ok so i got the trial version of photoshop and i uploaded a tga file from a SOV model that i downloaded and i want to edit the regitry for use in single player at least and i just want to know if anyone can tell me the steps on how to do this if not well sorry for posting and wasting forum space
I follow teh Moo!
4th November 2003
Not entirely sure if there's a quick and easy way. There probably is, and everyone except me knows it.
Search through the photoshop fonts until you find one that fits (it would be useful to have a sticky with things like star trek fonts around, maybe in one of the bcfiles tutorials, now found in their own little folder). Create a new transparent selection and align the letters and numbers to mimic the existing registry. Things can be resized, so start with big letters and numbers, align as accurately as possible, then reduce to an appropriate size.
Save alpha channel of the current .tga before altering anything!
Remove old registry. This can be done either by cloning (copy and paste maybe) bits of textures not covered by the registry, or by smoothing or erasing or filling in with a neutral color or a combination etc. Remember the registry removal must leave a clean panel that the new registry goes on.
Resize new registry to appropriate size, put on space vacated by old registry. If required, reload that saved alpha channel (you'll know almost immediately ingame if that has gone wrong - you will have either a bright white saucer or the wrong bits lit up). Save as new .tga and hope for the best.
This is only a first thought from an absolute novice, so don't put too much stock on it. Hopefully it will inspire someone better suited to answering the thing to put up a better set of instructions.
thanks for the reply that helps alot but the hard part is finding the right font i have been doing google searches but so far have not found anything but im still looking and once again thanks :bows::bows::bows:
ok well the sov i edited didnt come out well so i scraped it and i downloaded my fav model and am editing it though i plan on keeping myself sense it aint mine but i looked at the name and its regular black text and im trying to replace it and im having problems with wat u said on how to remove the old name and thats that if i erase it it gets rid of the hull aswell and if i try to copy it it doesnt look right so im doing something wrong but then again this is my first time using adobe photoshop :)
Chief Engineer USS Patriot
25th July 2005
You will need to paint over the old registry by hand. Time consuming but worth it if you want a good result!! On a ship like the sov there is no real shortcut for this due to the shape of the saucer. On round ships you can copy and past a similar part of the hull ove rthe top.
ok well im trying to edit the name of a miranda the majistic im going to use it for myself(im going to name it after my gf cause i love her some much lol)but how do u copy and paste? thats wat i have been trying to do but i cant seem to figure it out and sorry for all the n00b questions :uhm: :bows:
I follow teh Moo!
4th November 2003
With photoshop, the key is the rectangular marquee tool.
Select an area with the Marquee tool by drawing a rectangle about it. Go to edit and copy. Select the area you want to paste it into the same way. Then go to edit and 'paste into', this will paste the copied stuff as a selection that can be moved a bit to give a smoother result.
Again, do it at high zoom. The results will look better once you have zoomed out... only you will notice the old registry lying beneath...
well i did that and when i try to save it photoshop wants to save it as a psd/pdd
i hope this post will help out anyone who wants to do it :) and once again thanks very much for your help :bows::bows::bows::bows: