Making A Tileset
Hey, happy jazz folks.
Today I decided to write a small article about making tilesets. Why? Because people ask me how to make tilesets very often, when I play online, and apearantly some other articles talk about tilesets, but none really explains how to make’em.
We’ll suppose we work with Paint for the tileset, since that’s the only program everyone has(and it’s the only program known to me).
How to start:
1-The first thing to do is start a new .bmp file. The drawing must be saved at your Jazz2 directory, in the “tiles” file. Set the colors to 256 when you save.
3-Press “set” in the upper-left window, and press “help” in the new window that normally apeares. You can find all the info you need, but in some cases, the indicated steps don’t work. We’ll consider our case to be one of them.
4-Press “tileset properties”, then “creating a tileset Mini-manual”.You must copy the image of the empty tileset by right-clicking it, instead of “downloading” it, which doesn’t always work.
5-Return to the .bmp file, and paste the copied image.
6-Set the width of the image on 320 pixels. You can now start drawing.
The limits of a tile are the white stripes and the grey pixels.
7-Once you finished drawing the tileset, you must save the current image under the same directory, but with another name(ex: the first image was calles “tileset.bmp”, you can call this one “masks.bmp”). This second image will bacome the masks of your set.
8-Erase everything Jazz isn’t supposed to bump into with the black color, which is the “translucent” color with Paint.
9-Go to JCS.
10-Press “set” in the first window. Then press “add”.
You’ll get something where you have to fill in 4 fields.
The first one will be the name of the set in JCS.
The second one will be the filename.
The third one should be the name of the first image you drew, which is supposed to be displayed in a list.
The last is the last image you drew, which is also supposed to apear in the list.
The last thingy where you can put a tick is incase you didn’t use the Jazz2palette. We didn’t use it, so we put a tick in it.
11-Now that you added the tileset, you must build it, by selecting it in the displayed list of tilesets and by pressing “build”.
12-Once the tileset is built, you can use it.
I hope I don’t have to explain it anymore when I play online. I get roasted a lot when I chat.
Another hint for Paint users.
How to use the Jazz2palette in your tilesets.
This is a way to have more colors when you use paint.
1-Open JCS. Same steps as 3-4 above exept you press “jazz2palette”.
2-Copy the image of the palette, that is supposed to get displayed.
3-Close JCS and put the color setting of you computer on 256 colors.
4-Open a .bmp file. Paste the palette. It didn’t change colors.
5-Save the .bmp under your jazz2 directory, as mentionned above.
6-Put the color settings of the computer back on 16 bits, or 24, or how many you want.
7-You can now draw using the Jazz2palette.
EDIT: I’ve recently noticed that using the jazz2palette can have a good influence on paint’s palette. There are actually more colors when using the jazz2palette.
There. I’m done.
If you have any questions, you can send me a private message, or an email to email@example.com.
To the admins: if you guys think this article is useless, feel free to delete it.
Unless your graphics program is fairly unimpressive, use the grid function and never ever use that empty tileset image. Tiles are 32×32, and you should be able to set the grid to that.
That’s an interresting fact, Violet. I never knew that. Is it possible with Paint?
I don’t think so.
Paint falls into the category of “unimpressive.” There is not anything much less impressive, frankly. ;-P
Too bad. Anyways, the thing with the empty tileset also works. It just takes more time…
Yeah, but I explained it with Paint, since that’s the only program evryone has. And you can make reasonnable things with it, even though it’s bad. All my sets use it.
I made my tileset with paint and the empty tileset picture and (other than my artwork) it worked out fine.
I think this will be helpful to a lot of people. I like how JCS will remap the palette for you so it looks right.
My tilesets never got higher rating than 7, because I made them in Paint. :) But be careful I’ll have to make one for Devil Dash.
The tileset master’s friend: PSP.
Yes, BlurredD, but not evryone can afford it. That’s why I explained this with Paint.
And by the way, when a tileset uses Paint, you can be sure the author had to put much effort in it, which can affect the rating…
I’m glad to help you out, Partybunny.
I’ll take a look at your homepage.
Hi dear Waz.
Your explain helps me so much… Thank you weeerrryyy much! Hehe.. :9
And visit in my homepage!
Well, I do tilesets in Corel Photo-Paint 8… My last tilesets was sucky a bit, but I’m realizing what functions are in my editor… Maybe I write an article how to make tilesets in CPP8 :P
Nice article anyway.
Thnk you Waz your good at this
I don’t understand… it didn’t work on my computer…
How do you upload tilesets/levels on j2o?
Holy Crap! It worked! I have spent years trying to figure this out, and now I can finily make my own tile sets with paint! Thanks
plz help i dont know make bmp file . GOOD ARTICLE
I agree with Waz,not everyone can afford such programs. Good job Waz,and thank you for this.
every time i press help on the set page it says it cant fins a www. web browser to give me the info…..PLZ HELP!!!!!
Eat your lima beans, Johnny.