Kangoo sign for the weekly challenge

Kangoo sign for the weekly challenge

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Kangoo sign for the weekly challenge

Title: Kangoo sign for the weekly challenge
Pixel Artist: bastien  (Level 1 Jukyu :: 266 points)
Posted: 3/1/2012 12:07
Palette: 6 colors
Statistics:  7 comments    0 faves    0 avatars

When i saw this diamond shape for the weekly challenge, i immediatly think about this!

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clefairykid (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 3/3/2012 17:24

 The yellowish dots were already there when I zoomed in, so I assume that is something you added yourself? I don't think most of them are really necessary, but then again I'm no expert, I just focus on the areas like those I highlighted : )

ultimaodin (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 3/3/2012 10:50

As an Aussie I fully aprove this piece!

Anyway AA could use some improvement, a particular prt that bothers me is the roo's foot where it looks like the very end of the paw/foot is a seperate chunk. AA is tricky and it takes a lot of zooming in and out to get it right.

bastien (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 3/3/2012 07:40

Thank for your comment and the time you took..

thank you very much i think i start to understand... On the picture you gave i understand the pink dot.. but what are the dark yellow dots for? is it AA too ?

I'll try to practise with silhouttes like this kangoo

clefairykid (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 3/3/2012 00:42

 I really like this one, it's actually the very first thing I thought of when looking at the template too! (living with kangaroos around our house haha).

I would say that the biggest thing that could benefit this is to include a little more AA (anti-aliasing) on the roo itself. I can see you've tried to read about it and trust me I've only just started to understand this myself. Think of it as placing a sort of in-between colour (so in this case, use a colour somewhere between the bright yellow and complete black), in the places where the edge of the shape (in this case the kangaroo) appear jagged from a distance. 

The thing that might be making this tricky for you, and it did for me a little at first, is that you want to avoid "banding", not something I can really explain that well but basically, when adding the AA, do it very minimally, only a pixel here or a pixel there. Starting off with using less of it will probably help you get a sense of where to use it and where not to.

As for exactly where to place those extra pixels, I look for curves (no straight edges), and any part that is more than 1px long in the curve. So;


The bright pink pixels indicate the spots where I would look to put AA especially, although I'm not expert and I'm sure there's other places for it as well. Just to begin with, look for those parts in a curve that are longer than 1px and add only 1px, or if it's a really long part in a curve, you might add 2 or 3px worth, so long as it's not the same length as that part of the curve (always at least 1px shorter than line your adding too.)

Sorry if that still doesn't really make sense, but I wanted to try and explain how I'm starting to see it in case that helps you understand it a little more ^^; 

cure (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 3/2/2012 09:22

Well, the idea of an edit isn't that you take it as your own and use it to replace your version, it's that you take what is applied in the edit and then apply it to your own. The AA thing just relies on knowing what will band and trying to avoid it, as well as an eye for jaggies (and knowing how to ease the transition between two areas in the least jaggy way possible). Just takes practice, a simple silhouette like this is a good way to practice AA.

bastien (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 3/2/2012 02:56

Thank you for your edit (to stay honest i'll keep mine for the weekly challenge even if your is much more better)

I totally s... in AA... i've read a lot of tutorials about it but i still dont understand how it work, wich are the rules.... how do you decide you put a AA pixel here, but not there... I understood why i should have used more darker colors to bridge the gap beween color, but i still dont get it about how to place them..

Thank you very much for your advices, ... i'm just a beginner who have still a lot to learn..

cure (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 3/1/2012 13:48

here's an edit. there's usually no need to AA 45 degree lines (sometimes, as in the edit, it can be used to make the line 'curve outward', but it should be used toward the middle of the line, not all the way across). the dark red used in the kangaroo is practically invisible so i just removed it. the AA color you used needs to be darker to better bridge the gap between yellow and pure black. remember aa can be short bands of pixels, it doesn't have to be individual dots.

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