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The Art of Making Final Fantasy XIV Even More Beautiful – A Celebration of MMORPG Creativity

by on August 9, 2013 3:41 PM 22

If you read my hands on preview of the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn beta, you probably know that it’s an extremely pretty game. It’s predecessor, Final Fantasy XIV, looked definitely beautiful as well. It’s a natural course of things that where there’s beauty, artistic spirits gather, and often contribute to add even more beauty.

This is exactly what happened with FFXIV. Quite a few players started to develop the hobby of touching up their screenshots in Photoshop or similar programs, expressing their creativity without necessarily drawing, but simply taking what the game offered and changing it to fit their taste, often with absolutely amazing results.

This little piece is dedicated to some of those artists (I have no qualms in calling them that), because what they do deserves to be seen by a wider audience and by those that aren’t familiar with the game and its community. Keep in mind, of course, that while the artwork showcased below uses in-game screenshots as a base, the game itself doesn’t look quite like that despite looking lovely in its own right.

Below you can find a selection of five artists to represent them all. I apologize to those I did not include, most probably because I don’t know about them. If you know any great ones I did not feature, feel free to post a link to their galleries in the comments for everyone to enjoy. By clicking on each name you’ll be able to go check out the gallery of each artist directly; most of them have many pieces that are worth seeing, and I can’t include them all here. It’s also important to mention that the original screenshots come from both the original Final Fantasy XIV and from the beta of A Realm Reborn.

The featured picture above is by Ayura. All the artwork in this article has been included with explicit permission by its author.

Aguri Greygoose

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And here’s our upcoming guest star…

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This one is a bit of a spoiler of A Realm Reborn‘s storyline, so I’ll just link it. Proceed at your own risk.

Zaelous Gear

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Kodama Kotodama

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Hakodume Mikan

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Mikan is also well known in the Japanese community for Final Fantasy XIV-themed parodies of popular Japanese magazines. Below you can see a cover of the magazine for office ladies (OLs), Bijin Hyakka.

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Ayura

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Niqote Amrita

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  • foureyes oni

    wow these picts are amazingly beautiful.

  • Krysanthia

    Love me some Miqote.
    Thanks Giuseppe, these are very pretty. ^_^

    My favorite. More like “Backdoor into summer” ;)
    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7285/8713919001_e6c48b9bdb.jpg

  • Carlo

    I see Niqote (old lodestone lurker here)

  • Zerosion

    I love all the stuff that comes out of our little community. Wish I was talented enough to add into the mix. But for now i’ll just send my love and admire. ;)

  • orangpelupa

    ah nelva, those are beautiful shots but i though when you say the-art-of-making-final-fantasy-xiv-even-more-beautiful

    means that “making the FF14 game even more beautiful” instead of offline photoshop wizardry :(

    i though i will see how to touch up the image in realtime, using ENB, SweetFX, graphic card panel setting, or manually modding the files.

    • orangpelupa

      and thanks for linking to each shot creators. :)

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      Haha, the game really doesn’t need to be bogged down by those things :D

    • Nicholas Perry

      A little vibrance, and some proper hardware AA

      And the game already looks more amazing.

      https://i.minus.com/iHzvXCWJOgKaQ.png

      Don’t forget there’s going to be a DX11 patch too sometime

      • orangpelupa

        where is the sun? its behind her (from top right) ?
        the lightning are so flat, maybe you can force SSAO* to add more depth? it will have wrong light source position but should reduce the flatness.

        *nvidia inspector

  • Guest

    Hi everyone! and Thanks Giuseppe-san for this topic.

    I just follow about “Lightning” pics by my self.
    As you know, Yoshida-P/D announced at Japan expo in France,He said that she will come to Eoezea in near future and player may get her costume in case of complete the quest.

    That Pics is just joking that I tried How looks “lightning costume” is.
    I expose of a trick. that pics was re-painted screen shot of “HYUR” girl .
    You can see the Original pics at this URL;
    http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/rc/diary/entry?e=485241&ref=2

  • Aguri Greygoose

    Hi everyone! and Thanks Giuseppe-san for this topic.

    I just follow about “Lightning” pics by my self.
    As you know, Yoshida-P/D announced at Japan expo in France,He said that she will come to Eoezea in near future and player may get her costume in case of complete the quest.

    That Pics is just joking that I tried How looks “lightning costume” is.
    I expose of a trick. that pics was re-painted screen shot of “HYUR” girl .

    Original pics is below.

    • Aguri Greygoose

      OMG! miss-post was not deleted!
      so embarrassing! (ノ∀`)

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      Wow, you did a great job with the hair :D

      Thanks for sharing the secret :D

  • Nicholas Perry

    Truly fantastic.

  • PrinceHeir

    nice work!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cesilrapture Cesil Rapture

    Wow the pictures are so beautiful!!! So much talent ^_^

  • Shaun_HD

    Absolutely phenomenal

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