It’s time for something new
This tutorial is a 14 page FREE PDF step-by-step creation of the cartoony skyline shown above. It features the envelope tool to create the windows in a quick and easy way.
The PDF can be opened in Inscape (or other vector tools) and the shapes are fully editable.
You can use the art in your personal and commercial projects as long as you don’t sell the art as is or in a bundle.
This won’t mean I will stop writing the free tutorials on this blog but for more complex scenes and detailed tutorials, the new format just seems to be better suited.
There seems to be a problem with Inkscape on a mac.
Serhat Gurel posted a solution on google+.
hi if anyone is having trouble with the envelope extension used in this tutorial and is running mac osx mavericks – google eggbotcode or see this post
Being a PC guy, I can’t tell you if it works but it might just be worth a try.
where the pdf?
ok I found it now
i cant find the PDF file, i paid via PayPal now Im not sure where can I find it :/. Please help
As soon as I get the paypal order I send out a reply email. Check your spam if you have not received it in your inbox.
got it! thank you !!!!:)
Thanks Chris.. these are awesome.. Glad to see you back :)
Gmail also thought your email should have been spam :-). Thanks for the tutorial, it's pretty simple but it gives awesome results. I'm a programmer and thanks to your stuff I can create "acceptable" art! :-D.
If you plan on taking this further, you should probably think of using a free/open source e-commerce platform. It'll take an initial investment but then you'll be able to focus on more important things rather than attending to people's orders.
I should.. but seeing it all started as a fun project in my spare time and did grow from there. The spare time though didn't increase at the same rate ;)
You are write though… I should look into a better automated solution.
"Your payment can't be completed because the receiver can't accept payments at this time.":(
That's not good… I will look into it right away. Oddly two sales must have gone through… Thanks, Guido, I will get back to you asap.
Thanks for the tutorial – paid for and absorbed. Worth every penny.
Oh nice, sellfy is pretty good. The ability to save directly to dropbox is a huge plus :D
Hello I'm a game developer and I need some game GUI stuff ( like Play buttons , game over text , pause/resume buttons,retry button) , I'll be happy if you make some for me.If you want text me here to give you the details :)
By the way, some additional comments.
1) At this point you've done so many entries, you should consider some kind of organization system on the site. I mean I'd like to go back and easily read a lot of these, but the blogger system is a bit clunky.
2) Your opengameart links from the past seem to have expired.
Paid and love it. Thanks for the awesome tutorial.
I just had to tell you thanks for your amazing tutorials and taking the time to create stuff like this. I'm actually an illustrator, but I'm trying to teach myself how this all works so I can make art for my husband (the programmer) for our future games and your straight-forward tutorials are amazing. Especially your character animation tuts. Keep em' coming, man!
I am glad the tutorials help.
Good luck with the games!
I fixed the opengameart links but need to find a better solution for the file hosting and the organization of the blog. In the end it boils down to time – and I rather spend the time writing new tutorials than fix the blog's shortcomings.
You might consider https://gumroad.com or https://itch.io as your eCommerce system. I've purchased quite a bit of art on both and they are very pleasant for the consumer.
Thanks, Dan. I will check those out. For now I decided to go with sellfy – due to the lower fees for micro-transactions.
Hello Chris, I came across your blog from google search engine.It really easy to learn through its week now that i have been learning using your blog.Thanks for the good job done.I will learning from the Giants(Chris) shoulder. Have a nice day greetings from Germany.
Hi Chris, the envelope tool is stretching my windows vertically by a lot more than they should be, do you know why this would happen?
Hi Kristy, if you use the envelopes from my tutorial pdf that can happen. Something seems to have been altered when bringing in the files to make the multipage pdf file. Could you try making new rectangles in inkscape and deform them but moving the nodes. Inkscape is acting a little funny with the envelopes if they are not 100% right.
Thanks for such a fast reply Chris! I had made my own rectangles but maybe created my quadrilaterals (orange bounding boxes) in the wrong direction, I rotated them 90 degrees and it seems to work now :)
I just buy it and I'm a happier guy.
I was seeking for something like envelope for weeks.
Thanks Chris :)
I've used linklok in the past for handling online purchases of electronic goods its an inexpensive way to sell products (it uses paypal as well). There's no cost to anyone else and it worked out well for me, that was a long time ago though. What I really liked is that it would hide the domain link to the asset (to avoid sharing (but now a days I don't worry about that kind of thing)). Hope it helps. Oh.. from what I remember everything was done automagically (download links etc..) another reason I liked it but there were occasional glitches as well when someone did not receive their link I would just manually enter there email click submit and back to business as usual. Thats one alternative I know of not a suggestion but something you could look into. P.S. Love the tutorials keep it up :)
Im using a mac and what I had to do to get envelope o work: after grouping the windows select them all and do break apart then do combine then select the windows then select your rectangle shape then chose envelope then wait then presto :)