How to hug
What to do?
One possibility that we have used a lot is to copy paste: just design the characters separately and then add them together in your graphics software. Works for pictures where the charaters do not interact too much, like our huge group photo:
However, if you want some interaction, e.g. two girls hugging, then this fails.
What to do then?
You can use two pictures as a start:
Here I've used the description of Patti (left) and Azuki (right) and told NovelAI that there are two girls looking like that and hugging. The results were good. (Okay, you might notice that Patti's arms... well... but that's fixable...)
In the next step we then superimpose both pictures on two layers and just remove one person from each layer. In reality that needs a lot of fine tuning, as the postures are not exactly identical, but you can see that the amount of changes that need to be done are definitely doable, even for someone who is not a professional artist.
In the final picture, we added two more girls to the left and right, some background, and so we get a sweet farewell scene:
It's not perfect, I know, but overall it's quite sweet, I think. What do you think?