Here’s a quick tutorial I found unfinished on my hard drive and decided to finally finish and publish – creating a treasure chest.

It’s a task most of us, who create game art, face at some stage – the iconic treasure: a chest filled with gold coins.

Exported to PNG the chest still looks alright in 64×64 pixels or even smaller at 32×32 pixels:

  
You might want it to look a little less ‘square’ and what good is a treasure chest when we can’t open it.
Let’s tackle those issues now. The first one involves the envelope extension and the opening requires some tweaking of nodes. 

The result looks alright at 64×64 pixels but it starting to be cluttered and losing detail in the smaller 32×32 pixel size. I would have to take some elements off to make it cleaner.

  
I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did writing it. I actually used similar chests most recently in a puzzle game for a friend.
Keep playing with the concept, create chests with iron frames, spikes, skulls, holding diamonds and rubies or being plain empty or broken. Enjoy!

Here’s the download file: