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Too much reflection

PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:50 pm
by slimcooper2002
I hope this is the correct forum for this. I've just started trying to repaint aircraft but I've run into a little bump in the road. Five out of seven aircraft have turned out ok, but two of them have too much reflection in them (like a chrome or mirror finish). I'm using DXTBmp and Photoshop CS2. On this a/c (the "cathaypacifictoml1011"), I copied the "texture.Catha folder" and renamed it "texture" and altered the aircraft.cfg file.
The texture file has
I then altered the "" file in the texture folder. From photoshop I saved it as "norm.bmp", then opened DXTBmp, opened the "norm.bmp", and saved it as DDS file in the texture folder overwriting the old "" file. Can any body tell me where i messed up? Here are the before and after shots
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Re: Too much reflection

PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:45 am
by Jetranger
Yesss, somehow you' or the program your using applied an APLHA Channel to the entire aircraft body

I've ran into this before with downloads ,,,,

all chrome or too much reflection on entire body,,, looks like utter crap

After many hours of experimenting - using the DXT program,,,, I learned how to use the ALPHA,,,,,, menu at the top

you'll need to go experiment yourself,,,, and tinker around with with it and get rid of the ALPHA Channel that somehow got applied,,, that shouldn't have, or you didn't check something.

Its late and I got to work tomorrow Monday.

or I'd dive into it further with you,,,,

go experiment with your DXT and the ALPHA menu at the top , and practice on the main aircraft texture folder

NOTE : make plenty of back up copies, you'll need them 1st !!!!!!!

get back to ya later see how you did.

Re: Too much reflection

PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:41 pm
by slimcooper2002
Thank you Jetranger, you hit the nail on the head. I went back and opened DXTBmp and checked the preferences and "show alpha channels" was checked. I unchecked and thats all it took.
No Alpha.jpg
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Re: Too much reflection

PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:42 pm
by Jetranger
Well make yourself a Post it note, and hang on to it, so you'll remember how & what you did,,, because 3 to 6 months from you'll forget,, if your like me :D

I remember fixing 3 or 4 aircraft about a year ago, but unless I'm actually tinkering with it,,,, in front of me I can't remember the exact procedure :shock:

I even forgot to make myself a sticky note, Duhhhhhh, I'm getting old and forgetful :o

Re: Too much reflection

PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 12:18 am
by Azframer
The darker alpha channel will give you more reflection with your paint scheme. A black alpha channel will give you a chrome look and a lighter gray will have less chrome or reflection.