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Reply 20 of 23, by Mithloraite

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Nexxen wrote on 2020-11-18, 18:34:

Do you have any site page where I can go to and see your work?
I am a fan of EOB too.

A worthy game, really.
What I did is just this, the portraits and already patched eye.res is here as I mentioned

https://www.old-games.ru/forum/threads/eye-of … -4#post-1683705

as for EotB-1 ver 1.9 "Stone Gem Edition" based on Demo, it was uploaded on a variety of sites by many people.

I could not even track it. When I did it I even did not have an Internet connection... (long ago in a galaxy far away).
Now I see it here:

https://www.oldgames.sk/en/game/eye-of-the-be … /download/8453/

please select the Downloads section, "1.9 unofficial" .zip version.

It has no maps or password list unlike I uploaded it once. But all other things I hope are OK. With DosBox it must work perfectly.

It is 100% stable. Still amazed about it 😀

Perfection is the key. Fatality is the key. (c)

Reply 21 of 23, by Mithloraite

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Hello All!
Good news, I must admit I could not fix completely some things in EoB-III portraits just in one hit in Version 7_27 of EoB-III Portrait Restoration patch. So,

Ver. 8_28 Plus 8 is available! 😀 It will not be a disappointment for EoB lovers.

Besibe 28 "main" portraits I included 8 more. The Bright Eyes set 😀
As the vile EoB-3 artist beside just spoiling many portraits has dimmed the eyes of many other portraits - which are otherwise OK. "The Dimmer of Eyes is his name."
Now I corrected this portrait set "eye" trouble. 😀 Fixing some other problems with these portraits too.

The download for the patched EYE.RES file is here as usual, please see the end of the post:

https://www.old-games.ru/forum/threads/eye-of … -4#post-1767908

I did one simple thing here, too. Beside fixing minor problems I completely dropped the attempts to fix or embellish EoB-3 versions of certain portraits. Making -better copies- of EoB-1 portraits, instead.
It looks better.

This is about the Green Elf mage, whose complex portrait composition was simplified by EoB-3 designer, also the Blue Mage who was totally remade in EoB-3 making him ugly and very yellow.
No longer I tried to correct his face, a better copy of EoB-1 Blue Mage is better 😀

Also it's the case of the Dark Girl. Keeping her "simple" as in EoB-1 is the key.

I added a completely repainted portrait of the Dark Warrior, with horns 😀

(Never fixed it in the past but it had to be done. I'll mention as to why.)

A short summary, I published it already on EAB forums and should repeat it here...

Please see these nice sample cases below:

Sure, the Green Girl picture where it all started, as it became even less crooked 😀
Can't help but see it was a little crooked in the EoB-1 original.

EoB-1:
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EoB-III, reptilian horror with huge nose

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Ver. 8

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Well, nearly it's EoB-1 in EoB-3 colors. Might be even more agreeable than the original. Cute. 😀

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The Dark Warrior, with horns, the new one. 😀

Let's see what's the problem with him...

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EoB-3
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EoB-3 version is crude, the right part. As it was repainted in EoB-3 with -one- continuous steel-grey color instead of 3 or 4 blue colors used in EoB-1.
And more greys.
EoB-3 palette lacks some blue colors, so it was simplified and never corrected before.

Now I used all blue colors and less steel/grey as in the original. The color transfer result is smooth now and looks nice as in EoB-1. And yes, I have fixed the portrait centering. 😀 No tilt to the left, now. Ver. 8:

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Looks good in the game. Otherwise EoB-3 version was more primitive than that of EoB-1 😀

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The problematic Green Elf mage and the Blue Mage.

The Elf had a more complex portrait composition in EoB-1,

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Turned primitive (and ugly-faced) in EoB-3:

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In my Ver. 7 I restored his face but it was not enough. The portrait composition was still primitive:

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Now I have returned the "proper" EoB-1 clothes and composition.
Well, this Elf is much more impressive. Ver 8:

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Not to mention authentic.
How good was that EoB-1 artist/designer!

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The Blue Mage, was the pixel art perfection in EoB-1:

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In EoB-3 he was majorly re-painted as an ugly (and yellow) individual.

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in Ver. 7 I fixed his face but it was still "not quite" and too yellow.

FIXED. I totally repainted the picture using another color set. It's now as the original or even better, as I use more face colors than EoB-1 (lucky here, huh.)

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It's Victory! 😀

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The Dark Demihuman Girl,

Was small and simplistic/disheveled in EoB-1,

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Turned big, half-elven and sort of posh in EoB-3 but wrong color eyebrows etc.

