how to start skinnig to warcraft?

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how to start skinnig to warcraft?

Postby killer-bee » Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:20 am

how to start skinning to warcraft where to get the programe and that all of things?
Because id like to start skinning warcraft (ft) units.
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Re: how to start skinnig to warcraft?

Postby Ricky_Honejasi » Sat Sep 09, 2006 8:11 am

I don't know exactly how but here's the first directions towards it :

Get WinMPQ (made by Shadowflare) which allows you to see the files inside a MPQ file. Among those files are the skin images that you can extract with the extension blp.

Example :
Units\Creeps\SeaGiantGreen\SeaGiantGreen.blp

You will also notice that the units are likely to have files with the mdx extension which are the model files. However, unless you have modeling experience and some software such as Gmax, it might be too hard for you to attempt to make a new model or to remodel.

When you open it, you will probably see "cut" images which are basically the various skin parts of the model which you modify.

If you are doing a skin for a map, it is required that you import the skin file into the map via WorldEdit's import manager. If it is for a mod, you will need to make a copy of your patch MPQ and then place the file.

The path will have to be the same of the original skin extracted if you intend to replace a skin (which seems likely).

You will probably like some existing image extrator program (which I don't remember the name or download location) that extracts them off a MPQ and then allow you to save it into JPG or BLP I believe.

EDIT : some BLP images can also be icons (interresting for icon editing) althought it will be obvious if it a image for a skin or icon when you will open it in such image extrator program.
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Re: how to start skinnig to warcraft?

Postby killer-bee » Sat Sep 09, 2006 9:38 am

hmm maybe i still let those things to pros :-\
but still thanks for telling maybe other user will be start to skin
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Re: how to start skinnig to warcraft?

Postby Ricky_Honejasi » Sat Sep 09, 2006 9:46 am

killer-bee wrote:hmm maybe i still let those things to pros :-\
but still thanks for telling maybe other user will be start to skin


The basics for skinning aren't THAT hard. Althought it might be difficult to make a good looking skin. It's mostly for modeling that it pretty got some kinds of prerequistes if you want to go anywhere.

You don't need to know skinning to do modeling (espacially to replace a skin) nor vice-versa but it is very preferable since they go well together.

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Re: how to start skinnig to warcraft?

Postby Lavarinth » Sat Sep 09, 2006 2:52 pm

All you really need to start is WinMPQ OR a program made specifically to extract BLPs, and/or a BLP to TGA convertor, and something like Photoshop. It's rather easy, like Ricky said, honestly.
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