Here is the "Test Sickle." Say that out loud a few times. When Zillie told me you guys wanted me to post the "testsickle" on the forums, I asked him "the WHAT?" about 5 times before I figured out what he was talking about.
The purpose of this image was to create a made-up weapon that used every possible "material" type that we will colorize. The materials are:
• Main metal (blades)
• Inlay / Stone / Secondary Metal
• Corrosion / Tertiary Metal
• Gems / Glow / Glass
• Rim Light
Any part of any weapon can have the above materials, and our Photoshop Action set automatically colorizes them into 5 different color sets. These color sets are just numbered 1-5, but they can generally be thought to be:
1 - gold, aka
precious or seemingly precious
2 - silver, aka
3 - purple, aka irons and some precious
4 - gray/blue, aka steel and others
5 - red, aka rust or lower tier
The above color schemes will be further tinted by the game to create somewhere around 20+ unique materials. The final image will show those tint colors.PROCESS:
Image 1 (below) — this is the original "key color" version of the weapon, as painted by the artist.
Image 2 (below) — the action turns this image into a black and white version after selecting each "material" color range via the photoshop menu option Select > Color Range > Blues (to select the pure blue color areas of the previous image), and then doing that for each other color (red, yellow, etc).
Image 3 (below) — Using Gradient Map adjustment layers, each set to mask out one of the previous color range selections, we auto-colorize each "material" on the weapon to remap it to one of our 5 color sets. This is color set #1, aka gold.
Image 4 (below) — set #2, aka silver
Image 5 (below) — set #3, aka purple
Image 6 (below) — set #4, aka gray (steel)
Image 7 (below) — set #5, aka red (rust)
Image 8 (below) — and finally, this is the full sheet of materials and tints. The top row are the above material color sets #1-5. The columns below these are the tinted versions of each. The box to the left of each weapon set shows the color it's getting tinted with. Material names refer to metals only, but we will also have material names for stone, wood, cloth/fibers, etc.