Intro to Kisekae

A beginner's guide to SPNatI's character art creation program


Kisekae (or KKL) is the program used by every developer to create their characters' images in SPNatI. While some developers augment their sprites with external editors such as Photoshop or Paint.NET, they still use Kisekae as a base. And some of our best art was made entirely within Kisekae! It's a powerful tool, but one which requires practice to master.

A complete user guide to Kisekae is unfortunately too large an undertaking to attempt. The best method to learning the ins-and-outs of the program is to mess around with it yourself. This guide will instead lay out only the basics, in order to send you down the right path. Only the technical aspects of Kisekae will be covered here, not the artistic— this is how to do things, not what to do.

Note: This guide uses screenshots from KKL version 104.1. Later versions may look slightly different.


Tabs and Controls

Going from Row One to Row Four, from left to right.

Sets

Default Sets

KKL 01

Choose from a set of default K-On! or Love Live! girls. These aren't particularly useful for our purposes.


Preset Characters

KKL 02

The default girls as individual characters. Not useful for SPNatI. Our versions of Maki and Shimakaze still needed adjustments beyond the defaults.


Preset Outfits

KKL 03

A variety of available outfits for default characters. For SPNatI it's better to more deliberate with costume choices, so this too is a tab you likely won't ever use.


Preset Attributes

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Character Slot Selector Pose Sets Skin Color Sets Height Adjuster Preset Hairstyles (and hair color picker)
Preset Facial Features (and eye color picker) Preset Outfits Preset Underwear Preset BGs

Most of this isn't worth using, but you'll need to use the Character Slot Selector pretty often to hide, show, and select different characters. The button with the eye toggles a character slot on or off. When off, the eye will turn into a red slash. This on/off toggle will be available for almost every other item we encounter in this guide.

A new artist could get posing ideas from the Pose Sets selector as well, since those show off techniques like body and head rotation.


Posing

Arm Movement

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Right Shoulder Movement Right Elbow Movement (with Layer Button) Right Hand Selector Right Wrist Movement
Left Shoulder Movement Left Elbow Movement (with Layer Button) Left Hand Selector Left Wrist Movement
Right Hand Held Item Selector (plus Color Picker) Left Hand Held Item Selector

This tab is used to pose the arms of your character when it comes time to make their sprites. Use the grey link toggle button on the right hand side of the first row of this tab to de-link the left and right arms when posing.

The Color Picker chooses color of held objects. Most objects in Kisekae allow you to pick a color. The Layer Button is the up arrow, in this case next to the Right Elbow Movement slider, which adjusts the arm behind or in front of the body. This is also a fairly common button, and different items layer over different things.


Leg and Body Movement

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Right Leg Position Selector (with Flip Button and link toggle) Left Leg Position Selector Head Rotation Body Rotation
Swaps Characters in Slots Horizontal Movement Depth Vertical Movement (with shadow) Vertical Movement (shadow adjusts for height) Shadow Visibility Toggle

This is where you do the bulk of your posing. For the CE, it's usually best to keep your character at 500 on the Depth (forward and back movement) slider. For some sitting poses, you may need to adjust them back. Please don't ask why legs are a series of set positions and not a slider.

The Flip Button, the sideways facing arrow next to the Right Leg Position Selector, swaps right and left leg positions, while the link toggle button unlinks left and right legs. Both these buttons are common in other tabs as well.


Blurs, Shadows, and Silhouettes

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Overlay Selector Overlay Opacity Character Opacity
Drop Shadow (with Color Picker) Invert Drop Shadow Shadow Mask Shadow Only Shadow Opacity Shadow Size
Shadow Blur Horizontal Shadow Blur Vertical Shadow Direction Shadow Distance
Blur Toggle and Type Selector Blur Level Horizontal Blur Level Vertical Emote Bubble Blur

This is an advanced tab not often used in posing. It adds effects over your character sprite. Poses using partial transparency or a blur effect likely use this tool.


