Just by messing around with a few things in the GIMP, I've managed to find an easy way to make Layers for TrackMania Nations.
First off, you'll need a few tools:
- the Latest version of GIMP + GTK is required.
Acquirable at: http://www.gimp.org/
- GIMP .dds Plugin is also required.
Acquirable at: http://registry.gimp.org/plugin?id=4816
- and of course TrackMania Nations ^^;
Navigate to your \GameData\Painter\Layers\StadiumCar\ folder where you will see another folder called PreLight. Copy that and paste it into the same folder. Now you should see that there are two folders, and one is called Copy of PreLight. Rename Copy of PreLight to MyNewLayer. You can change the name all you want, thats just the name I'm going to use in this tutorial .
Once thats done and you have your PreLight and MyNewLayer folders in your directory, open the GIMP that you downloaded and installed before and navigate to your new folder(should be \GameData\Painter\Layers\StadiumCar\MyNewLayer) and open the Layer.dds. If you installed the .dds plugin correctly then it should open right up. (Warning: This file is large in resolution and size. Slow computers be advised ) You should now see something along the lines of:
Now that you have your color, you can do what you wish with it! When saving, you want to save it as Layer.dds with 'DXT1' compression.
I'm going to add some cool effects to mine, heres what I'm going to do:
- First, I colored my car blue
- Now, using different effects and tools,
I'm going to add some text and some cool
effects to it. I used brushes that I downloaded
for GIMP. You can find many if you search for
them on Google.
- After that, I added some text and a
drop shadow to the text.
- When I finished, it turned out to
look like this:
Heres a visual idea of the progress right now:
I made the helmet black and the visor a metallic grey.
After that I made my wings black as well as the details
around my engine. Pretty cool
Heres how mine turned out:
post a thumbnail with a link to the original so its not very large.
Now, to save it. You selected a random countries car to paint, but of course,
we don't want to overwrite the countries car with your new custom one. So
heres what you do: click on the "Save Work As..." button right next to the
save button, enter your new cars name that you would like it to be, and then
click save. Screeny
need to go into the profile editor and select it, its already done. All you have
to do is go RACE!
Hope this tutorial was useful!
Question, and comments are appreciated!
Post your creations!
If you find any spelling errors, confusing parts in the tutorial, or other mess ups please comment about it and I should be able to help you/fix it.