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Making a simple Main Menu Background/Instalload.

Tutorial for Battle for Middle-earth BFME, Battle for Middle-earth II BFME 2, Battle for Middle-earth II: Rise of the Witch-king ROTWK

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Rider of Rohan

Category: Graphics
Level: Beginner
Created: Thursday July 6, 2017 - 4:39
Updated: Thursday July 6, 2017 - 5:57
Views: 349
Summary: A walkthrough on creating a new main menu image for ROTWK

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CHANGING THE MAIN MENU FOR ROTWK
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The program I'm using in this tutorial is Adobe Photoshop CS6 however, this can easily be translated into other image editing software.

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STEP 1
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Navigate to your game's installation folder and open the Textures0.big with FinalBig, then to art/compiledtextures/in/ and extract the installload.jpg somewhere onto your computer (for BFME 1 it will be Textures.big art/textures/).
Then open it in Photoshop.
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STEP 2
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The area we'll focus in is this part outlined in red (1024x768 pixels), this is what will show up in game.
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NOTE FOR WIDESCREEN USERS!
Re adjusting your size as depicted below will result in a good looking background in Widecreen modes. Kudos to the Patch 2.02 team on figuring this out.
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STEP 3
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Now get the image you'd like to replace it with ready, for this tutorial I will be using this promotional BFME 2 art.
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STEP 4
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Now place your image nicely over the old one making sure to cover it completely.
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STEP 5
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Once you have finalized your editing, save your picture as a .jpg with maximum quality, trust me you'll want to.
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STEP 6
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Now to put it in game!
We are going to create some new folders now art/compiledtextures/in/ (art/textures/ for bfme 1)
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And now open FINALBIG and drag your art folder into FINALBIG. The result should look like this:
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STEP 7
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Now you can have it set up as a little mini mod in a couple different ways, however I'll simply place it in the games installation folder due to the simplicity of it.
Note that since it's an art file overwrite, it cannot cause an Out-of-Sync when playing online.
I had to use that crazy naming to ensure it would overwrite Patch 2.02's new menu screen.
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STEP 8
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Look at your new menu screen!
Before putting mine in game I resized it into the Widescreen format as I run my game in Widescreen.
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Hope you all enjoy your new Menu Screen!
~RiderofRohan

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