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Marcus Eckertlimit color palette
by on Sep 6, 2009 at 11:13:22 am

I'm trying to stylize some cgi footage so that it looks like an old 8-bit nes game. it looks somewhat decent so far but I still need to limit the color palette somehow. is there a way to do this, to sort of force color banding on the gradients and such?

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Todd KoprivaRe: limit color palette
by on Sep 6, 2009 at 3:10:03 pm

I'd try the Colorama effect with Interpolate Palette turned off.

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Hannes PaulssonRe: limit color palette
by on Sep 6, 2009 at 9:50:26 pm

Can you keep your original colors with colorama?

Another thing you could try is to apply the "posterize" effect.

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Chris WrightRe: limit color palette
by on Sep 7, 2009 at 1:41:29 am

easy, make an adjustment layer and put in these 2 bundled effects

operator slice
r 60
g 60
b 60
170 horiz
170 vert
sharp colors->on

this makes perfect 8 bit nes pictures, and if you want forced color dithering, exporting out a GIF with dithering on makes nice banding spots.

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Marcus EckertRe: limit color palette
by on Sep 7, 2009 at 2:27:33 am

well, the colorama effect is probably closest but I'll probably end up recreating the scene in paint or something, it's just clean enough otherwise and doesn't look true 8-bit. thanks though!

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