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Post  Tyrannosaurus70 on Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:02 pm

Hello, I'm new here so, well, when I make my skins they get strange, and ugly. Can someone please teach me how to skin?


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Post  jplm1 on Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:13 pm

if you are skinning with GIMP,the basic thing you need to know is copy and paste.in order to do this,you should first get a good image ref.use the free select tool to copy some parts of the ref into the dino you want to skin's default skin(NOTE:it is a good idea to use many layers,for example,starting with the uper jaw,then the lower,then the neck,etc).then use scale and rotate tool to make them fit.once you've finished two diferent "sections" of the skin(the ones that are divided in the BMP),you'll be most likely have a joint issue.to solve this,what I do is to copy the end of one of this,and paste it in the other one twice,and use smudge tool to make the textures match,but remember to do that the least as posible.

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Post  Tyrannosaurus70 on Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:19 pm

Ok, but my reference pic gets strange when I put the zoom in 200%. I already haved a Argentinosaurus, and Saurophaganax skins, but they were ugly, and I don't knowed to put them in game.
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Post  jplm1 on Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:31 pm

it should be good once you paste it.and for how to put it ingame,it's the easiest part of skinning,and helps a lot.here's how:
1)sve the .bmp file,then open the dino's .tml(which is the one with the dino's digsite name) and .dds file using a hex editor,copy everything in the skin(.dds)
2)go to the .tml file and scroll all the way down, you'll see the following:
....galli..........
...................
....galli-2.......
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....homalo.....
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....homalo-2..
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....raptor.......
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....raptor-2....
(the -2 stands for the dino's dead skin)
you see the raptor is the last one,but in reality,this means his skin is the firs one in the .tml file,so the real order would be:
....raptor-2....
...................
....raptor.......
...................
....homalo-2..
...................
....homlao.....
...................
....galli-2......
...................
....galli..........

3)now's when everything seems to get tricky,but it's not that hard,use the search function to look for tis code:
44 44 53 20
this is the header of the skin,in this case,the first one is the one from the raptor's dead skin,so press the F3 botton to go to the next one,the raptor's live skin.
4)once you're there,select everything until the next skin header and paste the .dds of the raptor.save and play

if it is the last one, select everything until where the dino names start

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Post  Tyrannosaurus70 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:37 am

Thanks jplm1! I have a large amount of good reference pics, but they get pixelzed when I get close to cut a skin part. Does you know why?
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Post  jplm1 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:53 am

they should get normal once you paste it.if not,resize the ref to make it larger

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Post  Tyrannosaurus70 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:55 am

Can I make the pic resize in PhotoScape?
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Post  jplm1 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:02 am

yes,but you need GIMP to resize the "pieces" of texture,don't use anything else,as you need it to perfectly fit the dino

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Post  Tyrannosaurus70 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:04 am

Can you please post a pic, or teach me how to do this? I'm very new at skinning Very Happy
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Post  jplm1 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:11 am

I can't,my fraps won't let me record what I do with GIMP.I just learnt by trying to see what happens,using those 4 tools

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Post  Tyrannosaurus70 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:20 am

Try to record with Camtasia studio. It will record your GIMP work Very Happy
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Post  jplm1 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:40 am

do you have a link?

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Post  Tyrannosaurus70 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:46 am

I can't post a link, I'm a new member. Try to download it in Baixaki. Oh, and, can I chat with you in the chatbox?
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Post  jplm1 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:30 pm

vid is done,Im doing that weird production thing

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Post  Tyrannosaurus70 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:31 pm

Ok, thank you for making it!
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Post  jplm1 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:48 pm

here it is.(note:this is how I started making the raptor skin,which if you pay attention is shown at the begging):
http://imageshack.us/clip/my-videos/585/21861917.mp4/
EDIT:download(imageshack sucks): mediafire.com ?bcm6tp7o0c8mlkl


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Post  Tyrannosaurus70 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:56 pm

Can you indicate me a good reference pic to a T-rex skin?
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Post  jplm1 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:59 pm

here you go:

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Post  Tyrannosaurus70 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:07 pm

Thank you, but I wanted a T-rex pic than no one used, and a entire body one, but thanks anyway! Oh, another question: does you know where I found AndresTCII Beta download?
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Post  jplm1 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:31 pm

that's full body,and Im the only one who used it.and about andres mod,it's a broken link,and no one can send it to you,or else it would be considered a theft

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Post  Tyrannosaurus70 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:36 pm

Ok, but you know where I can download it?
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Post  jplm1 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:37 pm

I said you cant

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Post  Tyrannosaurus70 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:42 pm

Oh ok man. Sorry Crying or Very sad
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