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Unread 11-05-2008, 07:06 AM
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Default Is there a tutorial for target rings?

I would like to make my guild a custom target ring but I can't seem to find any tutorials on how to create them, are there any?
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Well, my guess is to replace the correct DDS files in the UI folder structure.

UI\%UINAME%\images\ring_target.dds
UI\%UINAME%\images\ring_target_con.dds

They seem to be DXT5 compressed DDS files. 512x512 with 3 mipmap levels. I've never made one before, so I don't know if those settings are allowed to be variable. At the least, they probably need to be a power of 2 in size.

If you use Photoshop you can use this plugin... if not, I have no idea. Keep in mind that DDS files do not use color masks to define transparency but use a per-pixel alpha value. Probably listed as a "channel". So if you see magenta in the above images, it is just a matte, not an alpha mask.
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I use the NVidia plugin with Paint Shop Pro 9...I create the images, save them as PNGs with alpha-channel transparencies, then as DDS files.

The actual plugin settings are:
- 8.8.8.8 ARGB 32 bpp | unsigned
- 2D texture
- no mip maps

I start out with a 500x500 image then increase the canvas size to 512x512 when I'm ready to save, leaving a 6-pixel margin around the edges. This is because any pixels that venture too close to the edge will turn into lines stretching out into the distance in a finished ring -- yucky.

I've done so many of them that I don't even think about the various steps anymore, but I think writing a tutorial on how to make custom rings might be something to keep me out of trouble for the next few days.
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