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ConfusedCartman
01-08-2009, 11:10 PM
We've got a lot of tips, tricks, and other cool ideas when it comes to level creation. It's difficult to stick every useful topic, so instead we'll archive all the best tutorials right here! We're always open to additions to this thread, so reply with a thread you've made if you think it should be added.

General Advice


What Makes a Good Level
(http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9013)

Here's a bunch of the best tips we've got, written and chosen by our members.


Complex Shapes Tutorials: The Visual Guide (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20656)

An extremely detailed, thought-out, and easy-to-follow guide on creating and optimizing complex shapes. It includes a ton of creative techniques you may not have come up with yet, making the Creation process that much easier.


jackofcourse's Guide to Creating (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?p=209802#post209802)

An in-depth, start-to-finish guide to creating a level. This guide is split into various sections which each cover a myriad of Creative topics.


Advice on creating a good level : Ultimate Edition (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3355)

A full-fledged guide with tons of information on producing a fantastic level.


Guide to a Polished Level (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7779)

A great guide to keeping things clean and easy-to-edit from start to finish.


Units, Measurements, and more (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8914)
(http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7703)

By ApeAgi from LBPBuilder.com forums, a great resource for precise measurements and other detailed information regarding weight and size.


Backup your data! (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?p=218187#post218187)

A guide to both the "how" and "why" of backing up your LittleBigPlanet profile. A must-read for both aspiring and seasoned Creators alike.




Planning and Level Optimization

How to get the creative juices flowing (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5501)

Have you hit creator's block? Need a better way to plan out your creative processes? Elbee's got everything you need.


Memory Preservation 101 (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6638)

A boatload of helpful info on lowering the temperature of your level and keeping it low while creating.


Building a level workflow 101 (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7199)

Sometimes our levels go in unexpected directions, so it's nice to have some general advice on keeping everything in check.




The Creation Process


Creation Tips (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4562)

A bunch of good tips and tricks related to creation, with a bunch of stuff you may not have known about before!


Logic: The Pudding of LittleBigPlanet
(http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11184)

Brought to you by feloneouscat, this series (yes, series) of tutorials will teach you the "ins and outs" of adding logic to your LittleBigPlanet levels, from the basic idea all the way through execution and optimization. A must-read for any Creator looking for ways to improve their skills.


How to Tame the Pesky Wobble Bolt (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7703)

Wobble Bolts are difficult to understand, so here's a guide detailing how to get around their quirks and harness their usefulness.


Cinematic control using magic mouths: Do's and Don'ts (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9218)
(http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6932)

Magic mouths can drastically improve the quality of your level, but not if you don't know how to use them correctly! Make sure you're up to par with this awesome guide.


Odd Censored LBP Words (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6932)

Sometimes the censor list in LittleBigPlanet censors words it shouldn't. Here's a list so you can work around it.




Bughunting and Finalizing

Problems and Solutions (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4458)

A great way to find solutions to some of the irritating problems LittleBigPlanet has. This is a sticky in "Help!", but it didn't make sense not to add it!


When should I publish my level? (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5473)

A guide to ensuring you didn't miss anything before publishing your level. A great way to make sure you're good to go!


How to Make Noticable Custom Badges (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8419)

Badges (the circular patches that represents levels on the LittleBigPlanet) are usually standard and boring. If you'd like to make a custom badge that will stand out, this tutorial is for you!




Publishing and Onwards


How to get more plays on your level (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8092)

A fantastic guide to squeezing some extra plays out of your level, through a mixture of creative ideas and sneaky tactics.

Elbee23
01-08-2009, 11:19 PM
Thanks for this CC. I was a bit worried that there were so many stickies in the help section, and more high quality articles coming through. This looks like a very good and expandable solution without having to clog up the top of every page with new stickies. :)

KAPBAM
01-19-2009, 09:05 PM
I'd like to nominate this thread: http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7703 to be added to the list. I found it VERY enlightening and could be of use to all! Perhaps in the "The Creation Process" section.

ConfusedCartman
01-19-2009, 09:12 PM
I'd like to nominate this thread: http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7703 to be added to the list. I found it VERY enlightening and could be of use to all! Perhaps in the "The Creation Process" section.
I went ahead and added it in. :)

MikeyTWolf
01-20-2009, 05:54 PM
Pro tip: (because it's not enough to make a thread about)

Bored? No in-flight entertainment? Then add music to your hover mode!

I have no idea how many people know about this, but I'll throw it out anyway:


Put a music box next to the entrance.
Restart by going -> Play mode -> Create mode.
Music!


One problem though, you can't turn fly mode off without losing the music, so it's not really advised for frequent playtest sessions unless you already got all your music down. This is because the minute you die/return to fly mode, the music dissapears so this is the only way you can get music during fly mode.

Hope that helped keep someone else sane out there! :p

KAPBAM
01-20-2009, 06:06 PM
I went ahead and added it in. :)

Awesome :)


Then add music to your hover mode!

Yep I use that alot to get a feel for my level w/music sometimes :) It also works if you:

- Hover,
- Land (press down) near a music object,
- Press rewind.

;)

Wyth
01-21-2009, 10:07 AM
I just posted this: http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7779, I think it might be linked here, if it is good enough ;)

Bear
02-02-2009, 09:40 AM
That's odd, I've never spotted this thread before. It's a superb idea, otherwise the 'Help!' forum would be filled with stickies. Great idea.

