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I thought it might be fun to have a contest for best eInk art for display on the HyperFlash32 eInk display. Winner will get a free HyperFlash32 cart ($150 value). This contest is open to anyone, even existing buyers. I’ll refund your cart price if you’ve already paid or give you a second free one.

The idea is to generate eInk labels that would be associated with a loaded ROM file. This is flashed to the screen so that you know what game is currently programmed. It’s meant as a changeable game label.

You can see the visible area of the image below in the picture of approximately 226 x 168 pixels set within a 264 x 176 frame. Your image needs to be 264 x 176 in size but only the 226×168 offset image will be visible once on the cart. Image needs to be in 4 gray shades to match the display: black, white, and two intermediate shades. Saved as a 24bit BMP file (this is what I need to convert to an eInk format). I’ve also attached an image showing an example 4 shades of gray available on the display, as well as some images I’ve done already. Be aware that the images I’ve done in the examples are NOT offset properly. To keep everything consistent in the conversion on my end lets use gray levels 0xFFFFFF, 0x000000,0xC0C0C0, and 0x808080.

The images I’ve done were ripped/modified from various existing labels/places. This may not be the best approach as they were not originally designed for a 4 grayscale display. But I won’t restrict people in any way. Feel free to do what you think is best.

For judging, I’ll put the images on an eInk display and pick my favorite 3. I was going to let the community vote via a poll, but someone brought to my attention that cheating would be very easy via a poll. So I’ll be the judge on this one but I’ll pick my top 3 favorites. Then I’ll randomly pick out of a hat from the top three for the final grand prize. I’ll pick the top 3 on May 1st. Then select the top one. I’m likely to have a 2nd and 3rd place prize as well. TBD on what those are.

To enter, just post your image here in this thread when its ready. By posting and entering the contest you’re open to letting others use your image on their own personal HyperFlash carts. The idea is to share labels.

Let me know if you have any questions. I reserve the right to modify the contest slightly just in case some issues arise that I didn’t think of but the general idea will remain untouched.

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The Red Menace wrote:

The Red Menace wrote:
I did it all in photoshop, and those are the shades it should have used when I replaced the colours (it seems like it doesn’t want to use them though – maybe it gets an average between the existing colour and what you’ve selected to replace it with? If not, something else has to be going on since it evidently didn’t use the greys it should have). I guess I’ll just get gimp and adjust it there since it’s a proven method. Thanks.

I think it was just an issue with my thresholds, everything should be in order now though. Going back to fix them, I found it easier to define them correctly in gimp over photoshop so that it would actually replace with the proper greys. Once I got used to it I did them all pretty quickly. Hopefully this will work better and I haven’t messed anything up this time. 😛

Yep, those look good.

Is this going to look blurry

This is my second attempt I hope you like it mellot124,
Cheers,
Morintari

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Here’s my first.
Man, wish I jumped on those loads of baseball VB carts back a decade ago. Sellers were selling lots of 10 for $20
🙁

sorry for all the edits, I had the wrong folder selected and kept putting the wrong images in.

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OK, I used mednafen to capture crisper images and Gimp to correct against the correct color palette. I think this one is done.

Attachments:

FLAPPY CHEEP CHEEP

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Here is my third entry.

Panic Bomber

Fishbone

tydyedsyko wrote:
OK, I used mednafen to capture crisper images and Gimp to correct against the correct color palette. I think this one is done.

Looking much sharper. I think there’s a gray level missing but maybe that’s on purpose. Still looks good.

Here’s my entry. 😀
I to went with a more classic label approach.

Took the label I made for the English reprints and converted it for E-Ink.

I’ll probably do every game’s logo, but here’s “Virtual Bowling”!

Here is my 3rd attempt. I really hope everyone understands it like I do. Contrary to what one may believe this is not a scan. All of the graphics were hand drawn but I did use a font for some of the words however I had to clean up most of the text.

mellott124 wrote:

The Red Menace wrote:

The Red Menace wrote:
I did it all in photoshop, and those are the shades it should have used when I replaced the colours (it seems like it doesn’t want to use them though – maybe it gets an average between the existing colour and what you’ve selected to replace it with? If not, something else has to be going on since it evidently didn’t use the greys it should have). I guess I’ll just get gimp and adjust it there since it’s a proven method. Thanks.

I think it was just an issue with my thresholds, everything should be in order now though. Going back to fix them, I found it easier to define them correctly in gimp over photoshop so that it would actually replace with the proper greys. Once I got used to it I did them all pretty quickly. Hopefully this will work better and I haven’t messed anything up this time. 😛

Yep, those look good.

I put some white into the scene and it got even better.

VirtuousRage wrote:
Here’s my entry. 😀
I to went with a more classic label approach.

Took the label I made for the English reprints and converted it for E-Ink.

I’ll probably do every game’s logo, but here’s “Virtual Bowling”!

Very very nice. I love the bars at the right too because I can tell the conversion went correctly and it’s not just that a particular gray level was excluded from the art.

If people can, please copy VirtuousRage and put in the color bars. It helps a lot.

I also like that the vertical is full as the cutout should end up centered on the display.

Does the warioland one look blurry?

The Red Menace wrote:
A few more from me 🙂

Awesome. I’ll get them on the display.

Thanks for adding the side color bar!

Last one for the night.

You guys are getting good at this!

 

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