Need pictures for sides of the screen

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Need pictures for sides of the screen

Postby GrayFace » Mar 3 2019, 18:29

I'd like to replace black bars on sides of the screen with some non-distracting images. Each game has a number of different screens that could use different images on their sides, e.g. what's good in-game won't work well in the main menu, MM7 would need different images for neutral/good/evil. We could go further and make slightly different images for different in-game screens.
I've no idea what the images should be yet, they should just fit and be non-distracting, maybe blurred. No size constraints - they can be big. Also, sides can be of any size (e.g. someone might squeeze the window horizontally or vertically), so the images would need to either look fine when partially visible (in the mentioned example only a horizontal slice would be visible, stretched to whole side strip area) or be tile-able.
Sides could also be used for some extra info, e.g. displaying real-life time.
I'm open to you suggestions. :)

P.S. The main motivation is that black bars would feel claustrophobic when HD interface on the map view is introduced (that is, one that works with wide screens). Other screens would remain 4x3 as they are now.

[edit] I was wrong, most screens would have whatever was in the view as their background.
It would be partially faded. Now I'm not sure I actually need any pictures. Maybe for main menu.
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Re: Need pictures for sides of the screen

Postby Neron Darkiuss » Mar 3 2019, 20:16

this black bars?
Image
what size?

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Re: Need pictures for sides of the screen

Postby GrayFace » Mar 3 2019, 20:21

Yes, these ones. What do you mean about size?
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Re: Need pictures for sides of the screen

Postby Neron Darkiuss » Mar 3 2019, 20:56

>No size constraints - they can be big.
oh i got it! read whole post before answer. hehe

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Re: Need pictures for sides of the screen

Postby Avonu » Mar 3 2019, 21:15

I really don't understand what kind of pictures you need?

Something like this?
ImageImage

Or maybe promo arts?
ImageImageImage

Or maybe concept arts from game manuals?
ImageImage
Image

Or maybe creatures 3D models?
ImageImageImage
ImageImage

Or maybe just plain old screenshots?
ImageImage

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Re: Need pictures for sides of the screen

Postby GrayFace » Mar 4 2019, 17:05

I was wrong, most screens would have whatever was in the view as their background.
It would be partially faded. Now I'm not sure I actually need any pictures. Maybe for main menu.
Anyway, here's roughly what I was going for:
Image
Last edited by GrayFace on Mar 4 2019, 17:06, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Need pictures for sides of the screen

Postby Angelspit » Mar 4 2019, 19:10

Yes, the result is less distracting and more elegant that way.
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Re: Need pictures for sides of the screen

Postby Erisian » Mar 15 2019, 9:34

I may have a go at this but don't hold your breath - I have to go easy with commitments. I have Daz studio, Bryce and Gimp so I may be able to come up with something.

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Re: Need pictures for sides of the screen

Postby GrayFace » Mar 17 2019, 9:45

Erisian, I don't think there's any place for them besides the main menu anymore. Exception is MM6 and Software rendering modes in MM7 and MM8.
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