Skins - Editing Skins in GIMP

Discussion in 'Tutorial Repository' started by Andrewgosu, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. Andrewgosu

    Andrewgosu The Silent Pandaren Helper Staff Member

    Introduction

    This tutorial is about creating and editing skins with GIMP, a popular and free designing program. Before actually making the skin, we need GIMP to edit the skin and Warcraft Image Extractor II to extract them from Warcraft III.

    • Download GIMP here.
    Note: Before installing GIMP, you need the GTK+ 2 Runtime Environment, which download link is below thw GIMP’s download link.
    • Download Image Extractor II here.

    Note: If having trouble installing image extractor and nothing hasnt worked, you have some visual basic files missing which can be found here.

    Exporting the skin

    The first step would be opening the Image Extractor and choosing the skin to edit. Im going to edit the Felhound skin im my tutorial. To extract the skin, open the war3.mpq and locate skin.
    The felhound skin can be found at Units\Demon\Felhound\Felstalker.blp. After opening the skin, save it into .tga format which allows us to edit it in GIMP.

    • Locate the skin.
    • Save it as .tga.

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    Editing the skin

    Now, its time to open GIMP. Then locate the saved skin file and open it too.

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    Should look something like this.

    Now, lets get down to business. I want to change the colours of my little pet. To do that, I pick the „Select Hand Drawn Regions” tool. I want my felhound to have different colours, so I use this tool in order to select areas individually, but if you want, you can use the „Create and Edit Paths” tool to select all areas you want and then edit them all together.

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    By now, I have selected the body part of the Felhound. I want to colour that part blue. I have 2 options: whether I use the Hue/Saturation or the Colorize option. Both work, but I tend to use Colorize option, because I can set the lightness level there.

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    Now, its time for the fun part. You can see what colour the Felhoud looks from the preview. Play with the colours until you see what you want. Then click ok.

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    After I coloured the body, I used the same tehnique to colur the other parts of the Felhound aswell.

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    Now the skin is ready. Save it.

    Note: I know my colouring is bad, but Im here to show how to basically do it. It takes time, to colour it perfectly.

    • Locate the skin and open it.
    • Select the ares you want to colorize
    • Use Colorization or Hue/Saturation option.
    • Save the skin.

    Note: When saving use the uncompressed mode


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    Note: When editing a skin with team colours, pay attention to alpha layer, so it wouldn’t ruin your skin. This a basic tutorial how to edit&colour skins. I will add later how to alpha skin.

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    Converting the skin

    Now its time to convert the edited Felhound skin back into .blp. Open the Image Extractor again. Locate the edited skin and open it. Convert it into .blp.

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    Importing the skin to WE

    After your new skin has been saved to .blp, you might wanna check it out in WE. To do that, open the Import Manager, locate the file and change the path to the original one. In my case its Units\Demon\Felhound\Felstalker.blp.

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    Save the map, close WE and reopen it to see the new skin.

    Skin:

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    To recap:

    • Download GIMP
    • Download Warcraft Image Extractor II

    • Export the skin
    • Convert it into .tga
    • Edit the skin
    • Convert it back to .blp
    • Import it to WE
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  2. Battlemapsta

    Battlemapsta I am the Conduit of Change

    Good tutorial but shouldn't this be in the tutorial section?
  3. Kershbob

    Kershbob New Member

    Put of a screenie of the finished product in game next time. :D
  4. Battlemapsta

    Battlemapsta I am the Conduit of Change

    I was gonna say that :p i want to see how it would look in game mind posting a pic?
  5. Jo.O

    Jo.O Bored...

    You are supposed to post tutorials here, and it will be moved to the tutorial section if "They" thinks it good.
  6. turondo

    turondo New Member

    good tutorial, but the links are switched up

    uhmm btw, when i try to reopen my edit of the skin in image extractor.. it says the file has an unsupported compression, can someone tell me what i did wrong?
  7. Andrewgosu

    Andrewgosu The Silent Pandaren Helper Staff Member

    Fixed the links. Did you save the file in tga?

    You gotto save it in the uncompressed mode. I add that to the tutorial so you could see. (I shoulda done it in the first place, cant remember why I didnt:()
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  8. turondo

    turondo New Member

    thanks, i got it to work now :)
  9. Battlemapsta

    Battlemapsta I am the Conduit of Change

    There we go. Now i can tell it's a very good tutorial. In my opinion maybe a 60% to get accepted and sorry about the misunderstanding :D

    Once i get my new PC shipped in I will get gimp and use your tutorial for any editting.
  10. Pwnages

    Pwnages Guest

    How can i get the layre,channel, and pattern? the one in the right? i have one the one in left. cuase i Pressed X and now i dunno how can get ti back. Please Help.
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  11. can you put special effects on the unit?
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  12. Kreend

    Kreend Guest

    ok im a little lost here i edited it then saved as .tga what do i do after that
    i tried to save the image but it didnt work
  13. Kreend

    Kreend Guest

    ok nm i found it out but how do i compress it that is all i need to know(ill probably find it out without ur help since im a little slow)
  14. Shadowslashe

    Shadowslashe Guest

    Wow!

    I just learned how to skin... thank you very much...
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  15. Kreend

    Kreend Guest

    ok i figured out the compress thing(i feel so stupid) but its only loading my skin as a picture do u know what the problem is
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  16. Andrewgosu

    Andrewgosu The Silent Pandaren Helper Staff Member

    What do you mean by loading as a picture? All skins are pictures applied to the model.
  17. NoxMortus

    NoxMortus All Along the Watchtower

    The tutorial seems easy to follow, good job. +rep

    However, when I try to open the image extractor an error message comes up:

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    Any idea on how to fix it :rolleyes: (Yes, I've tried reinstalling, 3 times)

    Thanks for your help,

    Edit~

    Hmm, I have to spread rep around first. :eek:
  18. NoxMortus

    NoxMortus All Along the Watchtower

    Do I have to unzip the Image Extractor in a certain place? I've tried unzipping it to My Documents\Unzipped, and the Warcraft III folder.
  19. Andrewgosu

    Andrewgosu The Silent Pandaren Helper Staff Member

    Noup. I created a new folder for mine.
  20. Pwnages

    Pwnages Guest

    guys What Administrative Account?

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