Start with the source photo of the hieroglyphic line art, like this smiting scene from the Pylon, for example.
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Start with the most important things, first. In this case, the Pharaoh, the God, then he major props, the enemies of Egypt (which the king holds by their hair), the larger hieroglyphs then the smaller ones. As soon as you have a reasonable sample of things colored in, post the texture to the forum so we can review it and give you pointers. Mainly, we need to be sure you are putting the right colors on the objects. (3)
Correct, cleanup, and flatten the image—try to reduce it to just line art. For example, use the gradient shading tool in Photoshop to correct for the fold. (4)
Compare each item in the line-art (figure, bird, hieroglyph), find the similar items in the two scenes and coffin of Petosiris from Tuna el Gebel, all shown below. If you have a hard time telling things apart, refer to Gardner’s sign list, which shows all the Hieroglyphics they used. http://www.jimloy.com/hiero/gardner0.htm
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Based on the similar items, choose a color for the item from this palatte.
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Color in the item. The goal is not to just color in the lines, but to make it look authentic. Use the damaged-color images as a guide. As another example, we are fairly happy with how Mike Jones’ pillar texture (spring semester) came out:
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Once you have the colored hieroglyphics looking right, add it to the temple. You should add a “detail” texture to imply a bit of dirt and wear. If you can use the same detail texture already in the temple, that would probably be best. Alternatively, you could use one of the stone textures in our image library, like this one. Talk to Ricardo, first. We have other stone textures you could work with. The most important thing is to maintain consistency with the existing temple artwork
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