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#10187310 Oct 23, 2014 at 05:00 AM · Edited 7 years ago
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Chose a crest

1. Find an image or make one yourself that you are allowed to use (so no rights on anyone else, but you). Easiest and best for a crest is an illustration (vector image).

2. Make sure your image has no “halo”.
That means, if you cut out your crest from a background, make sure the edges of your selection around your crest are clean (Tip: In photoshop change the selection and make it 1px smaller), so that it won’t have a dirty outline when you put it on a background.

3. Save it as PNG and nothing else! (The filename has to be ucc.png to work ingame)
If you have Photoshop save it for web usage, because otherwise the file will be too big and takes forever to upload in-game.

4. Resize your image to 256x256px with a resolution of 72dpi. (if it is of any different size than 256x256 it won’t work.)

5. Copy your UCC.png file into the right folder.
Go to wherever your ArcheAge gamefolder is then -> Documents -> UCC -> drop the ucc.png here. (No need to restart the game, next time you click the printer machine ingame, your crest will be shown in the lower left corner)


Why does it have to be a PNG?

First of all, the game won’t recognize any other file format. And because you want an icon, symbol, logo or the like and not a little square that looks shabby on your sail, cloak or other item.

Of course just saving it as PNG won’t make the background transparent, that you have to take care of first in photoshop etc. To save it as PNG will only ensure that your background will be displayed as transparent afterwards, while a JPG format for example will fill the background automatically.

PNG - Logo on transparent background



JPG – Same Logo as above, but saved as JPG
(This also shows the halo effect, if you look at the edges of the image)




Use your crest ingame

1. Bring a Crest Brainstorm (available on the AH for roughly 10 gold or the credit shop for 300 credits) and as many Memory Ink as objects you have that you want the crest printed on (available at a general merchant for a few silver).



2. Find a printer machine in the game. (Ezna for example has one and I am sure any other bigger city as well)



3. Select your crest in the lower left corner beside the default crests. Chose a background from the examples and pick your colors.
(You can also see here in the small version of your crest, if it has a halo or not.)
Hint: The background and its colors that you chose here won’t be printed on all objects that you can put a crest on. For example the sails of a harpoon clipper will only show your UCC.png image and not the background.

4. Before clicking confirm, check if your crest really looks like you want it. If it has a halo, is too small or anything else is wrong, better edit your png again, because your Crest Brainstorm will be used and you’ll need a new one if you already clicked confirm.

5. Click confirm! Wait a little now.
Your crest will be uploaded now and you need to be patient. Once it is done you will find a Master Dye in your inventory. By mouse-over it will show your crest in the tooltip.



6. Use the Master Dye on the Memory Ink that you bought earlier. The Memory Ink will turn into a Master Dye Template which you can now use once on a ship, cloak, custome mask etc.



You can create as many Master Dye Templates with your Master Dye as you like.
And you can create as many Master Dyes as you like with different crest prints as well. So you are not stuck with the same one. The Master Dye item is not unique, but you need a new Crest Brainstorm for every crest that you create on the printer machine.



What to use your Crest on?

There are different items you can put a crest one, some show only the png that you created, others show the whole crest that you made on the printer machine ingame.

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The sails of your ship:
On the sails of your ship only the png will be seen. That your image does not look pixilated when you create it with the size of 256x256 is vital here, because it will be shown in its original size and not downsized as it is for cloaks or shirts.

=> If you are interested, here some info on resolution and why print and web resolution makes a big difference:

It is always better to begin with a high-quality-image, no matter if you will print it (with printing I mean on paper, like posters or magazines) or if you are going to use it for web purposes (ingame crests count as web image here)
Because when it comes to source images, bigger is better, because you can go down in size but not up without losing quality.

