[SDL] Easy answers

Vaclav Slavik slavik2 at czn.cz
Mon Aug 16 01:14:06 PDT 1999

rival games wrote:

> I really enjoy all this talk about scrolling methods, because I am
> currently working on a super metroid like engine, you can click onto my
> url at the bottom to read more about this [open source project], but I
> have a question...
> How can I blit something with a certain tint? I'm in 640x480 by 16 bit
> color, so how can I (quickly) draw a sprite with a say.. blue tint. And
> how could I draw it so all the non-transparent pixels are white? Is
> there an easy way, or will I have to modify some of the SDL code?
> Thanks.

I'd recommend storing sprites as 8bit palettized images (probably in some
native, non-SDL structure), together with several palettes (normal, blue tint,
red tint, etc.). Each sprite would have associated palette in one byte and if
you change this value from, say, PAL_NORMAL to PAL_TINTED and redraw the sprite,
different palette would be used...

AFAIK this is not supported by SDL itself, so you have to write your own


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