Snow Melt and Villager Difficulties

Being as clueless as I all too often am, I wasn’t aware of the day on which the snow melted in town. I rarely skip the date more than a week at a time (to move villagers out), and I’ve only ended up in Spring once or twice – all I knew was the grass would be back around March. This left me pleasantly surprised when I popped in my cartridge and saw my town in all the glory of Spring!

Tree

I’ve been landscaping around town for the last 2 weeks, so I was happy to see the snow gone and that Pradera was looking as vibrant and alive as ever.

Path

I should probably explain my town a little! Pradera is a forest town – trees, cedars, bamboo and clovers everywhere. The name is accidentally a little ironic; Pradera is Spanish for Meadow but right now it’s looking more like un bosque – a forest – than a meadow!

Currently, development is somewhat slow, and I absolutely love it for that. It’s kind of like Pradera is my own little project. I open my 3DS before bed and get to work on whatever it is I feel like doing today – planting saplings, laying patterns, PWP farming… It’s all my own work at my own pace.

Station

Last week Tammy suggested for me to build my favourite PWP – the bus stop. I think it looks absolutely adorable nestled away next to the station. I like to imagine my villagers sitting there on warm days while they wait for their train.
Bus Stop right Bus Stop left

I also built the police station a few days ago, although theres a clear lack of flowers in that area (and my town in general), I’m very happy with the foliage surrounding it. As for the camp site, I’m still waiting for Cookie to move out so I can place it. Once she’s gone, I’ll have a big area of empty land next to my plaza to do whatever with.

Police Station

Although I’m really liking what I’m working towards in Pradera, I’m dreading plot resetting when my town’s more constructed; Right now I’m just placing villager plots in the southernmost acres of town. I’m certain it will be painful to position a house here, for example!

Benjamin Plot

So to conclude, don’t expect a dream address any time soon – sorry! I’m working on getting one up as soon as possible though.

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Improving 3DS Screenshot Quality

I should premise this with a quick heads up; this tutorial requires photoshop so if you don’t own a copy this isn’t the post for you but I’m trying my hardest to get a second tutorial up using a freeware image editor (GIMP), as soon as possible! Thank you for your understanding.

SeperatorSo, the 3DS is a great handheld – it’s lightweight, portable and has a fantastic range of exclusive games *looks to the New Leaf cartridge sitting comfortably in my 3DS* but one thing all models of the 3DS have left to be desired is the screen resolution. With the 3D turned on, the pixelation is barely noticable but in screenshots (or simply with the 3D effect switched off) there’s a clear lack of display quality. Let’s fix that! Well, kind of… I mean the screenshots will look pretty at least!

Step 1Take your screenshot and transfer it to your computer. For the best results, use Miiverse for capturing your moment and download the image from there. For the purpose of this tutorial, I visited a dream of Citàlune, the beautiful town of Amy! Here’s the picture taken directly from Miiverse:

1 - Miiverse Copy

Step 2 – Create a new Photoshop document. Simply open Photoshop, go to File > New… and create a document of these dimensions. Name it whatever you’d like!2 - Menu - New

Copy and paste your screenshot into your new document.

Step 3 – Resize to fit. The next step is to scale your image up to fit the dimensions of your workspace. I find increasing the overall image size works better when it comes to applying the reduce noise filter. To resize, simply right click your pasted screenshot and click ‘Free Transform’ like so:
3 - Free TransformFrom here you can simply resize the image by dragging on its corners until they’re in line with the corners of your canvas. When your size seems good, hit the enter key to apply the transformation!

Step 4 – Applying the filter! We’re almost there, just one last step. Go to Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise and take a look at the dialogue which appears:

4 - Dropdown   5 - Dialogue

The above settings are what worked best for this picture although I encourage you to mess around with the ‘strength’ and ‘sharpen details’ sliders until you find the perfect balance for your screenshot! When you play with the settings, you’ll notice both the picture in the dialogue box and your screenshot (in the background) will change. Unchecking the ‘preview’ button is an easy way to switch between your edit and the original photo without having to leave the Reduce Noise window. When you’re happy with your work click the ‘OK’ button.

Step 5 – Save and pat yourself on the back! That’s it, you’re done! Head to File > Save As… and save your new silky-smooth image in a supported format (e.g. jpeg, png…).6 - FinalThanks again to Amy for, um, having a really, really pretty town!