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Tut-MSPA-SpriteDesign+Editing by AlanaHikariChan Tut-MSPA-SpriteDesign+Editing by AlanaHikariChan
A tutorial for how I, personally, edit the MSPA sprites. It should be fairly accessible for anyone with at least basic knowledge of Photoshop. (It was made using CS5, but I don't think I used anything that wasn't around for PS7, at the least.)

There are some typos, bluh. If anyone cares, I can edit them out, but I'm too lazy otherwise. (I am not too lazy to answer questions, though!)

You can get sprite sheets of almost everything here.
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Kyka44 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Are there any free substitutes for Photoshop?
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know of a couple!

firealpaca.com/en
www.gimp.org/

Both of these run on both mac and windows, theoretically. I've never really used them, but I know Gimp is pretty popular, and people were pretty excited about FireAlpaca when it first came out.
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Kyka44 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Will photoshop files work on them?
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have no idea! That would be a question to pose to someone who actually uses them. :b Or something to test out for yourself, since they are free programs...
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Kyka44 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
I have gimp and I have no idea how to work it. I made my OC in Ms Paint with a sprite sheet and I wanted to edit it with gimp. But I can't figure out how to use it!
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marquiseAssassin Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't get the magic wand tool to work :I I use the lasso tool and select the body I want, then select the magic wand, but when I click it selects everything in the whole base! Am I doing something wrong??
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm... not quite sure what you're saying, but here are some things you should check?

1. Are you using the subtraction magic wand? Hold the alt key while using the wand, there should be a little - next to it.

2. Is the "contiguous" box checked or unchecked? If it's checked, it will only select in the area around it. If it's unchecked, it will select everything in the color range throughout the whole image.

3. What's the range at? It should be a low number, or 0; if it's 225, it will literally select everything.

I hope that helps! If not, it may be something else, or a software problem.
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marquiseAssassin Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
OH! Thank you so much! I didn't realize I had to use the subtraction magic wand ^_^  Thank you for the help!
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Mastermagi100 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
i use paint.net, fuck me right?  :iconfuckmerightplz:
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:V I would make a tutorial for that thing but i don't use it.

Just play around and do your best, dude. I'm sure you can figure something out.
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Mastermagi100 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
it's actually a bit easier for me because i make my talksprites there 
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Puppiez-lover Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Quick question...what version of Photoshop are you using? I have 5 and I'm not seeing magic wand or paint bucket anywhere <:/
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm using CS5! I've never used anything earlier than 6.0, but they should still be there, I think... :\
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blahjerry Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
uuuuuuuuh wow
wow...
wow
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graest Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great guide.
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Assasin-Kiashi Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
do you know how to expand parts in photoshop without it blurring up? im trying to create a sprite of kid bro but i need to his expand his hair but when i do that it does photoshop's blur thing with the move tool. halp!
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draconian73 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
I always love when I hear how people put thought into making their art. c:
Your ridiculously long lecture was a pleasure to read.

But seeing all this lassolassolasso tool makes me really think that Photoshop needs an aliased brush because wow.
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It does! The pencil brush. :B But I find lasso infinitely easier to control, personally, and think that it makes much smoother lines for flood-filling.
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draconian73 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Well I meant other than the super thin pencil brush. I guess I'm just too used to Paint.net, where you can just turn the anti-aliasing on and off on any given brush. I'd miss that so much if I ever use Photoshop.
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But... you can? XD;; I mean, you have to switch to the pencil tool and select the brush you want, you can't just turn the anti-aliasing off, but Photoshop does that!
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draconian73 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
MIND = BLOWN???

Never knew that. Huh.
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*THE MORE YOU KNOW~*

Ahahaha yeah it's definitely a think Photoshop can do! XD
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Floramei Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Huh, cool! I was planning on doing this, and this will definitely give me some useful pointers. I've done "sprite" edits before, but more on the order of Pokemon sprites than HS ones, so yeah this is awesome.

Thanks for making it! <3
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D You're welcome! And I'm glad it could be useful-- Homestuck is a much different beast from Pokemon, after all XD *has done a few pokemon things from time to time*
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shellix Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
handy, man this is so hgelpful thanks
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am glad it is! You're welcome. <3
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thatmadblackcat Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Just to note, I (have to) use PS 5.5 and there isn't anything missing from my version to do this.
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't think there would be! Most of the differences between PS7 (the oldest version I'm familiar with) and CS5 are much, much more complex options and filters and stuff. XD

But thanks for the confirmation <3
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Mp3ii Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Haha I was gonna make something like this. |D
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YOU STILL CAN more tutorials means more helpful! C:
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Mozai Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist
Edumacation is always cromulent.
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heeheehee XD
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darthmongoose Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, some great tips for general spriting and editing here that could be used outside of mspa edits too! Thanks for making this!
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :3 I'm glad people are finding it useful~
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Breannainn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Hm. Certainly more effective than the way I've been doing it.
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I could help? <3
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TakeruBD4483M Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
: O oh what timing for this

i just started an adventure with my OCs

this will help so muchhhh
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AlanaHikariChan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yaaaaaaay I am glad it's going to be useful C:
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TakeruBD4483M Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes c:
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