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Re: Contributing to Andor's Trail - Contribution Guide

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:14 am
by Nut
You surely have read the two documents about map making. Especially the second one answers many questions

wiki/test/andors_trail_wiki/developer_s ... aking.html

wiki/test/andors_trail_wiki/developer_s ... aking.html

About trees, they are nasty to do at first. But one gets used to it.
I always do it this way:
Get the 2 lower tiles in the stamp tool and put these anywhere into the map (Object layer). Do this for all your trees you want to place.
Then get the pink tile in the stamp tool and color all these tree stumps (Walkable layer)
At last get the two tree top tiles in the stamp tool, and make the trees complete (Above layer)

I think it's the quickest way to do it.

Re: Contributing to Andor's Trail - Contribution Guide

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:13 am
by codingpcjatristan
Oh ok Thanks heaps, I get it now.
:)

Also, is there a way to transfer multiple objects between layers?
And can I create my own layers?
I know how to, but is this allowed. E.g. One above walkable for shadows?

Nevermind, After rereading the tutorial and asking around I think I finally get the grasp of it now!

Re: Contributing to Andor's Trail - Contribution Guide

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:14 pm
by Nut
You could replace any part of these 5 layers (Ground, Objects, Above, Top, Walkable) dynamically, by using additional layers.

But you can not have these additional layers visible directly.

Re: Contributing to Andor's Trail - Contribution Guide

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:26 am
by codingpcjatristan
Ok thanks. What is the top layer? It isn’t on the template. Can I place my shadows in this layer?
Thanks.

Re: Contributing to Andor's Trail - Contribution Guide

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:37 am
by Nut
Yes, you can just add the layer, if needed. You could put anything in it, that shall be displayed above other things, e.g. shadow.

Re: Contributing to Andor's Trail - Contribution Guide

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:52 pm
by rijackson741
Every layer adds overhead when rendering the maps, so when the Top (I believe it is case sensitive, so it's Top, not top) layer was added it was not included in the template. It's typically used for shadows, where the above layer was already used for something else.

Re: Contributing to Andor's Trail - Contribution Guide

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:45 pm
by codingpcjatristan
Ah ok, thanks

Re: Contributing to Andor's Trail - Contribution Guide

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:16 pm
by rijackson741
An example is lakecave2.tmx (which is also an example of replace layers used to change the map). There is the floor in the ground layer. There is a table in the objects layer. There are papers on the table in the above layer. Therefore the only way to add shadows over the table and the papers is to use the Top layer.