Reader Tutorial: 16bits Vector Style Illustration
Mario! everyday he saves the princess! Between some enthusiasts he is a great hero, outside and inside the gamers world, he is one of my favorite characters, so I decided to show how to vectorize a Mario from super nes with illustrator. The same process can be used for any other game or character.
What you will need?
- A Super Nintendo emulator called Snes9x - Download it here - A rom from Super Mario World - Download it here - Photoshop and Illustrator, in this case I used CS4 - A hot chocolate mug if it's cold, and in case it's hot, lots of coke
What you will get?
Ok, let's open our emulator. Click at the snes9x icon to start the game. Click at File/Load Game or simply ctrl+O.
Go to the place where you saved the rom of the SMW to run the game and then you need to Open a room (or two clicks). If everything goes right, you will see nintendo's logo and the game will begin.
Now you need to capture de screen image (print screen) to get our Mario. Then past it at photoshop.
Now, with the crop tool (C) select only Mario.
Now we will clean the scenario. You can do that manually with the selection tool or via Color Range.
Click at the most visible color as below:
At the 'not selected' parts you can use the selection. In summary: the main thing is to select the character or that it out of it, depends on your method.
Mario with the scenario selected, then I pressed delete.
After that, open Illustrator. Select our Mario from photoshop and paste it here. Then click on it and go to Live Trace> Tracing Options.
Select the options as below and give a priority to the option Preview so our result will we showed in real time as the selections are activated.
Mode: Color Max Color: 256 Blur: 0px Path: Fitting: 0px Minimun Area: 0px Corner Angle: 0px
So do a Trace (at the Mode option, then you can alternate the Color, Greyscale and Black/White), this way you will have different looks in a gameboy style. Go to Object> Expand and click ok.
Now your image became a Vector, so now ungroup it (Ctrl+Shift+G).
Select the small dirty parts and the white background that are at the image and delete them.
Some fonts in a pixel style will do great with our Mario.
And our image is ready! You can also do some posters with this, in a bigger size. There is no limit for your creativity... and ok I know that you didn't drink your chocolate or coke. :)
I hope you liked the tutorial!!
To download the illustrator file from this tutorial click here.
About the author
My name is Fabrício Falco and I live in Curitiba, Brazil. Actually I've been knocking my head as a freelancer doing some wordpress and joomla websites. Check out my personal website and also add me to your facebook.Edited by GisMullr