- Ace Combat 7 Modding Guides
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- Ostrich's Texture Mods
Ace Combat 7 Modding Guides
This tutorial covers texture replacement using Unreal Engine 4. This process preserves the lowest mipmap level, allows you to use custom MREC in all skin slots, and enables the use of high quality BC7 texture compression. For best results, use this method.
This basic texture replacement method uses a simple tool-set comprised of portable apps and python scripts. This is useful for rapidly iterating and testing your textures in-game, since the entire process can be scripted. If you have a basic understanding of windows batch scripts you can convert, pack, and copy the mod to your ~mods folder in one click.
This guide outlines how to deal with DXT5 RGB+A textures in GIMP. It covers removing the alpha channel prior to editing, and re-adding it in preparation for packing into your mod file.
This guide covers using Blender to preview & edit your textures on 3D models, as well as ripping models using Ninjaripper. Regardless of which guide you use for texture replacement, you'll want to get familiar with using Blender to assist you in texture editing and previewing your edits.
This guide covers replacing character portrats using UE4, includes links to a PSD template and the required font. Since the guide assumes the user is familar with UE4 baking; you should familairize yourself with the UE4 Texture Replacement Guide
first. GIMP users should use this template
rather than the provided PSD.
Community made repository of blank, layered, diffuse texture templates for AC7 aircraft.
Semi-automated packing tool by acg93
that drastically reduces the number of steps involved in packing your cooked assets into a PAK file for distribution.
Tool by lotsbiss
that allows for opening PAK files, replacing the content within, and re-packaging.
This tool allows you to freely move the camera around, change depth of field, freeze time, remove the HUD, and enable supersampling; all on-the-fly. Indespensible for taking screenshots.
- Tailor Made Decals - An online store that specializes in high quality model decals. An excellent reference for small details on aircraft like maintenance, warning, and rescue placards.
- 1999.co.jp - This online hobby shop frequently includes scans of the instructions for the aircraft models they sell; these make excellent paint-guides for recreaing liveries.
- Large Scale Planes - Review site for large-scale model aircraft. Most reviews include high resolution scans of decals and instruction sheets.
- Scale News Very high quality aircraft walkaround galleries, featuring many close-up photos of hatches, service bays, maintenance placards, etc.
- Prime Portal - Scale modeller resource site, featuring many walkaround photos galleries of military aircraft.
- Net-Maquettes - A massive collection of walkaround galleries of aircraft from all over the world on static display, and in museums.
- Mariusz Wojciechowski's Fulcrum and Flanker pages. Comprehensive catalog of liveries worn by Fulcrums and Flankers, featuring full-color 3-view diagrams.
- MIL-STD-2161C - Department of Defense manual covering paint schemes & exterior markings for US Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. Ever wonder what all those yellow & red markings & symbols on western planes are? Wonder no more.
Ostrich's Texture Mods
All of my texture mods can now be found on ModDB; https://www.moddb.com/members/superostrich/addons
Special thanks to @VDINST_Rythus for his research on Ace Combat 7 modding, and for helping me overcome technical hurdles. And to @DapperDapperDan for compiling the first comprehensive texture replacement guide.
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