First of all thank's davef. I'm far from a "modder" but have reasonably good computer skills. The subject as such cought me and your info about the mip-files realtionship with bmp, and the converter, opened my eyes for how to edit graphics in GPL. Even if I cannot relate to all details in the sceneries, and their correlating files, I now know what file is used for modelling the surface of the cars. And it was for sure a nice thing to race with your name tag on the car. Perhaps my confidence in the grid increase a bit as I'm now "one of them"
Read this posting yesterday and as soon as I got home I spend some hours to get accurate, and as "historical" as possible, stickers on my car on each of the circuits one is used (as mentioned in postings above). As I allways drive the Lotus I worked with that one and used Mr. Clarks cars to adapt. By copying his cars from each track I found out that it was not only the colour of the sticker and the text that was altered on different circuits. The placement on the car varied as well and in SAF the full name was on the sticker, on the other just surname. At least for the Lotus. As I use Photoshop this could be done by making editable templates for each track, saved in one Photoshop file. Tried out the fonts to adapt as close as possible to Clarks (differs as well between circuits). From that one it's easy to edit and save down the desired bmp-files.
So, as it took some hours, perhaps I can contribute to the users of this great SIM for the first time? IF you're driving the Lotus and IF you're familiar with Photoshop I guess my template would save a lot of work if you intend to edit your Lotus with a name tag. It's a piece of cake to put your name in (perhaps adjust the length of the sticker) and then just save down the bmp (to be converted).
I've got everything ready except from a small correction I can do this evening. The Photoshopfile (with all altered Lotus tags) will be about 6Mb and about 2Mb zipped. Would it be a good thing to post it here?
Now I'm a bit tempted to put tags on my Lotus on the other circuits as well but if it's a historical fact those was just used on certain tracks I guess I'll keep it "historical". Otherwise I guess it's possible to do the same for all the other drivers as well - but THAT will take a couple of evenings to obtain. Anyone familiar with the historical facts about this?
Getting into this it would be fun to find other graphic details to edit, but opening every file to find out whats behind seems a bit time-consuming. Just one idea that came up was to put some small personal detail on your driving suit so if anyone knows what mip-file correlates to you as a driver please let me know witch one edit. Perhaps the same is used for all drivers in the team but if it's unique to you it would be a fun thing to add.
Edited by MickeK, Mar 06 2013 - 04:52 AM.