edit: some people asked for a video, I made another chroma (that I'm actually happy with and will be using) for a video, complete with particles and everything. My friend told me that Riot said that editing particles was impossible or very hard to do but it's actually _literally the easiest part._
edit again: the same friend told me to do a blue zac one and to put it here too so here you go, this one literally took less than 5 minutes ಠ__ಠ
"The community has been asking for recolors for a long while, but despite testing and experimenting with a few internal ideas, we couldn’t find a way to build them that satisfied our high standards. The current price reflects the work we put into crafting them.
Yeah, it’s possible to do a quick and dirty overlay, or shift a slider left in an editing program, but we think you would call us on that bullshit real quick, and as players ourselves, we wouldn’t be satisfied with such a hacky solution."
You were right, Riot. This is in fact bullshit.
I've done my own recolours before, both the base skin and the particles. I wish I could find screenshots. (Update, see below)
It looked just as "professional" as Riot's provided screenshots, and you know what? It took me an hour to do. And I'd never done it before.
Riot are showing their greed. You could sit down the coffee intern who has no art training at all at a computer with photoshop and all the skin textures, come back in a week and he could have _easily_ made three recolours of each skin in the game.
If they made it unlockable through champion mastery, which is currently terrible (CHAMP SUMMONER ICONS. RIOT. ARE YOU DEAF.), it would be a good feature. Or even IP.
But charging money for a level of effort equivalent to changing the name of a folder? Yeah no, Riot.
Updated: I went into Photoshop and messed around with a random skin (happened to be Foxfire Ahri, in hindsight I should have picked someone with more... visible clothing like Twisted Fate for example, or even Anivia or something), like literally scribbled here and there without caring too much.
They can claim it takes effort all they want but the simple fact is that I have no training in doing this, spent less than half an hour, and basically made a "chroma" which they want to charge us for.
I picked completely random colours, I can do the particles too if you'd like. They take even less time than the actual skin itself, literally all you have to do is use the colour replacement tool and scribble all over it.