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Help with cockpit texture   Help with cockpit texture. i have edited the BuNo previously on other hornet liveries with no issues but with a new install of PS and the latest DDS plugin from NVidia i g

You can use more than one file with numbers in one livery.

Its the alpha channel. It has to be completely black with only the text you want showing. Thats how they get the backlighting to work.

how do you split the document into 11? The file I copied from another skin maker was 2048 pixels tall. Divided by 11 = 186.18 which cannot be snapped to or made into a box to lay on the document as guides to then place the text on. Can I change the document size to a multiple of 11 or does it have to be 2048? When you see the guide boxes i did, they are 187px tall and thus the bottom digit is off by a bit.

 

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5 hours ago, Megalax said:

No no it has to be the same size as what you started with.

 

I'd go with boxes of 186 px and start from there. Adjust the numbers that aren't quite lined up. Use a panel finder as a guide.

Ok. Thank you for the help. That got me on the right path. The new problem I discovered is that the numbers apparently have a width limit as well, which I discovered after skewing my numbers at the angle to match the real airplane's side numbers. You can see from the following reference picture that the numbers are leaning quite a bit (I reckon about 24 degrees):

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So in photoshop, I was able to get all the heights to match and fit 11 times. 186px was the better number and I ended up having 2px short which I placed in the blank spot. Here's a sample:

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Because of the skewing, I end up with numbers which get cropped because of the aforementioned width limit. I see now why other designers just end up making a bunch of individual airplanes with side numbers painted on and their description file containing a bunch of "empties"....

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***Also, dont try to dirty up the numbers. I didn't think it thru that it would be repeated with common numbers and that it might not match the planes dirt layer.***

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On 9/13/2020 at 6:34 AM, Bones1775 said:

Help with cockpit texture

 

Help with cockpit texture. i have edited the BuNo previously on other hornet liveries with no issues but with a new install of PS and the latest DDS plugin from NVidia i get this when the instrument lights are on. any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I am having the same problem. The background is completely transparent so I don't know how to fix this. I've tried looking at the channels and there is no information anywhere outside of the white paint. Is there some setting for export to DDS (using the Nvidia plugin) that I should know about?

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7 hours ago, RaTzo said:

I am having the same problem. The background is completely transparent so I don't know how to fix this. I've tried looking at the channels and there is no information anywhere outside of the white paint. Is there some setting for export to DDS (using the Nvidia plugin) that I should know about?

 

Its the alpha channel. It has to be completely black with only the text you want showing. Thats how they get the backlighting to work.

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15 hours ago, Megalax said:

 

Its the alpha channel. It has to be completely black with only the text you want showing. Thats how they get the backlighting to work.

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On 3/27/2021 at 7:29 PM, Megalax said:

 

Its the alpha channel. It has to be completely black with only the text you want showing. Thats how they get the backlighting to work.

OK I'm not able to fix this for some reason. I'm a photographer and skilled in photoshop and I've skinned just about every aircraft in the game but I cannot get the Alpha channel correct. Can you tell me how to do this like I'm stupid (because apparently I am! lol)? 

I've tried using a layer mask on the mip0 layer and then adding my art in that location, I've tried creating a whole new Alpha channel, I've tried using a tga instead... always various things are wrong. 

 

 

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On 3/27/2021 at 7:29 PM, Megalax said:

 

Its the alpha channel. It has to be completely black with only the text you want showing. Thats how they get the backlighting to work.

OK so here is the problem I'm having. Previously I was able to get a graphic to show but when I turned the lights up all the panels glowed like the person showed above. 

Now every time I save a the tex01 file and use it in game it looks like this. 

Here is your file from your 401 SQN livery unaltered but exported from photoshop and then used in DCS. Also what happens when I use the ED file from the F18 cockpit textures and cut out the BUNO section without generating a new alpha channel. Then what happens when I cut out the section, add new text and graphics and a new alpha channel. 

Able to tell what is going wrong?

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On 3/30/2021 at 11:20 AM, RaTzo said:

OK so here is the problem I'm having. Previously I was able to get a graphic to show but when I turned the lights up all the panels glowed like the person showed above. 

Now every time I save a the tex01 file and use it in game it looks like this. 

Here is your file from your 401 SQN livery unaltered but exported from photoshop and then used in DCS. Also what happens when I use the ED file from the F18 cockpit textures and cut out the BUNO section without generating a new alpha channel. Then what happens when I cut out the section, add new text and graphics and a new alpha channel. 

Able to tell what is going wrong?

alphabug.png

alphabugcutout.png

alphabugmergedgroup.png

alphabugnewalpha.png

 

what plug in do you use, NVIDIA or Intell

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On 4/9/2021 at 2:21 PM, Bones1775 said:

what plug in do you use, NVIDIA or Intell

nvidia

Is there a setting I should know about?

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6 hours ago, Bones1775 said:

i switched to intel for this reason. couldn't figure out the settings

 

So are you saying if I use the Intel plugin that the problem will just go away?

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