Creating Skins basic guide

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Wulf 359
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Creating Skins basic guide

Postby Wulf 359 » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:17 pm

Creating and using skins can be fun, but there are some important things to remember.

First off, make sure that your program can save areas of the image as transparent. This is very important for the finished look. As far as I know, the stock MSPaint program that comes pre-installed on computers using up to Windows 7 does not have this capability.

Second, the program must, at a minimum, be able to save the files in a PNG format. This is the format that DCR 2 uses.

And third, it must have the ability to save the files in specific pixel by pixel sizes, the sizes depend on the item you are trying to make a skin for.

Vehicle:
Frame - 202 x 100
Seat - 130 x 130
Wheels - 105 x 105

Driver:
Arm & Leg pieces (2 each) - 100 x 70
Head & Body- 100 x 80

These are the minimum requirements, the program you pick may have more capabilities, but it needs at least these 3 to work with DCR 2. There are many programs out there, free and purchased, that can be used. The program you decide to use is totally up to you.

Edit: There appears to be a name size limit to what DCR 2 can make use of. If the file names are too long, it will automatically truncate and only use the beginning of the file name. This may have unexpected and unwanted effects including unwanted skins being applied to more than one item. I have noticed this happening on wheels during skin design and testing.

These are the basics, and should be enough to get you started. Have fun! :D
Last edited by Wulf 359 on Tue Jan 27, 2015 2:17 am, edited 2 times in total.

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Re: Creating Skins basic guide

Postby danieldorais » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:59 pm

Great guide! You might want to post it in the beginner section as well.
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Re: Creating Skins basic guide

Postby Wulf 359 » Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:44 pm

Except creating skins really isn't a beginner type project. Or at least shouldn't be imo.

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Re: Creating Skins basic guide

Postby danieldorais » Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:11 am

Wulf 359 wrote:Except creating skins really isn't a beginner type project. Or at least shouldn't be imo.

Everyone has to start somewhere.
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Re: Creating Skins basic guide

Postby Wulf 359 » Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:30 am

Let them learn the game first. After they poke around, and see they can change skins, they will probably go looking around, and this would be the best place for it.

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Re: Creating Skins basic guide

Postby PeixeWiggles » Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:05 am

Wulf 359 wrote:the stock MSPaint program that comes pre-installed on computers using up to Windows 7 does not have this capability.


No it does not. The best FREE program I've found that works 100% of the time is paint.net and can be downloaded for free here... http://www.getpaint.net/


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