this is great :Glass: Can you make it so you can choose for it to make the picture out of Minecraft alpha blocks? That would be awesome :P
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 09:59 PM

Great, but Survival blocks would make this program 10x more awesome.
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 06:11 PM

Not sure if you gave up on this yet, but after I enter the height of the image, the program crashes. It's a shame, I think this could be quite useful :/
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 06:07 AM

IM BEGGING MAKE IT A JAR FILE PLEASE.
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 06:40 AM

This is a great program, BUT the colourpalette isn't reflecting the available blocks in the game. There's no light and dark blue or intense red afaik?

#15

Dueling Chainsaws

Posted 13 March 2011 - 11:34 PM

It really needs to be updated for the use of colored wool. Otherwise, its amazing.

#16

mynCRAphT

Posted 13 March 2011 - 11:41 PM

Wow, that's really cool!

#17

Hatchet18

Posted 13 March 2011 - 11:48 PM

not much reason to necro-thread this...

go here for a similar program that's been updated more recently

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=188281

#18

Mr. Tiggywinkle

Posted 17 March 2011 - 06:49 AM

Hatchet18 said:

not much reason to necro-thread this...

go here for a similar program that's been updated more recently

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=188281

I was thinking of improving my program, but looks like a better program is already out there now. :D

Guess I can retire the program now. :Diamond:

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dman82694

Posted 07 April 2011 - 11:24 PM

Hi. Me and my girlfriend's one year anniversary is coming up and we both love minecraft. I want to make a pixel art image of one of her pictures and i'm no good at all at it. If theres anyone out there that can do this for me, i would be so grateful. my email is [email protected]. Drop me a line :)

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 11:18 PM

Sorry to do such a blatant plug, but I thought readers of this thread might be interested...

We've created a tool called Spritecraft that is similar to this and the wool tool linked above, but I believe it has a few more features. You can take any image and convert it to minecraft blocks. Which blocks the tool uses can be configured, so you could remove things like gold if you don't have much of it to spare. You can also specify a maximum width or height, and the tool supports dithering. And yes, its a jar file- we understand that mac users have feelings too... :D

Here's an example- a picture of Notch run through Spritecraft (click on the image for full size):

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For full details, you can go to this thread: http://www.minecraft...f=1022&t=283623. Or, directly to our site at http://www.diamondpants.com.