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Offline Lab Rat 3947

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Re: P38 cursor
« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2016, 12:44:33 AM »
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Re: P38 cursor
« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2016, 01:01:47 AM »


I don't know how you got it to work in yours but as you can see, yours doesn't work for me either.

So I must be doing something wrong, however, I do not know what my mistake is.

I used the text file Hitech posted and my 24 x 24 cursor.bmp
background color is r=255, g=0, b=255
 



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you need to describe the alpha channel with either a "cursor_A.bmp" a 256 bit map with alpha

All I have is MSPaint to work with and I have never seen anything about an alpha channel in that program. So I have no idea how to make a bitmap with alpha.
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Re: P38 cursor
« Reply #17 on: September 13, 2016, 01:43:04 AM »
That's interesting. I zipped up the files exactly as they are in my AH3 folder.

You did name the text file cursor_A.txt?
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Re: P38 cursor
« Reply #18 on: September 13, 2016, 04:21:58 AM »
MSPaint may not have the complexity (ability) to work with 8-bit images, or reduce colors to a 256 count. Krita can.

https://krita.org/en/

Just save the image to an 8-bit .bmp format, which is 256 colors. Then since you have an alpha text file (cursor_A.txt) you are declaring that any instance of that color (256,0,256) will be transparent. So, you simply select everything in the background and fill it with that color.

I like to start with something that has much higher resolution, and then reduce it in the final stage. I can show you how to do this, but I usually use Photoshop. Krita has the same functionality, plus it's free.
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Re: P38 cursor
« Reply #19 on: September 13, 2016, 08:01:49 AM »


it is saved in 256 format & the text file is cursor_A.txt, from Hitech's post.

And it still doesn't work on my computer
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Re: P38 cursor
« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2016, 08:14:49 AM »
Then the next question is are both files saved to the Aces High folder?

On my system that would be G:\Hitech Creations\Aces High III

I may have changed it from the default folder, but you should get the idea from that where those files go.
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Re: P38 cursor
« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2016, 10:36:24 AM »
Boy you guys really love your 38s huh lol
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Re: P38 cursor
« Reply #22 on: September 13, 2016, 06:25:02 PM »
P-51 myself. I just did this to help Lab Rat.
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Re: P38 cursor
« Reply #23 on: September 13, 2016, 06:40:35 PM »
Seems like allot of work for a cursor...I wonder what else I can make my cursor into hmm
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Re: P38 cursor
« Reply #24 on: September 13, 2016, 06:45:57 PM »
Anything. It only takes a few minutes if you already have a picture you want to use. The only problem is that if the picture has a lot of details (like the rivet plan sheet for the Mustang), then the result will probably be a lot of random dots. So, the less busy a picture is the better it will make a pointer. It usually takes longer to find a picture than it does to convert it.
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Re: P38 cursor
« Reply #25 on: September 13, 2016, 07:56:29 PM »
I'm thinking I'll do the first plane I ever flew and flew for years in DA before every even stepping foot in MA... My FM2
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Re: P38 cursor
« Reply #26 on: September 14, 2016, 02:05:46 AM »
yes, both are saved in the Aces High III folder.

the original for my silhouette came from a 480 x 480 jpeg. Opened in MSPaint & went over the image with a line tool. Saved as a 256 BMP. Used MSPicture Manager to resize down.

By the way loved the detail in your P38 cursor.
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Re: P38 cursor
« Reply #27 on: September 15, 2016, 12:22:45 AM »
Now it works  :x

A big thanks to everyone  :cheers:  :old:
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Re: P38 cursor
« Reply #28 on: September 15, 2016, 06:28:47 AM »
Glad you got it working!

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Re: P38 cursor
« Reply #29 on: September 15, 2016, 11:23:28 PM »
Like your cursor, Challenge  :aok

When I got the invite to the 80th and posted my cursor, there were some that liked it and said they would use it.

Now because of this post I wonder how many others will create a custom mouse cursor of their favorite ride ?

Some people know that my love of the P-38 comes from my parents, who met in 1943 on the P-38 assembly line at Lockheed. And that is why its all I fly. And why I created my cursor.

However, eventually I would like to learn The B-25H(I enjoy JABO), P-40, P-39(early 80th FS planes) and the Corsair(flying from a carrier - something different) so that I can expand my participation in scenarios. And I'll make a cursor for them as well.

One of the greatest strengths of any game, IMHO, is it's community of players.

Got a problem, just ask, and people will help. Even the "Grand Poobah" himself will answer. How many other games can say that ?
:salute to all  :cheers:  :old:

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« Last Edit: September 15, 2016, 11:27:00 PM by Lab Rat 3947 »
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