Wooden Platforms - putting the wood into action

It's been a while and I decided to get back into the tutorials with a request for wooden platforms as used in the wood material tutorial:

A lot of this tutorial is repeated here in a slightly less detailed way - you might want to reread the older tutorials if you run into problems.


If you work with bitmap output in mind I would suggest creating the platform as a bitmap first. This way you have the proper dimensions to work with. Import the bitmap and create the starting rectangle to match. 

One platform for everything might work - but adding variations to your games art greatly enriches the look and feel. 

I hope this was helpful and you enjoyed it as much as I did writing again.

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Chris Hildenbrand

2D game artist, pixelpusher, vector bender, face turner for over thirty years. I worked on more games than I can remember... The most recent release is "Super Crossbar Challenge" for iOS (Android coming soon) with Shattered Box, Fredbear Games and PlayPlayFun.


  1. Hi Chris! I have created many objects by inkscape, but wanted to know how I join to form the whole scenario of the game. It is with inkscape? The pirate game that you did for example how it was done? Takes a lot of your help, thank you!

    1. I work on the individual elements in inkscape then take them into a bitmap tool and make the pngs from there... I find it easier and have more control over the scene that way.

  2. Wow this is super helpful, Thanks!

    I really like this type of tutorial, could you do a tutorial on making a platform with stone, dirt or metal?

    Thanks so much for these awesome tutorials!

  3. Alright, so I've been trying to do this for ages now - and I see this and I'm able to complete it in 10 minutes. Amazing!

    Thanks Chris!

  4. Great tutorial as always... cheers..

  5. Hey Chris!

    That's an amazing blog!

    Thanks a lot for share these stuff!


  6. Like I said before your work is next to nothing,
    You have inspired my art work in many ways.
    Thank you so much.

  7. Thanks so much for the great tutorials.

    Can you do a tutorial on how to make a scene in the style of the one at the top of your blog and in the game 'Patapon' (silhouetted/ black and white characters on simple coloured backgrounds)

    Thanks, keep it up!

  8. Lovely art...
    Could you please share or post a tutorial on how to create the background you have used in this scene ?
    Much appreciated

  9. You sir are a true inspiration. Thank you !

  10. Great tutorials!

    Could you please make a tutorial on how to create art like grass, water, dirty, trees, sky or maybe a part two of 'Continue the fun with squares'?


    1. That's a great idea... I added it to the todo list... :)

  11. Hi Chris,

    I have been a hobby programming for some time, but I've never really been able to complete a game due to my lack of artistic skills when it comes to computer graphics. Now that I've been using your tutorials to learn how someone with no artistic skill can still create cool looking graphics, I'm inspired to complete a game or too thanks to your tutorials. Thanks!

    1. Hi Benjamin... I am glad the tutorials helped you... and the 'no artistic skills' mindset is wrong... You have artistic skills you just need to learn how to get them out onto the screen... and with practice comes confidence and skill...

  12. awesome tutorial... much needed one... you are a life saver :)
    Thanks :)

  13. Great and useful tutorial!Thank you! My motivation to create games incresead after seeing and following this tutorial *-*
    Here's my wood =P

  14. Hello, first of all thanks for the tutorial! Nice work!

    I have a question, how do I mask the lines with the rectangle so they fit? (paste inside)