Open help thread

Coming out of the discussion earlier in the week were several requests for a "help" post. So here it is! If you want to know how to do something in HeroMachine, or how to draw something specific by hand (or computer), or you wonder how an effect you've seen in comics somewhere was achieved, leave a comment describing what you want help with and I and the other commenters here will try to give you a hand.

You can also use this space to ask someone about a character they posted. For instance, if you can't figure out how Imp gets those spiffy circle gradients behind his characters, you can ask him in the comments. No guarantees that anyone you ask will either see or respond to your question, of course, but hopefully someone will get you squared away.

I'm honestly not sure how this will work, or if it's even what you were asking for, so by all means feel free to correct me if you were hoping for something else.

I'll also be posting another "Hammerknight Recipe" later in the day, as I figure that fits under the concept of "Helpful Thursdays" too.

See you in comments!

26 Responses to Open help thread

  1. John says:

    I need help re-caulking my bathroom.

  2. John says:

    (that wasn’t very helpful, was it?)

  3. Jeff Hebert says:

    I’ve been in one of your bathrooms before. I ain’t goin’ in there without a military grade flamethrower, pal!

  4. John says:

    Well, there is that.

  5. Hammerknight says:

    Tile or panel John.

  6. John says:

    Tile. Actually, as I just told Jeff, it’s more re-grouting that needs to be done. I just don’t wanna do it.

  7. Hammerknight says:

    Please don’t think that I’m a know it all, but I have worked with my hands all my life. Construction, Woodworking, art in many forms, and I love them all.I also love comics and doing research on history, fantasy,sci-fi, military, names, and a whole lot more. So I’m more the willing to help. Right now all I have is time and finding ways to fill it is hard some times.

  8. Hammerknight says:

    I love to tile but I hate to grout.

  9. berserker says:

    well let me start with something interesting i just found for mac users
    to take a screenshot without havint to use addons or something like that press shift command and 3 to tak the whole screen and shift command and 4 to take part of the image

  10. Niall Mor says:

    I’d like to know the best ways to create characters in “nonstandard” poses. For example, yesterday I created a character called Golden Eagle, link and I decided to use the “running” legs as if the character is running toward the viewer and getting ready yo take off. When I chose his boots, I couldn’t quite get the boots to line up with the end of the legs. Is it possible to use masking or the transform command to get feet and legs (or other body parts) to line up more evenly?

    Thanks for your help!

  11. Hammerknight says:

    @Niall Mor it is the size that needs to be changed up on that pose. Make the right foot bigger because it is closer to you and the left foot a little smaller then the right foot. Both feet need to be made larger then 100×100.

  12. Niall Mor says:

    Thanks for the tip, HammerKnight!

  13. Whit says:

    I want to know how to create pants that cover legs in non-standing positions. You run into so many restrictions with how many items can be masked to how many items. I’ve not been able to come up with satisfactory pants for running, leaping, etc legs, and oftentimes I just resort to leggings, even though that’s not the look I want to go for.

    Any pictures/step-by-steps you can post with your answer would be much appreciated. 🙂

  14. The Imp says:


    I guess I’d better switch out to something besides those circle backgrounds, huh?

    I just like ’em so much though! 😀

  15. Jeff Hebert says:

    @Imp: No way! We’re just having fun with ya, I personally love the simple graphic background. Like I say, I use it in my professional commissions too, so keep on keepin’ on brother.

  16. Hammerknight says:

    @Niall Mor if you need more then that to answer your question let me know and I can do up some pictures for you.

  17. Circle Girl says:

    How do you re-size many things at once? I figured out how to rotate and move several things at the same time, but for some reason I can’t shrink or grow any other items but the current one. Is that a glitch, or am I doing something wrong? I’m using Firefox.

    Also, what is a good size for a dwarf?

  18. MartianBlue says:

    Not really what’s suppose to be posted here, but is there a request page or section for items? I was wondering if You could do the fingerless glove in two colors, with transparent fingers?

  19. MartianBlue says:

    To specify, my prior post, I was referring to the outline color, and main color on the glove, without the hand.

  20. MartianBlue says:

    Something I’ve noticed about the masking problem. I can make a guy, mask and item, and save him, load him and he’s messed up. (hence the masking problem)
    After the load, I fix the masking, save him again, reload him and he’s better.
    Continue this a few times, and the masking is fixed.
    It’s a bit of trouble, but if your going to use your guy from the load alot, it’s worth a try.

  21. Whit says:

    MartianBlue: You can make a reasonable facsimile of a fingerless glove by masking it to a small circle. And if it doesn’t put the two colours where you want, I’ve discovered that small Insignia shapes can work wonders (see, for instance, the shading on my face in my self-portrait, the very first link in the 1990s Comic contest comments).

  22. Hammerknight says:

    @Circle Girl you have to use the all items button to change the size of everything at once. Dwarves are about 3/4 the size of a human on height but they are wider in width.

  23. MartianBlue says:

    Thanks Whit. If Jeff could though, I wouldn’t mind having the glove seperate from the hand, It’s coloring has actually keept me from using it on numerous occasions. I have used it before of course, but not much. I know I’m being lazy with this, and I do appreciate the advice.

  24. Richard says:

    hey Jeff Stained Glass windows and Or Organ Pipes please for my horors and christan/church related Characters!!!

  25. Melis says:

    @MartianBlue, you may be able to do that by just changing the color of the hand underneith the glove. Do you want the actual fingers to be transparent? I recomend using a blue and lowering the alpha. The affect will be increased if there is something behind the hand (if it holds a hilt or if there is some background). tell me how it works.

  26. Rosco says:

    I bet people would be willing to pay for the items they want. You could charge $1 or $5 or whatever supply and demand dictate, and take requests. Prolly you’d want to charge after you had a look at the request, maybe you could even make up the charge based on the request, so a full-length yeti-skin coat would be more expensive than rhinestone glasses.