Modding Help Beginner's Guide to XNB Node and Graphics Editing

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  1. bitesizedboy

    bitesizedboy Subatomic Cosmonaut

    I have it in a folder inside of the Stardew Valley folder.
     

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    • bitesizedboy

      bitesizedboy Subatomic Cosmonaut

      Should I just have the xnb_node file in the stardew valley folder?
       

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      • Superior_s

        Superior_s Sandwich Man

        Yes move both those up one directory.
         
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        • cure

          cure Big Damn Hero

          Sorry I'm not responding guys I'm trying to clarify things in the guide as I see questions asked. Thank you for all your help Superior_s and Zhuria
           
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          • Superior_s

            Superior_s Sandwich Man

            No problem I spent 15 minutes or so raging at my computer when I first started to try to unpack Xnb files.
             
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            • cure

              cure Big Damn Hero

              Haha same here. tbh there's so much I have to delete in that guide I made now regarding Zhuria's earlier comment on the different file types contained in .xnbs that frankly I'm exhausted and unprepared to edit the rest atm. I've just only really dealt with Characters files and have never had any trouble myself. The little guide on the thread containing the link to xnb_node just said .json and that's as far as I ever got with it xD. Think I'm going to trash/hide this thread and take a break. Thank you so much for your help guys.
               
              • Superior_s

                Superior_s Sandwich Man

                I'm pretty sure the .yaml are just information like this is so and so file. You need them but as far as I know there is no purpose in editing them. The .tbin files that are with the maps can be edited with tIDE, but I haven't figured much out about doing that except getting the map to actually open. So at the moment those are mostly useless for the average user. The whole yaml thing is basically the same as the json don't really need to mess with it just make sure its with the PNG it belongs with on packing. Sorry if this is long. Or if things are inaccurate.
                 
                • cure

                  cure Big Damn Hero

                  Yeah I really was just aiming this guide at the first time user. I really just don't want anyone to end up with corrupted files if they continue to use this information on different xnbs than ones that only contain .pngs and a data file (.json/.yaml)

                  While yes files like Map files do contain .tbin files whether you extract it as a .json or a .yaml you still get that .tbin file and a yaml/json containing exactly the same information just with a different extension xP. This is all beyond my knowledge if continuing to only extract individually as I said in the guide could be harmful on some files though.
                   
                  • bitesizedboy

                    bitesizedboy Subatomic Cosmonaut

                    Okay, so I can see on my sprite that I now have the blush I want, however, my character is covered in white?
                     

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                    • cure

                      cure Big Damn Hero

                      I think you may of had an issue with transparency and replacing blank space with white pixels instead of deleting them entirely?
                       
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                      • Superior_s

                        Superior_s Sandwich Man

                        You need make sure whatever you editing your image that you make everything beside the graphics transparent.
                         
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                        • bitesizedboy

                          bitesizedboy Subatomic Cosmonaut

                          What do you mean by transparent?
                          I'll provide a picture in case it helps
                           

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                          • Superior_s

                            Superior_s Sandwich Man

                            What are using to edit your file? If it's Microsoft Paint I don't think you can do transparent backgrounds, but it's been years since I've used it so I may be wrong.
                             
                            • cure

                              cure Big Damn Hero

                              Well, if you were to select something and hit Delete when working with a .png, you'd end up with blank space. Not white space. As Superior_s said though. If you are working with MS Paint. I'm not sure it can accomplish that.
                              Edit: I posted some suggestions of Image Editing programs in the main post. Check there and find one you like.
                               
                              • Zhuria

                                Zhuria Cosmic Narwhal

                                lol my issue was figuring out why I couldn't change directories. Turns out you need a separate command if you're switching drives. Ugh I hate command line stuff lol
                                 
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                                • Superior_s

                                  Superior_s Sandwich Man

                                  Not a fan either Xnb_node was the first time I have had to use command line on Windows and the only other time I've used command line was when I had Linux for a month so I'm completely lost beside what I've posted here when it comes to command line lol.
                                   
                                  • Superior_s

                                    Superior_s Sandwich Man

                                    Just a suggestion cure but may change the post name to show this for is editing graphics, and when you get to tidying up the main post explain that if you run into a .tbin that your not messing with graphics. Up to you though.
                                     
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                                    • cure

                                      cure Big Damn Hero

                                      Yeah I had a minecraft server for awhile and my god linux command line was soooooooo much easier. It was like an Ubuntu server or something. Just everything about it. Windows CLI is junk in comparison
                                       
                                      • Zhuria

                                        Zhuria Cosmic Narwhal

                                        Yeah, I have a very basic grasp of it and if I absolutely need to use it I just Google what to do. I can't be bothered to remember how to do everything, my brain is already too full of other crap lol
                                         
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                                        • cure

                                          cure Big Damn Hero

                                          Yeah that was actually on my todo list but I got caught up doing multiple other things xD. Thanks for the reminder. I was actually supposed to go smoke a cigarette about 2 hours ago as well >.>
                                          Edit: I think it's time for that smoke lol.
                                           
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