• How To Create Your Own MSFS 2020 Liveries

    How To Create MSFS 2020 Liveries

    How To Create Your Own MSFS 2020 Liveries

    by vLegion_

    Introduction

    Past versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator have had vast numbers of freeware repaints created for them, and there's now no reason to think that MSFS 2020 will be any different. However, the techniques for creating liveries/skins are new and will have to be learned by those interested.

    vLegion_ has created several videos to help you get started and has allowed us to present them here. Hopefully this will get your creativity going. Please remember to share your repaints with us though the FlightSim.Com file library.

    MSFS Livery Tutorial

    Hi guys, I have made a video on how to create your own liveries in MSFS 2020.

    This has been a highly requested video in my discord so here it is. I kept it as short as possible. Please comment if I can assist further, I will try my best to assist.

    Download Template (Does not include DDS editor)

    Download NVIDIA Texture Tools

    Download Liveries Pack (Official Pack Download)

    How To

    Installation:

    1. Open the downloaded file
    2. Extract to a location of your choosing
    3. Open your game files folder
      • Default Locations are:

        Steam //
        %appdata%\Roaming\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Packages\Community\

        Microsoft / Game Pass:

        Go to %localappdata% (search using windows search), then
        Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_RANDOMLETTERS\LocalCache\Packages\Community
    1. Install the files from the GAME READY Folder into the Community folder.
      If you have already installed the mega pack, then you will need to update your
      Layout.json // Located in AppData\Roaming\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Packages\Community\liveries-a320
      &&

      Aircraft.cfg // Located in AppData\Roaming\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Packages\Community\liveries-a320\SimObjects\Airplanes\Asobo_A320_NEO as explained in the video.

    Full readme available in download, too long for description.

    Editing

    Install DDS Editor if you're using Photoshop (available here).

    1. Open the four provided PSD's
    2. Alter Image / Colors as Required
    3. To Change color click the panel in the right that says PAINT HERE
    4. Use the provided guidelines to assist with the creation of your skin, make sure to hide them when you're finished so they're not in your final export.
    5. Save file to the directory of your template as DDS using Ctrl + Shift + S
    6. Launch Game
    7. Enjoy your new skin!

    vLegion_
    My Youtube Channel
    My Discord
    MSFS Livery Mega Pack Discord

    Tags: livery, repaint, skin

    11 Comments
    1. bjl345's Avatar
      bjl345 -
      seems to be an ecellent contribution, pitty I won't be able to use it (AMD). Way to go.
    1. bjl345's Avatar
      bjl345 -
      seems to be an ecellent contribution, pitty I won't be able to use it (AMD). Way to go.
    1. benibaz's Avatar
      benibaz -
      Is there another DDS Editor that I can use for this instead of Photoshop?
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Quote Originally Posted by benibaz View Post
      Is there another DDS Editor that I can use for this instead of Photoshop?
      GIMP is highly regarded in the community, so perhaps give it a try:

      https://www.gimp.org/
    1. Av8rG33k's Avatar
      Av8rG33k -
      I believe Paint.NET opens DDS files as well. It's also free.
    1. Av8rG33k's Avatar
      Av8rG33k -
      I suggest adding some plugins which are free as well.
    1. adamski's Avatar
      adamski -
      Thanks very much for all the work you've put into this - and for the templates! A couple of points:

      1) The PSD files use a font called "Aileron". If you haven't got it, you can grab it here: https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/aileron

      2) For every [additional] livery you add, you'll need to add the textures info to the layout.json file. Is there a way of generating that info from the [new] textures folder? I think I saw a Python script somewhere that might do it, but wondered it there was another way.
    1. Deuzem's Avatar
      Deuzem -
      Quote Originally Posted by adamski View Post
      Thanks very much for all the work you've put into this - and for the templates! A couple of points:

      1) The PSD files use a font called "Aileron". If you haven't got it, you can grab it here: https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/aileron

      2) For every [additional] livery you add, you'll need to add the textures info to the layout.json file. Is there a way of generating that info from the [new] textures folder? I think I saw a Python script somewhere that might do it, but wondered it there was another way.
      For the JSON fil, you can edit it with Adobe Dreamweaver.
      Copy and past one existing plane text and replace by your plane name which should be the name of your Texture and Model folders).
      Be careful, you have one text block for the MODEL and many more for the TEXTURE folder.
    1. garrybank's Avatar
      garrybank -
      The link for the template produces an error "too many requests"
    1. Redpanther's Avatar
      Redpanther -
      where can i find all liveries templates for all type planes?
    1. MorrisseysMonkey's Avatar
      MorrisseysMonkey -
      Too much of a chew on to do. Life is too short.
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