Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

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

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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HeroMachine 3 101, part 2

Thanks again to Hammerknight for putting together this great beginners’ guide. This is part 2, you can find part 1 here.

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HeroMachine3 101, part 1

Hammerknight did a ton of work, putting together a “basics” guide on how to use HeroMachine 3 for the beginner. I’m going to break this up into several weeks, starting with a brief tour of the controls.

Thanks Hammerknight!

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Living Tattoos

I’m working my way through a fantastic set of “HeroMachine 101″ lessons Hammerknight sent in, which I’ll probably start next week. But meanwhile, frequent commenter “Me, Myself, and I” put together this really cool recipe for how to do a “Living Dragon Tattoo”, a neat effect I don’t think I’ve seen before:

His secret how-to guide after the jump!

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Once more into the crapper

On a dare, Hammerknight can show you how to make your own toilet in HeroMachine 3:

I can’t decide what’s more alarming, that someone drew a toilet or that someone dared someone to do it. Speaking of which, have you ever noticed how un-toilet-friendly most superhero gear is? No zippers, layers of armor, spandex out the wazoo, and an almost sinister lack of access to said wazoo in the first place.

Anyway, the speculation last week over just how he got the book pages in his grimoire was really entertaining, so we’re introducing a new feature this week — “Guess How!”

Take a look at this Hammerknight effort and see if you can guess how it was done, either just explaining what you think the tricks are, or trying to replicate it yourself (link to show your work!):

I’ll post the answer key after folks’ve had a chance to give it a try. Thanks HK, should be fun!