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How to resize SHP and safe arts quality
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aneyrin
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Joined: 28 Jan 2016

PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:05 am    Post subject:   How to resize SHP and safe arts quality
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Hi guys,

First of all I want to say Thanks to SHP Builder's developers. It's a real amazing tool!

I'm OpenRA user and I think that Red Alert 1 infantry units too big in compare to vehicles and buildings. I want to reduce their size by SHP Builder, and I faced with the quality problem after resizing SHP moders.

What exactly I did:

1. Opened model in SHP Builder;
2. Opened resizing options (ctrl+r);
3. Set 75% and "Maintain aspect ratio" option;
4. Resize Method is "Blocky.

Please look at attached file to see result. What I did wrong? How to resize units with proper quality?


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Graion Dilach
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Joined: 22 Nov 2010
Location: Iszkaszentgyörgy, Hungary

PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends on what you call proper quality.

If this isn't enough good for you, then you have to export the SHP into a spritesheet with XCC Mixer, resize the result with Photoshop/Gimp using "Closest Pixel or how it's called" method then converting it back to an SHP via using Right-click Copy right click Paste as SHP then specifying the correct frame size/amount in XCC Mixer.
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OmegaBolt
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Joined: 21 Mar 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way, the original Red Alert includes infantry at the Tib Dawn scale for it's DOS version, so you should have those in your mixes if you have the original game. They're higher quality than you'll get by downsizing, especially since RA1 infantry already look upscaled instead of re-rendered. You would still need to resize any extra infantry ORA added though, like this zombie guy.
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aneyrin
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Joined: 28 Jan 2016

PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graion Dilach wrote:
Depends on what you call proper quality.

I mean lost elements of art like here on screenshot. WIth Photoshop I lost even more quality after resizing by closest pixel.

OmegaBolt

Will try to experiment with this tools. It's looks like it is no way to scale this units with out art editing. Confused


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Lin Kuei Ominae
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The smallest size is a pixel. You can't split a pixel in half.
It's normal that you lose detail in such a small size.
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ApolloTD
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah... resizing is lossy business with pixels and since 256 colored, it is harder while higher color can be more flexible it creates antialiasing and tons of other problems.


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