I've found REX freeware grass best...if it's the one I think it is, look here, never mind it says FSX:
that was quick :D
..I looked for Meshman. That's why I came up empty in my searches.
"May I suggest a sub-forum for this, freeware gems and other nugets/goldmines of information, hence they won't get lost in the depths. FSX forum has 3 sub forums for looks/tweaking." Jamie (JDTinballs)
"Just my two pence, but I think this needs to be a permanent sticky. Too much good info in here to let it slide back to page 7 (where I found it) or farther." Willy
Couple of the most profound recommendations I've heard here lately, fellas. Willy, Being Senior Admin here, use your influence. This is all major stuff for any new and notsonewbies joining SOH!
Same could be said of Tom Clayton's 'freeware gems' thread; spiral dive to page five...
Good show Willy.
Simply jump into FS, set up a nice piece of scenery, make a screenshot and convert this to a 512 x 512 - 32 bitmap . Pop it into main FS texture folder and you're in business. Don't worry about DXT-ing etc. - no need to! Leave it as is.
Experiment until you come up with something that really puts the polish on your bare metal aicraft.
And get up there real close in FS to check out what happens to that metal.
Hint: Desert shots can have a hot effect (often used by airbrush illustrators on metal bike chrome and soforth). Try and get the sun in there somewhere too!
Here's a bit of messing around I was doing a couple of days ago...
Hope it helps...
...get in close there to see your handiwork!
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...but don't take all the credit. In many advanced models, the thoughtful designer/texturer has been doing some fancy footwork of his own, to make your precious model even more glamourous! See the Jumpin Jaques nose there for example.
I just asked the powers-that-be for our very own sub-forum to keep the Freeware Gems thread and this one in.
that's a great idea, wish I'd thought of that, lol.
I saw you'd posted and wondered if the next tip was to 'get a honking stonking rig', job done as they say.
Good work Obio! All these HU's can then stay upfront, where they belong.
If they're in a 'generous' mode...oops mood, reckon they'd agree to a 'loony's corner', 'wind-up page' or 'crazy column' where wacos like me could spend all day writing about night camouflage, 'special ops' Chinooks and the like?
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As there's probably some pretty heavy metal on your aircraft list, give them the justice they truly deserve...even 'improperliners'!
I cooked up the above 'desert' envirmap for these shots. Hope it gets you guys 'rollin your own'...
Obio's idea on multiple FS installs makes sense. Rolled my sleeves up today on a second install and now have one for civil, one for military. And now I also have different sets of clouds, water and autogen. Just love having the variety. All my addon scenery is on my slave disk, so all i had to do was the 'add area' part. Cinche!
It seems like I'm getting better frame rates now, too. Can't be bad!
Obio, that's a few kegs of the good stuff I owe you. Thanks!
I think it was Willy who mentioned tall autogen trees...well you can simply reduce them in size e.g. if the're 512x512bits, simply reduce them to 256x256bits! (just don't forget to reduce the masks too, then DXT). A second benefit will be seen next time you fly over forest.
Now give yourself a pat on the back. you've just tricked FS into giving you twice as many trees! But you cleverdicks knew that, didn't you?
Wish granted. You chose wisely.
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Lately, I've came to the conclusion that into every life a few Mexican Jumping Redwoods must come and one should just learn to deal with them.I think it was Willy who mentioned tall autogen trees...well you can simply reduce them in size e.g. if the're 512x512bits, simply reduce them to 256x256bits! (just don't forget to reduce the masks too, then DXT). A second benefit will be seen next time you fly over forest. You've just tricked FS into giving you twice as many trees! But you cleverdicks knew that, didn't you?
Propliner = Proper Airliner
No new packages to suggest yet...
But, I took two sceen shots to show Deb the difference between Box Stock FS9 and my Modified FS9. The difference is quite striking....and to think that this modification has cost me nothing but time. Alpnach, August 7, 12 noon, cold fronts, Cessna 172 in both pics. Same sim place, same sim time. Totally different results.
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