300dpi (dots per inch = the number of pixels per inch) is common print resolution, while 72 dpi is screen resolution.
The more dots/pixels per inch the higher the quality and the higher the detail of the image. This here shows pretty well what that means, the more dots you have, the more detail you can show:



Resolution is not the same like size! If you have access to Photoshop (or Gimp works too) you can test this. Screens are only able to display a resolution of about 70-87dpi, the screens are simply not able to do more (the difference results from the size of your screen and on how you have your monitor set). That means, that a 300 dpi image of course cannot be displayed ‘correctly’, so the programs fake it for us and make it appear bigger (if you set it to 100%), because the screen has to stretch these 300 dots per inch on ~ 72 that it is able to display, that gives us the false idea of 300dpi images to also be bigger in size. Yet if you check the actual image size in the options, both a 300dpi image and a 72dpi image can be for example 3inches x 3inches big, so the size itself did not change, just the quality and amount of detail did.

The first example below has a lot of detail and is at 300dpi (even though the web is 72dpi this works for our purposes)
The second example is at 72dpi but scaled up to the same size so you can see the difference in detail. The actual image would be about 1/4 the size when you go from 300dpi to 72dpi, but at the same height and width is where you can actually see the difference.

300dpi


72dpi



Side note: Image files with higher resolution (more dpi) will also have a bigger file size because they contain more data. Start with the biggest images you can but when putting images on the web they should be set to 72dpi, it’ll save you a ton of bandwidth and they’ll load faster. Yes, they’ll be smaller than the original but should in most cases be plenty big because of monitor resolution (ppi) sizes.
One last thing, don’t confuse “image size” with “file size.” Image size refers to the dimensions of the image while file size is how much space the image takes up on a hard drive.


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Custom Shirts:
Also on a shirt (T-Shirt or long sleeve makes no difference) only your png will be displayed and not the background you set on the ingame printer machine. This allows for very pretty shirt designs however. (Tipp: Make a new crest specifically for this, since you can create more than one crest Master Ink. I’ve already seen some with great details too!)

Side note: You can only buy white crest shirts, but you can dye them. However NOT with the dye from the credit shop!!! That will overwrite your crest!. Instead you tailor your white shirt into a colored one before putting a crest on it. (Check tailoring, to make the shirt yellow, black, green, red… does not require any high skill, to make the special dye however does, but it is usually available on AH)

=> Here a few examples that I found online:







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Your Cloak:
On cloaks the background you made on the ingame printer machine actually displays. However, it never shows all of it, because it is stretched over the length of the cloak to display your png properly, so you might just see the edges or parts of the background you chose.

Tipp: The background colors will become your cloak colors!! So make sure you like them as cloak before making the crest, because so far there is no other use for the background you create ingame, but on the cloaks!
Also, un-equip the cloak to use the crest on it. It works on any cloak!

=> Here an example I found online:



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Your Mask:
Also masks only display the png, because they are too small for anything else. For a mask you should make a new crest that follows the mask template and create a new crest just for that. So depending on what image you use, eyes, mouth, nose etc are at the right place.
Here is a template for the mask: (The grey shows the mask itself later, where eyes and mouth will be, the black part however should be filled as well, to prevent white corners at the edge of the mask later.)
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#10187323 Oct 23, 2014 at 05:06 AM · Edited over 7 years ago
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After creating your crest with the printer machine, the Master Dye won't pop up in your inventory immediately. It needs to be uploaded fist. Just wait a little, it will be in your bag eventually. I was afraid it did not work when I created my crest for the harpoon clipper and tried again and again, but in fact you just need a little patience.

Also, if anyone needs help with saving an image as png or can't get rid of a halo around your image, send me a PM. I do have photoshop and co and can help you, if you ask nicely! :P


Edit: That is how my clipper "Serenity" looks like now.

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#10187382 Oct 23, 2014 at 05:29 AM · Edited over 7 years ago
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Nice guide, Raven! I wish this had been around when I made my crest. (Sadly, I didn't have Photoshop so I jumped between various online image editors to customize a crest for myself and turn it transparent.) I think it's wonderful you posted this to help people better understand the crest process. :)


Also- your sail looks amazing. Great job! Love it!

