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Drop shadow on counters

Postby msoong » August 3rd, 2020, 6:07 pm

[not strictly a VASSAL inquiry]

Many games have counters that have that cool "3D" look with drop shadows etc. Is there a simple way to create that in GIMP? (or better yet within VASSAL?)

My counter in question is a circle, and looking at the VASSAL design layout it seems like for square only...
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Re: Drop shadow on counters

Postby grouchysmurf » August 3rd, 2020, 6:32 pm

I heartily recommend ImageMagick which can do dropshadows and dozens of other things, including nicely clipped counters as shown below:

https://i.imgur.com/Bm1ZFBz.png

Shadow on the right-hand side counter was generated with ImageMaick commands:

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^( +clone -background #11111e -shadow 60x0+4+4 ^) +swap -background none -layers merge
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Re: Drop shadow on counters

Postby Brent Easton » August 3rd, 2020, 9:25 pm

+1 on Imagemagick. I run all my artwork through the following, which is generated from an excel spreadsheet

convert .\Orig\us-ltc-maloney.png -shave 2x2 +repage -resize 75x75 -raise 2x2 +dither -colors 256 -strip .\Small\us-ltc-maloney.png

-shave 2x2 = Shave 2 pixels off the outer edge to clean off border pixels from borders in the artwork
-repage = reduce actual image size to new effective size
-raise 2x2 = Create a nice 2 pixel beveled border
+dither = Turn on dithering
-colors 256 = reduce to a 256 color indexed image
-strip = remove the png extra info and cruft

The reduces production ready artwork at 287.5 pixels per counter to the 75x75 size I use in my module.
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Re: Drop shadow on counters

Postby m3tan » August 3rd, 2020, 10:34 pm

I wish tools like this existed 12 years ago before I was forced to become an Adobe acolyte - a company I despise but sadly am too invested in their product to walk away...
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Re: Drop shadow on counters

Postby Brent Easton » August 3rd, 2020, 11:02 pm

Imagemagick initial release was 1990. It was the first tool I started using after getting to Vassal last century :) Followed soon after by The Gimp. Never found a need for anything else.
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Re: Drop shadow on counters

Postby msoong » August 4th, 2020, 4:23 am

Thanks, will investigate
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Re: Drop shadow on counters

Postby JoelCFC25 » August 4th, 2020, 2:54 pm

I use InkScape for this, but ImageMagick is great as well (just personally not versed in it).
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