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Creating custom character icons for the main menu

A Tutorial for Team Fortress 2

How to create character icons for the main menu

First of download GCFScape and after you download it go to your steam library folder and find team fortress 2/tf and scroll down and open the tf2_textures_dir.vpk 
after that go to the materials folder then console/characters

you will need to download VTFEdit also

after you opened the vpk and went to the folder i told you to you will see 

.vtf files named after the characters and halloween characters also

like this:
 

affter that open up the texture you want to change for example demoman.vtf 

you will see this


next step is to extract the texture to use it as reference

do this:


select png and save it:



open the png in any image editing software and edit it to the desired image

keep in mind the image you want to change it with must be at the same position where the demoman was at

here is what i changed demoman to be:


after that save the image as a png and open up vtf edit

go to file->import like this


and import the png you saved

and press ok



then go ahead and save the file in vtf edit like this


after that we need to configure the file path so the game knows how to actually read the file so that it can display it

go ahead and make a new folder called what ever you want doesn't matter

then go ahead and make the file be stored like this:

then go ahead and copy and paste the folder you made for this and put it in tf/custom

like this:


and you are done:


if you want to change the other class images do the same process for every single one of them and thats it

hope this helped you
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