Using portraits to represent NPCs
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Time to read: 8 min
How to make NPC portraits
Where to get portrait images from
1. Where to search
2. Which resolution do you need?
3. Useful search terms
4. Legal considerations when using images from the internet
Artbreeder.com – Create and customize your own portraits
Artbreeder.com is an impressive website for creating portrait and landscape images suitable for tabletop RPGs. Not only does it provide a few thousand different portraits in both illustration and photorealistic style, but it also lets you edit them to a very high degree. You can either merge two portraits into one or change facial traits based on age, skin tone, and even emotional expressions. And this literally only takes a few seconds due to Artbreeder’s powerful image creation AI.
A little bit of image editing might help
I love NPC portraits. They add a face to the characters and make them much more tangible. No more need to explain an NPC’s looks, so you can focus on playing out the dialogues.