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How to Make Detailed Backgrounds out of Pictures
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Hello, everyone. I'm here with a tutorial, on how to make custom Backgrounds out of any old image you find on the web. No third party programs required.

You will need:

edit1754's BG Ripper | null
DynamicDrive's online image optimizer |
Google Images |
Paint(or any other program that can resize an image) | In your accessories folder.
Lunar Magic(1.7 and above works best) | I'm assuming you have it...

1. Firstly, find an image. Google images is good for that. If you want to have your BG repeat, you should include in your search that the BG repeats. "i.e. repeating bg forest" or "forest tile". A repeating BG will not have cutoff.

2. Once you have your image, open it in Paint, and resize to something like 64x64, 128x128, or 256x256. These sizes are perfect for tiling.

3. Open up the IMG optimizer. Select your image in the browse box, and select "Convert to PNG", if it's not a PNG already. Once the page appears, find the 16 color image, and save it to your desktop. This is crucial, for SMW's graphics are 4BPP (they can only have 16 colors max.).

4. Open Lunar Magic, and find an empty test level (i.e Level 174). Go to File > Save Level to File, and give it a name(i.e mycustmbg1.mwl). Save it.

5. Go to edit1754's tool, and select the PNG file in the top browse button, and the level(mycustmbg1.mwl), in the next one down from the top. Hit Submit.

6. Select the palettes, the 8x8 tiles(don't ever use tile F8!!!!), and the Map16. Hit Create ExGFX. Download it, and unzip the files.

7. Insert the Graphics and palettes normally, and if the BG repeats, edit the BG in the BG editor window. This is the finished product:

Thank you for reading my tutorial. I hope you have learned successfully, and you make some really good backgrounds!

Don't use tiff files, they don't display in many browsers, such as Google Chrome and possibly Mozilla Firefox, hence your images are all broken.

Interesting tutorial though.

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Fixed it. The TIFFs are gone, and my layout is gone too.

is there a way to select more then 1 tile at a time? it says i need 1000 tiles for 8x8 and i dont know if theres even enough for that, the one below needs 256 tiles, does it matter which i choose?
To use more than 1 tile at a time use Mozilla Firefox, and click on the first tile you want to select, the shift click on the last one you want it to select and it will select all of them in between.
To get 1000 tiles you would have to use the TM1+TM2 files. But to make it easier, you can use Infranview/Photoshop to convert it to 16bit, and have dithering turned off, which would make it use less tiles. A SNES can only display 1024 tiles w/o the ExGFX Revolution patch.
You need to choose both. 1000 8x8 tiles, and 256 16x16 tiles.

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For who don't get 16 color image,use that.


Originally posted by MarioErmando
For who don't get 16 color image,use that.

For those who don't get a 16 color image, select the, "Show All Results" box. #w{=D}

This is the site of Background ripping tool?
If I go on this link it appear THIS
This happen to you?
This is the best tutorial I Ever seen, Thanks man your the best!

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This tutorial is indeed useful. However, I suggest reducing the color directly to 15 or 14 colors, because the transparent color should be always free in my opinion...well atleast by myself it sometimes glitches when the screen "shake" (pressing P-Switch)

This only happens if the transparent color is used, however.
Dudes, I have the same problem again! If I go in the wiiterioup link it appears numbers and a stupid site#w{>=(}
Does someone know the correct link to this?
THIS IS THE SAME! If I click on your link, it appear something like
Does this happen only to me? What's wrong?#w{>=(}#w{:<}
Weird, this link works to me...
EDIT! I resetted my PC but all the times I go on the link I got THIS page.
What I have to do now? I want to rip an image!#w{:<}
Originally posted by max.trio
EDIT! I resetted my PC but all the times I go on the link I got THIS page.
What I have to do now? I want to rip an image!#w{:<}

By the looks of things, all the image rippers are down, so you need to wait till edit1754 fixes them.
Ok. We'll have to wait then. Somebody could PM me when things got right? Thanks!#w{=)}
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