FS2004 Creating reflective textures for FS9

Hi can any one point me to a tutorial for creating reflective textures, applying them to a gmax part for export to a fs9 aircraft?

Carl
 

tgibson

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In FS9 you don't have much flexibility. Create your normal Diffuse texture and apply that. Your Diffuse (day) texture must end in _t.bmp to be reflective - otherwise it will be transparent. Then add an alpha channel to this image - the darker the area, the more reflective it will be. So make bare metal areas relatively dark and painted areas relatively light. I use white on painted areas - the reflections will fade out your paint and lettering. Then add a night texture, which must end in _L.bmp. This night bitmap does not have to be added to the GMAX material. That's pretty much all of it.

I do have a procedure using DXTBmp and Paint Shop Pro 7.0 here:

http://www.calclassic.com/repaint4.htm

Hope this helps,
 
Thanks for the link Tom! I am using Photo shop elements and Image Tool. I hope I can figure a way to use my tool kit to do your procedure. From what I have read here in the graphic forum, Image Tool will not do for creating the Alpha channel. Does Martin require a fee for using DXTBMP on a payware project?
 

tgibson

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Note that I do not create the alpha channel in DXTBmp - it only does what ImageTool does, plus one thing ImageTool cannot do - import an external alpha channel created by your paint program. Since it appears from the net that PSE cannot create true alpha channels integrated within the image (as ImageTool requires), you will need to either use DXTBmp or take your PSE image and place it into a tool like GIMP (free). This paint program can create true alpha channels. I don't know if there is a restriction using GIMP for commercial projects.

You must get permission from Martin before using files created with DXTBmp in commercial projects - I don't know if a fee is involved.
 
Note that I do not create the alpha channel in DXTBmp - it only does what ImageTool does, plus one thing ImageTool cannot do - import an external alpha channel created by your paint program. Since it appears from the net that PSE cannot create true alpha channels integrated within the image (as ImageTool requires), you will need to either use DXTBmp or take your PSE image and place it into a tool like GIMP (free). This paint program can create true alpha channels. I don't know if there is a restriction using GIMP for commercial projects.

You must get permission from Martin before using files created with DXTBmp in commercial projects - I don't know if a fee is involved.
I was able to get it with PSE and Image tool. I created a layer in PSE to use as an alpha then used Image tool to create the alpha from the ul pixel.
 
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