Proportions

Width and Height

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Character Size Body Height Leg Length
Lower Leg and Foot Thickness Arm Thickness Chest Width Shoulder Width Hip and Thigh Width
Belly Button Selector Waist Selector Body Detail Opacity Torso Height

One of the most important tabs in Kisekae. Because the proportions for the default characters are awful, you'll want to adjust them when making your own models. The Character Size slider adjusts the overall model size, while the Body Height slider adjusts everything besides the head. It is recommended to unlink the Body Height and Leg Length sliders for finer control.

Unfortunately, there is no way to uncouple hip width and thigh width.


Skin Color and Head Proportions

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Skin Color Tanlines (plus toggle and Color Picker) Blush Stickers Head Size Neck Length
Chin + Cheeks Shape Chin + Cheeks Width Chin + Cheeks Length
Breast Size Nipple Selector (plus toggle and Color Picker) Nipple Size Nipple Position Horizontal Nipple Position Vertical

Set the Blush Sticker selector to 10 for no default blush (the recommended choice). For Breast Size, use size 1 or 2 for a male character. Tanlines aren't necessary if your character wouldn't have them.

I apologize on behalf of Pochi for the available chin shapes.


The Saucy Bits

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Penis Selector (plus toggle and Color Picker, use the up arrow to adjust layering) Erection Size Increase Penis Head Selector Penis Size
Erection Controls Erection Toggle Penis Rotation Testicles Testicle Size
Vagina Selector (plus toggle and Color Picker) Pubic Hair (plus toggle and Color Picker) Pubic Hair Opacity

If you give your model a penis, be sure to set the Erection Controls to Manual. Use the Erection Toggle to give your model an erection. The Erection Size Increase slider affects the size of the erection relative to the size of the penis, so no change will be visible if the model is flaccid.

With the model selected, click and hold on the labia to spread them. Click and hold again to close. Clicking repeatedly on the vagina will create Love Juice, hold down Spacebar and click on the juice to remove it.

Make sure to turn off the vagina if making a male character.


Features

Hair

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Hair Color (All) Hairstyle (with Flip Button) Bangs (with Flip Button and Layer Button) Bang Length
Back Hair (with gravity toggle) Back Hair Length Back Hair Width Back Hair Position
Right Side Lock (plus Layer Button and Gravity Toggle) Right Side Lock Length Right Side Lock Position (button to toggle link with Left Side Lock)
Left Side Lock (plus Layer Button and Gravity Toggle) Left Side Lock Length Left Side Lock Position

Changing the Hair Color (All) selector will adjust the color for all hair and hairpieces, so be careful. You can make gradient hair by selecting two different colors with the first two spots in the Color Picker. The third slot is for the outline color.

The rightmost button on the Back Hair and Side Locks selectors is the Gravity Toggle. This either looks like a circular arrow or a dash, depending on whether it is active or inactive respectively. When active, it makes the affected hair obey gravity when the model's head is tilted (though not when the entire body is).

The Layer Button, the button with the up arrows, adjusts the layering of the Bangs to be above or below the sides of the Hairstyle. For the Side Locks, this is either behind the back, behind the ear, or in front of the ear. If you've been following this guide in order, you're already familiar with this button (penises also have it).


Hair Pieces

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Hair Piece Sets Hair Piece Slots Hair Piece Selector (plus Color Picker, Mirroring Button, Layer Button, Gravity Toggle, and Shading Toggle)
Hair Piece Width (with height Link Toggle) Hair Piece Height (with outline Link Toggle) Hair Piece Outline Thickness
Hair Piece Skew Hair Piece Rotation Hair Piece Skewed Rotation Hair Piece Horizontal Position Hair Piece Vertical Position

For the four buttons on the Hair Piece Selector: the Mirroring Button, which looks like two triangles pointed in opposite directions, allows you to choose the right-hand version of a hairpiece, the left-hand version, or both. The Layer Button and Gravity Toggle were explained in previous sections. Finally the Shading Toggle allows you to turn off the shadows on any hairpieces which have them.

The slider for Skewed Rotation affects a hairpiece after it has been skewed based on how much it has been skewed. A Hairpiece at the default skew of 500 won't see any difference compared to the normal Rotation slider.

