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Re: Modding For Beginners
« Reply #15 on: September 19, 2005, 04:51:34 AM »

After the official release of 2.0 I had planned on releasing a video tutorial on converting to Source based on all I've learned through out this experience.  I'm sure I will not be the only one.

As far as others, we had thought about linking related tutorials to some of the programs listed above.  Does that answer your question?
yea that answers  :D thx  :)
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Re: Modding For Beginners
« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2005, 10:29:10 PM »

What do you use to convert models?
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Re: Modding For Beginners
« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2005, 11:15:26 PM »

What do you use to convert models?

A mixture of programs, most of which are listed in the first post.  Milkshape3D for editing, creating ragdoll, decompiling and compiling models.  GCFScape to extract the original HL:S models from the game files for comparison.  Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro or GIMP to edit, resize, normal map and batch convert textures.  Lastly a few good tutorials to tell you how to code Source files to make all the above work correctly.  ;D
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Re: Modding For Beginners
« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2005, 11:01:56 AM »

Here is a nice page on Alpha Channels

http://www.hl2world.com/wiki/index.php/Alpha_Channel_Textures

Added it to the 1st post :)

Cheers flynia
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Re: Modding For Beginners
« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2005, 05:10:30 AM »

This link helped me improve several of my normal maps.

http://www.quake3bits.com/htm/tutorials/creating_bumpmaps_from_images.htm

Here are a couple of examples:




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Re: Modding For Beginners
« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2005, 02:43:44 AM »

agh what the hell! the vtf tools are all missing "tier0.dll" so i cant use the vtf converter or explorer...
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Re: Modding For Beginners
« Reply #21 on: October 08, 2005, 06:24:43 AM »

If this is part of Valves SDK i find removing the following folder helps:

You should probably rename the folder first :)

C:\xxx\Steam\SteamApps\<username>\sourcesdk

Cheers flynia
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Re: Modding For Beginners
« Reply #22 on: October 09, 2005, 12:47:42 AM »

um, what do I use to make vmts and how the hell do vmts work (since apparently they are why my new textures aren't working)
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Re: Modding For Beginners
« Reply #23 on: October 09, 2005, 01:11:13 AM »

um, what do I use to make vmts and how the hell do vmts work (since apparently they are why my new textures aren't working)

In the "C:\Valve\Steam\SteamApps\username\sourcesdk\bin" folder there is a program called "vtex.exe".  You can get the basics of it here.  You can use it or Cannonfodder's Studiocompiler.  Either way, as you have mentioned, the .vmt file tells the Source engine how to handle the .vtf file it represents.  I have not found any really good guide on all the different commands yet, though I would be interested in one myself.  Most of what I know I have picked up from Romka and by examining other working vmt's and comparing differences.

I wish I could be of more help then that.
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Re: Modding For Beginners
« Reply #24 on: October 09, 2005, 07:22:36 AM »

You can also use Notepad to create/edit VMT's.

Just create a blank *.txt document...

Then rename the extension to *.vmt and all should be good.

The basic VMT file looks like this

"VertexLitGeneric"
{
"$basetexture" "directoryoftexture/texturename"
}


Hope that helps

Cheers flynia
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Re: Modding For Beginners
« Reply #25 on: October 09, 2005, 06:50:57 PM »

 :o
thx man, I'll give it a go ASAP  ;D
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Re: Modding For Beginners
« Reply #26 on: October 10, 2005, 02:29:45 AM »

If this is part of Valves SDK i find removing the following folder helps:

You should probably rename the folder first :)

C:\xxx\Steam\SteamApps\<username>\sourcesdk

Cheers flynia

Umm, if this has anything to do with the VTF tool, i don't see what renaming a folder what to do compensate for a missing .dll....
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Re: Modding For Beginners
« Reply #27 on: October 10, 2005, 03:46:41 AM »

Renaming its a precaution... an alternative to deleting the folder.

Nothing more

PS - Here is a site with VMT commands... its in russian though :(

http://inside.hl2.ru/vmt

Cheers flynia
« Last Edit: October 10, 2005, 04:02:22 AM by flynia »
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Re: Modding For Beginners
« Reply #28 on: October 11, 2005, 10:22:42 PM »

It looks like this tells the same thing, but in english.

http://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Shader_Types_and_Parameters

I wish there was better documentation on this type of thing.
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Re: Modding For Beginners
« Reply #29 on: October 11, 2005, 10:29:42 PM »

Nice work mate :) :) :)

Thanks Very Much ill update first post :)

Cheers flynia

It looks like this tells the same thing, but in english.

http://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Shader_Types_and_Parameters

I wish there was better documentation on this type of thing.
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