Repainting for a newbie
I wanted to paint the Arrow III to the livery I used to fly many years ago. I have completely finished the first edition of the repaint in Paint.Net(the paint kit psd's) to test in SIM. However there is about where I get stuck. MSFS is vastly different.
What DDS format do I have to save in? I've read somewhere DDS with Alpha Channel, but neither in GIMP or Paint.Net is the choice as simple. There's DXT 1 through 5 as well. Any pointers?
Once saved, is it as simple as downloading the blank template PA28R from flightsim.to and replacing the appropriate equivalent files only? Where can I get a tutorial to properly do this.
I'm sure this is a "I'm only going to show this once" exercise. But I need that nudge in the right direction to finish this off.
I'm looking to paint the PA28 as well.
It's been a while since I painted something, and that was for P3D. For that when I was in Paint.net I think I used DXT1 and then you had to download a special plugin to allow for it to save as a DDS file. I think newer versions of Paint.net come with this plugin but I'm not 100% sure. I have yet to (re)download paint.net to find out.
I'm not quite sure what you mean about downloading the blank template from flightsim.to. I would think all you would need to do would be create a new folder in the /Community subfolder (or wherever if you use Addon Linker or similar program) with the different files, but I'm not yet familiar with MSFS folder structure.
I used GIMP (free, highly recommended) to repaint and when exporting, chose "DC3 / DXT5". Leaving everything else default worked for me but you might need to change something else in Paint.NET, not sure.
As far as loading into the sim, I'm not sure if there's a tutorial but it should be as simple as that, yes.