Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Advice and hints on how to create the perfect character illustration.

Hammerknight’s Elven Recipes

My apologies for how long it took me to post these, but some time ago Hammerknight put out two recipe cards for making good elves in HM3, and I thought it was long past time to share them. Thanks HK!


Scary HM3 Halloween Cemetery

With profound thanks to Me Myself and I (meaning the frequent contest entrant and commenter, not literally me, Jeff Hebert) for putting this together, I am happy to present what may be the most ambitious Recipe to date — MMI’s Super Creepy Halloween Cemetery. I thought it would be the perfect fit for the Halloween week.

Next week we’ll have another installment of Hammerknight’s great “character archetypes” series, but this one was too perfectly timed to wait.

Thanks again MMI!

Note that if anyone else has recipes or how-to visual guides they’d like posted here, by all means send ‘em on.

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Dwarf recipes

Hammerknight has graciously put together a set of recipes for how to make a more convincing dwarf in HeroMachine 3. Thanks HK!


HM3 Basics: Heroines

Hammerknight had a nifty idea of putting together “basic” character archetypes that can be built in HeroMachine 3 without using any of the “advanced” features at all, just basic pointing and clicking like with HeroMachine 2. His first installment is “Heroines”, with hopefully many more to come. Thanks HK!

Female flying pose

A hearty thank-you goes to Hammerknight for putting together the female version of his head-on flying pose in HeroMachine 3. Thanks big guy!

How to make your own volcano in HM3

Everyone was impressed with Me, Myself, and I’s fantastic volcano in the last character contest, and you can see why:

Now for the first time anywhere, he reveals just how he did it! I like these “how to” kinds of guides because even if you don’t want to make your own volcano without the prospect of baking soda blowing up in a high school science fair, the techniques used are applicable to all kinds of things you might want to try.

Many thanks to MMI for putting this together.

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HM3 Animation Recipe

(If you’ve ever wondered if you can use HeroMachine to create an animation, you can! Thanks to frequent commenter Nite Rider and an assist from a movie making program, that is. Take it away, Nite Rider!)

With HeroMachine 3, you can create animations of your favorite heroes and villains and post them on sites such as YouTube. But, I must caution you not to violate any copyrights in the process.

You will need programs like Windows Movie Maker and Sound Recorder, a little patience, and a huge imagination.

First, create and copy multiple images of your character in each position of your animation sequence from HM3 to your pic file. Note the sample pics below:

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Scales

Hammerknight has put together a nice set of recipe cards showing the settings you need to scale your HeroMachine 3 illustrations for various purposes. Thanks again, HK!

Click on an image to see it at a larger, more legible size.

HM3 101 Part 4

Thanks again to Hammerknight for putting together this massive beginner’s guide to HeroMachine 3! See also Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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HeroMachine 3 101, Part 3

Thanks again to Hammerknight for putting together this massive beginner’s guide to HeroMachine 3! See also Part 1 and Part 2.

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