Tiles missing after manipulating with Gimp

  • Heya guys I'm a little confused, I managed to get some scenery of my area into Aero fly and all was good except for the ugly bits around the shorelines so I decided to delete the scenery and do it again, this time using Gimp to take out the ugly parts. When I put the scenery into Aero fly I had areas missing, which were the areas that I'd been manipulating. I created an Alpha channel, as in the tutorial, then exported as a TIF file, after it asks me if I would like to save the changes so I did but am not sure weather I needed to? as the TIF file had already been put into my images file below the corresponding BMP file. Now, do I delete that corresponding BMP file or just leave it, then put all TIF, BMP and INF files into the inf2twf converter? Oh and I have created my TMC file also😊

  • When you export your images to a TIF image after adding a alpha layer and deleting bad areas on your image, make sure that you are also keeping the alpha tendencies of the image during export. Then once your new TIF image is created you need to delete the original BMP file from your project before you convert it as Rodeo mentioned.


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  • The sequence should be - get the images from FSEarthTiles into the work folder. Find the problematic bmp files. Open them in gimp. Add the alpha channel and correct the areas. Export as a TIFF back into the the work folder. Then delete the bad bmp files. Then run inf2twf.

  • Please keep mindful that whatever areas that you "alpha out" in the images will make that area transparent. This means that if there is low res imagery under that area, that's what you will see in your result.

    IPACS Development Team Member

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    Jeff

  • Heya Rodeo/Jeff, It is saying that my Imput Aerial Images ZIP/ Aerofly/Scenery/Images ZIP and Geoconvert/Scenery/Images files are too big? I dont know how to post these. I created new ZIP folders and copied the information into them and that was the result, The TMC is the only ZIP it will let me post for now Hmmm How do I get these larger files to you?

  • Heya guys thankyou very much for your help but feel I must bow out at this stage, Its all a bit confusing for me and feel am just waisting everyones time. I have deleted everything and will just sit here and wait for maybe a video tutorial or some kind of update that does everything for you lol, sorry guys but am just no good at following written instructions, it has to be visual for me :) For now I will just enjoy your scenery that I DO have :)

  • At least I did actually get some scenery into the Sim but as soon as I started messing with Gimp everything went pear shaped 😎

    If you need to edit images using Gimp, you only need to remember one thing; whatever you delete will be seen as transparent in Aerofly. I would only delete water around shorelines to blend with the Aerofly scenery. So the basic steps are:


    1) add a transparent layer to your image

    2) use one of the tools (I like to use the freeform where you can draw out the area that you don't want and press delete.

    3) export the image that you edited as a TIF and save transparent information

    4) replace the original image with the new one


    That's really the 4 basic steps for doing this.


    Don't bow out just yet, hang in there. It will come to you.


    More improvements will be added to make things easier in the future.

    IPACS Development Team Member

    I'm just a cook, I don't own the restaurant.
    On behalf of Torsten, Marc, and the rest of the IPACS team, we would all like to thank you for your continued support.


    Regards,


    Jeff

  • Yes, forum rule. you are not allowed to bow out. "Just when I thought that I was out, they pull me back in" -Al Pacino :)

    IPACS Development Team Member

    I'm just a cook, I don't own the restaurant.
    On behalf of Torsten, Marc, and the rest of the IPACS team, we would all like to thank you for your continued support.


    Regards,


    Jeff

  • Jeff, when you save the transparent information is that the box that comes up when you close off "would you like to save changes" and you click yes? Where is/should this information be saved?

    Load your image into Gimp, add the transparency layer, select the areas you wish to "delete" for transparency and export the image as 'tif' (make sure that you change the extension on top of window and in the drop down as shown in the image)




    Then click export and when the box pops up (below image) make sure you keep transparent info. Make sure that you don't change the image file name at all. This edited image will replace the original image in your project.


    IPACS Development Team Member

    I'm just a cook, I don't own the restaurant.
    On behalf of Torsten, Marc, and the rest of the IPACS team, we would all like to thank you for your continued support.


    Regards,


    Jeff