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A tutorial on how to make your 3D model reskins in the source engine models to glow in the area you want them to. This tutorial requires knowledge of how to reskin a model, Paint.NET and the VTF creating addon.

Posted by nPen on Jun 22nd, 2011
Basic Textures.

This tutorial requires knowledge of how to reskin a model, Paint.NET and the VTF creating addon by Nemesis (http://nemesis.thewavelength.net/index.php?c=225).

So, have you had the problem where you want to make a model reskin or skin and have it glow in one area, but when it's rendered in-game, it glows all over? I have had that problem in trying to reskin the models in Portal, but now I have a solution!

1.Make sure you have the skin you want to glow opened up in Paint.NET.
2.Create a new layer above the first.
3.Go to layer 1, select the parts you want to glow, copy, and paste them into layer 2.
4.Click on layer 1 again, as if you were going to edit it (and you are).
5.There should be a pencil over a price tag looking logo in the bottom right side of the 'layers' tab. Click on it.
6.Once a new window has opened up, make sure opacity is set to 1.
7.You should barely (if at all) be able to see layer 1.
8.Save the product as a VTF *WITHOUT* animating layers in the folder your reskin belongs.

Try out your new skin/reskin and enjoy!
-Nick

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Catie㋡(Boxxy)
Catie㋡(Boxxy) Jun 22 2011, 3:46am says:

Thanks this helps alot

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tile
tile Jul 5 2011, 12:59pm says:

great. how do you us it in a mod? like, how do you reskin a p2 model?

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nPen
nPen Jul 5 2011, 2:05pm replied:

Portal 2 models use a different VTF file type. I believe if you get VTFlib and VTF edit you can then take your skin and directly port it to version 7.5 (Portal 2's VTF type).

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Silktax
Silktax Oct 7 2011, 2:53pm says:

Awesome Tutorial man! Been searching for one like this for ages.
But I can't get it to work, I've tried to re-skin my pistol and make the sights glow, but they just don't light up (for Half-Life 2 by the way).
Any help?

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Silktax
Silktax Oct 11 2011, 5:10am says:

Too late I fixed it :P

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AmaroqDricaldari
AmaroqDricaldari Oct 22 2011, 6:25pm says:

Good thing I already have Paint.NET and the VTF plugin.

Also a good thing that the plugin now supports VTF 7.5

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AmaroqDricaldari
AmaroqDricaldari Oct 22 2011, 6:27pm says:

Damn it, I HATE this website's comment system.

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AmaroqDricaldari Oct 22 2011, 6:28pm says:

AGAIN! WHY THE F*** DOES IT KEEP DOING THIS!??!?! EVERYTIME I TRY TO REPLY TO A COMMENT, IT PUTS IT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE!

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