Adding simple animations for (Multi Layered) Sprites to be used in Renpy to make your project look… alive…… The Lazy way… again…

July 12, 2011

OK… Using suggestions by Ren doing multi-layered using Photoshop puppet pin tool since Motion Portrait system is nowhere available for more mortals like me… I redid the whole thing and I was (somewhat)  able to (somehow) imitate the effect I was after… and that is do a Motion Portrait like micro movements to make a static image more lifelike simulating breathing… Now there were several limitations in this method mainly I cannot tilt sideways or diagonally sideways more than 5 degrees since there really is no material to be shown beyond that (remember, this is not true 3D)

(You were right DaFool… too bad Motion Portrait doesn’t seem to be available anywhere other than being on user end products for… “BARF!” Apple… don’t get me wrong… I was coerced on owning an IPhone… only to be disappointed by it… I’m just waiting for the 2 year subscription contract to expire)

Anyway, where was I?…. Ah!… I’m planning on using this and apply it to individual sprites and animate them in Renpy for my upcoming OELVN projects (Aka English Visual Novels) Now to solve the problem of finding a decent frame-rate that can play on all systems high and low spec. Right now, I’m aiming at 12FPS….

OK I go for now…

“POOF” (Disappears)

Edit: I just realized, the breathing animation makes it look like Lucy the Second had some chest material which is not the case… she’s supposed to be as flat as a board and………..



  1. Looks quite a bit better in my opinion. 🙂

    I’m also going to have to investigate Motion Portrait myself – I didn’t manage to find a price for it though. :/
    Ever looked into Crazy talk? It’s another program to animate faces, not sure whether it would be able to make heads bob and tilt though…

    Anyway, good job – I’ll keep keeping an eye on your progress!

  2. Forgot to post a Crazy Talk example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0zR4aoUU7M&feature=related

  3. Wow, looks a lot better than last time!

    Be careful though, overuse this and your sprites might end up seeming hyperactive.

  4. Bwahahaha, I lol’d at the “WHASSUPP!!! Lol!”
    No, I seriously did.

  5. Do you know of any other software that has the puppet pin tool with at least a free demo?

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