NFSU1: How to edit Vinyls

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NFSU1: How to edit Vinyls

Postby Bojan » 21 Jan 2004, 14:56

1. Programs needed:

You will need the BinTex which you will get in our utils section and a graphics editing program that has support for DDS files (Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro).

For further infor how to get dds editing work in Photoshop visit this website:
http://developer.nvidia.com/object/nv_t ... tools.html

Make sure you download and install the Photoshop DDS plugin AND the required DLLs.

2. Exporting vinyls
Launch BinTex, open the VINYLS.BIN file from NFS Underground/Cars/ "Car of your choice" folder. First sort by name, then export the vinyl you want to edit. You MUST export both vinyl and vinyl_mask file.

3. Editing
When opening a dds file make sure you open without displaying mipmaps.

You will have to edit both dds files, the vinyl and the mask.
The mask is always 2 colored, black background and some white area. The black area appears transparent on the car, whereas the white area will be used by the vinyl. In case of one colored and manufacturer vinyls, the mask and the vinyl must be the same.

There are various techniques available in editing vinyls, depends on the program you use. You must be careful only about this: Only use the colors that were in the dds file before you edited it. If you use any other colors, the game will crash when you load the vinyl.

When you finish editing, save it back to dds using ARGB 8bit pallete.

4. Importing back to the game
Go to BinTex again, select the vinyl you exported before, click on Texutres - Import. Do the same for mask vinyl. Then click on save. The vinyl should be ready in the game.
Note that the names of vinyls are not the same as in game. So be sure to check all vinyls in the game from the group you edited.

If you experience a crash of the game when you select your vinyl in game, go back to step 3 and try to fix the dds images.


5. Most frequent issues

* BinTex gives you the following error: "An error occured while trying to decompress texture data"
The jdlzdll.dll should be in the same dir as bintex.exe (they were both in the zip file).

* BinTex gives you the following error when importing a dds file: "Texture format has an error!".
You must save the dds as ARGB 8bit.



There is little info about importing and use of edited vinyls in this thread:
http://forum.nfsunlimited.net/viewtopic.php?t=1139
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Postby BlackChart » 25 Jan 2004, 23:53

* BinTex gives you the following error when importing a dds file: "Texture format has an error!".
You must save the dds as ARGB 8bit.


I don't have the ARGB 8bit option when i press save as ... in Photoshop...

I have 16bit and 32bit but not 8bit...Am I missing something??
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Postby UrQuattro » 26 Jan 2004, 00:07

palette ARGB (256 colors)! correction.
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Postby KageWoods » 26 Jan 2004, 22:39

and don't forget to download the DDS-plugin for Photoshop...
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Postby deftons » 27 Jan 2004, 08:34

i wonder how do i edit the color of the vinyl in PS2 platform?can anyone help me with this..?
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Postby Dragon-of-Rune » 27 Jan 2004, 21:41

My friend had the same problem but he found it in his user manual. Maybe you can vind it there sorry i can't explain beter because i don't have NFSU on the PS2.

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Postby KageWoods » 27 Jan 2004, 23:16

RTFM :D

Well, it's easy: click on "change vinyl color", For PS2 I think thats one of the R or L buttons, but then again, I don't have a PS2.
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Postby ItalianBro69 » 28 Jan 2004, 01:42

Dude, i have it on ps2 and computer....according to the default settings... u select the vinyl u want to change color... then u press the square button n u choose...ciao dude if u have any more questions... ill be glad tohelp ya out 8)
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Postby deftons » 28 Jan 2004, 04:52

anyway thanx for all of ya clues..haha u know wut..yesterday night i played then i finally found out how to change color for the vinyl :P
oh yea..how to gain alotz of points on drifting mode ar guys? i saw from others forum that some guys managed to get 50k+ in one shot..u guys can give me any guides on how to master drifting mode? :)
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Postby SuperRacer » 28 Jan 2004, 05:36

Practice :)
Use cars with rear-wheel drive.
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Postby bronco » 06 Feb 2004, 17:29

ok guys i wana really start creating my own vinyls cause ive completed the game and i dont wana just let it waste space...so wat i wana first of all which is better photoshop or paint shop pro?
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Postby exonn » 12 Feb 2004, 14:06

i wonder how do i edit the color of my own vinyl ? i meen how to make something like unique vinil? like alien vinil (its in galeri)? can someone tel me? bronco, i think photoshop is better, but its only my opinion.
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Postby magni119 » 21 Feb 2004, 00:41

:roll: I would like to try making vinyls but i have Paint Shop Pro 8 and the plug-in if for 7. I can't find any for 8 could you help :?: :?:
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Postby dvdijk007 » 26 Feb 2004, 22:05

As I will import my own vinyl then there is a error: Texture width does not match
can somebody tell me what I must do? :?
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Postby dvdijk007 » 27 Feb 2004, 22:10

never mind he does it already
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Postby LINKIN » 06 Mar 2004, 21:55

Hey all, little help

Above it says that you can use PSP to customize vinyls, but as far as I can see PSP doesn't support .dds files???

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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Postby Sheep <Nl> » 15 Mar 2004, 15:18

I've got jasc paint shop pro 7... Is there a dds plugin for it???
Can anyone tell me where i can find that plugin...
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Postby XtRmEHardyZ » 27 Mar 2004, 21:43

SuperRacer wrote:Practice :)
Use cars with rear-wheel drive.


i agree personally i use the miata because its small and has awesome handling

does anyone know if it is possible to edit what the licsence plate says and how i can do so?
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Postby M_S » 28 Mar 2004, 01:00

i just used painthop for my sig and avatar
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Postby Stereo » 10 Apr 2004, 02:02

I stink at making vinyls. I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO GET THEM ONTO UNDERGROUND!! LOL LMAO
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Postby M_S » 10 Apr 2004, 02:18

u use bintex
dont u?
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Postby Stereo » 12 Apr 2004, 23:57

Yes I do. But I don't knoe how to make them!!!
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Postby Grimecent » 17 Apr 2004, 02:58

I use photoshop and when i Create Vinyls i save them then open them later and all of the piciture is black can sum1 help me plz
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Postby Zaphresz » 27 Apr 2004, 13:09

thanx bobyx for the vinyl editing, but could you please post a tutorial on how to make your own vinyls?? thanx :) :D
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Postby John T, Herder » 02 May 2004, 01:40

Would Jasc Paint Shop Pro work for editing and making vinyls ?
I downloaded the free trial and I used it for making some of the
graphics on my web site , but then my free trial period ran out .
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