|Quoting GBLKD (Reply 8):|
One thing I would like to see is a repainting program for those of us who can't grasp the technical process and don't have the artistic eye needed. A utility program where you feed in your paintkit, cut and paste a logo or livery, press a button and hey presto instant texture file. I have a few liveries I'd like but can't find anyone who will do it, even for a fair price.
It's just getting to grips with the likes of Photoshop etc which aren't that difficult. The main issue is how expensive the programs are to buy.
I managed to get mine on a long term student license when I began my studies into Aeronautical Engineering. That cut around £800 from the RRP, which helped and I only really use it to create my own custom paints for the NGX at the moment.
It's just getting to grips with it.
I created a virtual airline in the UK that sits in my FSX only. I called it Swift after the small Spanish airline, and it gives me something to do when I'm bored. You'd be amazed how much fun can be had by setting myself a certain amount of aircraft, and juggling them around on routes can be. Gets the brain working I find.
I'm by no means an expert at paints, and I only do the basic stuff really for my own personal use. I don't attempt to tackle the real world stuff, as I leave that to the experts.
I first started painting FS
aircraft about 2-3 years ago, and I haven't really been serious about it so it's taken some time to get to grips with things. But even now I can knock up an AI
paint in about 10-15 minutes if it's easy enough.
Experimenting is the key I find, and don't be afraid to spend many an hour on the paint itself getting it right. I think I spent 4 hours painting up the NGX for the first time, getting to grips with all the "background" stuff that needs to be added to get the full effect. Luckily many paint kits are very forgiving in what they allow you to get away with, especially the NGX kits. All I will say is that you need to have a very good eye for precision unless you're not too fussed. I couldn't tell you the amount of times something has looked perfectly aligned to me when painting on a pattern for example, only for it to be way out in the sim.
What I'm trying to say is, you don't NEED to be artisitc to knock out some decent repaints. I'm mediocre at best and if I can knock out this piece of crap for the NGX....
Then anyone can do it.
But anything can look good to anyone. The tail logo is a weird thistle design, because I'm mostly Scottish in heritage. You can find inspiration everywhere.
Oh and the other thing is, especially with painting programs. Look for and find new brushes all the time, as you'd be amazed at what you can find.
Trust me, just practice when you get time and you'll not have a problem
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