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Skinning Chainmail Tutorial

Discussion in '2D Art Tutorials' started by Archian, Nov 25, 2006.

  1. Archian


    Site Director

    Jan 1, 2006
    Skinning Chainmail Tutorial
    By Archian

    In this tutorial I will take a starting-point in teaching you how to make (medieval) chainmail armor for WC3 textures.

    Tools Used
    Photoshop CS2

    Step 1: Workground
    Open your skin in Photoshop (make sure it is a .TGA file).

    Step 2: Area selection

    Select the *Lasso Tool* lassotool.jpg in the tool menu, and outline the part of the skin you wish to have chainmail (It's a good idea to keep a limit of what you're skinning).
    Notice, that while using the Lasso tool, you can hold down the *Alt* button (on your keyboard) to make straight selection outlines.


    Step 3: Base Color
    Make the selected part of the skin black using the *Brush Tool* brushtool.jpg .


    Step 4: Grey Circles
    Select the Brush tool and make it have a *Master Diameter* of 9 px.
    Then select a grey color for the chains in the *Color Picker* (double click on the *set foreground color*).
    Then make small circles like shown bellow (click once for each circle):


    Step 5: Chains
    Select the Brush tool and make it have a master diameter of 5 px.
    Then use a black color for the Brush Tool, and make small black circles inside the larger grey circles like shown bellow.


    Step 6: Shadows
    Select the *Burn Tool* burntool.jpg in the tool menu, and set the master diameter to 9 px, Range: to *Midtones* with an Exposure of 30% (you can decide aswell).
    Then make some shadows at the "fitting" areas of the skin.


    Step 7: Hightlights
    Select the *Dodge Tool* dogdetool.jpg (right click on the Burn Tool) and adjust the settings to; Brush: 9 px, Range: Midtones and Exposure: 40%.
    Then start making some midtones.


    After that you can use the Range: Highlights with a Brush of 5 px and Exposure of 20% to add some more hightlights over the midtones.


    Evaluate the UW
    Then you can Zoom out and look at the result (on the UW).


    Notice, that there's no chain intersects, but that doesn't matter since such a small detail wouldn't be noticable ingame and it gives the desired look anyway. Besides you can't really see if there's intersects or not.

    Comments and ideas for improval are most welcome.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2006