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2D graphics, software agnostic book

Hello everyone.
Are you aware of any 2D graphics book which doesn't rely on a specific software?
I mean something being for 2D graphics what's [digital] modelling (from Vaughan) for 3D or dance music manual (from Snomen) for audio.


  • anonymouschicoanonymouschico Posts: 16Member

    No, I were interested in a book about, let's say, textures, sprite sheets, tiles, etc.
    By the way what you've linked is neither a book.

  • SomnivoreSomnivore Posts: 102Member
    edited November 2017

    A texture is basically just an image, such as a .png or .jpeg, which are themselves essentially a two-dimensional array of color data with whatever compression technology is being used to shrink that down; an engine typically imports these in such a way to make them more efficient for use in the game (as well as associating some metadata such as with Godot.) On modern technology these are rendered onto a quad and billboarded (as cards are geared towards processing in 3D.) A sprite sheet is a texture with lots of images; by extension a sprite displays a portion or all of this image using a texture atlas, which dictates what part of the sprite sheet is rendered at once. A tile is a portion of a sprite sheet used to draw a larger image, collected in a tile map, which can be orthographic (square), isometric (skewed), hexagonal, etc.

    Honestly 2D graphics aren't the most complex topic, you'll pick it up as you make something. Also you don't need a book, you can get knowledge from plenty of sources, you will only gimp yourself relying exclusively on books. What's more important for making a game (particularly with an engine that already has this stuff figured out for you) is being able to produce something worth looking at, hence why I linked you an excellent resource on learning how to make 2D graphics. You can know everything there is to know about 2D graphics and it won't really matter if you can't produce them (unless you're making your own engine, but if that's the case why not check out Godot's source to see how 2D graphics work in there? Much more concrete real-world implementation than some generalized explanation.)

  • anonymouschicoanonymouschico Posts: 16Member

    I found this, is called Digital Image Compositing Fundamentals.

    Here's the url:

    Thanks anyhow.

  • KioriKiori Posts: 246Member

    There are good 'make your own 2D engine' tutorials/books out there, maybe these are what you are really looking for.
    I've seen, i think, even on youtube some videos demoing this with javascript. So in this case the engine is build with JS and i'd guess webgl(or maybe canvas), but it shows you the fundamentals of it all.

  • RefeuhRefeuh Posts: 3Member

    If we start talking about tile maps, texture atlases, surface sizes, sprite sheets, material batches, and so on, we need to start talking about hardware, because all these concepts are related to optimising runtime art assets for the electronic components and their architecture. This goes beyond general digital compositing.

    This is usually the role of a technical artist to understand all these. A good source of information are the DirectX, OpenGL and tools/engines documentation (Unity, Unreal, etc.) ; you can skip the low-level technical details, but this will explain why things are done the way they are, and why it's faster/better to author art assets in certain specific ways.

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