Posted by Todd Rivers (Owner of RDI Studio) on February 18, 2017
Lately, I have been investing a lot of time and energy in reconditioning casino gaming assets for several clients…work that I love to do and that I am really good at. I like to say that there is no gaming art that is irredeemable…I can always find a way to make the vintage art shine.
In most instances, a client needs to upgrade their art assets to meet both a higher screen resolution and perhaps a different aspect ratio than their prior system. Of course, I am happy to comply with their request.
I am no longer shocked with the files that they often supply me with, however. In several cases, I have discovered incomplete art production files, missing assets, and assets that need to be completely recreated.
Many clients simply do not understand that when they are subcontracting a company or artist to produce their game’s art assets that they are also entitled to the ‘authoring’ files too. Authoring files can include Photoshop, Flash, and Illustrator files; and, they are very important because they leave design clues and templates that make it easier in the recreation of higher resolution assets.
Imagine having to recreate a home that burned down with only a few photographs of that home as reference. Wouldn’t it be easier and faster if you had a set of well documented architectural plans as well as some building blocks all ready to use? Of course it would.
Gaming art is no different. As a client, you want gaming assets that include the original authoring files; and, you want those authoring files to be meticulously annotated with instructions that a future artist can use to create higher resolution assets.
Hopefully, you are investing in a game that will be making you money for years to come…If you are, then make sure that you are also planning ahead by making sure that your art assets can be easily reconfigured for future gaming platforms and screens.
Investing in better gaming art means investing in great art production files that you can use and repurpose for years to come.
Drop me a line. I would love to help you save and repurpose one of your existing games, or, perhaps, get you off on the right foot by creating well documented art production files for your brand new game.
Please feel free to contact me on this web site if you have any questions or need help with your own art production needs.
Todd Rivers, Owner of RDI Studio