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A short Tutorial about how to make simple camo Skins for Vehicles.

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Prepariations:
1. You will need Gimp: Gimp.org
2. You will need the Gimp .DDS-Plugin: Code.google.com

Editing:
1. You have to open a Texture file you want to edit. For this example i use my Kingtiger HD-Skin.
After you opened it in Gimp you have to overlay it with a camo pattern (it has to be in the same resolution as the Basetexture you want to camouflage. For the level of the camo pattern you have to add an Alpha-Channel (Red in the Pic.)

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(right Click and "show file" to see in full resolution)

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Choose the overlay mode for the Camo pattern level. (Red in the Pic.)

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If the it isn't colorfull enough you have to overlay it with the same camo pattern again and choose the "Color-Mode" (Red in the pic). Then decrease the opacityuntil you think it's fine. (Also Red in the Pic)

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Now cut all the stuff out from the camo-levels you dont want to color. Like in this example the Balkenkreuz (Red Square in the Middle). You will have to cut it out from all camo levels. (Red in the pic. (on the right side you can choose which level you want to edit)).

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That's it, you got a Camo Skin now!

The Result:

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That's it with my Tutorial, i hope it will be helpfull for you! ;)

PS: For questions use the comment-section.

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Lyaskavku
Lyaskavku

I use adobe photoshop
any way, thanks!

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merhabi Author
merhabi

Maybe try out another programm, or adapt the way you see here to photshop ;D

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Lyaskavku
Lyaskavku

I like gimp too, btw. Gimp is just like easy version of photoshop

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merhabi Author
merhabi

I use photshop just for post-producing, but as you see at the top i also got photshop elemts and photoshop :D

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Lyaskavku
Lyaskavku

Oh. I haven't noticed it.

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Private_Scoop
Private_Scoop

WTF!!!! Are you kidding me? GIMP is more complex, feature-rich, innovative, 20% cooler as Photoshop and free!

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Cpt.Misha
Cpt.Misha

I make them like this already :D But nice tutorial anyway

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merhabi Author
merhabi

It's for the beginners ;)

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Cpt.Misha
Cpt.Misha

:D Yay it is :D It will use good for them ;)

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Cpt.Misha
Cpt.Misha

It would be better if it would be in English :D :D XD

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merhabi Author
merhabi

Do you think i will reinstal gimp in english for ONE tutorial? :P NO!

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Cpt.Misha
Cpt.Misha

Ok :3 but it would be better i said :3

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DragonSkin342
DragonSkin342

I did the same things for camos for guns :)

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bassmaniac
bassmaniac

Good tuto that work perfectly for a very simple camo but this method work only if the base of the tank skin is one color, but it's not so simple if you want to adjust the rays of the camo between the body and the turret for example, that should be done only manually if you want a realistic result..
Anyway, good idea to propose this tuto.
Cheers,
Bass

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merhabi Author
merhabi

Actualy i think it should be clear that it has to be a basic skin that is actualy without any camo. And not every tank crew cared about if the patches are pass over 100% exactly ^^

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Caselius
Caselius

Very good tutorial. Works splendid on humanskin camos too.

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merhabi Author
merhabi

I'm glad that it's usefull for you ;)

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Finnish_Jaeger
Finnish_Jaeger

How do you add them into game.? (=
good tutorial btw

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merhabi Author
merhabi

the most skin are in the e2.pak of the main recource of the game, if you make a skin you add a #(title) behind the filename. (the title will be the name of the textmod) then you have to make in a mod the same folder path and put your skin into there. then you should be able to choose it in the editor :)

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Finnish_Jaeger
Finnish_Jaeger

Thank you i love your HD skins.

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merhabi Author
merhabi

Thx & Glad to help, write me a PM if you got any more questions ;)

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ramataufik
ramataufik

i cant find texture file :(

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merhabi Author
merhabi

some texture files are in the texture/common/vehicle folder, but most ones are in the folder of the vehicle.

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ramataufik
ramataufik

well , i want to edit Js-2 skin . when i open e2.pak -> vehicles -> tank_heavy -> Js-2 . i see many file and there is no .pdf file :(

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merhabi Author
merhabi

PDF? oh please. As mentioned: .DDS, and the .DDS file is in exactly the folder. (is2.dds)

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ramataufik
ramataufik

ehm..... how to install gimp .dds plugin ?

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merhabi Author
merhabi

as far as i know there are insturctions... else.. you should maybe look up a gimp plugin installing tutorial? =)

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ramataufik
ramataufik

i have read the instal insturction , but i didn't see any setup :(

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merhabi Author
merhabi

cause you copy the plugin into the gimp plugins directory? ^.^

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ramataufik
ramataufik

maybe ._. , i download "gimp dds 3.0.1 tar bz2" and i didnt see any setup in that file

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merhabi Author
merhabi

I SAID; YOU HAVE TO COPY IT INTO THE GIMP DIRECTORY, YOU SAID AGAIN THERE'S NO SETUP. ARE YOU RETARED?

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ramataufik
ramataufik

ou..... :o ok ok , i'll copy it

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merhabi Author
merhabi

glad to help ;P

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ramataufik
ramataufik

copy to "program files -> GIMP 2" right ?

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Private_Scoop
Private_Scoop

Wtf? How old are you?
you've been asking about two times whys there's no setup, and then, merhabi told you that you have to copy the plugin into the gimp directory...

here, are you too retarded to google??

En.wikibooks.org

On Windows, go to folder GIMP is installed in (usually somewhere in Program Files). Once in the GIMP's main folder navigate to lib\gimp\*version*\ where as *version* represents the version of The Gimp. Then double click the "plug-ins" folder. Not all plugins will run in Windows if the OS is 64bit, "normalmap" is one.

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ramataufik
ramataufik

ok , thank you :D

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ramataufik
ramataufik

hey ! it works ! thank you very much :D

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Guest
Guest

Does this method work with AS2 as well? when i open up a texture file there are multiple layers of different sizes for different distances and when ever i save a file in the right format, even if i open and save it, the areas that are suppose to have negative space (or see through) are black and have boxes through them. Maybe I'm just noobing it up all over the place.

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merhabi Author
merhabi

In gimp, rightclick on the files you are overlaying and add an alpha channel, then the transparency shouldnt be a problem anymore.

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Guest
Guest

Ah, completely forgot about those dang alpha channels. Works like a charm now. Thanks merhabi. It's also kinda funny how all you have to do is open up and export already existing vanilla skins and they look so much crisper.

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merhabi Author
merhabi

Well, there are also HD skins and other stuff to do, but noone ever asked for a tutorial ;P
glad to help btw ;D

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_Herr_
_Herr_

I realize I sound like a noob right now, but I have GIMP2.8 as of a recent download and I can't seem to mess with layers. I just want to make a German Field Gray skin for my Königstiger... And from that work to make more. Anyway, I can't seem to get the layers to work with 2.8. Any thoughts?

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nik_the_greek
nik_the_greek

I can't open skins with gimp

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AlexDraco223
AlexDraco223

you need DXTbmp

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Sniperkiller11444
Sniperkiller11444

i sound like a noob right now but, i cant find the texure file for MOWAS. Because i went to programfiles/Steam/SteamApps/Common/ and then open MOWAS and i just cant find the texure file.And on gimp

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