Since this is the first time (that I'm aware of), anyone other than yourself has attempted to make a new background/environment/whatever we're calling them, I guess there's no style guide. I expect that giving the mountains and so forth a solid -> transparent gradient is favourable over a solid->solid gradient (for file size if not reusability), or is that what you meant by having a mask in the alpha channel?
I have another few ideas that I want to do some stuff with. Is the 16x128 background stretched to cover the entire horizon, or is it tiled (city is different from the others - I expect I'll learn more when I look at its MAP file)?
This is the only documentation there is.
The mountains don't necessarily need a transparency gradiant. But if not, then the bottom of the mountains should be of the same color as the center of the background gradient, to give the illusion that they connect. In your case, you could do it either way. I suppose a transparency gradient in the mountains themselves would be most reliable.
The 16x128 gradient is stretched over the entire sky. It doesn't actually need to be 16x128, that's what I just used in the past. Notice that data/back/city.png is 64x128 and includes a bright spot in the middle which, when stretched, gives the impression of a broad band of setting sunlight. You might want to do something similar, but more subtle, and position your sun sprite near the bright spot.
Cheeseness wrote: rlk wrote:
What's on the bottom of the environment?
Nothing at the moment. I'm trying to wrap my head around whether swaying grass could be achievable in the same way the water's done, or whether it'd just look silly (I had considered lava veins done like the bottom of city, but I think that's going a bit far). Any suggestions?
I'd try a few things. I'd say glowing lava veins layed flat like the city is most likely to work. You could apply slow rotations or motions to them to give a subtle motion effect. You could combine that with some close-up billboards, like maybe big rocks floating slowly in the lava.
Once you have some images, send them my way and I'll help you try a few configurations.
I gotta say again, your design is completely awesome. I love the little dinosaur.