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[TUTORIAL] Making and using custom sprays

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#1 Squirrel


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Posted August 05 2010 - 06:45 PM

I'm considering adding some images to make things easier. I will re-think it when I finish me cup 'o tea, tomorrow.

Posted Image Good sirs, 'tis time for a new tutorial from your host, Dalky. Today, we will adress a common question players seem to have: Sprays

-Dear Dalky, I love playing Team Fortress 2 every chance I get. Yet, I have a problem that baffles me! I can't make my own sprays! I love the ones I download, but I want to make some custom ones. Could you help me?

Spray Lover-

Excelent question! And actually, there are two ways of solving it: Explanation time!

1) The Photoshop Method

Posted ImageThe olde Photoshop way simply consists on installing a plugin for saving files in the .vtf format. How? Follow there simple steps!

1.- Download the VTF Plugin from the attachments or from here: Plugin
2.- Extract both files and place VTFLib.dll in your Photoshop folder, usually:
C:\ProgramFiles\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS4

and VTF.8bi in the folder called Plugins\File Formats, inside the Photoshop folder.
3.- Create a new file in Photoshop and make it 256x256 pixels.
4.- Make your spray.
5.- Save your file and choose from the file types ".VTF"
6.- In the next option pannel, chose, in "Template", the option "Spray".
7.- Clik ok and LE BAM, you're done!

2) The VTFEdit Method

Posted ImageIn case you haven't got Photoshop(and there's a good chance you haven't), there's an alternate way: using VTFEdit.

VTFEdit is a software that allows you to select an image and convert it to .vtf easily. Simply follow there steps:

1.- Download and install VTFEdit (from the attachment or from here: VTFEdit )
2.- Open VTFEdit, go to File --> Import and select your picture.
3.- Ignore all the options (unless you want to play with 'em) and click OK.
4.- Click File--> Save As... and save it.

5.- You're done!

-Wow Dalky, you really do know your stuff. I have something extra to ask though...my,er, ""little brother" wants to know how to use them in-game

Posted ImageNot a problem chap, since I'm here for all those complications!

You simply have to move the .vtf file to
C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\[Your Account Name]\team fortress 2\tf\materials\VGUI\logos
, start Team Fortress 2 and go to Options --> Multiplayer --> Spray --> Import Spray... and select yours.

-Wow! That's actually pretty easy! Thanks, Dalky!

Posted ImageGlad I could help. Give my regards to your fake little brother good sir.

Sure, I will...HEY!

Posted ImageAnd that's it for this tutorial. Join us next time for another knowledge-filled guide. See you next time!


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Posted September 25 2010 - 01:33 PM

Wow that helped, thanks :D
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#3 Squirrel


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Posted September 25 2010 - 02:33 PM

Wow that helped, thanks :D

Glad it helped! Sorry for the lack of images though.

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