Note: It is recommended to not use the first five Hair Piece Slots, as use of those can cause lagging in Kisekae.

Warning

Pressing the Hair Piece Sets button (AKA the Set button) will replace all your hairpieces with a pre-set group of hairpieces. Be very careful around this tab as to not undo your hard work. Thankfully, KKL keeps backups in case of this button being accidentally pressed.


Eyes

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Eye Shape (plus outline Color Picker and Layer Button) Eye Position Horizontal Eye Position Vertical Eye Width Eye Height
Eye Rotation Eyelids Eyelashes Under-Eye Lines
Right Iris and Pupil Style (with link toggle) Left Iris and Pupil Style Iris Width Iris Height
Iris Position Horizontal Iris Position Vertical Eye Shine (with Flip Button) Eye Shine Rotation

The Layer Button next to the Eye Shape selector layers eyes above or below the bangs. The Eyelids selector are just lines above the eye, but below the eyebrow.

The Flip Button on the Eye Shine selector (the one that looks like an arrow pointed either left or right) flips it horizontally. This is the same button on the hair and bangs selectors above.

When adjusting a characters eyes during posing, we recommend to not use the Iris Position sliders for that. Instead, use the tools in the Facial Posing Tab (covered later in this guide).


Facial Features

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Eyebrows (with Color Picker and Layer Button) Eyebrow Rotation Eyebrow Position Vertical
Mouth Size Mouth Height Facial Markings (can be toggled individually)
Nose Nose Width (with link toggle) Nose Height Nose Position Vertical
Nose Shadow Nose Shadow Opacity Nose Shadow Width (with link toggle) Nose Shadow Height Nose Shadow Position Vertical
Ears Ear Width Ear Rotation Ear Position Horizontal Ear Position Vertical

Like with the eyes and irises before, it is better to adjust Eyebrows and Mouth Size using the Facial Posing Tab when it comes time for facial posing, not this tab. Instead, use these controls to get a good "neutral" benchmark to work off of.

Not all Ears allow you to pick colors. Those that don't will just be the model's skin color.


Face Marks

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Face Marks Slots Face Mark Selector (plus Color Picker, Mirroring Button, and Layer Button) Face Mark Opacity Face Mark Width (with link toggle)
Face Mark Height Face Mark Skew Face Mark Rotation Face Mark Position Horizontal Face Mark Position Vertical

Face Marks can layer above or below the eyes. These can be used to create custom facial shading.


Ears, Horns, and Tails

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Animal Ears (with Color Picker and Clothing Toggle) Tails (with Color Picker and Flip Button) Tail Size
Wings (with Flip Button) Wing Size Wing Vertical Position
Horns (with Layer Button) Horn Size Horn Position

The Clothing Toggle on the Animal Ears control is the button that looks like hair or a hat, depending on what it's set to. As hair, the ears are treated as part of the body, but as a hat they're treated as clothing, and can be clicked on to remove. That seems to be the only difference.

Click on a Wing to adjust its position. Horn Positions adjust the horn either vertically or around the head, depending on the horn.

Note: If you don't see the exact ear or tail you like, it's probably best to make your own with Ribbons than settle for one here that's not quite as good.


Expressions

Emotions & Emotes

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Auto vs. Manual Switch Personality Type (Auto Only) Ahegao Toggle (Auto Only) Horniness Slider (Auto Only) Crying Slider (Auto Only) Heavy Breaths Slider (Auto Only)
Emote Eyes (with sclera Color Picker and Flip Button) Emote Eye Size Emote Eye Position Horizontal Emote Eye Position Vertical
Blush Unblush Eye effects (can be toggled individually) Emotion Effects (with Flip Button, can be toggled individually) Emote Bubble

Warning

KKL is configured to use Manual Expressions by default. This allows you to carefully create the posing you want in your sprites. Switching to Auto mode will mess up your chosen emotions and make it difficult for you to reset back.

These are the "cartoony" emotion effects, which may or may not be useful depending on the character and pose. None of us could come up with a better name than "Emote Eyes".


