Editing Textures and adding logo's , dirt and clear font within GIMP and Paint.net

Game Version: FS11 and later
GE Version: ? and later

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How do I edit textures simply? read the following. You may disagree if you have other ways but for me this is the safest , simplest and most effective way of editing textures. Good Luck!

[center]Texture editing advice[/center] Many people have been asking how to edit or add textures , so I created a topic. You may disagree with this but we all have different ways and this is my preferred option mainly for it being safe , easy and effective. You will need http://www.getpaint.net/download.html http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ alternately a dds converter BUT BE CAREFULL WHERE YOU DOWNLOAD IT FROM!

Stage 1

[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/1_zpsc045f4e3.png[/img] Firstly you need to make a folder ( I'm calling mine folder 8 or rather the PC is)

http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/2_zps521cedb3.png now open your folder , download your chosen mods in this case the Abbey slurry tanker. Then make another new folder within the folder (folder 8 ).

[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/3_zps47fe423b.png[/img] Now open the compressed folder ( the mod you have chosen) and copy and paste it into the folder (Abbey retexture)

[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/4_zps7620fd67.png[/img] Go into named folder (abbey retexture)and go into textures

[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/5_zps5120009f.png[/img] pick your preferred file e.g. tank 2000 diffuse

[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/6_zps1bd8d8e4.png[/img] You will see a list of dds files or some PNG files ( which should be dds) . Open the dds file you want , you can choose how you want to do this. Im going to do it the quick way but it's not the safest route. Right click and open with paint.net. Alternatively the safer route is go into paint.net and open from there as then dds files will not default to paint.net.

[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/8_zps5a1ae3aa.png[/img] Opened in paint.net

[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/9_zpsb1c48a6b.png[/img] this is where you can choose whether to edit in paint.net or gimp. I prefer editing in gimp Stage 2

[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/9_zpsb1c48a6b.png[/img] now save the file as a png unless you already have the plug-in for gimp in which you can open dds files straight away.

[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/10_zps4cd499e4.png[/img] saving as png


[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/14_zps3337754b.png[/img] now go into gimp , then go into folder ( folder 8 ) and open the png file.

[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/11_zpsb81dce79.png[/img] png file to be opened. Once opened you will see the texture diffuse similar to that seen in paint.net

Stage 3 this is your choice how you want to add or edit the texture

[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/15_zpsdd7b8910.png[/img] I'm going to use Powerpoint (PP)as like using the fonts. Write what you want to write choose your font etc and copy the text box. There are also many other programs and also GIMP has fonts etc.

[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/16_zpsd895ee4d.png[/img] paste and move to desired area and unclick

[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/18_zps9594d2ee.png[/img] now let's add some dirt. Select brush and choose which layer you want to add. Remember to change the colour also say to brown.

[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/19_zps73d3f7ae.png[/img] Add the dirt to where you want.

http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/20_zpsf97b0229.png now we will add a logo or brand. In this case Redrock as I think that was a suggestion on the help page. Remember you can change the white to orange so it blends in or make your own logo.

http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/21_zps1f4abc27.png now save , if the box shown comes up click EXPORT

Stage 4

http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/22_zps78624a1a.png Open the PNG file in paint.net then save it as dds file. Remember to create a backup of the original before changing the file.

http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/23_zpsb21fa6cf.png click yes once you are sure

[IMG]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j460/AJT4/24_zpsa394ceeb.png[/img] Now lets check in FS or GE. Remember to copy the edited mod back into the compressed folder then copy that into your mods

Hope this helps! and remember not to upload only if you have permission

Original Author: AJT4 | Date: June 27, 2013

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