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Campaign map frames

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:07 am
by Erik2
Hi

I have a lot of custom campaign maps wich lack the standard frames.
Could anyone give me some hints on how to add the frames to existing map graphics?
Just pretend that you are talking to a child that have only rudimentary graphic skills. :D

Thanks
Erik

Re: Campaign map frames

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:02 am
by GabeKnight
My way is probably even more complicated than that of a child....

FYI, I use the free "paint.net" software and the existing frame from the stock game.

Example: Take the Panzerkrieg DLC map. 1967x1500 pixels.
I need the size of the pic inside the frame. To get it, I zoom in real close, move the cursor to the approximate position and read the pixels in the lower right corner. The frame has about 20-22 pixels on either side. That means your map has to be resized to 1967-2*22 x 1500-2*22 = 1923x1456 pixels.
Now you can copy&paste your map into the Panzerkrieg map and move it (leftclick and drag) to the right position over the existing map inside the frame manually. It's not rocket science, you have to trial&error a bit. Don't hesitate to use the undo (Ctrl-Z) function if you mess up!

You resize pics with Crlt-R or menu: pic/resize

If your map has completely different proportions, you can "crop" it to the right size:
- Open NEW image with 1923x1456 dimension
- Open your map in a separate window and resize your map to have either 1923 width or 1456 height, whatever fits you best
- copy the resized map into the new image and "position" it how you want (that means either cropping something from left/right or top/bottom)

Re: Campaign map frames

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:13 am
by Erik2
Danke Schön...

Re: Campaign map frames

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:02 pm
by bru888
It took me a few minutes, and a look at the Panzerkrieg campaign map, to realize what you are talking about. I think. This red and white border? My, how fancy! 8)

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Re: Campaign map frames

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:47 pm
by Erik2
GabeKnight did this for our Korea project, and now I want all my maps framed :wink:
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Re: Campaign map frames

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:33 pm
by GabeKnight
bru888 wrote:
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:02 pm
It took me a few minutes, and a look at the Panzerkrieg campaign map, to realize what you are talking about. I think. This red and white border?
Yeah, exactly. I know there are some more professional paint softwares out there, that can produce a variety of frames for pictues, but I tried it with the OoB styled frame and it did fit very well, so I did not try anything else.

Re: Campaign map frames

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:14 pm
by bru888
It does look distinctive, I must say.

Re: Campaign map frames

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:56 am
by Erik2
And it is quite fast and easy to do.
I first reduce the original map from 1967x1500 to 1919x1452.
Open the official map in paint.net then drag the reduced map into paint.net as a layer.
Move the reduced map around until it fits into the frames of the official map and save.
Voila.
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Re: Campaign map frames

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:14 pm
by rafdobrowolski
Very aesthetically pleasing!

Re: Campaign map frames

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:12 am
by GabeKnight
rafdobrowolski wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:14 pm
Very aesthetically pleasing!
Agree. Good work, Erik! And again the stock frame is a good fit for the custom map... :D