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." - W. J. Bryan

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#10187403 Oct 23, 2014 at 05:34 AM
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#10187382 Azure wrote:

Nice guide, Raven! I wish this had been around when I made my crest. (Sadly, I didn't have Photoshop so I jumped between various online image editors to customize a crest for myself and turn it transparent.) I think it's wonderful you posted this to help people better understand the crest process. :)


Also- your sail looks amazing. Great job! Love it!



If you ever make a new crest, PM me and I'll help you! So you do not have to fiddle with those online programs again. :D
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#10188379 Oct 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM
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Very nice! Stickied. :)
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#10193277 Oct 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM
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Hmn, so I've followed your instructions to the letter. I made a thing in photoshop, I saved it as UCC.png and I have a crest brainstorm. And then it didn't work! My design did not show up in the list.

Apparently though, the name ucc.png isn't allowed to be in capitals. (maybe you could change that in the how-to-guide?)
Kora - Harani from Windscour Savannah looking into the mysterious disappearances of Excavation crews.

Guild Leader of <Out of Character>
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#10193298 Oct 24, 2014 at 12:52 PM
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#10193277 Kora wrote:

Hmn, so I've followed your instructions to the letter. I made a thing in photoshop, I saved it as UCC.png and I have a crest brainstorm. And then it didn't work! My design did not show up in the list.

Apparently though, the name ucc.png isn't allowed to be in capitals. (maybe you could change that in the how-to-guide?)



Filenames shouldn't be case sensitive, but if that changed it for you I can edit it in my post. My file is UCC.png and not ucc and it worked. Did you put the correct size, no bigger or smaller than 256x256?
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#10193540 Oct 24, 2014 at 02:10 PM
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#10193298 Raven wrote:

#10193277 Kora wrote:

Hmn, so I've followed your instructions to the letter. I made a thing in photoshop, I saved it as UCC.png and I have a crest brainstorm. And then it didn't work! My design did not show up in the list.

Apparently though, the name ucc.png isn't allowed to be in capitals. (maybe you could change that in the how-to-guide?)



Filenames shouldn't be case sensitive, but if that changed it for you I can edit it in my post. My file is UCC.png and not ucc and it worked. Did you put the correct size, no bigger or smaller than 256x256?


Yeah, all I did was make it lowercase and then it showed up in the crest printer.
Kora - Harani from Windscour Savannah looking into the mysterious disappearances of Excavation crews.

Guild Leader of <Out of Character>
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#10194544 Oct 24, 2014 at 08:10 PM
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Thank you much for the awesome guide. Helped me get my emblem on my sails and Cloak. Without the blinding white square behind it. xD

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#10195316 Oct 25, 2014 at 03:54 AM
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I want a pink sparkly unicorn on my ship. Dancing on a rainbow.
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#10195577 Oct 25, 2014 at 05:52 AM
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I've been looking (and saving up) to create a new crest for my own boat, and this guide is extremely helpful. Now, if only I can get over my own stupidity when it comes to using photoshop hehe.
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#10195638 Oct 25, 2014 at 06:16 AM · Edited over 7 years ago
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#10195577 Taysa wrote:

I've been looking (and saving up) to create a new crest for my own boat, and this guide is extremely helpful. Now, if only I can get over my own stupidity when it comes to using photoshop hehe.



As said, I can help if needed. :) I worked with those programs for over 5 years in my old job.
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#10195667 Oct 25, 2014 at 06:26 AM
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I might just take you up on that. I'm debating whether to create an "IC" crest, or something that makes me giggle OOCly. It'll take a bit for me to gather mats and save though, I think. But thank you :)
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#10215893 Oct 29, 2014 at 06:48 PM
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Thanks for this thread, I was able to put a crest on Daena's Clipper today.



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#10233517 Nov 03, 2014 at 05:24 AM · Edited over 7 years ago
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Adding this also to the first post.

