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Autumn vibes

Posted by Bugbear Inc. (Creator)
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We're always looking for ways to improve, and a couple of weeks ago our Environmental Art team decided to take advantage of the stunning autumn nature to hone their production methods and capture gorgeous new assets for the game. Here's a quick report:

It’s autumn, the gorgeous time of year the Finnish nature is full of color. Our Environmental Art team decided to take advantage of that and bring their game outside, running around shooting plants while people gave funny looks.

A lot of variety is required to create a believable game environment, and most objects that the player will be able to see up close will need to be modeled in full 3D. Small plants and foliage however are usually best achieved with planes or other simple shapes that are then textured – especially since most of our players won’t have too much time to admire them when they’re speeding past flat out! Using this technique the non-plant parts of the object will remain transparent, so the player can still see the game world and objects that are behind the actual object. You can think of the result kind as a billboard.

Textures then can either be hand-painted or based on a photograph. Here at Bugbear we want to achieve photorealistic results, and partly due to that use photo material as much as possible. The best way to get textures suited for your needs is of course to photograph them yourself, so that’s what we did in a nearby park!

     Juha and Antti hard at work!
     Juha and Antti hard at work!

The photographs you get usually contain unwanted features in the background that will need to be removed by hand or by using a background plate that’s often easy to remove in a photo editing software. Our previous method of shooting against a piece of white cardboard proved to be quite limited and less than ideal for masking purposes since the parts of the plant foliage can often get very bright hues that should be kept intact. Removing the background plate by masking out white hues can actually poke holes in the plants.

In order to improve our development methods we headed to a fabric outlet to get some decent background for foliage shooting. Our idea was that a strongly saturated cloth in the background would be easy to mask out when editing because the hues would be far apart from those of the foliage. This technique has been used in the film industry for years, and sure enough, it worked like a charm.

     Original shot with the blue background sheet.
     Original shot with the blue background sheet.

The cloth was removed in a photo editing software by using the color range selection and masking it out. Since blue is rarely a major contributing color in plants and foliage it’s an ideal color for this purpose. After this stage it’s easy to remove the stuff that’s outside of the cloth, and you’re all set.

Wait a bit, and you’ll be able to spot the end result in-game!

     With background masked out.
     With background masked out.

The cloth was removed in a photo editing software by using the color range selection and masking it out. Since blue is rarely a major contributing color in plants and foliage it’s an ideal color for this purpose. After this stage it’s easy to remove the stuff that’s outside of the cloth, and you’re all set.

Wait a bit, and you’ll be able to spot the end result in-game!

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    1. Bugbear Inc. Creator on

      Can't blame you, these few updates are reposts of our earlier blog updates since quite a few of you still haven't seen them yet. Next updates will be new content.

    2. TBog on

      This text is like having a déjà vu. Hope to see more ingame stuff in the following updates.