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KindaNeedHelp
Clubman
posted 08-18-10 06:32 AM ET (US)         
OK I have tried to use SLPstudio and I have no idea where to start. If someone could give me a link that explains how to edit AOE graphics CLEARLY (I know, I sound kinda slow, but computers are not my forte) OH, and if anyone is feeling really, really kind, I would appreciate someone putting a tutorial in this thread, with lots of visual aids... :P
Thanks in advance for any help you could give me.
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Thompsoncs
Clubman
posted 08-18-10 06:48 AM ET (US)     1 / 13       
Ok

1: Open slp studio
2: open graphics.drs either from data or data2
you now see a list of all the slp files. Some consist of multiple frames. With the arrows you can play the graphic.
3: Find the slp you were looking for.
4: choose convert frame or convert all frames
You can select a map to put the frames in.
5: The slp is now extracted into one or more bmp and text files.
Each frame has a txt file, G...Bmp and S.bmp
The text file is for the coordinates, for units aoe usually pick a place near the feet of the unit. The g.bmp is the graphic you actually see in-game. the s.bmp is a outline of the unit (black is transparent, all else white except for player colour things).
6: open the g.bmp in paint or something else.
7: change whatever you want.
The slp needs a special pallete. It's easiest to copy-paste the new bmp over an original aoe-bmp so that the pallete is done automatically (at least in paint).
8 Save the new g.bmp , but change the g to an s.
9 in this s.bmp make the unit white except for player colour.
10 Either make an textfile for the coordinates or in slp studio right click on a suitable spot and it's done automatically.
You can either overwrite an old slp or add a new one. For adding you will need another tool, which name escapes me at the moment.

This should help you further. Post any question if you don't get something.

Always make back-ups of you old graphic.drs before you start editing them. Else you might need to reinstall or copy file from the aoe-disc.

Oh and in between step 9 and 10 you need to import the G.bmp(the textfile and s.bmp will be imported automatically with the g.bmp) into the slp.

[This message has been edited by Thompsoncs (edited 08-18-2010 @ 06:51 AM).]

KindaNeedHelp
Clubman
posted 08-19-10 02:39 AM ET (US)     2 / 13       
Wow, thanks for that, it really helped.

BTW if you remember the name of the tool can you please tell me

Edit: Also to resize a unit, do you just change the size of the image or is there more to it?

And would any image editing program work - I am thinking of using GIMP, as it is free and is almost as good a photoshop

Edit#2: I tried to find the "convert all frames" button, but could only find the one that converts the frame you are currently on. Does this mean I have to go through all of the frames and add them one by one or is that button somewhere else?

Edit#3: I am a ****, never mind

[This message has been edited by KindaNeedHelp (edited 08-19-2010 @ 03:54 AM).]

Thompsoncs
Clubman
posted 08-19-10 05:40 AM ET (US)     3 / 13       
If you manage to edit a graphic, maybe you want to join my modding project by making graphics?
Basse
Clubman
posted 08-19-10 05:50 AM ET (US)     4 / 13       
If you view too many graphics, the convert all frames button will dissapear, I usually just look for the one I want and then extract it, then restart the program and do the same for next graphic
KindaNeedHelp
Clubman
posted 08-19-10 07:10 AM ET (US)     5 / 13       
Sweet, thanks Basse, that explains why. And I would like to eventually start helping with modding/making mods but I have quite a way to go before I can.
And can anyone tell me how to resize and/or recolour units.
Basse
Clubman
posted 08-19-10 07:18 AM ET (US)     6 / 13       
You open them with paint/GIMP/photoshop and do it like any other image. Though resizing would make it looks quite pixly in game, so I suggest you fine the curves and edges on the units you resize, this will make them look alot better in game instead of just resizing them. Same is for recoloring, but you can't change the player colors, just change the unit colors, remember to save as 255 colored .bmps!
KindaNeedHelp
Clubman
posted 08-19-10 07:37 AM ET (US)     7 / 13       
Thanks again, it has been really helpful :-)
Basse
Clubman
posted 08-19-10 07:42 AM ET (US)     8 / 13       
I'm glad I can help you
KindaNeedHelp
Clubman
posted 08-19-10 07:46 AM ET (US)     9 / 13       
is there any way to make a new trainable unit, like out of a wonder or something
Basse
Clubman
posted 08-19-10 09:14 AM ET (US)     10 / 13       
Yeah, but you need to edit the .dat file with the aoed/rord program.
KindaNeedHelp
Clubman
posted 08-19-10 04:01 PM ET (US)     11 / 13       
The empires.dat?
And if it is, what do I edit in it?

[This message has been edited by KindaNeedHelp (edited 08-19-2010 @ 04:09 PM).]

Basse
Clubman
posted 08-19-10 04:21 PM ET (US)     12 / 13       
you need this program to edit the .dat files
KindaNeedHelp
Clubman
posted 08-19-10 05:36 PM ET (US)     13 / 13       
OK, thanks. :-)
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