Facial Posing

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Right Eye Openness Left Eye Openness Right Iris Size Left Iris Size
Right Iris Position Horizontal (with Mirroring Toggle and link toggle) Left Iris Position Horizontal Right Iris Position Vertical (with link toggle) Left Iris Position Vertical
Right Eyebrow Mode Right Eyebrow Rotation Right Eyebrow Position Vertical (and link toggle selector)
Left Eyebrow Mode Left Eyebrow Rotation Left Eyebrow Position Vertical Mouth (and Flip Button) Mouth Width (with link toggle)
Mouth Height Mouth Outline Width Mouth Rotation Mouth Position Horizontal Mouth Position Vertical

Use the Eye Openness slider to make a character close their eyes by dragging it to the left end. Use the Mirroring Toggle to change how the Iris Position Horizontal movement works, either both in same direction or both in opposite directions.

Only a handful of mouths are actually any good. Past the fifties be dragons.


Breast Movement

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Right Breast Bounce (Auto Only) Left Breast Bounce (Auto Only) Right Breast Side Bounce (Auto Only) Left Breast Side Bounce (Auto Only) Right Nipple Tweak Vertical (Auto Only) Left Nipple Tweak Vertical (Auto Only) Right Nipple Tweak Horizontal (Auto Only) Left Nipple Tweak Horizontal (Auto Only) Auto Vaginal Touch Auto Lip Touch
Auto vs. Manual Switch Right Breast Positions Left Breast Positions Right Nipple Positions Left Nipple Positions

Unlike the Emotions & Emotes tab, a character can work perfectly well with Breast Movement set to Auto. Set to Manual only if you need finer control.

The Auto Vaginal Touch switch causes the model to gain Love Juice quickly, similar to clicking the vagina directly. The Auto Lip Touch gives them a kissy face and only works with characters that have their emotions set to Auto in the Emotions & Emotes tab above.


Shirts

Jackets and Sweaters

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Jackets Jacket Right Sleeves (with link toggle) Jacket Left Sleeves
Jacket Breast Pockets (plus Color Picker and Mirroring Button) Jacket Side Pockets (With Color Picker and Position Number)
Sweaters Sweater Right Sleeves (with link toggle) Sweater Left Sleeves
Sweater Top Style Sweater Hem Style Sweater Breast Pockets (plus Color Picker and Mirroring Button) Sweater Side Pockets (With Color Picker and Position Number)

For the Breast Pocket selectors, 001 is "no pocket (or decoration)". Same with the Side Pocket selector. The Position Number on the side pockets serves the same function as a selector, the number refers to one of 15 different positions for the pockets.

Only some Jacket and Sweater Sleeves have options in the Color Picker, otherwise they default to the Jacket or Sweater color respectively.


Collared and T-Shirts

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Collared Shirts Collars (with Collar Style button) Collared Shirt Right Sleeves (with link toggle) Collared Shirt Left Sleeves
Collared Shirt Top Style Collared Shirt Hem Style Collared Shirt Breast Pockets (plus Color Picker and Mirroring Button) Collared Shirt Side Pockets (With Color Picker and Position Number)
T-Shirts T-Shirt Right Sleeves (with link toggle) T-Shirt Left Sleeves
T-Shirt Top Style T-Shirt Hem Style T-Shirt Breast Pockets (plus Color Picker and Mirroring Button) T-Shirt Side Pockets (With Color Picker and Position Number)

The Collar Style button allows you to choose one of six different color configurations for the collar.

The Side Pockets and Breast Pockets function the same as the ones in the Jackets and Sweaters tab above. Same with sleeves.


Leggings

Skirts, Pants, and Tights

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Skirts (plus Color Picker and Layer Button) Tights and Pantyhose (plus Color Picker and Layer Button)
Pants Right Pant Cuff Style (and link toggle) Left Pant Cuff Style

Fairly self-explanatory. The Pants controls can be used to mix and match styles.


Socks and Anklets

KKL 23

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Right Sock (and link toggle) Left Sock
Right Anklet (and link toggle) Left Anklet

You can use the Socks selector to make thigh-highs too.


