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Christos August 27th, 2007 2:48 AM

Advanced Palette Editing Tutorial
Advanced Palette Editing Tutorial

  • VisualBoy Advance
  • A Hex Editor
  • Notepad
  • Your ROM
  • A-Colour

First, open your ROM with VBA and go to the place where there's something you want to change its colors. Then go to Tools -> Map Viewer.

There's 4 backgrounds, 0, 1, 2 and 3. The textbox is in BG0. Choose the colors you want to edit from the textbox and write its RGB down in notepad.
We want to edit the blue colors from the textbox, in notepad we should have:
19 25 31 and 15 23 28

Now go back, and go to Tools -> Palette Viewer.
Look at all the blue colors until you find two blue ones that their RGB numbers match with the ones from the textbox.

The blue colors of the textbox are there, so we'll have to search for the whole palette in the hex editor (the one in the red circle). If you just search for the two colors, you may edit something else.

The blue color's value that's selected in this picture is "7F33". To search for the palette in the hex editor, you have to write down the values of all the colors in the palette. But to work, you have to flip the first two digits with the last two digits of each value. For example, "7F33" should be "337F".

When you finish writing all the values down and flipping the first two digits with the last two digits you should have:

Now, open your ROM in a hex editor, and search for that as a "hex string".

The hex editor finds the string at offset "1E66B0". Go to "337F" and "EF72", edit them and save. Now you'll need A-Color, find a picture with the colors you want to use, open it in Paint, and choose the colors with the colorpicker. Then go to Colors -> Edit Colors and you'll find the color's RGB numbers.

Now open A-Color, put the RGB numbers and select "Give Me My Color!".

Now, flip the first two digits with the last two of the Hex Value, and replace the textbox's blue colors in the hex editor with the two new orange ones.
At the offset "1E66B0", find the two blue colors ("337F" and "EF72") and replace them with "5F13" and "1F2F", the hex values of the two orange colors. Then save. Now open the ROM with VBA.

BlackRainbow* August 27th, 2007 4:46 AM

Nice new tutorial...Really good for hackers who don't know pal. changing

Green Charizard August 27th, 2007 5:24 AM

Well done Christos, err, Semele I mean... Nice and simple, it'll help alot of people who can't get their head 'round this.

D-Trogh August 27th, 2007 5:29 AM

Pretty basic.. Anyway, I think newbies will more likely use APE now :-\

SerenadeDS August 27th, 2007 4:05 PM

Good tutorial Christos. APE is much easier to use however.

Ooka August 27th, 2007 4:06 PM

Well isn't this the same thing as the Palette editing in Zel's tutorial, and if not can't it still be done his way?

Christos August 27th, 2007 10:01 PM

The way is the same as zel's but there's a few things zel's tutorial doesn't have.

And I'll try and make two ways to continue the tutorial after you get in the middle, continue with a hex editor, or use APE.

Ooka August 27th, 2007 10:06 PM

Well, I like that you made this but to my knowledge, can't you edit all the palettes in the game with just the VBA and a hex editor. They have both worked for everything that I have palette edited.

Christos August 27th, 2007 10:11 PM

What do you mean? With a hex editor, you can edit any palette, APE's difference is that you can see what the colors are too.

Kasekopf August 28th, 2007 2:57 AM

Thanks for the tutorial, I've been having trouble with my palette editing. I only have one question:

What are the offsets of the Palettes for the empty tile palettes in Advance Map? (In the AM block editor, palettes 13, 14, and 15)

The game is Pokemon FireRed. Thanks!

Dr.Razor August 28th, 2007 10:41 AM

I've got the same question.
What are the offset of all tile palette in AM?
For Fire Red.
Thank you.

cooley August 28th, 2007 12:30 PM

Where do you get A-color, and is Color-2-hex the same?

Christos August 29th, 2007 7:07 AM

I've uploaded A-Color, the link is in the first post.

cooley August 29th, 2007 8:31 AM

Do you know why When I try to change the Tree Colors in Pokémon FireRed to a Pokémon Diamond Tree Color, It always changes Red,yellow and very Light Green. I have the Correct colors and their offsets if it helps:

0000 F747 5033 471A 6709 - The Colors I want to change
0000 F747 5033 471A 6709 8E31 E818 1F7C 715F 1F3B 1D36 D820 9463 2E53 C846 8336 - The whole Color palette.

I want to Over Write the Green Colors with these colors:
4315 36B1 260B 2987 2147 - But I don't know if I could add Palettes(By the way those colors are From Zel's Tree Tiles, I am not going to use his Tree Tile Just the Color).

Thanks for uploading A-Color.

Christos August 29th, 2007 11:13 AM

It should work, but editing the first color of the palette won't do anything.

Dr.Razor October 27th, 2007 6:32 AM

Where can i downlaod A-color?

mithsu October 27th, 2007 7:15 AM

Nice tut, i really can use this!

Tré October 31st, 2007 11:38 PM

nice tutorial
it really helped
me thanx again..

yayzombie November 8th, 2007 3:40 PM

Where can I find a-colour? Your last link to wikiupload didn't work.

.hack November 17th, 2007 4:40 AM

i guess it helps some people but i just dont see the point in changing the colour around the text

xin November 27th, 2007 5:20 PM

what is advance-color... i have APE?

axlefoley December 4th, 2007 7:19 PM

I would also like to know where one can get a copy of the program

DarkFear December 8th, 2007 12:42 PM

Hmmm... if you change just that scene, will it have effects on all the textboxes? (I don't understand that part, but everything else is great Christos!)

cooley December 8th, 2007 6:02 PM

To download it, Click on the Word "A-color" in the requirements.

DarkFear December 8th, 2007 6:06 PM

Nope that link doesn't work.

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