Fixing Alpha Channel
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.
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!
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.
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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