Shoes and Boots

KKL 24

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Right Shoe Right Boot Cuff
Left Shoe Left Boot Cuff

Only some Shoe styles have Boot Cuffs available.


Undies and Other Lewd Things

Underwear and Swimsuits, Shibari, Pasties, and Piercings

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Bra (with Top Toggle and link toggle) Underwear (with Layer Button)
Shibari Maebari Maebari Size
Right Breast Pasties and Piercings Right Breast Pasties and Piercings Size (with link toggle) Left Breast Pasties and Piercings Left Breast Pasties and Piercings Size

The Top Toggle button next to the Bra color picker is only available for some bras. It allows you to have only the top portion of the item, only the bottom, or both. The Layer Button on the Underwear controls adjusts whether they appear above or below a one-piece top (e.g. the swimsuits).

Shibari is bondage rope, while Maebari are similar to pasties, but for the crotch.


Dildos

KKL 26

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Dildo Dildo Size Toggle to Allow Insertion Through Clothing Animation Type (With Loop Toggle and Character Animation Toggle) Animation Speed (with Loop Toggle)

This tab might not ever be used, depending on whether or not your character uses a toy during their masturbation sequence.

The Loop Toggle autoplays all stages of animation speed and type in a continuous loop. 01 for Animation Speed is perfectly still (in case you need to take a picture of one specific animation frame). The Character Animation Toggle determines whether or not the character moves with the Dildo.


Headwear

Hats, Glasses, Masks, etc.

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Hats (with Flip Button, Bangs Toggle, Back Hair Toggle, Side Locks Toggle, Hair Piece Toggle, and Ribbon Toggle) Headband (and Layer Button)
Glasses (with Flip Toggle and Layer Button) Glasses Vertical Position Masks
Headphones and Earmuffs Right Earring (with link toggle) Left Earring
Collars and Scarves (with Layer Button) Necklaces (with Layer Button) Neckties

The various toggles next in the Hat controls (Bangs Toggle, Back Hair Toggle, Side Locks Toggle, Hair Piece Toggle, and Ribbon Toggle) are just quick ways to toggle whether or not those pieces show up when a hat is worn.

You can click Headphones and some Neckties to adjust their position.


Ribbons

KKL 28

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Ribbon Slots Ribbon Placement Location Ribbon Selector (plus Color Picker, Mirroring Button, Layer Button, and Shading Toggle)
Ribbon Width (and link toggle) Ribbon Height (and link toggle) Ribbon Outline Width
Ribbon Skew Ribbon Rotation Ribbon Position Horizontal Ribbon Position Vertical

Possibly the most important Tab in Kisekae. Use the Ribbon Placement Location to pin ribbons to the torso or abdomen, and you can build almost any item of clothing. The options to pin ribbons are: Head, Front Hair, Torso, Abdomen, Back Hair, Side Locks, or the first five Hairpiece slots. Ribbons attached to part of the hair with Gravity toggled on will move with the hair.

Much of these controls are similar to Hairpieces above, and better explained there.

Holding down shift when using the controls will adjust all ribbons at once.


Belts and Bracelets

Belts

KKL 29

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Belt Slots Belt Selector (plus Color Picker, Mirroring Button, Layer Button, and Mask Toggle) Belt Position
Belt Width (and link toggle) Belt Height (and link toggle) Belt Outline Width
Belt Skew Belt Rotation Belt Position Horizontal Belt Position Vertical

Another critically important tab, though a first timer might not realize it. You can build a wide variety of clothing items out of belts.

The Mask Toggle affects whether a belt will only be as wide at the outline of a character, or whether the whole belt is visible at once. The Belt Position control allows you to choose what configuration you want the the belt in, the amount varies by bely. The curved rope belt configuration of Belt 08 allows you to make curved outlines.

Like ribbons, holding down shift when using the controls will adjust all belts.


