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

Posted by merhabi on Aug 31st, 2013
Basic Textures.

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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3.
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 Aug 31 2013 says:

I use adobe photoshop
any way, thanks!

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merhabi Author
merhabi Aug 31 2013 replied:

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

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Lyaskavku
Lyaskavku Aug 31 2013 replied:

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

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merhabi Author
merhabi Aug 31 2013 replied:

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 Aug 31 2013 replied:

Oh. I haven't noticed it.

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Private_Scoop
Private_Scoop Sep 6 2013 replied:

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 Aug 31 2013 says:

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

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merhabi Author
merhabi Aug 31 2013 replied:

It's for the beginners ;)

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Cpt.Misha
Cpt.Misha Aug 31 2013 replied:

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

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Cpt.Misha
Cpt.Misha Aug 31 2013 says:

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

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merhabi Author
merhabi Aug 31 2013 replied:

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

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Cpt.Misha
Cpt.Misha Aug 31 2013 says:

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

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DragonSkin342
DragonSkin342 Sep 1 2013 says:

I did the same things for camos for guns :)

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bassmaniac
bassmaniac Sep 5 2013 says:

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 Sep 6 2013 replied:

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 Sep 28 2013 says:

Very good tutorial. Works splendid on humanskin camos too.

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merhabi Author
merhabi Sep 28 2013 replied:

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

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Finnish_Jaeger
Finnish_Jaeger Oct 13 2013 says:

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

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merhabi Author
merhabi Oct 13 2013 replied:

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 Oct 14 2013 replied:

Thank you i love your HD skins.

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merhabi Author
merhabi Oct 14 2013 replied:

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

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ramataufik
ramataufik Apr 25 2014 says:

i cant find texture file :(

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merhabi Author
merhabi Apr 26 2014 replied:

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 Apr 25 2014 says:

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 Apr 26 2014 replied:

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

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ramataufik
ramataufik Apr 26 2014 replied:

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

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merhabi Author
merhabi Apr 26 2014 replied:

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 Apr 26 2014 replied:

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

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merhabi Author
merhabi Apr 27 2014 replied:

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

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ramataufik
ramataufik Apr 28 2014 says:

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 Apr 28 2014 replied:

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 Apr 28 2014 says:

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

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merhabi Author
merhabi Apr 29 2014 replied:

glad to help ;P

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ramataufik
ramataufik Apr 29 2014 replied:

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

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Private_Scoop
Private_Scoop Apr 29 2014 replied:

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 Apr 29 2014 replied:

ok , thank you :D

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ramataufik
ramataufik Apr 29 2014 says:

hey ! it works ! thank you very much :D

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merhabi Author
merhabi Mar 3 2015 replied:

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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merhabi Author
merhabi Mar 7 2015 replied:

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_ Mar 25 2015 says:

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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