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Monday, January 25, 2010

CreatorTip: Advanced outfitting technique

I have always been unhappy with how some of the outfitted creatures turned out: most of the time, your alien species' suit or armor ends up looking as if each part was glued on the being's sking. Of course, that's how the editors work: you attach stuff to a creature's skin.

But I'm going to share today a technique I have developed to help create outfits that are a lot more convincing. There are a few limitations to this technique, and it takes a lot of practice to create suits that animate properly, but here it goes...

This is what we're aiming for. This technique allows you total control over where you place an outfit part, and it's used mainly to let you place rings around a creature's limb or body.



This is how you should start: add a Snokelicious part and place a Ring part carefully on top of the Snokelicious. You can only place one part on top of another if you have installed Galactic Adventures or one of the latest patches. In earlier versions of the game the outfit parts can't be stacked.

Hold the "Tab" key while selecting a part to access more handlers and position the parts as shown below:



Now here comes the tricky part: select the snokelicious, NOT the ring, and hold "Tab" for the advanced handlers. As shown below:



You can then rotate the snokelicious - NOT the ring - 180°, so it now points to the inside of the creature's limb or body. You may have to resize and move both parts to get the proper placement.



This technique can be used with any parts, though you will find out that not every part stacks on everything. Parts such as hats can be only placed on top of certain types of parts, such as shoulderpads or chest parts. With training you'll learn how to get the best combinations of parts.

Another combo that looks pretty good is the Bolt/Tinker Ticker. I use that a lot, and it helps create some very cool spacesuits. You should start with the placement of parts shown below, and follow the same steps as shown above.



Practice this technique and soon you'll be making outfits like this one:




Update: Rebecca1208 has created a video tutorial based on this technique. It might be easier to learn from it, so here it is!


13 comments:

David Smelser said...

Thanks for tutorial.

Victor said...

Thank you for the comment on my creature, and lovely tutorial as always... BTW i'm VictorHawking

ComTek said...

hehe, you used my galkar template :D

btw, check my blog, I already posted one tutorial

deathstar said...

You spelled "attach" wrong in the bottom of the first paragraph.
Very nice tutorial, I was always wondering how you did that, I shall use this often!
(Its Jomeaga BTW)

captain cupcake said...

cool toutorial can you check out my BETTER creations if you have time can you please check out my blog spore and more i'll have some posts up soon! :D

captain cupcake said...

i think he really meant "attack

NakerBot said...

Thank Parkaboy! Was what I needed!

furiouscreator62 said...

I have some spore tips on my blog as well but when I put large images or videos it go's out of place.How do I make my own custom one like your blog?

SPFan said...

So, i am not official SPORE player, but I never forget this tutorial!
Sorry for my bad English...

Juha said...

Thanks for sharing this information.

Rebecca1208 said...

Oh, I didn't realize you used my video. Well, glad it demonstrated the technique well, thank you very much for sharing this with us :3

Randomness said...

Excellent tutorial, I was wondering how you outfitted some of your creations before I had read this. Hopefully this will help in my somewhat futile attempts to outfit my Salsetthe creature without using Captain parts. By the way, my Spore name is The_Bl0b.

im.thoarn said...

I personally am not a fan of the ring placing trick but i do use the Bolt/Tinker combo a lot! i find that it creates a modern space suit effect! The only thing that i find challenging in the outfitter is placing hats correctly! Of coarse i never ever used the hats as hats! but i find that the hat parts do not "stack" on any other parts except the other hats. I find this to be very annoying!!!