How To Make Main Menu Icons!

A Tutorial for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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Hey guys, Solotato here! Today, I've finally created a semi in-depth tutorial on how to make custom menu icons for the main menu. 

First, you'll need:
- GIMP/Photoshop/paint.net (I used paint.net + GIMP)
- A legal dump of SSB4 (US preferred) + Smash 4 Explorer
- Some experience in texture editing
- IMAGINATION

If you're poor and prefer paint.net like me, you'll probably be using a combination of both paint.net and GIMP to edit.

Open up S4E and go to this location: "data/ui/lumen/main." You should see six files if you have a US dump, however I have no clue if EU or JP have the same directory locations for this particular folder. You'll need img-00000.nut for the actual menu, img-00001 for the shop icon's yellow layer, img-00002.nut for the top layer of the Smash icon (I'll be referring to it as the Versus icon) and img-00003.nut for the nameplates. In this tutorial, I'm only going to be using the 00000 and 00002 .nuts, so extract them. The .lm and .lst are for more experienced modders who want to change the animations and colors.

Starting with img-00000.nut, open it in GIMP by drag and drop or by manually opening it within the program.
Upload previewIt should look like ^

Now that you've opened it, export it as a PNG or DXT5 if you're a paint.net freak like me or use MS Paint.Upload preview Okay, here's the part you've been waiting for: The map of almost every piece to make sweet menu mods. I excluded a few because I don't think they'd be very helpful or relevant, but I will update it if I get requests.Upload previewOk, here's a number-by-number guide for easier understandingUpload preview
Upload previewFeel free to download them and study, it's a ton of trial-and-error work to get everything lined up correctly with the Versus icon. Speaking of the Versus icon...Upload previewThe image for the non-highlghted icon (the one you'll probably care about) is located in img-00002.nut. Again, it's hard to line up with the other images unless you're a robot or Shulk. Personally, I took a tiiiiny shortcut, as shown: Upload previewUpload previewWhat I did for the Versus icon was eliminate the two bottom layers and just keep the top (glowing) one, and then edit the img-00002 to make it look like it had an outline. Also a reminder, every inactive layer stays dark grey, so if you were planning to have the icon transition to different shapes when highlighted, they will overlap. After you are done, export the edited img-00000 as ATI1 and img-00002 as DXT5.

For paint.net/MS Paint, after you finish editing make sure to insert img-00000 back through GIMP and re-export it as ATI1 in the same drop down menu you exported it as a PNG or DXT5. Kinda confusing, but it's easier than it sounds.

Inject, reinsert into S4E, and voila, you have your first custom menu! If you have any questions (probably a ton) let me know below. I'll also link my .nut files for you guys to use as a base. Hope I see some fun, creative, and awe-inspiring custom menus from y'all!

Bases: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwcObRqo97tTdzFUU3p1dElnNDA

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    hopefully this will help me access mods again, hopefully
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    This is amazing!

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    Don't you love seeing these tutorials of awesome things, yet when you try them they just refuse to work? It's gotta be my favourite

    What do you mean? I may be of assistance.
    Well, just gonna say, don't waste your breath on me, it really isn't worth it
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    Don't you love seeing these tutorials of awesome things, yet when you try them they just refuse to work? It's gotta be my favourite

    What do you mean? I may be of assistance.
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    Don't you love seeing these tutorials of awesome things, yet when you try them they just refuse to work? It's gotta be my favourite
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    Really helps for what I was doing, thanks again! Now I don't have to guess like how I did before lmao.
    I'm glad it assisted you!
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    Really helps for what I was doing, thanks again! Now I don't have to guess like how I did before lmao.

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    No .lm files edit (HxD) for moving the buttom ? 
    I can't .lm edit yet, and there are so many layers for the buttons that tool would take forever to release if I could edit them yet. Sorry.

    Okay thanks for your reponse, but the edit for icon buttom not change the space select of this buttom ? (sorry for my english xD)
     Actually, editing them does make the area where you can hit it mold with the shape...I don't know if that's what you meant though

    Yes it's that !! :D Thanks you very mush <3
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    Hmm, I'm gonna play around with this
    Hooray!
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    No .lm files edit (HxD) for moving the buttom ? 
    I can't .lm edit yet, and there are so many layers for the buttons that tool would take forever to release if I could edit them yet. Sorry.

    Okay thanks for your reponse, but the edit for icon buttom not change the space select of this buttom ? (sorry for my english xD)
     Actually, editing them does make the area where you can hit it mold with the shape...I don't know if that's what you meant though
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