Bracelets and Sleeves

KKL 30

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Right Bracelet (with link toggle) Left Bracelet
Right Upper Arm Cuff (with link toggle) Left Upper Arm Cuff
Right Forearm Band (with link toggle) Left Forearm Band

The Bracelet selector also allows you to choose detached sleeves as well, perfect for making Vocaloids and armpit shrine maidens.


Armbands, Elbow Bads, and Gloves

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Right Armband (with link toggle) Left Armband
Right Elbow Pad (with link toggle) Left Elbow Pad
Right Glove Right Glove Length (with link toggle) Left Glove Left Glove Length

No special clarifications needed.


Image Attachments

Character Image Attachments

KKL 32

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URL vs. Local Toggle Load Button Image Path Input Field Image URL List Pochi DLC Images
Attachment Slots Attachment Placement Location Paint Bucket (Pochi DLC Images only) Flip Button and Layer Button Attachment Opacity Attachment Width (with link toggle) Attachment Height
Attachment Skew Attachment Rotation Attachment Position Horizontal Attachment Position Vertical

Image attachments allow you to take a .png, .svg, or .swf image from outside of Kisekae, and import as part of your model. This gives you much more freedom when making art for your character. You can even make art in Kisekae, export as a .png file, and re-import to save ribbon or hair piece slots. Because ribbons cannot be attached legs, re-importing as an image attachment means you need to only deal with one piece instead of many.

The URL vs. Local Toggle determines whether you will use an image from online or your local hard drive. The Load Button either loads an image from online, or allows you to navigate to the location of an image on your HDD. When loading an image from your drive, the Image Path Input Field will be filled automatically. You can use the Attachment Placement Location to pin attachments to the body, head, left and right upper arms, and left and right forearms.

Image attachments can only be layered completely in front of or completely behind the body part they're pinned to. This means that body attachments will layer in front of everything, including arms.

Note

You can auto-load image attachments onto a saved model by putting them in an images folder in the same directory as kkl.exe (.svg and .swf files can only be loaded in this method). Make sure your image file names do not use spaces or other illegal characters.


Global Items

These are items which do not anchor to an individual Character, but exist as part of the Scene. These can only be saved as part of an All code, not a Select code.

Global Arms

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Global Arm Slot Global Arm Style (with Color Picker and Flip Button Global Arm Opacity Global Arm Size Global Arm Thickness
Global Arm Rotation Global Arm Position Horizontal Global Arm Position Vertical Global Arm Depth
Hand Selector Wrist Rotation Held Item Selector
Sleeves Bracelets

Note that not every option for normal arms are available for global arms. These can be useful if you need an arm to wrap around another character or go over an image attachment, and can't use an outside image editor.

Global Ribbons

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Global Ribbon Slots Global Ribbon Selector (plus Color Picker, Flip Button, and Shading Toggle)
Global Ribbon Width (and link toggle) Global Ribbon Height (and link toggle) Global Ribbon Outline Width
Global Ribbon Skew Global Ribbon Rotation Global Ribbon Position Horizontal Global Ribbon Position Vertical Global Ribbon Depth

Mostly the same as regular Ribbons. If you want to build something to re-import as an attachment, you can use these and export an image without the model. Otherwise, you'll want to use the first kind of Ribbons.

Global Belts

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Global Belt Slots Global Belt Selector (plus Color Picker and Flip Button) Global Belt Position
Global Belt Width (and link toggle) Global Belt Height (and link toggle) Global Belt Outline Width
Global Belt Skew Global Belt Rotation Global Belt Position Horizontal Global Belt Position Vertical Global Belt Depth

Basically everything above, just replace "ribbons" with "belts".

Props

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Prop Slots Prop (with Color Picker and Flip Button Prop Orientation Prop Size (with link toggle)
Prop Line Width Prop Rotation Prop Position Horizontal Prop Position Vertical Prop Depth

This may be useful to you and your character, or you might never touch this tab. Props are rarely needed for character sprites.

Flags

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Flag Slots Flag Selector Flag Style Flag Width (and link toggle) Flag Height
Flad Skew Flag Rotation Flag Position Horizontal Flag Postion Vertical Flag Depth

The most important tab in ahahahaha I'm just kidding. No one ever uses this tab.

