Example HUD created using Pictures and Common Events.
The HUD BACKGROUND is ONE Image.
The SLIDERS make up THREE different Images.
The HUD FOREGROUND is ONE Image.
I realize, there is a Tutorial already written about creating a HUD using Common Events. It's a fantastic Tutorial that gives you a general idea of what you need to do, but it uses too many images and would only work if your Player took damage in multiples of 10s. I wanted a simple way to display actual percentage values instead of set numbers. As such, this Tutorial was born.
You can use the same process described in the [HUD] Common Event to create a Slider for MP or even EXP. The possibilities are endless. You can even use Pictures to show numerical values of HP, MP, EXP, etc (as shown in the Example Image at the start of this Tutorial) This will require a lot more planning and a little more work, but it can be done.
There are more advanced ways to display this data using a Script, but that's a Tutorial for another time.
With a little patience, you can easily create your own HUD designed specifically for your Game.
LET'S PLAY DRESS UP!
When I was a little girl, I never really liked to play dress up. Probably because there wasn't really anything to dress up in. My mother was more of an athletic tom boy, and I was her little girly girl. She never wore the pretty pearls or bright red lipstick, she was all about staying fit and active. So I didn't even discover make up and hair products until I was a teenager. Cosplay wasn't even a word when I was a teenager, and wearing costumes was STRICTLY for Halloween. Fashion shows really captivated my interest in my late teens, and I almost pursued a career in fashion design, but in the end, it was really more of a hobby. It will probably never be a final career choice, but for now, fashion, make-up, and hair, define a huge part of my personality. Finally, in my late twenties, it acceptable in normal society to be a little more creative with garment choices; and while I still wont go to the super market looking like Effie from the Hunger Games, or head to a night club dressed in full Lolita (as much as I'd love too), I'm glad there are many opportunities now-a-days to dress up in costume; and I will gladly use any excuse to dress up!
THIS PAST YEAR
I've been to a few events (towards the end of 2013, and middle of 2014) that allowed me to spend a few hours styling my hair and getting creative with my make-up. So here's the year (or so) in Review:
Christmas at Starbucks (end of 2013, leading into 2014)
This picture was taken last Christmas, but I also wore this same outfit this past year for Christmas (in my current Avatar)
Since Barista's don't get weekends or Holidays off, we decided we weren't going to wear our uniforms on Christmas day. Instead, we decided to spread the holiday cheer and dress up in typical Christmas garb. I, naturally, decided to wear my authentic elf ears and pretended that I wore human ears year round in order to blend in with society. It was a great day! We had tons of candy for the little kids, and those of us who worked that day had a little party in the backroom on our breaks. One little girl even thought I was a real elf!
Time Taken to Achieve this Look: (Make-Up) 20 minutes (Hair Straightening) 45 minutes (Hair Style) 5 minutes
Summer at the Ren Faire (June 2013)
I took my boyfriend to the Renaissance Faire last summer. He had never been to one and he had a great time! Naturally, I dressed up as a Faerie, and I was pleasantly surprised that my make up lasted all day, despite the intense summer heat. You can't see my ears in this photo, because I hadn't purchased them yet! There are a few pictures I took later with the ears on.
Time Taken to Achieve this Look: (Make-Up) 1 Hour (Hair Straightening) 45 minutes (Hair Style) 2 Hours
Halloween Zombie Walk (October 2013)
Sadly, I didn't participate in this year's Zombie Walk. I just had waaaaay too many Halloween parties to attend to! But last year was great for the city of Huntsville and Walking Dead Fans! A few hundred random citizens (including myself and my boyfriend) met up in downtown Huntsville at 4:00pm dressed as Zombies, and walked around the city for a full hour. It was a giant parade of the undead! Unfortunately, I had just gotten off work, and had limited time to complete this look, but still think the results were pretty good, considering the only materials I had to work with was a small tube of fake blood, red lipstick and coffee grounds. Working at Starbucks, I have unlimited access to coffee grounds, so I brought a few pods home and smashed them all over my outfit, giving it a freshly arisen-from-the-grave look. The make up was the easiest part. Messy and bloody. Much fun. Lastly, I took my hair out of the pony tail it had been in all day, and used a comb to tease my hair in an uneven mess. (I had pre-straightened it the day before > I should have left it natural, but I only found out about the Zombie Walk that same day)
Time Taken to Achieve this Look: (Make-Up) 45 minutes (Hair Straightening) [pre-straightened the night before] (Hair Style) 10 minutes
Steampunk Alice in Wonderland Bachelor/Bachelorette Party (Summer 2014)
Probably one of my most favorite events of the year. A friend of mine (the White Rabbit, on the left) got married this passed summer, and planned a Steampunk Alice in Wonderland Bachelor/ette Party. The Groom was dressed as the Mad Hatter, and my boyfriend and the other boyfriends were dressed as The Queen of Heart's Cardsmen. I've seen some pretty elaborate Steampunk Wedding themes, and this one wasn't too over the top, but for the low budget, it was phenomenal. We all spent about $30-40 on our "costumes", and kept it fairly modern. We were going for a more realistic/fun look. We had some professional photos taken during the event, but I did snag a few on my Samsung. It's hard to see the detail in my face, so I decided to post a few more photos of this particular event. I actually stunned the Professional Photographer, who kept pondering how I was able to attach feathers to my face, until he finally just asked me (that's all he had to do! haha)
Time Taken to Achieve this Look: (Make-Up) 2 Hours (Hair Straightening) 45 minutes (Hair Style) 1 hour 30 minutes
White Rabbit (the Bride) finds a Flamingo
Alice and her Flamingo play Crocket
Just bein' a Flamingo - I'm kind of making a derpy face, if you can't tell the sun was blaring down on my eye balls.
But this is the only front view I was able to get on my phone.