What to use your Crest on?

There are different items you can put a crest one, some show only the png that you created, others show the whole crest that you made on the printer machine ingame.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - -


The sails of your ship:
On the sails of your ship only the png will be seen. That your image does not look pixilated when you create it with the size of 256x256 is vital here, because it will be shown in its original size and not downsized as it is for cloaks or shirts.

=> If you are interested, here some info on resolution and why print and web resolution makes a big difference:

It is always better to begin with a high-quality-image, no matter if you will print it (with printing I mean on paper, like posters or magazines) or if you are going to use it for web purposes (ingame crests count as web image here)
Because when it comes to source images, bigger is better, because you can go down in size but not up without losing quality.

300dpi (dots per inch = the number of pixels per inch) is common print resolution, while 72 dpi is screen resolution.
The more dots/pixels per inch the higher the quality and the higher the detail of the image. This here shows pretty well what that means, the more dots you have, the more detail you can show:



Resolution is not the same like size! If you have access to Photoshop (or Gimp works too) you can test this. Screens are only able to display a resolution of about 70-87dpi, the screens are simply not able to do more (the difference results from the size of your screen and on how you have your monitor set). That means, that a 300 dpi image of course cannot be displayed ‘correctly’, so the programs fake it for us and make it appear bigger (if you set it to 100%), because the screen has to stretch these 300 dots per inch on ~ 72 that it is able to display, that gives us the false idea of 300dpi images to also be bigger in size. Yet if you check the actual image size in the options, both a 300dpi image and a 72dpi image can be for example 3inches x 3inches big, so the size itself did not change, just the quality and amount of detail did.

The first example below has a lot of detail and is at 300dpi (even though the web is 72dpi this works for our purposes)
The second example is at 72dpi but scaled up to the same size so you can see the difference in detail. The actual image would be about 1/4 the size when you go from 300dpi to 72dpi, but at the same height and width is where you can actually see the difference.

300dpi


72dpi



Side note: Image files with higher resolution (more dpi) will also have a bigger file size because they contain more data. Start with the biggest images you can but when putting images on the web they should be set to 72dpi, it’ll save you a ton of bandwidth and they’ll load faster. Yes, they’ll be smaller than the original but should in most cases be plenty big because of monitor resolution (ppi) sizes.
One last thing, don’t confuse “image size” with “file size.” Image size refers to the dimensions of the image while file size is how much space the image takes up on a hard drive.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - -


Custom Shirts:
Also on a shirt (T-Shirt or long sleeve makes no difference) only your png will be displayed and not the background you set on the ingame printer machine. This allows for very pretty shirt designs however. (Tipp: Make a new crest specifically for this, since you can create more than one crest Master Ink. I’ve already seen some with great details too!)

Side note: You can only buy white crest shirts, but you can dye them. However NOT with the dye from the credit shop!!! That will overwrite your crest!. Instead you tailor your white shirt into a colored one before putting a crest on it. (Check tailoring, to make the shirt yellow, black, green, red… does not require any high skill, to make the special dye however does, but it is usually available on AH)

=> Here a few examples that I found online:







- - - - - - - - - - - - - -


Your Cloak:
On cloaks the background you made on the ingame printer machine actually displays. However, it never shows all of it, because it is stretched over the length of the cloak to display your png properly, so you might just see the edges or parts of the background you chose.

Tipp: The background colors will become your cloak colors!! So make sure you like them as cloak before making the crest, because so far there is no other use for the background you create ingame, but on the cloaks!
Also, un-equip the cloak to use the crest on it. It works on any cloak!

=> Here an example I found online:



- - - - - - - - - - - - - -


Your Mask:
Also masks only display the png, because they are too small for anything else. For a mask you should make a new crest that follows the mask template and create a new crest just for that. So depending on what image you use, eyes, mouth, nose etc are at the right place.
ADDING THE TEMPLATE LATER.
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