Speech Bubbles

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Speech Bubble Slot Speech Bubble Selector (with Color Picker and Flip Button) Speech Bubble Opacity Speech Bubble Blend Mode
Speech Bubble Width (and link toggle) Speech Bubble Height Speech Bubble Outline Width Speech Bubble Skew Speech Bubble Rotation
Speech Bubble Position Horizontal Speech Bubble Postion Vertical Speech Bubble Depth Speech Bubble Tail Selector (and Flip Button) Tail Outline
Tail Width (and link toggle) Tail Height Tail Rotation Tail Position Horizontal Tail Position Vertical

Speech Bubbles can be used for their intended purpose (being speech bubbles), but one can also use them for light effects or shading. Keep in mind however, like all Global assets Speech Bubbles don't move with the character.

Speech Bubbles aren't significantly used in SPNatI spritework.

Backgrounds

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Background Horizon Point Floor
Stage Cutout Foreground Audience

SPNatI Sprites are exported without a background. However, you might want to make a more neutral background for character creation, or create a background for an epilogue.

Text

KKL 40

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Text Field Font (and Color Picker) Text Direction Paragraph Text Placement Location Layer Button
Text Opacity Font Size Text Width (and link toggle) Text Height Text Field Size
Text Skew Text Rotation Text Position Horizontal Text Position Vertical Leading Kerning

Since the character's text is written in the CE, and their speech bubbles are part of the game, you'll rarely need to make text within Kisekae. You may find a need for it outside of SPNatI work, however.

Global Image Attachments

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URL vs. Local Toggle Load Button Image Path Input Field Image URL List Pochi DLC Images
Attachment Slots Attachment Placement Location Paint Bucket (Pochi DLC Images only) Flip Button and Layer Button Attachment Opacity Attachment Width (with link toggle) Attachment Height Auto-Scale to Full Size
Attachment Skew Attachment Rotation Attachment Position Horizontal Attachment Position Vertical

Like image attachments, but global.

You can attach global attachments to word balloons using the Attachment Placement Location.

Settings

Settings

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Hide/Show Tab Bar Arrow Marker Position Numerical Display Volume Stereo/Mono Output
Image Quality Censorship Easy/Expert Toggle Shortcut Keys Breakout

Danger

By default, KKL is set to Expert Mode. Do not switch out of Expert Mode. You will have far fewer options available for character customization. Additionally, Easy Mode changes the locations of a number of important controls, which this guide does not take into account. This includes the toggle for switching back to Expert Mode, which will be located in the Image Export Tab (with the magnifying glass icon).

Hide/Show Tab Bar: Toggles whether or not the rows at the bottom will be visible when all tabs are closed and the mouse is moved away.

Arrow Marker Position: Toggles whether or not the yellow marker appears above or behind a selected character. [Also activated using the V key.]

Numerical Display: Toggles showing the exact number selected on all sliders. [Also activated using the M key.]

Volume: Not remotely useful for SPNatI work. I can't get it to function anyway.

Stereo/Mono Output: By default, set to stereo (checked).

Image Quality: The quality of the Kisekae screen.

Censorship: Setting 8 is "no censorship", which KKL is set to by default. Do not change this setting.

Easy/Expert Toggle: Eeh? Easy Mode? How lame! Only kids play in easy mode!! Kya ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

Shortcut Keys: Assign shortcut keys to various tabs, or change the default keyboard shortcuts.

Breakout: Play the game Breakout, except with clothes as the blocks.

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Gif Maker

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Preview Save and Load (as .txt) Internal Save Output as Gif Gif Animation Speed
Frame List Add/Remove Frames Frame Selector

The Gif Maker is completely unused in SPNatI's workflow. All in-game animation is built in the Character Editor, using the Pose Maker.

Main Tabs

Save and Load

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Save and Load (as .txt) Import and Export (as code) Internal Save Save and Load All Internal Saves

Note

Save and Load (as .txt) is the most secure way to save your data, as you can back up these files. Internal Saves stores data as cookies, which can get wiped due to glitches or user error.

