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Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 Color Balanced Portraits

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#1 ikonomov

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Posted 24 October 2019 - 09:52 PM

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File Name: Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 Color Balanced Portraits
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File Submitted: 24 Oct 2019
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Playing recently the original BG1 I decided to import the portraits from BG2 so I can use them for my characters.  While exporting the portrait images I noticed that the BG1 portraits used in BG2 have been significantly brightened.  The new BG2 portraits are brighter overall than the BG1 portraits, which is probably why they decided to change the old portraits in order to "blend in" better with the new ones.  Upon comparing the images I decided that I was not quite happy with both the darker images from BG1 and the brighter images from BG2.  With some editing I was able to slightly change the brightness and tone balance for both sets of images and create a happy medium.  The changes are as follows:
BG1: the original images have been slightly brightened, while toning down some of the red and overall saturation; the edited BG2 images will be installed into the portraits folder, so they can be used for custom portraits
BG2: the yellow tones have been slightly altered;  BG1 portraits will be replaced with the edited original BG1 images

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#2 ikonomov

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Posted 25 October 2019 - 10:48 AM

Since I've used the same file names for the imported BG2 portraits in BG1, if a BG1 character is using the BG2 portraits and is imported into BG2 the companion who uses that portrait will use their replacement portrait as normal, same as if the character was generated in BG2.  A list of the replacement portraits can be found here.

Edited by ikonomov, 25 October 2019 - 10:50 AM.

#3 ikonomov

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 11:33 AM

I've added more comparison images, showing all original portraits and the edited ones.

Edited by ikonomov, 25 February 2021 - 09:29 PM.