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Colors and Materials

Colors and Materials

Game Design Principle - Theming

Theming is more than simply picking out colors for a game. Theming sets the setting and mood for your game. What colors would you use to create the following settings?

  • A lush jungle
  • A haunted house
  • A unicorn ranch on the moon

Other than color, professional game developers use props, lighting, narrative, and sound to create a theme for their games.

Think About a Theme

What would you like the theme for your obby to be? For example, if your obby is space themed, all of the parts might be colored and shaped like asteroids. If it is unicorn themed, maybe the parts are purple, pink, and blue. Whenever you make choices, think about how they can relate to your theme.

Plan Your Theme

Let’s start creating your theme!

  1. Think of a theme that you’re excited about and write it on paper.
  2. Write down at least 3 colors and 3 objects you would find in that theme.

For example: a space theme may have:

  • Colors: Blue, purple, black
  • Objects: UFO’s, spaceships, planets

Help Generating Ideas

If something doesn’t pop up, write down the following and pick your favorite:

  1. A place on Earth or time period you would like to visit.
  2. Your favorite book, movie, or TV show.
  3. Something that you like to do (like sports, music, etc).

You can have students fill out an optional handout to help them brainstorm and plan their project. Have students use the Theme Brainstorm handout:

  1. Have students respond to questions in "Help Generating Ideas".
  2. Have students pick a favorite from the above and create a theme based on their choice.

Changing a Part’s Look

Now that you have a theme, you can start changing your obby to match that vision.

Change a Part’s Color

  • Select the part.
  • In the Model tab, click the arrow under Color.
  • Click on a color hexagon.

After picking a color, it will change the Color button. Selecting a part and clicking on the button will quickly change the part to that color.

Give 3-5 minutes to complete this. During this:

  • Ask students about their color choices and how it represents their theme.
  • Encourage students to ask neighbors for advice on how to make the game's colors match their theme.

Change a Part’s Material

Materials are different textures, such as grass, wood, or metal. Each material can has a different color, allowing you to make unique combinations like neon blue grass.

  1. Select the part.
  2. Click the arrow beneath Material to select a material you would like to use.

Give students 1-2 minutes to change the material of a couple of parts. They can always finish at a later point if needed.

Duplicating and Manipulating Parts

Being able to duplicate and work with multiple parts at once makes working in Roblox faster.

Duplicate Parts

A quick way to build is to copy a part and slightly change it. This gives your obby some variety but also saves you time and steps.

To duplicate a part:

  • Select the part.
  • Right-click and select Duplicate from the drop-down menu.

Using Hotkeys

Hotkeys are special keyboard key combinations you can use instead of going through menus. By using hotkeys, you'll be able to work faster in Roblox Studio. Try the hotkey below to duplicate a part.

  • Windows: Ctrl + D
  • Mac: Command + D

For students who have spent less time with computers, it's recommended they right-click to duplicate objects than use the hotkeys.

Select Multiple Parts

You can select multiple parts at once and change something about all of them, such as a material, or even move them together.

  1. Hold down Ctrl on your keyboard while selecting parts in the Explorer or in the window showing your game.
  2. Change the material or color for your selected parts

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