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ALPHA CHANNEL KARMA

Postby Jean Loup » Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:39 pm

This time, my ALPHA troubles are not caused by my restless thick fingers: now Randow Choice (or Karma) elected me for disaster. Maybe my previous ALPHA CHANNEL TROUBLE post acted as a Lightning Rod for derelict ALPHAS on the loose to strike me!! :o

I downloaded a variant of the North American T-6 Texan South African Air Force T-6 Texan here at Simviation & it behaves as a tricky Texan should, I like it. I added 2 more textures of the Spanish Air Force, installed & opened my FS 2004 Silver Wings for test flights:
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My Time of the Day choice being DUSK, ( :oops: forgot to compensate the hour difference between Mexico & Britain) and...
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...the poor thing is phantasmagorical & translucent!! So I checked the other 3 Texans textures in this pack:
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ALL translucent, like model kits made of cheap plastic... EXCEPT THE LAST ONE: FAB ELO. PLUS this phenomenom does not happen in Daytime hours ("only" :doh: at Dawn, at Night & at Dusk):
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Since FAB ELO has the ALPHA channel as a white square...I changed the ALPHA channel as a white square in 463+31: now translucency & reflections ARE GONE:
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So ALPHA mods have DiRE consecuences!! And I did a lot of configuring there... Fearing the worst ( :o I boobooed my FS2004 AGAiN!!) I checked my aircraft with more shine over Bare Aluminum (darker Alphas):

Beech Staggerwing USAAF
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Beech model 18 USAAF:
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Gee Bee model Z:
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My breath has come back before having an atack, menos mal. I tryed Reflections vs NO Reflections, in aircraft CFG I found a model Option- normal & No-refl -TO NO AVAiL: only replacing ALPHA channels with a White Square WORKS!! Now, I installed this Texan Pack in my FS 2004 Golden Wings
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SAME THiNG... Of all my aircraft, this only happens with South African Air Force T-6 Texan. :think: in BOTH SiMS. :violin: :violin: :violin:

HOW CAN I MODIFY THiS CONDiTiON, retaining reflections?? :pray: :pray: :pray:
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Re: ALPHA CHANNEL KARMA

Postby logjam » Thu Feb 18, 2016 1:01 pm

In TV and filming, have you ever heard of a "Blue background?" It's how they project weather charts into thin air to simulate a seemingly realistic screen. If the weatherman also wears a blue shirt, then the projection appears on his shirt too. Blue screen phenomena it's called. The weather man can't wear a blue shirt. Methinks the same problem is hidden somewhere in the SA Texan. Don't ask me where, but you are on the right track with a white square. Why not try colors?
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Re: ALPHA CHANNEL KARMA

Postby Jean Loup » Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:14 pm

logjam wrote:In TV and filming, have you ever heard of a "Blue background?" It's how they project weather charts into thin air to simulate a seemingly realistic screen. If the weatherman also wears a blue shirt, then the projection appears on his shirt too. Blue screen phenomena it's called. The weather man can't wear a blue shirt. Methinks the same problem is hidden somewhere in the SA Texan. Don't ask me where, but you are on the right track with a white square. Why not try colors?

Hello Logjam, I was wondering why other aircraft with ALPHA channel textures only use diferent shades of grey :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: This is the Top Wing ALPHA color on Lockheed L10E (sperry) that does not go translucent into Dusk, Night & Dawn:
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Well, for the moment changing ALPHA channel colors as Logjam sugested & will report results. (soon I :pray: :pray: :pray: hope)
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Re: ALPHA CHANNEL KARMA

Postby Azframer » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:46 pm

I had read somewhere when trying to duplicate a bare metal or Chrome scheme you will need black as alpha channel under where bare metal or chrome will be. I guess black gives you a higher reflection than grey will, the darker the grey the more reflective the paint will shine if I understood it correctly.

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Re: ALPHA CHANNEL KARMA

Postby Azframer » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:59 pm

Maybe this will help some.
http://www.calclassic.com/repaint4.htm

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Re: ALPHA CHANNEL KARMA

Postby Jean Loup » Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:38 pm

Azframer wrote:Maybe this will help some.
http://www.calclassic.com/repaint4.htm

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Hello Rick, will read this with time. GRACiAS

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