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Fixing Alpha Channel
By MasterSlowPoke

NOTICE: IF YOU ARE USING PHOTOSHOP, CHECK THE VERSION NUMBER. IF YOU ARE USING PHOTOSHOP 7.00, YOU NEED 7.01 (OR THE TARGA PLUGIN) BEFORE ALPHA CHANNELS WILL WORK! AFTER UPGRADING, YOU CAN PERFORM THIS REPAIR.

Bad Alpha Channels If when you import a skin, the unit is entirely red, or red with invisible spots, then you messed up your alpha channels. Luckily this is easy to fix. However, if you edited them at all, you'll have to redo your editing.

First, use Image Extractor II to rextract the origional skin. Open this in your image editing program. Open the unit's new skin too. Select all of the new skin by using Select All, and copy it. Then, go to the unit's origional skin, and paste it onto it. Make sure that you don't accidently paste it wrong and have part of the old skin remaining. Now save this file, and try it out. The origional alpha channels should be restored!

New Skin Origional Skin
Paste the first one onto the second one.

To prevent this, make sure you are using an image editor that supports Alpha Channels. Also, keep the file as a TGA thoughout your editing. Don't save it as a JPEG or anything.

24 bit, uncompressed
If you use Paint Shop Pro, make sure these settings are set! For Photoshop, you need it set to 32 bit, uncompressed.


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