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    Good evening all!

    I have just bought the Carenado H25B, and I also have a couple of other Carenado products.

    I love their planes, but on my modest system they don`t perform very well.

    Would like to know if it`s possible to resize the textures, especially the VC ones. I have never done this before, so I would like to get some
    tips on how to do this!

    Thanks!

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    It will be a matter of using DTXBMP and Photoshop (as your editor). It's an involved process and takes practice.

    Don't know how good this video is, but give it a look! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRVibeWe91w
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    EXCELLENT free tool is paint.net. I use it to resize all the QW787 textures down from 4096 32bit to 2048 DXT5 so I don't OOM out my FSX.

    I you want to try your hand at repaints, you'll want to get the Photoshop PSD plugin. Also for large textures, found it necessary to go with 64gb memory (Could actually use more). Not required if your just resizing down single textures at a time.

    Of course Photoshop also needs plenty of memory to do a whole livery.
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    Also you mentioned the Hawker H25B from Carenado. Have that and I thought (without looking) it came with a Lite version for low spec systems.
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    I use a free utility called IRFANVIEW - would that work?

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    What you need is DXTbmp by Martin Wright, download from here use this to convert the textures from .dds to .bmp and all you need to resize the textures is Microsoft Paint, after downloading and installing DXTbmp do the following:

    1>Start DXTbmp load the texture you want to resize.
    2>If the texture has an alpha channel then, Select "Export Alpha Channel as BMP", the alpha channel is shown in a preview screen top right corner with the "Export Alpha Channel as BMP" selector below, save it to a place where you will remember.
    3>Then click, Save as>Extended Bitmap>Extended 32bit 888-8
    4>Open the bitmap in Microsoft Paint>resize and save as "BMP Picture".
    5>Open resized bitmap in DXTbmp>select "Import Alpha Channel", (selector again below the alpha channel preview screen) navigate to where you saved the exported alpha channel and add to the bitmap.
    6>Finally click, Save as>DDS Texture>DDS DXT5

    I hope this helps.
    Final note, dds textures are upside down compared to bmp bitmaps, so make sure you don't flip them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pomak249 View Post
    I use a free utility called IRFANVIEW - would that work?
    Cheaper to buy a better/faster computer!

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    easier method:
    Download and install the free image editor Gimp. (Open Source GNU licence.)

    Download and install the .dds plugin for Gimp.
    (Can be found here:
    https://code.google.com/archive/p/gimp-dds/downloads
    install instructions here:
    https://itstillworks.com/install-dds...p-8340559.html
    )


    Open your image by:
    right click --> Open with Gimp

    resize the image in gimp using
    Menu "Image"--->Scale Image
    to the desired size.

    then click
    File --- Export as (and give it a name)
    Or, better, make a backup of all the aircraft's textures beforehand,
    and after resizing use
    File --- Overwrite filename


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    That resizes both the image and the alpha in one go, and saves them properly.

    il.

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    paint.net will complete the whole resize operation in 4 steps. .DDS textures are natively supported.

    SAVE YOUR ORIGINAL TEXTURES IN CASE YOU WANT TO RESTORE THEM BACK!!!

    Step 01 - OPEN the texture with paint.net. Example is the Carenado H25B.

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    Step 02 - Select the Image>Resize from the drop down menu.

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    Step 03 - Be sure "Maintain aspect ratio" is selected. Change Pixel Size Width to half 4096>2048. Height will automatically change.

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    Step 04 - DO NOT "Generate Mip Maps" or aircraft will be blurry! Save as overwriting texture. DONE. Repeat for next texture.

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    Hi all,

    I have also found this thread helpful. My query is what is the best way of trying to increase the quality/resolution of images?

    For example, I have some 1024 dds's, as well as bitmaps and png images that I would like to try and resize to 2048. I also have 2048 ones I'd like to get to 4096. Just experimenting, understanding that it is likely easier going from higher to lower sizing in terms of quality. I have PS, Gimp and Paint etc and high end pc. Thanks in advance.

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