Read this and you will create wonderful characters quickly :) !
You may create characters for any game you want. For convenience two kinds of character are available by default: for RPG Maker XP and VX. Use those commands to create them:
|RPG Maker XP||File > New > RPG Maker XP character||Alt + 1|
|RPG Maker VX||File > New > RPG Maker VX character||Alt + 2|
What we actually call a character is a set of frames, in which each frame represents a character moving in a certain direction. Game Character Hub puts characters in a grid whose cases are frames. For instance, an RPG Maker XP character has a grid width of 4 frames, a grid height of 4 frames, and each 4 horizontal frames represent a character moving in a direction. It's the same for RPG Maker VX characters except that they have a grid width of 3 frames.
Game Character Hub handles characters of any grid size. You may create a character with the grid size you like via the command:
|File > New > Character||Ctrl + N|
Game Character Hub characters are made of items (i.e. layers). They are objects, like hair, body, clothes. You may create your own character by adding such items. Game Character Hub offers a default set of items (called library). To add items from the library to your character you must launch the following function:
|Character > Add item or drawing layer > Add item||I (key i)|
Game Character Hub enables you to edit completely character items. You may change their color, move them, rotate them... To use such commands you must first select the items and the character frames or pixels to be edited. There are two kinds of commands. Some commands only operate onto character frames (An RPG Maker XP character has 16 frames, a VX one has 12. Please refer to Character grid size), while others operate onto selected pixels. It's easy to distinguish them thanks to their name and icon.
To select an item, left click on it (on the left dock window). You may select several by holding down the Ctrl and Shift keys.
To select/deselect character frames, use the following tools:
|Select character frames||Selection > Frame selection||A|
|Deselect frames||Selection > Edit > Deselect frames||Ctrl + D|
Once the first tool is selected, click on the frames to select. You may select several by holding the Ctrl and Shift keys or simply by holding down the mouse button.
To operate on pixels, you must use those tools:
|Select pixels||Selection > Pixel selection||Shift + A|
|Select an area of similar color||Selection > Magic wand||W|
|Move the selection pattern||Selection > Move selection pattern||D|
|Deselect pixels||Selection > Edit > Deselect pixels||Ctrl + D|
You can then launch editing functions onto selected items and frames or pixels. Here is a list of the most used editing functions.
|Move||Move selected items.||Character > Move||M|
|Move pixels||Move selected pixels.||Character > Move pixels||Shift + M|
|Colorize (Hue / Saturation)||Change the hue, the saturation and luminosity of selected items.||Character > Colorize (Hue / Saturation)||H|
|Resize||Change the size of selected items.||Characters > Resize||T|
|Rotate||Rotate selected items.||Characters > Rotate||Shift + T|
Remember that commands only edit what's selected. They will operate on everything if nothing is selected.
With Game Character Hub, you can draw on your characters! You may use a pen or an eraser to correct some pixels, or draw rects or circles, fill them with colored gradients or anything you like. Everything has been made so don't need to use your graphics editing program anymore, everything you need is here, on Game Character Hub!
It works exactly as you'd expect, simply select the layer you want to draw on, select your tool (pen for instance) and simply draw! If some pixels are selected, you may not draw outside the pixel selection.
|Eyedropper||Pick a color.||Drawing > Eyedropper||Shift + P|
|Pen||Draw with a pen.||Drawing > Pen||P|
|Bucket||Fill an area with a color.||Drawing > Bucket||B|
|Eraser||Erase some pixels of the characters.||Drawing > Eraser||E|
|Line||Draw line.||Drawing > Line||L|
|Rectangle||Draw rectangle.||Drawing > Rectangle||R|
|Circle||Draw circle.||Drawing > Circle||C|
Game Character Hub will prevent you from drawing directly on the items that are from the item library. Instead it will automatically add a drawing layer on which you will draw, so you don't soil the item.
Game Character Hub offers three ways to save your work.
|File > Save||Ctrl + S||Save the current character|
|File > Save as...||Ctrl + Alt + S||Save the current character under a new name|
|File > Save all||Ctrl + Shift + S||Save all open characters|
|File > Save as different hues||Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S|
Game Character Hub, beside character design, also offers useful functions for game design with RPG Maker.
|Tileset merging||Merge tilesets||File > Tileset merging|
|Character conversion||Convert characters among the different versions of RPG Maker. (RPG Maker 2003, XP, et VX)||File > Character conversion|
Have a nice use of Game Character Hub, and good game design!