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requirements For this tutorial you will need the VTEX compiler/decompiler which you can find here: hxxp://empolix.kzoceana.com/COUNTER.STRIKE.SOURCE.VTEX.DECOMPilER.COMPiLER_RAiDEN.rar replace the XX with TT. you will need GCFScape which you can get here: hxxp://countermap.counter-strike.net/Nemesis/files/files/gcfscape123.exe replace the XX with TT. It is also recommended that you have an image editing tool such as Photoshop CS or Pain Shop Pro... something like paint cannot export tgas therefore is no use. tutorial 1. Find the file you would like to decompile in the 'counter-strike source shared content.gcf' which you will open with gcfscape (make sure steam isn't running at the time) here is a small guide on how to find the file once in the gcf: guns will be in cstrike/materials/models/weapons/v_models/ and player skins will be in cstrike/materials/models/player/ the guns you want will be prefixed with the category they are under, for example the ak47 is a rifle therefore its folder is named rif_ak47. in the folder once you have found it, the file will be a .vtf (not a .vmt) unless you are looking to change the reflectiveness, do not get the file with _ref after it. if you ARE looking to change reflectiveness, which i will explain later in this post, get that file too. drag and drop from gcfscape to get the files. put them your vtex folder. 2. open up notepad. place the following text in the file Code: vtf2tga YOUR_VTF_NAME.vtf YOUR_VTF_NAME.tga replace both the YOUR_VTF_NAME with... your vtf's name. don't change the extension on the end of them. 3. save the file as convert.bat in your vtex folder. 4. open up your vtex folder and run convert.bat 5. a .tga file will appear in your vtex folder. open it with photoshop or your preffered image editing tool and change it how you like. 6. when you are done editing, save your file in hl2/materialsrc/skins/ (you will have to create this folder) 7. go back to the vtex folder, and right click on tga2vtf.exe and click on 'edit'. change the code from this: Code: vtex.exe -mkdir -shader LightmappedGeneric hl2\materialsrc\sprays\*.tga to this Code: vtex.exe -mkdir -shader VertexLitGeneric hl2\materialsrc\skins\*.tga 8. run tga2vtf.bat 9. if everything goes well, your vtf file will be sitting in hl2/materials/skins/ (discard/delete the vmt - you don't need it) 10. copy the .vtf, and go to your counter strike source directory in steamapps... steam/steamapps/accountname/counter strike source/... go to cstrike/materials/models/weapons/v_models/ or cstrike/materials/models/player depending on the type of skin you are making. you may have to create directories to get the that place, so do so if needed. 11. once you are in that folder, put your .vtf into the folder you saw it was in in the .gcf and if you have changed the name of the file, change it to the original name. this is CRUCIAL. 12. run the game and you should have your skin. reflections same as above, except get the _ref.vtf file from the gcf. to change the shinyness, go into photoshop and adjust the brightness/contrast. the brighter it is the shinier it is. this is one of those things that the only way to get it right is to experiment, i can't tell you how to do it perfectly UPLOAD YOUR SOURCE SKINS HERE

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    Posted by skyfire>did u make sure to save the tga as 24 bits pr. Pixel no compression.??


    no :shocked: :eek: :o :worship: love u
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    sorry for not posting i got a new e-mail :P
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    did u make sure to save the tga as 24 bits pr. Pixel no compression.??
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    Posted by Bigsbey>anyone else taking forever to DL dotnetfx.exe?



    What do you mean?? :confused:
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    anyone else taking forever to DL dotnetfx.exe?

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    Posted by Schkye>Put it in the materials folder materialsrc is where it will compile.


    I did!
    I did it like that:
    I do skin a file > I copy it 2 times > I put it in the hl2\materialsrc\skins folder and in the hl2\materials\skins folder, but what do i do wrong? then i press one tga2vft and it's not wroking! help me, i need it
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    Put it in the materials folder materialsrc is where it will compile.
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    Ok, now I have a problem 2!

    When i put any file 2 my vtex folder\hl2\materialsrc... when i put there a file it's not converting the file 2 vtf. it did one time, but then it stoped... wtF?
    I make a file and put it 2 the hl2\materialsrc\skins
    skins folder, i changed everything @ the tga2vtf file and I creat that damn folder, and i put my files there, but he is just writing:

    F:Steam's\vtex\vtex.exe -mkdir -shader VertexLitGenereic hl2\materialsrc\skins\*.tga
    input file: hl2/materialsrc/skins/hands
    output directory: F:Steam's/vtex/hl2/materials/skins
    config file hl2/materialsrc/skins/hands.txt not present, making an empty one
    error loading texture hl2/materialsrc/skins/hands.tga
    Hit a key to continue
    :bawl:

    but why? What do I do wrong?
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    Posted by Urban Assault!>Look, you have to extract them with the gcfscape! you have 2 get it, and then to opebn up the "counterstrike source shared" and there u will find it, and extract it...

    How can I change the movement?


    ok that's nice
    but when i'm in the damn gcfscape, i can't FIND IT!!!!!!
    that's what i was talking about
    i can find it outside of gcfscape but not in
    confused
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    You dont change the movement with skins, You need to know modeling for that and the movement is called Animation.

    Posted by Urban Assault!>DAMN i can't he is writing there is no user with that ID! :devil:

    by the way, i will release my update "pack" in one week :rofl:
    and how can I change the movement?


    Are you sure you even have aim? Because that is my sn.
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    Posted by FoxHoundUnit89>nevermind that last one

    now i can't find the models folder
    anywhere!!!
    i've looked all over my computer for it
    all inside the cstrike folder
    everywhere
    i'm lost


    Look, you have to extract them with the gcfscape! you have 2 get it, and then to opebn up the "counterstrike source shared" and there u will find it, and extract it...

