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Don’t use the auto-tracer

As an addendum to my previous post on SCI smells, here’s why you shouldn’t use the auto-trace function. Check it out.

This is your brain:

This is your brain on drugs:

Don’t use the auto-tracer. Especially when your source image has a lot of dithering in it, it has no earthly clue how to efficiently import those. Plus, you don’t get any priority or control screen data from it so you’d have to trace that out anyway.

Use tracing images, sure. Get a nice pencil sketch and go to town on it.

We already know they did that back in the day from this hidden background asset in Quest for Glory 2:

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