Introduction: How to Make Graphics for a DDR Style Game
This tutorial will show you step by step on how to create graphics for a DDR style game in Scratch.
Step 1: You Will Need...
For making graphics you will need two programs:
Scratch: which is free at http://www.scratch.mit.edu
Microsoft Power Point: purchase for mac or windows.
Step 2: Making Character Inside PowerPoint.
1) Open PowerPoint and start a new slide show.
2) On the first slide draw the characters head, body, and legs. DO NOT draw arms or/and instrument.
Step 3: Making Characters Arms, Hands, and Instrument.
1) Open a new PowerPoint file and draw the arms and hands.
2) Open another new PowerPoint file and draw the instrument.
Step 4: Converting File.
1) Convert each file into a jpg file. This because Scratch can't read PowerPoint files.
2) Go to save your file and there will be a drop-down menu that will give you the options of what type of file you want your file to be saved as. Do that for each PowerPoint file.
Step 5: Importing Graphic Into Game.
1) Go back to your Scratch game, and click on the folder icon to download a graphic. The graphic will then appear as a Sprite in your game.
Step 6: Making the Stage.
1) Click on the stage sprite at the bottom of the Scratch window.
2) Then go to the background tab, and click on the edit button next to the preview of the stage.
Step 7: Why PowerPoint?
1) In PowerPoint you use a Vector based drawing system rather than a pixel one. For example Paint for Windows is a pixel based drawing system and when you enlarge drawing made in Paint the pixels become very visible. Where as if you use a Vector based system the lines in the drawing will stay very clear cut.
Step 8: Finishing Touches.
1) Make sure that all the graphics you made are in the sprites box at the bottom of Scratch. Once they are you have successfully imported your own graphics into Scratch.
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