Shining Aquas
02-15-2009, 01:44 AM
I think one of the most crucial steps to creation is getting in the right mindset, or rather getting in the right mood. The type of level you make when you are frustrated, stressed, or angry can differ greatly from the levels you make when you are relaxed, free to think, or somewhat euphoric.

What I usually do to enable this "mode" for level creation: Listen to Music. Seriously, I work much better on levels if I'm listening to something that takes the edge off.
The preference for music greatly changes with each individual, but if possible try to listen to something that isn't overly hectic yet also has a fairly steady and quick BPM to it.

One of my favorite song sets for working with is "Lucid Bass I" and "Lucid Bass 2", by The Flashbulb
As for something longer, I also recommend the album "These Open Fields" by The Flashbulb, or the Odin Sphere Sountrack. Heck, even the LittleBigPlanet soundtrack is pretty good.

Or like TWolf up thar mentioned, you could also put a music box at the start and kill yourself.

Sonic5411
02-15-2009, 02:07 AM
Pro tip: (because it's not enough to make a thread about)

Bored? No in-flight entertainment? Then add music to your hover mode!

I have no idea how many people know about this, but I'll throw it out anyway:


Put a music box next to the entrance.
Restart by going -> Play mode -> Create mode.
Music!


One problem though, you can't turn fly mode off without losing the music, so it's not really advised for frequent playtest sessions unless you already got all your music down. This is because the minute you die/return to fly mode, the music dissapears so this is the only way you can get music during fly mode.

Hope that helped keep someone else sane out there! :p

i also do this but i just listen to my ipod

it takes away some of the boredom and it helpsme think of new ideas

Pinchanzee
02-16-2009, 09:43 PM
Yep I use that alot to get a feel for my level w/music sometimes :) It also works if you:

- Hover,
- Land (press down) near a music object,
- Press rewind.

Meh, I've always regarded that as an annoyance.

RockSauron
02-25-2009, 08:18 PM
I think this should go under the Creation Process. :) (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9218)

Miglioshin
02-25-2009, 08:34 PM
THIS IS AWESOME!

Added to favourites in my browser!

RockSauron
03-11-2009, 03:55 PM
http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8914

This one as well?

ConfusedCartman
03-16-2009, 05:23 AM
Alright, I've updated this with a couple more (thanks RockSauron!).

Fjonan
03-25-2009, 02:59 PM
Oh man, like all the topics are covered :(

Coxy224
03-30-2009, 05:21 PM
Do you think this could go in here?
http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9013

ConfusedCartman
03-31-2009, 01:37 AM
Do you think this could go in here?
http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9013
Yep! Done.

Bear
04-17-2009, 01:26 AM
This thread has been around for some time, just wondering if it belongs here too:

http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8419

ConfusedCartman
04-17-2009, 01:43 AM
This thread has been around for some time, just wondering if it belongs here too:

http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8419
Yep, that works! This forum is free to post in, so feel free to post new tutorials/advice here from now on - meanwhile, I'll move that thread over to this forum for consistency's sake.

SawronZXZ
04-21-2009, 11:08 PM
Very nice to have this all organized.

RockSauron
05-05-2009, 07:41 PM
*cough* ... Yes, add this please? :p (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11184)

ConfusedCartman
05-06-2009, 02:43 AM
*cough* ... Yes, add this please? :p (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11184)
Awesome tutorial. Added. :)

Walter-Kovacs
05-11-2009, 06:01 PM
Thanks for including the my thread of ported info from LBPbuilder.

Knowledge is power.

SawronZXZ
05-13-2009, 11:51 PM
- Hover,
- Land (press down) near a music object,
- Press rewind.


I just kill myself...but whatever.

johnrulz77
05-14-2009, 12:22 AM
very useful tutorials!

i salute those who spent their precious LBP time writing these!

RickRock_777
06-07-2009, 04:44 PM
Hi ConfusedCartman.

I'm planning to create a thread in a couple of minutes regarding the residual smoke from emitted objects when their lifespan expires. I'm thinking it should fall under Tutorials as a Solution, as it also touches on the Real World Timer issue, but I'm not quite sure this is the best place for it:confused:.

If you think it belongs somewhere else, just let me know. The thread Title will be "A Solution For Eliminating Emitted Object Dissolve Smoke".

And thanks for compiling all of the information in this thread, and to those who contributed:).

Rick

rtm223
06-18-2009, 02:14 PM
CC, any chance we could get my data backup thread in here? I think it's pretty important for a lot of people and a fundamental everyone should know.

http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12403

rseah
09-13-2009, 07:09 AM
thanks this list is very helpful

Kevforce
01-01-2010, 12:00 PM
Nice turtorials,

btw are there some people who wants to get al the prize bubbles in Little Big Planet? I had a lot of them before I got the yellow light of death... Add my PSN - Kevforce.

RockSauron
05-02-2010, 08:31 PM
And this hasn't been updated in FOREVAH

As such, as long s this is stickied...

http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?26224-LBP-Scoring-System-Analysis-Guide

And eyah, all I have right now. Anyone wanna redo this, if not I could potentially redo the tutorial spotlight if needed to. D: