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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 ASD002_Sampson_1917_a.dds ASD002_Sampson_1917_ao.dds ASD002_Sampson_1917_mg.dds ASD002_Sampson_1917_n.dds We will be skipping some really advanced stuff which will exclude 4 of the files. All that is needed is in the _a.dds file. Make a copy of the ASD002_Sampson_1917_a.dds 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. A How-to on Custom Camouflages and Ship Textures I thought I'd make this guide for anyone interested in creating their own skins or camouflages for ships but had trouble doing so or thought the process was too complicated. The process isn't very difficult at all, though it is a bit time consuming. The first half of this guide will talk solely on ship textures and the second half will focus on ship camouflages. This guide will not be featuring how-to's on photo editing; only topics relating to the camo or texture files. If you have any questions, feedback, or comments about the guide, please post them here. Thank you . Requirements The first program you will need is the World of Warships Unpacker Tool which is used to obtain the textures (thank you MajorRenegade for re-uploading this). All of the texture and camouflage files are in .dds format. To open and edit these files, I recommend either Photoshop or Paint.net, though some versions of Photoshop seem to not be able to open .dds files. In that case, you will have to convert the files to .bmp format using a program like ReaConverter. If you chose to convert the files, keep in mind that you will have to convert the .bmp back to .dds format before you can install it into your res_mods folder. For Camouflages, you're going to need Notepad++ to be able to edit camouflages.xml. Unpacking the Files Once you downloaded and installed the unpacker tool, open Wow_Unpacker_Gui.exe. On the upper left hand side, select your res_packages directory. It should look something like this: Next, click "Load Contents" at the bottom left and wait for the files to load. Once they do, you should be able to navigate through the directory and find the files you need. For this guide, I will be using Bogue as a demonstration. Bogue's ship textures can be found by navigating to res\content\gameplay\usa\ship\aircarrier\textures. Some ships like Bogue have two texture files: hull and deckhouse (Usually for the superstructure of the ship), while others only have hull textures. All other nations have their texture locations organized identically so finding them should be easy once you know how to do it the first time. The two files that we will need are the ones that end in "a": ASA003_Bogue_1943_Deckhouse_a.dds and ASA003_Bogue_1943_Hull_a.dds. (The same rule applies for all ships and weapon textures. Look for the files that end in "a", not "ao", just "a". For ships that have multiple hulls in game with different texture files for each, the later hulls will almost always have a later year on them then the original hull. In Bogue's case, we don't have to worry about this.) Select the two files and click the small ">>" button at the bottom. This will move the two files to the right side of the program. On the upper right hand side is another directory selection; this is where your files will be exported to. Once you have all the files you need, click "Unpack". Finding Weapon Textures Weapon textures can be found much the same way as ship textures. Using the in game details about your ship on the right side, you can find the names of the weapons your ship has. Using the unpacker tool, navigate to the weapon texture location (It's the same as finding the ship textures but instead of going to "ship" go to "gun", example: res\content\gameplay\japan\gun). To find the main armament of this ship, go into "main" folder in the "gun" folder. From there, go into the textures folder and search for a file that matches the gun described above: 356mm/45 41st Year Type. Once you find the files with this name, again select only the one that ends with "a". Finding secondaries and torpedoes works the exact same way, simply go into their respective folders within the gun folder instead of the main battery folder. (Note: some guns like the 120mm guns on Mutsuki's final hull may be listed under secondaries due to the fact that they are used as secondaries on other ships.) Editing the Textures I'm not going to show the full process on editing textures for a ship but I'm going to show a useful trick that makes editing them much easier. First, find the two files you just unpacked. (They will be exported to a file called "content" because the unpacker tool includes the file directory that the two files were originally in) Place the content folder these two files came in into your res_mods folder. The textures should be located here once you do so: Once you have located the textures, start up your game but leave the file browser open. You can edit the texture files with the game open, allowing for a much easier editing process.. Just make the edits you want, save the file, then go back to your game and select a ship other than Bogue, let it load fully then return to Bogue. You will have to do this selection of another ship in game every time you make a new edit and save the texture so that the ship textures can update. When you first open the .dds file you'll see textures for every part of the ship located all around the file. Most of the objects on the file are easy to identify on the ship, but some may take a bit of work to find. The aforementioned editing while in game trick helps with this. I have pointed out the location of some of the parts of the Bogue texture below as an example. The port side of the hulls on ships will always be mirrored. This shouldn't be a problem if you plan on just editing colours but if you plan on writing text or placing an image, you will have to reverse the text or image. Once you've made all the edits to the file, save and you're done! The process is the same with all textures of ships, weapons,etc. Just be sure to put everything in the right folders. Camouflages Editing camouflages is a little different and arguably more difficult than editing ship textures. The first thing you're going to need to do is unpack the camouflages.xml file and the camouflage from the ship of your choice using the same unpacker tool. I will be using Atago for this example. Camouflages.xml should be located in res folder in the unpacker tool's left window so you won't have to dig for this one. Atago's camouflage will be located in res\content\gameplay\common\camouflage\textures and is called JSC038_Atago_1944_Hull_camo_01.dds The first thing you will notice about Atago's and every other ships' camouflage file is that they are all black, red, green, and blue. These colours are obviously not the ones shown on the Atago in game, instead if we want to find the actual colours, we need to open camouflages.xml with notepad++. Once you do so, press ctrl and f to bring up the search menu and search for "Atago". Keep hitting "Find Next" until you locate this specific set of code: This section is for Atago's permanent camouflage. It tells us the file location of each part of her camouflage and the colours assigned to the four we saw earlier on Atago's camouflage file. The four numbers after "<color0>" are organized in RGBA format and tell us what the colour is and its opacity. The first three values refer to the colour's red, blue, and green values respectively and the last value is the colour's opacity. For example, <Color0> has a red value of 26.3%, a blue value of 27.5%, a green value of 13.3%, and an opacity value of 78.4%. <Color0> itself refers to the black seen on the actual camo file. <Color1> is to red, <Color2> is blue, and <Color3> is green. This rule applies to every single camouflage file, 0 will always be the black on the file and so on and so forth. Recolouring and Editting the Camouflage File Recolouring the camouflage on a ship is quite easy. Using a website like this one you can find the RGB value of any colour you like but before you can add it to the .xml, you have to convert it to a percentage value. If you wanted a colour with a red value of 200, you would divide that value by 255 and put that value in the proper location in the .xml file. As for editing the camouflage file itself, it can be done using the same programs used for editing ship textures. The only difference here would be that you are working with 4 predetermined colours rather than any colour of your choice. Editing the camouflage file itself can also be done while in game. Just be sure to place the file in res_mods\content\gameplay\common\camouflage\textures. However, editing the camouflage.xml file requires a restart of the game (Be sure to put camouflage.xml in Games\WorldofWarships\res_mods) Removing Camouflage from a Ship Removing the permanent camouflage from a premium ship or ship that has "permaflage" is very simple: However, removing temporary camouflages is different because the same camouflage file is applied to multiple ships. Deleting the temporary camouflage's code in the .xml will remove it from every ship it applies to. And that's pretty much all I have for this. The rest relies on your ability to use Photoshop/Paint.net/Gimp etc. and edit the textures. Sorry about the wall of text and sorry if it gets a little hard to follow in some areas. Feel free to leave any questions/comments here .
  3. So I had some extra time and I decided to see if I could create my own custom skin. I spent about 10 Minutes playing around and I came up with this. I had a lot of fun making this skin and I'm thinking about spending more time, and making better, more realistic looking skins. I just wanted to post my work here to see If I could get some constructive criticism, thanks!
  4. OK guys I'm having a very difficult time finding the thread of the maker if this skin, I forgot to follow it! D: To makes things worse, I havent unlocked the Myoko yet so the image I have is black and white. The Color scheme is brown, white and green. Please help me identify who made this skin!
  5. Can someone tell me about those custom flags,that comes with some of the premium ships? Like,what's it for? does it give something extra (like -5% on repaircost) or just a nice ornament like Alpha-tester? or the one year flag?
