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  1. It's not easy if you do not have experience working with pixels and layers. But I will try to make it really simple to help anyone get right into it. We will start by choosing a ship. The USS Sampson (DD-63) is the ship of choice for this example. First step on our journey is locating the texture files used to paint the Sampson in game. We will open the World_Of_Warships folder and continue deep into the directories. Make your way to the TEXTURES folder. ..\World_of_Warships\res\content\gameplay\usa\ship\destroyer\textures\ Location of the default textures successful. Notice there are 5 files with the Sampson name. ASD002_Sampson_1917.mfm We will be skipping some really advanced stuff which will exclude 4 of the files. All that is needed is in the file. Make a copy of the to your desktop. Install and run DDS Converter. Convert the DDS file to a BMP. Install and run GNU Image Manipulation Program. Open the BMP with the GIMP. We could get into more advanced graphic techniques and separate the ship components into layers. But let's keep it simple as intended. We are going to add a basic decal to the hull. For this I found a HD transparent PNG image of a bumblebee. Save Bob the bee to your desktop. Drag and drop the bumblebee image into the GIMP Layers window and move it to the top. With that same "bee" layer still highlighted. Select on the main menu the following: Layer -> Scale Layer... Change it to 50% and scale. Lets move Bob closer to the front of the ship. On the Toolbox window select the Move Tool (4 arrows point out icon). Grab the bee and move him into place. We could blend him in using the Mode options for the layer (look for Mode: Normal drop down menu on the Layers window). But we will keep it simple and continue. Right click on the Layers window and select Flatten Image at the bottom. Go to File on the main menu and select overwrite ASD002_Sampson_1917_a.bmp. Install and open Easy2Convert BMP to DDS. Convert the BMP back into the DDS. Add the new DDS to your res_mods folder in the correct place and tada! If you get a black ship then you need to open a FRESH bmp from the original DDS with GIMP. Copy the flattened skin you created and paste as new layer over the FRESH bmp. Flatten Image and OVERWRITE. The format settings and variables are kept in check so the game doesn't get confused reading it. If you have a word or image that is upside down or backwards you will have to reverse the effect in GIMP by Layer -> Transform options. If you have any other problems reply.
  2. I had a quick look in this section and the new arrivals guides section, and did not see anything on this. If it already exists, then I apologise in advance. My decision to create this guide was prompted by this thread by a user unfamiliar with the interface. Divisions are a powerful tool that exists in World of Warships, and functions very much like a platoon in World of Tanks (and squadrons in World of Warplanes). They allow 2-3 players to group up as a team, and enter battle with each other together. Much like platoons in World of Tanks, the play of a division within a team can swing the tide of a battle one way or another. So lets get on with this. First things first - How do I create a division? Unlike World of Tanks, currently you cannot create an empty division (to the best of my knowledge). Creating a division is simple, and 2 options exist both of which establish a division upon the sending of an invite. Option 1 - Contacts list. If you view your contacts list, you have the option to add someone to your division as shown in the image below. All you have to do is click on the circled button and it will send a division invite to your contact. Option 2 - Looking for a division list. This list is populated by anyone on the server who indicates their status as "Looking for a division". This status is set by clicking the Create Division button at the top next to battle and choosing the enlist me in a division option. If you wish to add a member from this list to your division you create, all you need to do is double-click their name. As a warning though, adding yourself to this list by selecting Enlist me in a division can result in getting invites from anyone. What if I want more than 1 other person? Well that's easy to do. You can follow either of the options above to invite someone (they still work so long as you have an empty spot), or you can click the invite player button and invite someone from the Option 2 list aswell. If I'm joining someone else's division, how do I do it? If you receive an invite, you will get a screen similar to the one shown below if you are on the port home screen. All you need to do is click accept to join the division. If you are not on the port screen, you will still get a notification in the bottom right corner of your game window. Do note, you only have 5 minutes to accept the invite What if I invited the wrong person and wish to correct my error, or decided that I didn't like someone who was in my division? As a division leader, and option exists to remove a member from your division. It can be found to the right hand side of the member's name in the division window and is only visible to the leader. The leader can remove anyone at any time by clicking the "X" (Whether it's just sent an invite, or already accepted the invite). Now that I have my division, how does it work? Well simple. You select the ship you want to play and click the ready button. You can toggle this at any time by clicking the obverse to whatever is selected (works like the buttons for auto resupply) as seen in the image below. Divisions, like platoons in World of Tanks, operate matchmaker based off the highest tier/bracket in your division. This means that it is highly recommended that you play the same tier or +-1 at the most, as otherwise you could get into matches you wouldn't normally see and could severely hamper your team's efforts to win. Matchmaker does not compensate your team for an ill-formed division. There is however 1 restriction placed upon divisions - You can only have 1 Aircraft Carrier within a division at any given time. Unfortunately I do not have any CVs yet, so was not able to screenshot the warning message. So how do we join a battle? Once all players are ready, indicated by all players having a ship showing in the left bar and generally confirmed before launching, the division leader can click battle to throw your division into a match. In battle, the first thing you will notice is that your division members all get assigned a random division number (unique to each team) based off how many divisions exist on the team. Those of you who play other Wargaming titles may be familiar with this, but an example of this can be found below. Can I see my division mates easier in game so we can group up? Well yes. In addition to the numbers, on the team list, main view, and minimap your division members will have orange icons and names instead of the default green/grey. This is done so that you can easily see where your division members are and can coordinate more easily. How do I leave a division? Now after a long session of divisioning, you decide you want to leave. Regardless of whether you are the division leader or not, you can leave the division at any time from the port screen - if you are the leader, one of the remaining members will subsequently be assigned leader and the division can continue to operate. To leave the division 2 options exist, and these are clicking the "X" in the top right of the division window shown below or right clicking the division window in the header. Regardless of which method you use, confirmation will be requested to leave the division. Now I know there's a lot of screenshots, but I'm hoping this helps some users not familiar with the ships interface to figure out this valuable part of World of Warships gameplay. Thanks for reading, and if noone looks at this at least it's there for new people if they need it. Dan
  3. While messing around, trying to find a good way to add camo patterns to our favorite game, I came across a fairly good technique, that I thought I'd share. I use Paint Shop Pro, but I'm sure this technique will work in Photoshop or other similar packages. - convert the texture DDS file to your favorite standard graphic format (I prefer PNG). - open the image in your favorite editor. - add two new raster layers to the image (you can save it in your editor's native format), and group those layers together. - add a "show all" mask to the group with the new layers - set the upper layer in the group to "dodge" mode, and the lower layer to "multiply". - paint your camouflage pattern on the lower layer in the group. - sample the color in an "average" area of the background image (the original texture). The sampled area should have a minimum of highlight, shadow, weathering, or other details. - fill the "dodge" layer with the color you sampled in the previous step - paint the mask layer black in ares where you want to preserve the background color - export a "flattened" version of the file, and convert back to DDS - install it in the appropriate location in Res_Mods, and enjoy. The "Multiply" layer combines the new color pattern with the background. The "Dodge" layer subtracts the base color from the result. The above image illustrates the result. The upper quarter of the image is the unaltered texture (from the Clemson, 1930 file). Below that is the the result of the "Multiply" layer, next is the combined "Multiply" and "Dodge" effect. At the bottom are the original colors I wanted to reproduce, which I painted into the Multiply layer. I masked out the portholes, to keep them identical to the original texture. Now I need to start on painting APD "Green Dragon" skins for the Wickes and Clemson!