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Anyone using GIMP to Paint/Skin Cars

Discussion in 'Stock Car Extreme' started by gilles13, Sep 19, 2015.

  1. Hi there

    I am new to making skins and i want to learn it

    But programs like Adobe Photo'Shop cost money

    So can you make skins with GIMP (Free Painting Software)
    If so Then could you guys please learn me how to skin with it?!?
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  2. A short toturial, not how to paint but especially in how to open, save and upload the skin was great! for example I now we need a plugin, but I don't know how to used..
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  3. tpw


    I make a few FVee skins using Gimp. Once you get your head around layers, alpha channels, masks etc it's pretty straightforward. I recommend you start with the FVee as it's pretty straightforward to see how it all fits together. To get started:
    1. Get hold of Gimp Portable: 2.8: http://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pictures/gimp_portable
    2. Install the DDS plugin so that you'll be able to save your skins in DDS format: https://code.google.com/p/gimp-dds/
    3. Download the templates you want to work with:http://www.racedepartment.com/threads/stock-car-extreme-templates-viewers.76177/
    Templates are generally in photoshop PSD format. They'll load into Gimp no worries. Unfortunately Gimp won't save PSD files 100% correctly, you will lose layer groups. So, save in Gimp's native XCF format, which properly preserves layers and allows you to come back and fiddle with things later.

    Use the various layers and wireframe guides to paint your skin. I won't tell you how to do that since mine are pretty much crap. All I will say is that image translucency is the key. The more opaque part of an image is, the "glossier" it will be on the car. Usually a final opacity of about 25% will pretty much look like slightly glossy paint. 5% will be very matte. 95% opacity will be almost metallic reflective.

    Once you are happy with the final image and its various translucencies, you will need to first save it as an XCF as explained above.

    Actually exporting to the final skin requires two steps, because Gimp cannot properly flatten multilayer images to DDS.

    Export the file as a PNG, which will flatten all the layers and save appropriate transparencies

    Load the PNG back into Gimp, then export it as DDS. Make sure you use DXT5 compression and save mipmaps (the scaled version of the skin for more distant LOD).


    A correctly saved DDS skin should be 5.33 MB in size.

    I hope this helps. Please let me know if I can provide any more info.

    Good luck skinning, I hope to see them in the mods section soon!
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  4. This helped on the technical side of things.

    but how do you acctualy skin the cars?
    Like creating a livery
  5. tpw


    Do you mean how to actually create a new car?

    Let's say you want to create a new Formula Vee. If you look in your GSC installation Stock Car Extreme\GameData\Vehicles\F_Vee\TEAMS you'll see that each car has a VEH and a DDS file.

    Save your DDS skin into this directory as FVee_100.dds
    Copy FVee_1.veh and rename it FVee_100.veh, then open it in a text editor. You need to change the driver/team name, and make it point to FVee_100.dds for the skin.

    GenString=                     // Used to generate GMT names in *.gen file
    Sounds=FVee.sfx                  // Sounds=default.sfx
    Cameras=FVee_cam.cam            // Defaults to default.cfg in UserData directory
    HeadPhysics=FVee_headphysics.ini         // Affects driver eyepoint only
    //////////////////////////TEAM HISTORY AND INFORMATION///////////////////////////////////////////
    Driver="Your Name"
    Description="For_V: #100 Your Name"
    Engine="1600cc VW Motor"
    Team="Your Name"
    FullTeamName="Your Name"
    Category="Formula Vee"

    Next time you load GSC you'll see the new car and driver in the FVee list to choose from.

    I hope this is what you were after.
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  6. thank you so much @tpw exactly what a noob needs to know ;)
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2015
  7. I mean the skin itself not the Veh files
  8. Esotic

    Premium Member

    Sorry, didn't notice this was the SCE forums (not Assetto Corsa). I'm guessing the techniques would still apply, but the directories/assumption would be different. Sorry for any confusion. :)

    Please note my Skin Creation Automation tutorial over here: http://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/skin-creation-automation.7361/

    This is not a "beginners" guide, but there should be lots of good information in there about making skins with Gimp.


    Last edited: Sep 20, 2015
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  9. tpw


    Thanks Paolo, I'm glad it helped you at least.
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  10. xnorb

    Premium Member

    You open the PSD template and start painting what you want to paint?

    If you want to know how to work with GIMP, there are about 2 bazillion tutorials to be found via google :)