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#1 Posted at 2007-05-18 17:22        
Ok so its the weekend for me (3 days) and i want to start changing the textures/skins on the soldiers but i dont know how to skin and i dont know how after i skin/texture a unit where to put it when im done PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME :con

Topic title changed, please dont use caps in topic titles.
It only annoys people and wont get them to help you ;)

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#2 Posted at 2007-05-25 13:38        
first off you`ll need adobe photoshop and kegeties tools. inside the tools .rar you will find a photoshop pluggin - install it.
next up is to install the cpbo tool from the kegeties tools pack. this tool is used to unpack pbo files and repack them.
all of the soldiers can be found in the arma\addons\characters.pbo
extract the pbo using the CPBO tool. this will then give you a folder called characters with all of the models, configs, and skins used on the human character models.
inside the folder you will see a folder called data this is where the skins are. when you open data up you will see lots of files with the .Paa extension, these are the skins open one with adobe photoshop.
provided you have kegeties .Paa pluggin installed photoshop will open these files.

(Note: paa file names must remain unchanged - you can rework the skin just dont change the name of the final finished output unless you want to learn how to hex edit the models.)

once you have changed your skin in photoshop and saved it as a .paa file you can recompile the .pbo file by right clicking on the characters folder you created earlier and clicking create pbo.
place that pbo file back into arma\addons folder
and your done.

Please note: following these instructions will allow you to overwrite the existing skins. skins produced in this manner will not be standalone they are replacements.

hope this helps you out.


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#3 Posted at 2007-05-31 02:43        
Just trying to figure this stuff out. I've already made new skins, and have any tools that I might need, but I cannot figure out how to make a standalone add on. If someone could help me out with it, that would be great.