How do you make an array of blank, 8 by 8 sprite sheets in Paint.NET?


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Ok. This will be hard to explain. Basically, I have made an 8 by 8 sprite sheet in preparation for a Java 2D RPG I'm making. I made this in Paint.NET. Here is what it looks like: enter image description here

You see, I'm not new to Java, but I am to game programming, so I'm following Ryan van Zeben (DesignsByZephyr)'s tutorials on making a Java 2D RPG. In the second episode of his series he appears to take a sheet quite like mine and convert it into an array of many sheets. So, he makes a grid that has other grids on it.

If you're still unsure what I mean then check out the video on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7pfq0W3e4I&list=TLCpbhtBxFFX5rEXsyeN0nyXGDCOg5kyxY&index=3. Skip to 4:18 or thereabouts. Then, once he has talked he does something with "blending options" and in turn creates what I'm talking about.

Now, I don't have access to Photoshop so I can't repeat the same process. However, I do want to do what he was doing in Paint.NET. I am a very big noob when it comes to Paint.NET, so I would have no idea how to do this. I was wondering if you could help me.

So to sum all that up my final question is this:

How do I recreate what DesignsByZephyr was doing in Episode two of his making a Java 2D RPG series at roughly 4:45 in Paint.NET?

Thank you so much for reading this. I want the final product to look something like this: enter image description here

Yeah. Once again, thank you. Any support or help will be greatly appreciated.

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5/4/2015 5:44:00 PM

Accepted Answer

What you're looking for is actually a grid. I don't think you can do this easily "out of the box" in paint.net, but you may find a plugin that allow this.

Here is one of them: http://paint.net.amihotornot.com.au/Features/Effects/Plugins/Render/Grid_CheckerBoard_Maker/

To answer your question using this:

  • Install the grid/checkboard plugin
  • Select in foreground and background colors the two colors of your grid (light pink and dark pink in your case)
  • Open the Grid/Checkboard plugin dialog (see image below)
  • Select horizontal and vertical steps of 8 pixels
  • Select Mode: "Grid lines"
  • Select Drawing position: "Top left"
  • Click OK

Grid/Checkboard plugin's dialog

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10/10/2014 11:21:00 AM

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