Save and Load (as .txt): The Save button saves the entirety of your Kisekae project as a .txt file wherever you choose on your hard drive. The Load button opens a saved .txt file and loads it in Kisekae.

Import and Export: Opens a window where you can copy and paste character and scene codes. These are the same codes generated by the Save and Load options. Unlike the above option, with Import and Export you can only import or export partial codes (e.g. copy another character's shirt onto your own). Choose Select to only export the selected character's code, or select All to export everything (including Global Objects).

Note

The first three numbers in a Kisekae code denote the version it was saved in. We don't recommend trying to import newer codes into an older version of KKL.

Additionally, codes from KKL will likely not work in online Kisekae, as KKL has been modified to have additional Hairpiece, Belt, and Ribbon slots.

Internal Save: Saves the code on your PC using cookies. Unlike .txt files, these cannot be backed up or shared with others and are lost if you clear your cookies. However, this method also saves characters that have been toggled off in the Preset Attributes tab.

Save and Load All Internal Saves: Bulk exports all the above Internal Saves as .txt files. Note that importing using Load-All will overwrite all internal saves.

Image Export

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Zoom Fullscreen Mode Image Size
PNG (Transparency) JPG (JPG Quality) Cropping (X Coordinate, Y Coordinate, Width, Height) (Mouse Selection)

Zoom 7 is the default for SPNatI-sized models. Whenever exporting, always use Image Size 5/5 for best quality. Export as PNG with Transparency toggled on (made light grey instead of dark grey).

For Cropping, enable it by checking the crop tool. You can either manually enter a range using the Coordinate and Width and Height controls, or toggle on the Mouse Selection and choose an area by clicking and dragging.

The Character Editor automatically handles cropping and exporting images at SPNatI size and resolution. It's better in almost all instances to export your poses through there.

Emergency Exit

KKL 46

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Emergency Exit

Hides the screen, in case your mom comes in the room.


Important Tricks and Tips

Space Bar

Holding down the Space Bar when using most sliders allows you to go beyond the normal 0 to 100 range. This allows you far more freedom in model customization, especially when it comes to making custom clothing.

Note

Holding down the Space Bar when using most sliders allows you to go beyond the normal 0 to 100 range.

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Keyboard Shortcuts and Modifiers

General

Key Action
Space + Click Hide items that can't be removed by normal clicking (Love Juice, Hair, Emote Bubbles, etc.)
A Right Breast Bounce
S Left Breast Bounce
Z Right Breast Jiggle
X Left Breast Jiggle
D Crotch Stimulation
F Kiss
Arrow Keys Move Screen
Space + Arrow Keys Move Screen Beyond Normal Constraints
Q Zoom In
W Zoom Out
E Set Zoom to 0
M Show Slider Value
V Layer Selected Marker
< Previous Row
> Next Row
7 Increase Body Height
7 + Shift Decrease Body Height
7 + Control Reset Body Height
8 Increase Body Width
8 + Shift Decrease Body Width
8 + Control Reset Body Width
9 Increase Underwear Transparency
9 + Shift Decrease Underwear Transparency
9 + Control Reset Underwear Transparency

Import/Export (Save and Load Tab)

Key Action
Space + Click Turn Off/On All Tabs

Hair Tab

Key Action
1 Match All Hair Colors With Base Hair Color
2 Match All Outline Colors with Base Outline Color
3 Toggle All Hair Outlines (On, 50%, and Off)

Ears, Horns, and Tails Tab

Key Action
1 Match Ear and Tail Color to Hair Color
2 Match Ear and Tail Outline Color to Hair Outline Color
3 Toggle Ear and Tail Outlines (On, 50%, and Off)

Auto-Saves

In the event that you do press the dreaded Set button in the Hairpieces Tab, KKL automatically saves backup codes. These are stored in the same directory as kkl.exe, in an autosaves folder with the current date. Each file is labelled with the date and time it autosaved.

To use one of these backups to restore your model, copy it to another folder and change the file extension to .txt. Then load it into Kisekae the way you would any other .txt save.