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Skinning with GIMP 1.00

By: Mike Leister

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Guide to using GIMP to create skins. I used a Historics BMW as the example car. Guide is in 3 parts: Part 1 has some GIMP info and some links for finding decals, etc. and takes a look at the overall method I follow for creating a skin. Part 2 (The Broad Strokes) covers the base paint. Part 3 (The Fine Strokes) covers refining the base paint, and doing drop shadow numbers, etc. All files are in pdf format and contain pictures of the car and of the icons/menus used to navigate thru GIMP to make the magic happen.

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Originally posted by: mrwhiteracer

LightHorse: yeah, problem is, it does not work for me in Gimp. at all. never has. imagine my frustration. Did not try Photoshop yet, but i just might. Tired of that sh*t. No matter how blacky black i make that Alpha channel, i still get glossy skin.


Gimp isn't very good at making the alpha channel...I use gimp to make the car skin and save it as .bmp then i edit a copy of the .bmp and make it alpha channel.bmp...then open .bmp in DXTBMP and add the alpha.bmp channel and save ass .dds .
Bruce_Leeroy on Oct-02-2014

LightHorse: yeah, problem is, it does not work for me in Gimp. at all. never has. imagine my frustration. Did not try Photoshop yet, but i just might. Tired of that sh*t. No matter how blacky black i make that Alpha channel, i still get glossy skin.

Need this link so badly...
mrwhiteracer on Feb-24-2014

If you have an item on your car that you do not want glossy take the selection lasso and select what you want to remove the gloss from.
while that is selected switch to the Alpha layer. Black = no gloss, White = Gloss so the less glossy you want the blacker you make the selection.
Its That simple, Now to not get confused when you are creating Objects, object file Alpha's are different, Black is clear White is solid.
I use Photoshop so I am assuming that Gimp has layers also.
Lighthorse on Jul-23-2012

Is there any download link anywhere????
bfoot on May-05-2012

Cannot find download? where is it?
usgrossetofc on Mar-05-2012

I must say, sure gotta hate those file sites (such as File Serve) that you have to enter a code to complete the DL process.
After I clicked the refresh buttom a dozen times or more because I cannot make out what the heck the words/numerals etc are due to them being "camaflauged", I gave up trying to DL it.
Just a pain in the butt to be quite honest.
JDEP on Jan-21-2012

Why did you make this so difficult and confusing to download?
El1iP3S01D on Jan-21-2012

Hello,
to download the GIMP prog I don't get any problems. But the tutorial is on fileserve. Fileserve is not useable in China, because fileserve get many xxxmovies on it. So it is possible to change the download server?
Steve Warson
stevewarson on Jan-14-2012

I would like to know how to remove the gloss from cars using gimp if anyone can help??? Thank you!
Haaseman on Oct-25-2011

Thanks for the feedback, guys. Gemery, you are correct. I actually figured that out once, but forgot to add it to the tutorial because I'd stopped racing NAGT in the league I was in at the time. I think I have info on it somewhere. I try to get that updated. In the meantime, do you need the info on how to do that?
GPzMike on Aug-08-2011

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