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Now I didn't try to fix these EoB-3 features to make them fit, just returned as much EoB-1 as I could. Including the background and the jagged hair line in the left part. Ver 8:

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To me, she looks just great now. Also authentic. 😀

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Paladin

His kind (EoB-1) face I returned in early versions like 5, that task was clear

EoB-1
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EoB-III, unkind face and spiteful as if he has eaten a worm

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But I could not remove that ultra-shiny pixel on this right shoulder (pauldron) where his armor collar goes behind this neck.
Now I moved some parts and this pixel shines moderately, all in place 😀

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Gnome (Demihuman) Girl

A standard case but special in a way... A problematic portrait that was -not- changed by EoB-3 artist. Even the eyes were not dimmed.
Somehow the EoB-3 butcher "artist" did not spoil portraits that were already problematic. 😀

This lady had a face badly angled (just like the One-eyed Fighter Girl), also neck nearly broken and a very badly painted left eye. Ugh. Bad centering also.

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(EoB-1 and 3 are the same here.)

I fixed the face in ver 7 and the neck. But the eye and the centering, well, only now 😀 Ready!

Ver. 8:
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She looks just great in the game. 😀

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The complex, Gruffy Dwarf with no eyes

In EoB-1
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In EoB-3:
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The EoB-1 dark violet background color doesn't exist in EoB-3. Not found in the palette.

I tried many other colors but they don't fit the character. Look just dead and boring at best.
By users' comments, blue fits well.

Plain Dark blue is also boring, so, a gradient color change like in One-eyed Fighter Girl portrait:

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Mainly the character spirit is there and it's not boring! (as with grey/steel background).

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Now the rare and sort of weird, Anya.
As it was with the Paladin, the face and the background I corrected long ago but the armor...
It was complex.

Like the Paladin's, this problem originated from EoB-1. It's easy to see Anya's armor shifted somewhere to the middle(!) of her chest.

I expect that happened as these portraits were made with EGA and CGA in mind as EoB-1 supports them. Minor shifts like 1 pixel in VGA were not easily seen on smaller screens, 14" or less. The portraits were very small on these.

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EoB-3
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EoB-3 has no old modes, olny VGA. The screens by 1993 got bigger. So the picture had to be repainted, I agree. EoB-3 poor artist just removed her exotic armor.
Also spoiling her hair (in 3 ways) her face (in 3 ways) and her body (in 3 ways). Plus the "new" dull background. One may find the differences by comparing these pictures.
Pity.

At last I moved her armor back and it fits! 😀 Ver. 8:

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All the other problems created by EoB-3 bad artist I removed and fixed. Anya is just gorgeous now. 😀

Very complex portrait but great in a way.
I have heard more people take Anya to EoB-3... She is very charismatic! 😀

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To sum it up I corrected, compared to ver. 7, many dozens of big and small issues.

With hair, background, armor pieces and even faces. (And eyes, those 8 portraits.)

All results are much more agreeable now.

I'm happy to upload the ready EYE.RES game file, all portraits included:

https://www.old-games.ru/forum/threads/eye-of … -4#post-1767908

(Please see the end of this post for download.)

Also there is separate portraits archives set in .bmp and .bin EoB-3 formats.

Congratulations!
Indeed, ~many~ changes to the best were made.

My gratitude to dim568 as your converter program allowed a miracle to happen! 😀

Perfection is the key. Fatality is the key. (c)

Reply 22 of 23, by Nexxen

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Thanks for the effort!

All the EOB3 pics look like they were taken after a bong 😀
Now they look way better.

Someone should come out with a new episode, EOB 4.
Now I have to replay the game.

Nothing else in the world smells like that.
I love the smell of burnt components in the morning.

Reply 23 of 23, by Mithloraite

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Nexxen wrote on 2021-11-04, 22:51:
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Thanks for the effort!

All the EOB3 pics look like they were taken after a bong 😀
Now they look way better.

Someone should come out with a new episode, EOB 4.
Now I have to replay the game.

You are most welcome! 😀

> after a bong

Uhuh! 😀 The "default" EoB-3 portraits have -squinty- and -dim- eyes... Which creates this kind of impression 😀

Why they did it (in this terrible style) is still a mystery! 😀

Some characters even got no eyes at all. Like that Green hobbit, in EoB-III.

Now all those best character portraits that suffered in EoB-III are OK! 😀

Perfection is the key. Fatality is the key. (c)