Can't get together in person to carve pumpkins? Or maybe you don't have a physical office you can decorate with freshly carved pumpkins. Either way, we have a solution! Virtual pumpkin carving! Create pumpkins with your friends or co-workers and use them to decorate your Gather Space!
- Setup Difficulty: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆ (3 out of 5)
- Participation Difficulty: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆ (3 out of 5)
- Participants: As many as you'd like!
- Emcee: Optional
- Average Time: 15-60 minutes
1. Decide which pixel art editing tool you will use.
This may seem scary, but rest assured, there are several simple editing tools you can use. We recommend Lospec's pixel-editor for its simplicity and will be using it throughout this guide. Any photo editing software will work as long as it can create and save transparent backgrounds (including the default Paint 3D program that is stock standard with all Windows operating machines).
2. Set up your Space by embedding your pixel editing program!
Making a Space and embedding an online pixel editing tool is the simplest way to get everyone started. For this guide, we used a pumpkin object and embedded the website https://apps.lospec.com/pixel-editor inside of the pumpkin. You don't need a different embedded object for each person because all of the information for their own pumpkin will be saved locally on their computers.
To embed the image editor, select Build in the Left Nav Menu. Use the Search field to find a pumpkin in the Object Picker (or any object you want to use to embed the editor). In the right panel of the Object Picker under Object Interactions, select Embedded website. Paste the URL of the editor into the Website field (e.g., https://apps.lospec.com/pixel-editor).
3. Give people pumpkins!
You can use your own pumpkin image for carving, or you can use ours! The pumpkin we provide fits within a 32x32 pixel square. This makes sure that your pumpkin will fit within the tile grid in Gather. You can right click and select Save image as on the pumpkin image below or you can directly view and download a copy from our database.
You can either send your guests the image ahead of time or you can embed it in the Space. To embed the image, open the Object Picker and select the object you want to embed the image in. In the right panel of the Object Picker under Object Interactions, select Embedded image. Upload the image of the pumpkin. Your guests can then right click on object and save the image as seen in the gif below.
Before you invite everyone in, make sure that:
✅ You've embedded the pixel editing website in your Space.
✅ Guests have a way to download the Gather Pumpkin image.
✅ Global build is turned on if you'd like your guests to show off their pumpkins.
✅ You've sent out the invite link.
Carve your pumpkins!
1. Open the image editor and upload your pumpkins.
Open the image editor from the interactive object. The pixel editor will open in Gather. For Lospec, upload the pumpkin image file for carving. Just select Load and browse to your saved copy of the pumpkin image.
2. Carve your pumpkin!
We have designed the pumpkin image provided above to automatically load all of the colors you will need to carve your pumpkin! You can always add more and get as creative as you'd like. The most important colors to get started are:
- Base Carving Color (#fbf236 or any light yellow) - This will be the color you use for your basic shapes and design.
- Bottom Highlight (#f0b829 or a brownish yellow) - This will give the illusion of looking down at your pumpkin and seeing the bottom lip of your carved design lit by the candle inside.
- Top Highlight (#a84b2c or a brownish orange) - This will give the illusion of shadow since the light from your jack-o-lantern is coming from inside of your pumpkin.
If you want to get fancy, you can check out this lovely info graphic created by one of our very own pixel artists!
3. Export your pumpkin
Export your newly completed image as a png file to preserve the background transparency. When you're done editing your pumpkin, in Lopsec, select File and then Export. Lopsec saves the file as a .png by default.
4. Show off your pumpkin
Now that you've made your first pumpkin, don't forget to show it off! Select Build in the Left Nav Menu, then select Open object picker. From the Object Picker Left Nav, select Upload New. Click to browse for your pumpkin file or drag the file to the center of the Object Picker. In the Object Details section of the right panel, enter a name for your object, then click Create and select.
Place your carved pumpkin in your Space!
My image won't export
Your browser may be blocking the pop-up that allows the program to download your image as a png. Please check your blocked pop-ups!
The pixel editing tool won't load!
Double check the URL. There is also the possibility that a browser extension is blocking the application from opening. Encourage those who are encounter issues to use a separate window to open the image editor website (https://apps.lospec.com/pixel-editor/) in a different window.