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Post #721 · Posted at 2019-02-08 03:47:42pm 2 weeks ago

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Idk, it sounds reeeeally off, but if it's official /shrug

Post #722 · Posted at 2019-02-08 03:55:06pm 2 weeks ago

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I can say the opposite. The piano adlib part before the next stanza is on point this time in the new audio. The previous one was really off since it's from pop'n music gameplay lineout.
More actions. Less talks.

Post #723 · Posted at 2019-02-08 03:58:57pm 2 weeks ago

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To each their own I suppose, I'll just keep the pop'n music lineout

Post #724 · Posted at 2019-02-18 04:24:51am 4.6 days ago

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Schrodinger no neko / Cait Sith background
https://zenius-i-vanisher.com/pictures/20097-1550278303.png

By the way...
If someone wants to compile a list of DDR A songs that still need a background or banner I could try and make some.
I'm here to help Happy

Post #725 · Posted at 2019-02-18 06:43:31am 4.5 days ago

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If you're making by just stretching the image, don't do it. So many people attempted that in the past and everyone is not a fan of that style.
More actions. Less talks.

Post #726 · Posted at 2019-02-18 07:55:24am 4.5 days ago

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Actually, I typically scour the internet for the images, usually downloading multiple copies of the same image but at different sizes and/or quality and then proceed to edit all accordingly.
Sometimes I can't use the largest size due to lower quality. I typically size and edit multiple versions of the same image and do a lot of trial and error until I have one perfect image.

I then proceed to use the "clone tool" in Gimp (image editing program) to wipe out the artist's name as is done in almost every official background. This takes hours...not overexaggerating in the slightest lol. Blending it out perfectly smooth leaving no discernable trace of difference in color/design. Sometimes I literally blend pixel by pixel and am undoing and redoing parts constantly. In rare cases, there's a good quality image without the artist's name (Tis a blessing lol) in which case I just resize to 640 x 480.

Sizing up is a pet peeve of mine. Some songs don't have many quality images to choose from so I do my utmost best with what I'm working with. I decide whether I scrap these ones by taking into account the quality, blurriness, over-pixelation, stretching/looking weird or awkward, etc.

I 100% agree with you. I'm not a fan of just simply stretching the image, not taking the time to find the best quality, only cropping the artists name out and/or lazy blending. It is very unprofessional and these are official songs that deserve official looking backgrounds.
I'm an absolute perfectionist and am very VERY particular about my backgrounds and banners so If you want someone who literally devotes hours every day to create high-quality backgrounds I'm here to help Very Happy

Post #727 · Posted at 2019-02-18 09:15:01pm 3.9 days ago

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This is just a stretched jacket that you cropped out the artist and called it a background

Post #728 · Posted at 2019-02-18 10:20:24pm 3.9 days ago

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Once again...I do not stretch any of my images. I size down.
This was originally a 920 x 920 jacket and I sized it down to 640 x 480 I then proceeded to use the color picker tool and simply colored over the artist's name. The name is over a background of sheer white making this one of the easiest ones to do.
If you still think I just stretch them, look at the one I made for ENDYMION.

ENDYMION was by far the hardest one I've ever edited. Compare the jacket to the background and you can clearly see I kept the lower half instead of just cropping it. I mean...to be fair you could just try it out first?

Post #729 · Posted at 2019-02-18 10:20:25pm 3.9 days ago

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I FINALLY made a full artwork 640 x 480 background to ENDYMION with perfect quality.
I spent days making it so I sure do hope it'll be used as the DanceDanceRevolution (AC) Beta ENDYMION background lol.
https://zenius-i-vanisher.com/pictures/20097-1547714508.png
This looks cropped AND stretched

Post #730 · Posted at 2019-02-18 10:23:24pm 3.9 days ago

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Look at the bottom half xD. It's still there. Compare to the original jacket. Do you want me to put them side by side?

Post #731 · Posted at 2019-02-18 10:25:56pm 3.9 days ago

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no need, this is just a "style" i dont like

Post #732 · Posted at 2019-02-18 10:29:07pm 3.9 days ago

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Wow...that's very rude and dismissive but ok then...

Here's the original jacket
https://bsaber.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/bfd502fd35fa29d71521439098bd28e7.png
Here's mine
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Post #733 · Posted at 2019-02-18 10:31:06pm 3.9 days ago

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But, she's wider than before...

Post #734 · Posted at 2019-02-19 12:17:07am 3.8 days ago

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Exactly....backgrounds stretch themselves out anyways...I mean think about it

Is your screen resolution on your computer 640 x 480?

That's how the backgrounds work. We use a standard basic size in which can size up to any resolution ratio. It's actually quite a nice system Stepmania has going on Very Happy

So literally every background made sizes up no matter what which is why it's especially important to never stretch but simply size down an image.

And yes she does look wider but not by much. If you add the background to your ENDYMION file it looks quite nice while playing if I do say so myself lol. It's also easier on the eyes than the general all red background...makes those quarter steps so hard to see xD.

1366 × 768 is the standard screen resolution of a computer so that means a standard 640 x 480 background is almost doubling in size when seen in game Shocked
I would really appreciate just trying it out and running through ENDYMION a couple times with it. It also is WAAAAAAY easier on the eyes than the red general background XD. The red quarter steps with the general background aggghhh Oops lol

Another thing to note...so sorry if I'm rambling lol.

You have to take into account the UI game display on top of the background during play as well...I'll take a screenshot as an example.

Just a heads up- screenshots may sometimes look lower quality or stretch oddly. It also doesn't look as cramped as you might think it may look and feel.
https://zenius-i-vanisher.com/pictures/20097-1550530503.png
https://zenius-i-vanisher.com/pictures/20097-1550530504.png
https://zenius-i-vanisher.com/pictures/20097-1550530505.png

It actually ended up fitting in quite nicely with the UI Display. It's snug but not too snug. Little wider but not too wide. A noticeable design but not too distracting. Ayyy it's Goldilocks! Laughing Out Loud
...sorry just trynna lighten the mood... Very Happy

https://zenius-i-vanisher.com/v5.2/viewsimfile.php?simfileid=30092

Original Jacket:
http://www.sdvx.in/03/jacket/03363e.png

My edit for background:
https://zenius-i-vanisher.com/pictures/20097-1550535131.png
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