    How can I change the movement?
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    nevermind that last one

    now i can't find the models folder
    anywhere!!!
    i've looked all over my computer for it
    all inside the cstrike folder
    everywhere
    i'm lost
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    Posted by Schkye>Add me to aim: ASolitaryMirage


    DAMN i can't he is writing there is no user with that ID! :devil:

    by the way, i will release my update "pack" in one week :rofl:
    and how can I change the movement?
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    Add me to aim: ASolitaryMirage
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    i gave this a try... finally, and everythign went good, convert .. etc... but the editing part... mine didnt come out right, i put text on the vest, and shoulder, but it didnt show, can someone guide me through the editing,, i use photoshop cs 8.!
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    You gotta go to the output directory and get the vtf and then put it where it has to go.
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    Hey, It's me again, but now i did, the .tga file appeared, but i can't do it to .vtf.
    It's writing :
    "G:\steam\skins\RAiDEN\vtex\vtex.exe -mkdir -shader VertexLitGeneric hl2\materialsrc\skins\*.tga
    input file: materlialsrc\skins\v-hand
    output directory: G:\steam\skins\RAiDEN\vtex\hl2\materials\skins
    config file hl2\materialsrc\skins\v-hand.txt not present, making an empty one
    Can't open: G:\steam\skins\RAiDEN\vtex\hl2\materials\skins\v-hand.vtf
    hit a key to continue"

    What is the problem?
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    Posted by Schkye>ASolitaryMirage


    Isn't working, just add me, "acid_e_sports", c ya

    PS: Could someone post a video or something, cuz it's really not working, what could be my problem, I do everthing like it's writen...
    I extract all the weapon files at a folder, and then i do a "convert.bat" where I write "vtf2tga rif_ak47.vtf rif_ak47.tga" i save it there at the vtex folder, then i klick it 2 times, and it's NOT giving me a .tga file, what is the problem? what do I wrong?
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    Posted by Schkye>I got aim, msn and im getting xfire again soon.


    damn, i don't have these, just xfire..., and how do you mean, "getting xfire again..."?
    oh, and i forgot, i have aim... give me your username there... :rolleyes:
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    I got aim, msn and im getting xfire again soon.
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    Posted by Schkye>To make a ak skin you must put

    rif_ak47.vtf rif_ak47.tga


    Hey man, u got icq, or skype, or xfire?? :roll:
    cuz ain't coming a .tga file...
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    To make a ak skin you must put

    rif_ak47.vtf rif_ak47.tga
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    Posted by 1337 penguin>requirements

    For this tutorial you will need the VTEX compiler/decompiler which you can find here:
    hxxp://empolix.kzoceana.com/COUNTER.STRIKE.SOURCE.VTEX.DECOMPilER.COMPiLER_RAiDEN.rar
    replace the XX with TT.


    Dear 1337 penguin,
    This link isn't working so could you just please send me that file (VTEX DECOMPilER) with www.yousendit.com!
    I would be very happy! ^_^

    Urban Assault!
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    That is shortened, he coulda went into detail aout every little step then you would have been even more lost. Bottom line is if your too lazy too read then you shouldnt be learning in the first place.
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    wow thats to friggen complicated can you shorten it!?!?!?!?!
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    Just to let some people know (I knew about this for awhile but neglected to post) If you cant get the vtex tool after replacing xx take out the space between rai den in the url.
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    I have tried to make some skins for my models.
    I have got some skin for Terrorist and Counter Terrorist in internet and they works nice.
    When I have tryed to make my personal skins, I have encountered some problems.
    All is ok to convert from vtf to TGA, then I modify them with Photoshop and at least, I convert them in Vtf with the convert batch file after have modified it.
    After this, I have tryed to use them in game, but...I can see a model coloured Black and Fucsia....WHY ?
    I haven't used that colours and after many tryes...they don't work...every time Black and Fucsia.
    Someone can help me ?
    I have see your models and are very good...I want write only my clan name on kevlar. :(
    Pls...help me.
    Thx in advance and sry for my bad english.

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    I get an error that says problem finding out outputdir hl2/materialscr/skins/v_awp
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    dude soz no you'll have 2 wait and you can't have multiple skins wait till valve puts a update for that
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    hi
    ive made a few skins both ct and terror, can someone tell me if its possible to have more than one skin at the same time?

    i mean a percentage of bots/other players different skins, and also, anyone know if there is/will b someway of selectin what skin u wish to choose when joinin a server?
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    ty i want a better one like yours though
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    nice Avtar 1337 :)
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    nice tutorial. would have taken me forever to find out on my own :p
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    nope soz mate try and find a tut for it and try get more people to look at this see wht they can do wid the skins
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    Dont suppose you would know how to change the cross hair for a dot would you?
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    any1 made a skin i found loads on hl2world and this guy called mad pixel has source skinning website csresource.hl2files.com i think
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    This should go in Customization. Nice work though.
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    umm good tut. but next time make ONE POST=... THERE IS AN EDIT Button!!!!
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    by the way the first link is down so here is a link to the download

    hxxp://articles.thewavelength.net/uploads/657/gcfscape125.exe

    replace the xx with tt in hxxp://
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    there u go :) :) :) :) :D :D
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    Hey PantxoOh!
    I have the same problem you had! It doesnt appear any .tga file!
    I've done everything thats written!
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    You just bumped a three month old, that guy isn't coming back.
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    Yeah, yeah, whatever maybe someone else can help me.
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    Can anyone help me?
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    GFCscape dosnt work for me at all..allways getting the error before starting..sux!
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