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Chuck_Older
06-11-2004, 03:09 PM
With all due respect to the great skinners out there: Leadspitter, Canon_UK, Bo_Nidle, and many others...

I have been swiping your work, copying and pasting, and using aspects of your skins either singly or as composites, in my offline campaigns and for skins that I use just for fun.

And it is so simple it's a crime http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Now, I am not advocating actually taking the skins these people work very hard on, and calling them "yours", but you can take, for instance, LS's new 360th Mustang packs, and do a little hocus pocus, and in 5 or 10 minutes, make up a Mustang, coded and with a serial number, that is unique, and without an expensive photoshop program or other graphics editor.

Do you know how? With Windows. Windows has a hokey program called "Paint". It is the height of silliness. It is also my dirty little secret.

I take, for instance, a new 360th "blank" skin and open it, then minimise. Then I open another skin with the same template. In this case, I use one of LS's new 360th P-51D skins with nose art, a code number, and a serial number. I open one of those skins, and I zoom in on, let's say, the unit code, "PI". I use the paint tool for "select", and I use the tool to bracket those code letters, and some panel lines that I will use a reference points. I then right click and choose "copy". I minimise that skin. then I maximise the "blank" skin. I go to "edit", and I choose, "paste". The area of the skin that I had previously selcted appears on the blank skin. I click and drag that to the right spot, line up my panel lines, and presto. perfect match. I select another skin, with the same template, and a different code suffix, in this case, a "T". I slect, then copy, then open my blank skin, and paste. Now I have a "new" coded plane, "PI*T". I do the same to the other side of the fuselage. Then I 'save as' a new name: 360LSredfict1

Now I get really tricky. I pick and choose sections of tail serial numbers, and copy and paste a unique code on both sides of the tail.

Now I have a 'generic' 360th P-51D, made essentially by LS, because all the elements are from his skins, after all, but now I have a unique plane, ID and serial coded, that looks like it was made for me. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


I can then select "text" under the Paint tools, and choose the bottom of the two tools under text, then type a name on the plane, in a variety of fonts and colors- some look better than others, and I usualy 'sample' a color from the skin because sometimes the palette is misleading. I have Custom skins that Bo, Canon, and Lead all made for me, but I never had to ask them or bother them for their time, and you can, too.

In a couple, I liked what one artist had done with weathering effects on say, a cowl, but not on the wings. Well, I downloaded skins that had the aspects I wanted, copied and pasted, and now I have a few "Canon_Nidle" skins, as an example, that are just what I want.

Now please, these skins are the fruits of hard labor by their respective authors, and can be spotted as "theirs" very easily. Do not take credit for work you have not done; I have not made any skins, I have just mixed and matched aspects to get what is for me, a more perfect skin.

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The hillsides ring with, "Free the People",
Or can I hear the echoes from the days of '39?
~ Clash

Chuck_Older
06-11-2004, 03:09 PM
With all due respect to the great skinners out there: Leadspitter, Canon_UK, Bo_Nidle, and many others...

I have been swiping your work, copying and pasting, and using aspects of your skins either singly or as composites, in my offline campaigns and for skins that I use just for fun.

And it is so simple it's a crime http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Now, I am not advocating actually taking the skins these people work very hard on, and calling them "yours", but you can take, for instance, LS's new 360th Mustang packs, and do a little hocus pocus, and in 5 or 10 minutes, make up a Mustang, coded and with a serial number, that is unique, and without an expensive photoshop program or other graphics editor.

Do you know how? With Windows. Windows has a hokey program called "Paint". It is the height of silliness. It is also my dirty little secret.

I take, for instance, a new 360th "blank" skin and open it, then minimise. Then I open another skin with the same template. In this case, I use one of LS's new 360th P-51D skins with nose art, a code number, and a serial number. I open one of those skins, and I zoom in on, let's say, the unit code, "PI". I use the paint tool for "select", and I use the tool to bracket those code letters, and some panel lines that I will use a reference points. I then right click and choose "copy". I minimise that skin. then I maximise the "blank" skin. I go to "edit", and I choose, "paste". The area of the skin that I had previously selcted appears on the blank skin. I click and drag that to the right spot, line up my panel lines, and presto. perfect match. I select another skin, with the same template, and a different code suffix, in this case, a "T". I slect, then copy, then open my blank skin, and paste. Now I have a "new" coded plane, "PI*T". I do the same to the other side of the fuselage. Then I 'save as' a new name: 360LSredfict1

Now I get really tricky. I pick and choose sections of tail serial numbers, and copy and paste a unique code on both sides of the tail.

Now I have a 'generic' 360th P-51D, made essentially by LS, because all the elements are from his skins, after all, but now I have a unique plane, ID and serial coded, that looks like it was made for me. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


I can then select "text" under the Paint tools, and choose the bottom of the two tools under text, then type a name on the plane, in a variety of fonts and colors- some look better than others, and I usualy 'sample' a color from the skin because sometimes the palette is misleading. I have Custom skins that Bo, Canon, and Lead all made for me, but I never had to ask them or bother them for their time, and you can, too.

In a couple, I liked what one artist had done with weathering effects on say, a cowl, but not on the wings. Well, I downloaded skins that had the aspects I wanted, copied and pasted, and now I have a few "Canon_Nidle" skins, as an example, that are just what I want.

Now please, these skins are the fruits of hard labor by their respective authors, and can be spotted as "theirs" very easily. Do not take credit for work you have not done; I have not made any skins, I have just mixed and matched aspects to get what is for me, a more perfect skin.

*****************************
The hillsides ring with, "Free the People",
Or can I hear the echoes from the days of '39?
~ Clash

Chuck_Older
06-11-2004, 07:47 PM
Not a single reply? that's odd. I suppose it's because there really isn't much to discuss http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

But I hope somebody who wants a personalised skin and doesn't know how it can be done tries this suggestion out and finds out how easily he or she can make an entire squadron of authentic looking, unique skins from existing sources.

*****************************
The hillsides ring with, "Free the People",
Or can I hear the echoes from the days of '39?
~ Clash

wayno7777
06-11-2004, 09:29 PM
Funny thing, Chuck, not 2 hours ago I was wondering to myself if there was a way to do this. Using the blanks that is. You've opened my eyes a little wider. I think that's how my 12 year old did my sig (one I'm not using here
http://img74.photobucket.com/albums/v224/wayno77/wayno77.jpg
)

!http://img74.photobucket.com/albums/v224/wayno77/Dux_Wreck.jpg
Any landing you can walk away from is a good one!

Snuffy_Hadden
06-11-2004, 09:39 PM
Oddly enough I've done it myself. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Though I tend more towards using another's idea and then painting my own.

Dawg-of-death
06-11-2004, 10:08 PM
I don't even download them any more. I just troll the cache. LOL

Just remember , when you get to hell it wasn't me .

BadM-F(Mongrel-Fighter)...... AKA Dawg-of-death
Former Member...Kelly Johnsons...Skunk Works

Tully__
06-11-2004, 11:08 PM
Been there, done that...

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arcadeace
06-12-2004, 03:02 AM
A popular practice during early CFS2 days was 'reskinning' the stock a/c. It seemed like everyone was doing it, some of the freakiest skins were proudly uploaded for all to gawk at. Everyone was complimenting each other http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif That's how I did mine then, when I first played with photoshop. It was much easier than starting from scratch.

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SeaFireLIV
06-12-2004, 04:16 AM
Chuck_Older, I do this all the time. i`m a little too busy to make a whole skin from scratch (though I will one day), so i just `borrow` a good ready-made skin and customise for myself.

Often I just add my name and a nice topless girlie pic!

But I always give credit to these guys for their hardwork and it`s only personal use (flying in OFFLINE campaigns), it`s never used for any public credit.

SeaFireLIV...


http://img12.photobucket.com/albums/v31/SeaFireLIV/whereishe.jpg

WHERE is he???

bun-bun195333
06-12-2004, 08:26 AM
If you guys want to get serious with skinning you need something more powerful than Paint.
Get Gimp it's free and works well.

Gimp (http://www.gimp.org)

http://home.comcast.net/~argylestransom/Pics/A10Bun.jpg

DONB3397
06-12-2004, 08:54 AM
You're right, it's a simple process for 'the rest of us.' With the great selection of templates, it's possible to mix and match with layers and come up with a reasonable facsimile of a good skin. But I'm glad you were so careful to point out that building a scheme from the void, with rivets and seams, color gradations, weathering, chipping and accurate nose art and numbering is something quite different.

Kudos to the master skinners who make our hobby more "real" and thoroughly enjoyable!

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A being breathing thoughtful breath,/A Traveller between life and death." -- Wordsworth