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    Default Making a M2TW UI (basics)

    I can say for now, that all the graphical elements are located into several files which are in the \<mod name>\data\ui\<culture>\interface folder. They are either called stratpage*.tga for strategic map ui's, battlepage*.tga for battle ui's or sharedpage*.tga for both. As they are tga's you get an alpha1 layer that allows you to play on the transparency.

    Other than that, you can see on existing files and by switching to the game (you can easily do so by alt+tab, since when the game reload, it automaticall takes the last changes so ne need to restart the game, just doing alt+tab is enough to check the changes).

    You will see what the following files are mainly used for:
    - sharedpage_00.tga: upper scrolls borders and backgrounds
    - sharedpage_01.tga: OK button in the upper scrolls
    - stratpage_01.tga: lower ui frame
    - stratpage_02.tga: finances button
    - stratpage_03.tga: some element used as a tab in upper scroll
    - stratpage_04.tga: all tabs and buttons remaining
    - battlepage_01.tga: all you need to change for battle ui's is here

    Now the tricky thing is to connect the files and UI elements together. Some elements are simply pasted, while other are stretched automatically by Kingdoms engine.
    Additionaly the mouseover for all clickeable elements are also located in those files and can be modified as well.

    Things i now focus on are: quality, clearness, originality and fidelity to the faction. If one of them is missing people will complain and sooner or later vanilla UI will be prefered over your UI.

    By quality i mean not only visual quality but also all mouseover and elements connection must be as smoother as possible.

    Note: This tutorial cover the remake of the layout of the UI and buttons, but faction shields are also located in those files. Most of the time they are not done by the same guy on most of the mods So we won't speak of them in this tutorial.











    Last edited by cedric37; January 14, 2011 at 04:19 AM.
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    Default Re: Making Kingdoms UI's

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    Default Re: Making Kingdoms UI's

    Nice, I'll be waiting for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abbews View Post
    Nice, I'll be waiting for this.
    x2

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    Default Re: Making Kingdoms UI's

    Thanks mates, sorry i'm a bit busy now (making UI's ) but i will complete this tutorial
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    Default Re: Making Kingdoms UI's

    Ok so 1st update
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    WOW great work my friend
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    looks great m' boy

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    Default Re: Making Kingdoms UI's

    Thanks guys
    It is my first tut and i will try to give a complete overview.
    More to come
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    Ok 2nd update
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    Very nice have some rep.




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    Hey thanks, i did not think people will see this tutorial at all
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    Nice work cedric, I had been meaning to do this for a while. Now instead of answering those PM's about UIs from now on I can jsut link them here. Great work and I look forward to the day I can patronize you my friend.

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    Thanks my friend, that means a lot for me
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    Good job Cedric! Want a job? I just can't bring myself to delve into my UI.. hahaha

    rep!

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    Thanks and don't abandon my friend, if you knew how many times i spent to get something different from ugly to make my first UI. And i am not sure today that i have understood it all

    BTW, what UI are you redoing ?
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    All of them, north euro, south-euro, ME, etc... well thats the plan anyhow..

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    Lol, the true question was: for which mod ?
    But you can keep the secret
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    DotS its no secret.

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    Ok good luck with this then
    If you are blocked or whatever, just PM me i will try to help you, or wait until the tutorial is finished
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