Monday, March 4, 2013

DA:O Custom Tint #6 - Violet and Lavender

MediaFire download here. Installation instructions can be found here.

This dye was something that I threw together while testing some stuff in the mod Of Noble Cast, which has become an absolute staple for my Cousland saves now. But the color of the gown that is included in it for a female Cousland just... doesn't match what my Elissa needed. This went through a few different versions, but after quite a bit of tweaking I managed to get the tints to take on the different materials of the gown (since some areas, like the belt, appear more leathery in texture while others are more silken). No before and after pics this time, but there is a copy of the tint map below the three example images in case anyone would like me to try other color schemes with this item!

Front View

Back View

Side View

Test Pattern Rear

Test Pattern Front

Friday, January 11, 2013

DA:O Custom Tint #5 - Shangrilla Jade

MediaFire download here. Installation instructions can be found here.

I'm going to come right out and say this: my "Shangrilla" Jade tint for the dye kit is without a doubt the best I've done so far and it was probably the second dye I finished. This isn't so much because of how it works on its original, intended application (though I absolutely adore the dye on its namesake outfit) but because I have yet to find an item it doesn't work on at some level. It was created for the mod item Shangrilla noble dress, which is gorgeous in its natural red, but the red isn't great on my canon Warden, thus the changes modeled here by my Elissa Cousland:

Front detail

Back detail

Bust detail

The lighting isn't the best for this dye in my usual test spot, which is why I included the bust detail as well here with some better light (as well as more boobs because damn, this dress!). Next comes the dye applied to other items! I think these are all of the others I've used it on so far:

Applied to the Phoenix Battlemaiden armor, modeled by KH's Moira Cousland

Applied to the Concept Robes, modeled by KH's Esme Amell
On the gown added to inventory by the mod Of Noble Cast, modeled by my Elissa
Loaded onto the elf mage robe design, modeled by my Neria Surana (front view)
The elf mage robes above (back view)
As you can see, this has turned out to be an incredibly versatile tint, something that cannot be said for many other dyes I've tried so far. Much more often, a tint seems to work on the item it's created for and maybe one other, but not the Jade! In addition, I do take requests on custom tints for the Shangrilla design, though the textures on that gown are quite a bit different than many of the other items so it might take a bit extra work compared to usual to get things right for you. Here are the tint maps for the item (it's mostly specced for mages, but it should work for any class for any non-boss battle according to the mod description) if anyone would like me to try one for you!

New tint downloads coming in the next day or two!

Sorry, it got busy here with the holidays so I had to go on a break from DA:O dye kit tints. I'm going to both be working on finishing another request this weekend (which will get put in the queue for image upload, at least, at some point) and on putting together another tint page or two for existing tints. I think I'll be putting up my favorite tint ever, my Shangrilla Jade, and another of the ones I made for one KH's characters (probably at least one of her Cousland's armor tints, this time, but I have two that are actually hers and two more that were WIPs that I saved as final files because they just worked all for the same armor so I'll have to pick one or two of the four total to upload this weekend).

Saturday, December 29, 2012

DA:O Custom Tint #4: Esme Amell Concept Art Robes

MediaFire downloads here and here for each of the two variations. Installation instructions can be found here.

This dye was done for a friend of mine on Tumblr, Kinlochhold, for her mage character Esme Amell. Esme is by far one of my favorite Warden characters out of the god-knows-how-many I've seen through the fandom, so making this for her was a blast. There were ultimately two variations that I made for this dye set, and since KH has given me permission to post the download links for her characters' tints for everyone to enjoy those can both be found above. Also for reference, the robes I'm using with this tint are available for download from the Dragon Age Nexus pages here!

Now then, for the tints themselves! The only difference between the two are going to be the sash across one hip, which is green in the first version and brown in the second. (Also, the bit of fabric stretching from the collar to the bodice takes on most of this same hue.) In both versions, I was trying to take what's normally a leather texture of the bodice and try to give it an almost gilded look--so that it looks like ornamental armor, but not with any sort of practical use. Other than that, I mostly just wanted to find a gorgeous green to play against Esme's hair.

