Good day fellow forumers, and welcome to a thread of sharing weapon skin designs. I've been making my own for a few months, and I thought it was time to share the templates I have constructed with the rest of the community. I know I sometimes struggle to flesh out some of your fantastic ideas over in my own thread, and the template is relatively straightforward, easy to use and versatile, so now you can create the design that you'd always envisioned.
The templates themselves are PSD files, so unfortunately, you'll need to have PhotoShop (or GIMP I believe) in order to use them, but as long as you can fulfil that requirement, you should be more than good to go.
I'm going to dedicate the second post of the thread to all the community generated content, so don't be shy! Get cracking, see what you can come up with, and I'm sure we'd all love to see the results.
It is worth mentioning that in order to make the skins you create 'available' to post in the thread, you will have to upload it to an image hosting website such as PhotoBucket, TinyPic or ImageShack. Once you have uploaded your PNG image (make sure you save the skin as a PNG to preserve transparency), simply right click on the image and 'Copy Image URL' (or copy the the 'Direct Link' from ImageShack) use the following tags (removing the asterisks) to showcase your work in the thread:
[*CENTER][*SHOT]Image Link here[/SHOT*][/CENTER*]
Centring is optional, but I personally find that it looks neater that way.
I have uploaded the files onto MediaFire in order to make them available for download. If you have any difficulty in downloading, do please let me know and I'll try to make them available on a different file hosting site.
Lancer Template Download
Hammerburst Template Download
Retro Template Download
Gnasher Template Download
Sawed Off Template Download
A word of note regarding the download of the templates:
Sometimes, if you save the file and try to open it, it will open in Adobe Photo Viewer. Simply change the opening preferences (under Properties) or open the file from PhotoShop itself in order to open the fully layered PSD.
So, I'm going to be recording and uploading a couple of tutorials on YouTube regarding the content and use of the templates. The first is a very simple overview of the template itself, and its contents. This is just so that you are familiar with what you will be dealing with before you open up the PSD file, just to make sure there aren't any surprises that you weren't expecting. Like I said earlier, it's fairly straightforward, so it shouldn't be too tedious.
The second video will consist of myself taking you through the creation of an existing weapon skin. This is just to familiarise and observe a few basic PhotoShop techniques that may or may not be useful when you come to creating your own. If you are familiar with the software, this probably won't be of much use, since everything I say will be relatively simple and basic.
These are the first commentaries I've done, so I apologise if I'm not the best commentator. I gave it my all, but I'm aware it doesn't sound as professional, interesting or relaxed as what others could accomplish. For that I do apologise. The music is my own by the way.
Video-Commentary Tutorial 1: 'What's in the File?'
Video-Commentary Tutorial 2: 'Making a skin' - Coming soon
Remember, the best way to learn some simple effects or techniques is to have a 'Sandbox Mode'. By that I mean simply opening the file and having a play around with various adjustments/blending options to give yourself a rough idea of what's going on. The more you play, the more you learn. Just remember to have backed up the original document though, since you will more than likely find yourself irreversibly changing certain elements of the template itself!
I am by no means the expert in the field though, so please, explore, create and enjoy! If nothing else, it's fun, and that's the main thing right? So I think that's everything covered (if not, feel free to fire a question my way). Have a scroll below to see what others have come up with, and get downloading, watching, designing and uploading.
See you out there!