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Poll: Fictional Skin for Thorrahrafn (3 member(s) have cast votes)

Allow skin in mods-off mode?

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#1 Hrafn_Kolbrandr

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 07:19

You can't have a name like "the midwinter raven" without a cool dark paint scheme.  Here's hoping you guys will smile on the skin of a fairly new regular.

 

Thanks to the help of Panther and Oliver, I have been able to sort out issues with the skin.  Behold, in all its simplistic glory!

 

Attached File  SE5a_Thorrahrafnpreview1.png   1.54MB   0 downloadsAttached File  SE5a_Thorrahrafnpreview2.png   1.6MB   0 downloads

 

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#2 Panthercules

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 16:37

Took a look at your skin, and it looks like your alpha channel has gotten messed up.  I'm assuming that you're not using PhotoShop, from your comment about going from a .png file to a .dds file - I've never used a process like that so I don't know why you're doing that, but I strongly suspect that has something to do with your problem.

 

If you can explain more about how your trying to create the skin, someone might be able to give you a hand figuring out where the problem is and how to fix it.

 

In the meantime, I went ahead and added the stock alpha channel back into your .dds file, so you can see the difference it makes - it's available here (along with a corrected version of your .txt file, so you'll see how they're supposed to be done as well):    http://www.mediafire...horrahrafn.zipĀ 


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#3 Hrafn_Kolbrandr

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 19:19

Took a look at your skin, and it looks like your alpha channel has gotten messed up. I'm assuming that you're not using PhotoShop, from your comment about going from a .png file to a .dds file - I've never used a process like that so I don't know why you're doing that, but I strongly suspect that has something to do with your problem.

If you can explain more about how your trying to create the skin, someone might be able to give you a hand figuring out where the problem is and how to fix it.

In the meantime, I went ahead and added the stock alpha channel back into your .dds file, so you can see the difference it makes - it's available here (along with a corrected version of your .txt file, so you'll see how they're supposed to be done as well): http://www.mediafire...horrahrafn.zip

Oh wow, Panther, you're a wizard!

I am using GIMPShop, and had to export my work to a .PNG and convert to a .Dds online. I didn't mess with the alpha, but that is probably what happened.

In the link you posted in the other thread, I found a GIMP tutorial that I am reading through to hopefully clean up the surface of the skin so it looks cleaner up close. I had been painting on the Draw Here layer, then adjusting the transparency of the others so it would actually show through. Apparently not how I am supposed to do it lol.

Thank you so much, though I'm sure I'll have more questions later. :)

Edit: Whelp. It isn't starting off well. When I open the .psd in GIMPShop, it doesn't appear the same as it shows up in the tutorial. Se5 on the left, Albatross on the right.

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Apparently GIMP and GIMPShop are different things. Going to install GIMP and see if that helps. Nope! Still different.

It shows up correctly in the gimp preview window, but not when I open it.
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#4 Oliver88

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 21:36

Oh wow, Panther, you're a wizard!

I am using GIMPShop, and had to export my work to a .PNG and convert to a .Dds online. I didn't mess with the alpha, but that is probably what happened.

In the link you posted in the other thread, I found a GIMP tutorial that I am reading through to hopefully clean up the surface of the skin so it looks cleaner up close. I had been painting on the Draw Here layer, then adjusting the transparency of the others so it would actually show through. Apparently not how I am supposed to do it lol.

Thank you so much, though I'm sure I'll have more questions later. :)

Edit: Whelp. It isn't starting off well. When I open the .psd in GIMPShop, it doesn't appear the same as it shows up in the tutorial. Se5 on the left, Albatross on the right.

attachicon.gifWTF.png

Apparently GIMP and GIMPShop are different things. Going to install GIMP and see if that helps. Nope! Still different.

It shows up correctly in the gimp preview window, but not when I open it.

 

Hey

 

Am new to skinning in RoF too, though the SE5a PSD does appear as your screenshot shows when I first open the thing in GIMP. Am using this guide (not available in the skinning material links though) and states to remove the layers from the folder structure, though keeping the same layer order, which does change its appearance to something more expected then seems. You know less grey and washed out and etc. And the Sopwith Scout I am editing to use in my careers appears alright when in game I reckon when doing so (am not converting to an png to convert to dds online though just using an dds converter plugin for gimp).

 

https://riseofflight...imp#entry595812

 

Heres what looks like after doing that.

 

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Just skimmed over Dicta Gimp and although I cannot see an step in there that mentions doing this (was a quick skim over though) however the images do seem to have the layers removed from the folder structure in that too.


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#5 Hrafn_Kolbrandr

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 22:40

Thank you so much guys.  I seem to have it sorted out, and the final product looks much, much better.


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#6 Panthercules

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 23:18

I'm using a pretty old version of PhotoShop (CS4, I think) - I've seen stuff posted around that there's a somewhat older version of Photoshop (maybe CS2?) that's now available for free (legitimately, supposedly) - you might want to check it out, especially if GIMP is giving you problems.


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#7 Hrafn_Kolbrandr

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 00:01

I'm using a pretty old version of PhotoShop (CS4, I think) - I've seen stuff posted around that there's a somewhat older version of Photoshop (maybe CS2?) that's now available for free (legitimately, supposedly) - you might want to check it out, especially if GIMP is giving you problems.

 

It seems to be good to go now.  The link provided by Oliver fixed me up pretty well.  I will still check that out though.  :)


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#8 Panthercules

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 00:16

Much nicer looking.  Although, it does seem to me that the bird on the fuselage roundels kinda gets lost a bit with the overall black finish all around - perhaps you might want to experiment with maybe picking out the bird's outline in white or some light color to make its shape stand out a bit more?  Purely a matter of personal taste and up to you of course - I'll process this as is for now - just PM me if you decide to update it any more.

 

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