Version 1, Direct Sunlight:

Version 1, Rear View:

Version 2, Direct Sunlight:

Version 2, Rear View:

Version 1, Bust Detail (And a slightly different hair style for comparison.)

Personally, I like Version 1 better on Esme specifically, but when playing with these dyes on other characters I think Version 2 is more versatile. It mostly just seems to depend on the character's coloring.

Custom DA:O Armor Tint Request Guidelines

So let's say, hypothetically of course, that you've been looking through these custom tint posts of mine and would like one for yourself. While I'm not perfect at this, I do love making these tints for others so I'd love to hear your request! There are, however, a few things I'll need from you in order to do the best job possible:

  1. Your actual request. This will usually be the name of an armor, weapon, or clothing from Dragon Age: Origins and a color scheme you want me to try. If the armor you'd like customized is a fan-made mod, it also helps to provide me a link to that mod's page on either Bioware Social Network or Dragon Age Nexus just in case I don't already have it. One thing to remember is that while some mod items are tintable, not all of them are. It just depends on how each mod's maker sets things up.
  2. Visual references for your character. Ideally, this will be either a copy of your save file or your character's .mor file for their head morph, so that I can have your character "try on" the tints directly as I make them. Doing things this way will give allow me to make the most accurate comparisons of coloring, texture, etc between the item I'm changing, the tint itself, and your character. The .mor file can be extracted using the Dragon Age Face Replacer, and until I get my tutorial for that tool updated I can walk you through it by email if necessary. Also, if you use any cosmetic mods for your character (hair styles, hair and eye colors, overall textures, etc) please let me know which you've used so I can make sure to install them myself if necessary. If you can't send either the .mor file or your save folder, I can try to work from screen caps of your character. The results from this won't be as accurate as the more direct methods, however.
  3. Once you have both of the above, you can get in contact with me any of a few different ways: by commenting on this post with information on how I can contact you, by sending an ask or fanmail via my Tumblr, or by emailing me your request directly to brennacedria at gmail dot com.
Keep in mind that some items can take the exact same tint in drastically different ways, so we'll work around that if and when it comes up as an issue. Otherwise, if there's something you'd like me to try and make for you don't hesitate to let me know!

Friday, December 14, 2012

DA:O Custom Tint #3: Revised Senior Enchanter Robes (Elf Pattern)

MediaFire download here. Installation instructions can be found here.

This dye was spawned off suggestions I was taking for a design to use for my elf mage character, Neria Surana. One of the responses I got was to make something maroon or burgundy, and while those colors are a bit too bold for the personality of my Neria, I really liked the idea of something similar to, but richer than, the default Senior Enchanter robe colors. This dye was created with the elf robe design in mind, and in my opinion looks much better there than on the human Circle robes. When applied to the elf robe model in these screen caps, though, this is probably one of my favorite dyes I've made so far.

Here's the final tint from various angles and light sources

Front View, Medium Light:

Back View, Medium Light:

Front View, Bright Light:

Front View, Indoors:

Original Elven Senior Enchanter design from the game:

The same dye applied to the human Circle mage robe design; as I mentioned above, it works well enough, but I prefer this dye on the elf design:

Finally, the test patterns for the front and back of the elf robes, in case anyone would like to request a custom tint:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

DA:O Custom Armor Tints #2: Morrigan in Blue

(Because this dye was made as the result of a specific request, it is not currently available for download. I will take requests for other custom dyes for Morrigan's design, however, and have included the test patterns at the bottom of this post.)

This was a very quick, simple dye made for a friend on Tumblr. The only tricky part to this one was getting the Red and Green dye channels to come out more or less the same shade due to different materials. First and most importantly is the finished result:

It's difficult to see the color on the pants and the left sleeve in this lighting, but they're the same dark navy as I have Morrigan's top here and the feathers on her left shoulder are part of the same channel as the pants and that one sleeve. Compare it to the default coloring:

I'll admit, I actually had to do a double-take to make sure I had the right settings to take this comparison screen cap because of another mod I normally use that makes her top purple instead of maroon. But if you look at this versus the completed tint above, you can see the subtle differences in the pants and sleeve a bit in addition to the drastic change in her feathered pauldron.

Finally, the test patterns for reference, in case anyone else would like a custom tint made for Morrigan's robes: