[Tutorial] How to make your own playerskin!

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iyumichan
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[Tutorial] How to make your own playerskin!

Post by iyumichan » 12 Jul 2012, 21:33

Getting Started

First you will need a program able to edit or convert dds images.

There are 3 possible tools that I know off:

Directly Editing:
Gimp + Gimp DDS Plugin (Free)
Adobe Photoshop (Not free) + Nvidia Texture Tools Plugin (free)

Converting and viewing:
DXTbmp (Free)


Getting the Playerdata

You can get the default StormMan Data from here:

C:\ProgramData\ManiaPlanet\PacksCache\ShootMania.zip\ShootMania\GameCtnObjectInfo\Characters\ArenaPlayerDefaultSkin.zip
Driveletter might differ!
Update: since build 16/05, the file is now located in ShootMania.zip\ShootMania\Items\Characters

Now that you have this file unpack it into a folder.


Data Explained

What you are now seeing are the textures and meshes of the default player.

Icon.dds
This is the icon you see in player selection.

Diffuse.dds
This is the texture you normally see ingame. Heres the face and armor of the player.

Normal.dds
This is basically a hightmap for the Diffuse.dds I recommend generating a new one if you edited Diffuse.dds

Energy.dds
This contains the glowing parts of the armor. If you want the head of the player to glow purple then you would need to paint the place where the face in diffuse.dds is purple in Energy.dds

Specular.dds
Defines shininess and highlight colour. Same size as Diffuse.dds and everything is at the same place.

TeamMask.dds
This defines which parts are teamcolored or colored with your set trailcolor. Same size as Diffuse.dds and everything is in the same place.

Player.anim.gbx
Contains Player Animations.

Player_1.Solid2.gbx
Contains Player Model.


Packing the things up

Once you're done with your edits you probably want to see this ingame. To have this ingame you will need to pack the files I listed before into a zip archive. When you zip it the most important thing is that the archive should not contain any folders. Besides that the only thing worth to mention is that the zip archive name (excluding .zip) will be the name of your skin that is shown ingame.

You can use the following programs to zip your files:
7zip
WinRAR


Moving it Ingame

Get your zip and move it to username/my documents/maniaplanet/skins/vehicles/arenaplayer/
Once you got the zip there go ingame and start shootmania. Go to Profile and then Vehicles. Select your skin and when exiting the profile answer yes to "apply changes". Once you are going online you will be asked if you take responsibility for the skin you are using. At this point remember that you don't steal images or characters made by other people. Breaking a copyright is a crime. If you wish to use stuff other people created in your skin then you will have to ask them.


Share Your Skin

Feel free to pm and I will upload your skin on our site (http://the-team-mystery.com/)however I will probably just do that until the maniapark shootmania section is online.

Once you have your skin somewhere online you will have to ensure that other players also see it and therefore you will have to create a locator file. Create an empty txt file and open it. Enter the link to your uploaded skin (for example http://the-team-mystery.com/tm2/JokerMan.zip) Now save the file and rename the txt file to the same name as your zip file plus adding the .loc ending. So if your file is called mycoolskin.zip then you name your locatorfile mycoolskin.zip.loc

Now you only have to move that loc file into the same directory you put your skin file. If you don't remember it then here it is again:
username/my documents/maniaplanet/skins/vehicles/arenaplayer/

If you are playing now the players will download the skin from the link you specified in the locator file ;)



You are done! I hope you found this helpful and have fun being creative!

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Last edited by Alinoa on 24 Jul 2014, 09:54, edited 7 times in total.
Reason: updated ArenaPlayerSkin source location.

kalstrams
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Re: [Tutorial] How to make your own playerskin!

Post by kalstrams » 12 Jul 2012, 21:46

Thanks a lot, nice guide.

should be sticky

iyumichan
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Re: [Tutorial] How to make your own playerskin!

Post by iyumichan » 12 Jul 2012, 21:52

Glad you like it ;)

Seiniyta
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Re: [Tutorial] How to make your own playerskin!

Post by Seiniyta » 12 Jul 2012, 21:54

For me the StormMan file gives an unexpected error in both Winrar and 7-zip. Downloaded it twice to get the same error. Otherwise nice guide :)

iyumichan
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Re: [Tutorial] How to make your own playerskin!

Post by iyumichan » 12 Jul 2012, 22:02

You can get the file from this folder too:

C:\ProgramData\ManiaPlanet\PacksCache\ShootMania.zip\ShootMania\GameCtnObjectInfo\Characters\ArenaPlayerDefaultSkin.zip

Seiniyta
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Re: [Tutorial] How to make your own playerskin!

Post by Seiniyta » 12 Jul 2012, 22:06

iyumichan wrote:You can get the file from this folder too:

C:\ProgramData\ManiaPlanet\PacksCache\ShootMania.zip\ShootMania\GameCtnObjectInfo\Characters\ArenaPlayerDefaultSkin.zip
Thanks :)

*starts right away*

iyumichan
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Re: [Tutorial] How to make your own playerskin!

Post by iyumichan » 12 Jul 2012, 22:11

Be sure to share the result with us!

mzhh
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Re: [Tutorial] How to make your own playerskin!

Post by mzhh » 13 Jul 2012, 09:45

nice :thumbsup:

Looking forward for others :D

kalstrams
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Re: [Tutorial] How to make your own playerskin!

Post by kalstrams » 13 Jul 2012, 12:25

God, hear me.

Gift us Me Gust Player model for the 1st April fights :D

iyumichan
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Re: [Tutorial] How to make your own playerskin!

Post by iyumichan » 13 Jul 2012, 13:19

Check out this one!

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