While this is true, MAME does not have a toggle option, that allows you to toggle through sequential screenshots.
If MAME operated like Nebula, Kawaks or FinalBurn Alpha, that would work, in theory. However, That doesn't work in MAME. I'm very familiar with the method you're talking about. It's how I made stages under the MUGEN engine. The only difference here is that MAME's version of what you're looking for, disables the entire screen, instead of sequential snapshots, for image based ripping. So disabling layers is not possible in MAME. Which is sad, because disabling layers would make this process much faster. Like it is in Kawaks, Nebula and FBA. The only way around this, is if I knew how to use ArtMoney. And even that is complicated enough. Because that allows for removing, altering or replacing parts with other parts, while the game is running. Instead of sequential screenshots. ArtMoney is for experienced users. So I won't be using that anytime soon.
The sad part, is that while D.D. Crew works & plays in FinalBurn Alpha, the sequential screenshots option, when disabling layers, does not work well in FBA. And the only other emulator that plays D.D. Crew, is MAME. FBA works fine when doing sequential screenshots and layer toggling for games like Final Fight. But I wanted D.D. Crew. Since I'm not you...
I've been fooling with emulators for years. MAME just does not have that option you're speaking of. Even when I look through the controls part of MAME, that list menu and shortcut options. F5 is the only one that displays layers. I'm also NOT a photoshop user. So what works for you, won't work for me. Since I don't use that. The tutorial was put here just as reference. Anyone can use whatever they want. As opposed to what I have here.
But hey, different strokes for different folks. Some of us normal people
find their own way, and at least share what they know. Someone else may want it easier, some may not, and want to do it like I do. It's called diversity. I'm not mad, I'm just saying.
So the basis of this tutorial is to show that the option is possible in MAME, it is not as easy to get to. Since MAME has a much larger selection of games that could run, and this is the only real way of getting images out without finding a specific emulator that will work on the option you're speaking of. What I posted is as close as you can get. In the above, when I was making this tutorial, it only took me 45 minutes to get all the parts of every stage. The best part of this, was the fact that the layers, while looking jigsawed to you, was actually in the correct settings when ripped. No, that is not a joke. As I do understand, that each game will always be different. Also, because of the above in the first post, the characters don't come ripped with the images, as you are showing to believe. They are on the 8x8 grid option, separate from the above. So this makes for very clean rips.
I've been trying for years to figure out how to toggle layers in MAME to get sequential screenshots. Or, at least allow me to disable layers. Even after asking some that work on the MAME emulator on how to do it, it's told to play through the game, and just press F5. That brings up this emulator's version of the Toggle Display option, for sequential screenshots. The only problem is that taking screenshots while in this mode, is disabled.
Now, if they could enable this option, without disabling it, doing what I do above, then I'd be a happy camper. Also, if you're inclined to explain in your own thread how this works. I'd be more than happy to see it. There's a thread already for suggesting ideas. You didn't have to hijack my thread, and try to give me an explanation on what works, when I clearly stated that it doesn't work in mame. You're more than welcome to make your own. Or, post the tips you know, in the thread I'm speaking of. Which can be found Here
. Unless you don't like using the search button. But that's besides the point...
What I made here, isn't the "end all, be all" kind of topic. It's just my own take on ripping. Since nobody else on this site covered it. Feel free to make your own.