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Honestly, thank you so much for sharing this Orillion.

 

as they say, if you want it done, do it yourself! ;) 

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Very nice. Thanks for taking the time to write this down.


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Nice guide, not how I do it in Gimp, but it will lead to okay results.

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Sorry for the double post, but I tried this method this morning and it works..... okay. 

 

Protip.  If you are working with an image that is already in a similar style to Deadfire portraits and not hard lines, like say you want to convert the original Calisca portrait, this guide is a bit rough.  It wont put out a "bad" result, but it probably wont work super well with pictures that are darker/have a lot of color variance it just becomes sort of muddied. 

Works great for straight line drawings with hard edges though.

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Sorry for the double post, but I tried this method this morning and it works..... okay. 

 

Protip.  If you are working with an image that is already in a similar style to Deadfire portraits and not hard lines, like say you want to convert the original Calisca portrait, this guide is a bit rough.  It wont put out a "bad" result, but it probably wont work super well with pictures that are darker/have a lot of color variance it just becomes sort of muddied. 

 

Works great for straight line drawings with hard edges though.

Where is the tip on how to do it though? ;)

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Sorry for the double post, but I tried this method this morning and it works..... okay. 

 

Protip.  If you are working with an image that is already in a similar style to Deadfire portraits and not hard lines, like say you want to convert the original Calisca portrait, this guide is a bit rough.  It wont put out a "bad" result, but it probably wont work super well with pictures that are darker/have a lot of color variance it just becomes sort of muddied. 

 

Works great for straight line drawings with hard edges though.

Where is the tip on how to do it though? ;)

I don't have a step by step guide.  Every time I do it the only thing that is "consistent" is I will cut the portrait out of the background, and do some edge filter/inverting like in this tutorial, but I won't multiply the layer.  I will turn white fully transparent and just use the lines as a semi transparent overlay.  I also probably delete a lot of them.

 

Beyond that?  I hand draw a lot of lines to make certain details pop, I hand delete a lot of details that just become noise, I use 8-10 layers normally, I air brush in shading, increase saturation on one level, lower it on another, there is no "set pattern" to how I do it.  I just compare to Obsidian made water color portraits, try to match it, test it in game, make changes based on what didn't look right, rinse wash repeat.

 

Here is the final version of the water color portrait I made for myself, using my custom portrait I made using a Jason Seow portrait combined with the Heodan portrait.

 

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That probably took me around 8 hours.  That said, it very closely matches the Obsidian portraits.

 

Again, not bashing this tutorial at all.  It will work well for line drawings like what he has in the example, in his terms pictures that are "actual art".  It just doesn't produce "great" results for more complex images (like the Calisca portrait) without a large amount of extra work.  Just bear in mind, my definition of "great" result is I could put in a line of official Obsidian watercolors, and a non fan would not be able to tell it did not belong.

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I'm not sure what you're seeing, but the only thing I called "actual art" was pictures that were not screenshots from another game.

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I'm doing this in Photoshop coz I seem to get better results, but I'm a complete noob - it comes out pretty much perfect  at 221x330 - but if I make the image smaller for the convo size etc - then it's just a blur, you can distinguish anything - anything obvious I'm doing wrong here?

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I'm doing this in Photoshop coz I seem to get better results, but I'm a complete noob - it comes out pretty much perfect  at 221x330 - but if I make the image smaller for the convo size etc - then it's just a blur, you can distinguish anything - anything obvious I'm doing wrong here?

Are you working on the 210x330 resolution image? The larger your base is the better when you downsize at the end.

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Great tutorial. I used GIMP quite a bit many years ago when I was making a Wolf3D mod. My problem currently is time. I seem to barely have time to play Deadfire now, let alone make a watercolor portrait. Still, I really appreciate this tutorial!

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Hey ! Thanks a lot for the tutorial. I've attempted to make my own for a female pale elf from a portrait I found on Pinterest:

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Please note that it is the first time I use GIMP, so don't expect amazing quality. But it seems decent enough to use in game. And maybe it will be of use for someone. 
 
I've made it 'whiter' and changed the eyes to blue:

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And here's the watercolour version.

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You can see the full picture here: It's actually a bit better with it.


A couple more images:

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So in the beginning when you say to crop our portraits, you say revert back to the original image...so like, the uncropped? Then that one gets cropped to the _convo size?

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So in the beginning when you say to crop our portraits, you say revert back to the original image...so like, the uncropped? Then that one gets cropped to the _convo size?

You revert to what you originally cropped it to. I prefer to work with square images that contain a little more than everything that'll actually appear in the finished portraits, just so I can afford to be a little sloppy around the edges. If you're working from something that's already a POE-sized portrait, then yeah, you want to revert to the uncropped image any time it comes up.

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Wow, thanks.

 

This even works with just, like, cropped screenshots. Take a screenshot during character creation, then process it as above:

 

 

https://imgur.com/VCnpWap

https://imgur.com/6JuI9RH

https://imgur.com/z19OP4k

 

edit:

 

redid them by making a few different versions and merging, ended up with results I'm much happier with:

 

https://imgur.com/ECWhmKx

https://imgur.com/5vVmygD

https://imgur.com/exf6wHL

https://imgur.com/gTpDXoP

Edited by Dr. Hieronymous Alloy
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Thank you! followed the tutorial and its amazing!

here is my Human Pirate! (You can roleplay him was dwarf too! you cant see his legs! who can tell?! hahaha!)

 

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_lg and _sm

 

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_convo and _si

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Thank you so much for this tutorial my custom portrait had been bugging me during convos for a while, and I'm the most useless person on the planet when it comes to photoshop type stuff. The results: post-210753-0-91579100-1527161930_thumb.png post-210753-0-67143400-1527161952.png

 

The originals: post-210753-0-98145500-1527161973_thumb.png post-210753-0-37272300-1527161992.png

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