Jinx Jul 22, 2014 @ 6:42pm
Adding Scanlines to games?
I've run into some retro-styled games lately that don't have any filters available. Specifically, Freedom Planet, Shantae: Risky's Revenge, and Shovel Knight. Shovel Knight looks pretty solid anyway - no scanlines but I think there is a filter - so I'm cool with that. But Shantae is low-res and blocky (DS port) so some scanlines would be really give those big old pixels some flair.

Now, I know that SweetFX has an Advanced CRT option. That does work with Freedom Planet, and I even made a tutorial on Steam about getting it working. SweetFX doesn't seem to be compatible with Shovel Knight or Shantae, though. The former crashes, the latter process starts but can't be accessed.

So, are there any other options? It doesn't have to be anything complicated. I was looking to see if there was a general overlay you could use in Windows to add scanlines, since you could then run the games windowed borderless to get the effect in-game. But no luck. I know MAME and emulators have these options, but I don't know of any way to extract those effects and apply them to anything else.

So... any ideas?
Last edited by Jinx; Jul 22, 2014 @ 6:44pm
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Sucy Jul 22, 2014 @ 11:43pm 
is better if you buy a supercheap old ctr monitor,otherwise the only option is pray for that option in those games,but if you like old or retro games the pixels are allways wellcome.
Zelmaricaroid™ Oct 22, 2014 @ 1:47pm 
Seriously, I would pay good money for an easy to use scanline generator program for windows. Something that I could just toggle on or off just like a hardware based generator.
Praise the Sun Oct 22, 2014 @ 2:29pm 
Originally posted by Funkalodon:
Seriously, I would pay good money for an easy to use scanline generator program for windows. Something that I could just toggle on or off just like a hardware based generator.

That doesn't exist yet? Program one yourself.

And sell it a million times at 1$ a piece.
Zelmaricaroid™ Oct 22, 2014 @ 4:29pm 
Good idea. I'll be rich!
Jinx Oct 22, 2014 @ 4:36pm 
Zelmaricaroid™ Oct 22, 2014 @ 4:59pm 
In the meantime, I found an old post on the interwebs mentioning a program call RainMeter and adding scanlines that way (rainmeter.net) I'm tinkering with it now, and it seams like a good solution if you run games in fullscreen windowed mode. It requires creating and setting up of an ini file, but once thats done, your set. First step is to make a transparent scanline background image in photoshop or gimp at whatever resolution you want. So I made it past that step, but I can't figure out how to display the image in rainmeter. I have to invest more time into learning that program. I'll post instructions once I figure it all out. Too busy tonight. Seems like the solution we are looking for tho.
Jinx Oct 22, 2014 @ 5:01pm 
That's very cool. Please do share if you work something out!
Zelmaricaroid™ Oct 22, 2014 @ 5:05pm 
You bet!
Zelmaricaroid™ Oct 23, 2014 @ 3:24pm 
So I mangaged to get my scanline image overlayed with Rainmeter. Tested shovel Knight and King of Fighters XIII. Both looked great, but framerates were in the 40s. My GPU is an 860m so it should be able to handle it. I don't get it, maybe some sort of vsync issue? So from there I decided to try other image overlay programs. I tried this http://imageoverlayutility.bitbucket.org/ and this one http://customdesktoplogo.wikidot.com/download. Which also both ran in 40-50fps range. The CustomDesktopLogo program actually is the easiest to use. You have to create your own transparent scanline image to use any of these. Here's mine if you guys want to use it: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz2IHkT4XKOpeldJMHFVVWFjQW8/view?usp=sharing

I feel like we're heading in the right direction. I'll keep searching for a 'lighter' program or solution. In the meantime, you should try the last one I mentioned. Maybe it'll work better for you.
Zelmaricaroid™ Oct 23, 2014 @ 3:55pm 
Just tried it on my desktop pc (280X) which is hooked up to my TV. Works at 60fps! Looks decent, not as good as my vga scanliner tho. Might have to adjust the thickness of scanline image. Might look different depending on your TV or monitor.
Jinx Oct 23, 2014 @ 4:07pm 
I'll try this a bit later, thanks for the work
Colt_slayer Oct 10, 2015 @ 4:57pm 
Rainmeter insturctions?
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