  6. am i the only one excited for this? i took a break myself from creating mods because they completely destryed the system some time ago, maybe now i might end up going back to do some things
  7. SOLVED! Please go HERE. Greetings. I've been trying to customize the game loading screen background image. I tried doing it manually (by replacing the "login_bcg_0x.png" image files inside the res>gui>flash folder) and failed. Is there a mod that will let me do it? Aslain's Mod pack installer only lets me choose among the aforementioned login_bcg images, and I've searched online with fruitless results, Is there a way to do this manually, or is there a tool I can use to make my own mod? Thanks in Advance, and, apologies if this has been asked before.
  8. I am a southpaw so naturally I use the mouse in my left hand and remap key to use with my right hand. The problem is I can remap the keys on the number pad to correspond with all my planes except #2. every time I start the game I have to go in and remap the #2 key for my torpedo planes because when I log out it resets but all my other mapped keys for my planes stay the same. I have tried going in the file and check but I see nothing.
  9. TotenKampf's Custom and Historical Ensigns and Flags Requests and feedback welcomed. (Original thread post http://forum.worldofwarships.com/index.php?/topic/29456-historical-and-custom-ensigns/ ) The aim of these small mods is to provide sharper colours used for the Ensigns flown by the selective nations as well as providing the historically correct ensign flown. Due to the way the file operates. The Russian/Soviet Navies now changes Ensign approprately, however the Hochseeflotte and Kriegsmarine respectively do not. Your choice in download is more for a preference for the German Ensign to be that of der Kaiser, or der Furher. Current plan is to add a modern Ensign pack to replace all Ensigns with the correct current one flown by these nations; as well as novelty flags for holiday's. All national ensigns in both the WW1 and WW2 Historical Packs WW1 Historical Germany WW2 Historical Germany ​1776 War of Independence Custom Ensigns
  10. If you would like a custom flag made for your CLAN, I will do it for you free of charge.. But you must provide me with the image in the correct format (62x33 GIF) and of usable quality. I really want to keep this to clans only for now. [sF] Download Link --> https://www.dropbox.com/s/a1zsuaa6702ngr4/SF-flags-0.5.0.0.exe?dl=0 PK
  11. Yes i am still making them, have been busy. I am trying to get them done today. Go Here --> http://forum.worldofwarships.com/index.php?/topic/48965-do-you-want-your-clan-logo-under-the-flags/ Yes i am still accepting only CLAN requests, please submit your clan home page for verification.
  12. The first one that i know of at least. Please enjoy the newest addition to your Pigeon Pak Arsenal. A custom set of flags which have NOT removed the nation flag. I have added a second flag UNDER the nation flag, thereby preserving the historical aspect of it. Also, I have included the long awaited 'Rising Sun' Click the following link to get to my Mod Page on these forums. the download link is there. http://forum.worldofwarships.com/index.php?/topic/44104-pigeon-kickers-mod-world/ PK
  13. THIS THREAD WILL NO LONGER BE UPDATED. ALL UPDATES WILL BE IN THE NEW MODS SECTION THREAD HERE http://forum.worldofwarships.com/index.php?/topic/40490-mod-totenkampfs-custom-and-historical-ensigns-and-flags/ TotenKampf's Custom and Historical Ensigns and Flags Requests and feedback welcomed. The aim of these small mods is to provide sharper colours used for the Ensigns flown by the selective nations as well as providing the historically correct ensign flown. Due to the way the file operates. The Russian/Soviet Navies now changes Ensign approprately, however the Hochseeflotte and Kriegsmarine respectively do not. Your choice in download is more for a preference for the German Ensign to be that of der Kaiser, or der Furher. Current plan is to add a modern Ensign pack to replace all Ensigns with the correct current one flown by these nations; as well as novelty flags for holiday's. All national ensigns in both the WW1 and WW2 Historical Packs WW1 Historical Germany WW2 Historical Germany ​1776 War of Independence Custom Ensigns
  14. Hello, I am new to WoW & the forum community. I guess I should start off by saying HI and how excited I am for the full release of this game. Aside from that I would like to bring up the topic of Custom Matches & team play. I find CBT/OBT games always thrive when there is a tournament style of play which can be made possible by custom games. I find my self to be a bit of a try hard so I am hoping this is released in an upcoming patch. My question is, does anyone know if there will be custom game types released in the CBT? Also would anyone else be interested in a tournament style play if they end up releasing custom matches. Thanks