Tutorial Create your own ships - Photoshop template & modding guide

Discussion in 'Starbound Modding' started by Xuhybrid, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. DK_Pooter

    DK_Pooter Void-Bound Voyager

    you are just in luck. I personally havent used it yet but this is what you want.
  2. Dead Squirrel

    Dead Squirrel Scruffy Nerf-Herder

    Ok, yes, that works. But that still requires editing the treasure files (Through merge). Iwas hoping to just say: "addtoinventory" = "stuff" in the ship file.
  3. kitsunespirit

    kitsunespirit Cosmic Narwhal

    So I finally get the ship to show up in game, even though its only half done, and everytime the character shows up, the game acts like there is no ship there and the character drops. What could be the problem here? In the dropship file, I used the same rgb that's in the structure file for red, even used Starstructor to make the blocks file.
  4. Dead Squirrel

    Dead Squirrel Scruffy Nerf-Herder

    Definitely sounds like blocks.png is broken. Is your blocks.png named correctly in "dropship.structure"?

    Also, if Starstructor changed the reference for the red-color, then it could represent something else (like empty space). Have you opened the "dropship.structure" and checked that it's value's are correct? If you need more details, let me know.
  5. Denesta

    Denesta Subatomic Cosmonaut

    I was looking at the human ship stuff to get an idea of how all this worked and I noticed that there is a giant space station like ship in the folder that is chopped into four parts. How would you get the structure file to use all four and put them together right?
  6. kitsunespirit

    kitsunespirit Cosmic Narwhal

    Denesta: For that you would have to have all the parts linked in the structure file, with different x,y coordinates so they match up.
  7. Slark

    Slark Scruffy Nerf-Herder

    Very useful, could help me in the future once I have time to get into this lol...
  8. Denesta

    Denesta Subatomic Cosmonaut

    Are the position units measuring pixels? So it would be like [1934, 0], [0,0], [0, 1165] and [1934, 1165]?
  9. kitsunespirit

    kitsunespirit Cosmic Narwhal

    They are measuring the pixels of the dropshipblocks file as far as I can tell. I noticed this when I was messing around in Starstructor (very helpful), that very small increments will move the dropship pic (the ship file) a lot on the blocks. Like I had to use -0.25 and -0.5 or something like that to get it to match up properly... again this was in the starstructor.

    I'm not sure if Starstructor is very useful for multiple segment ships like that, but you could download on of the spacestation mods and look at how they did it. :)
    Denesta likes this.
  10. kitsunespirit

    kitsunespirit Cosmic Narwhal

    Gimp or Paint Tool SAI, both are free.
  11. Xuhybrid

    Xuhybrid Scruffy Nerf-Herder

    I believe ive seen a ship in the mods list which puts together a bitmap for that huge station etc. You'd use something like this to load multiple images (because there's a size limit).
      "backgroundOverlays" : [
          "image" : "shipship.png",
          "position" : [0, 0]
          "image" : "shipship2.png",
          "position" : [0, 12]
          "image" : "shipship3.png",
          "position" : [12, 0]
    Obviously you need to align each position for each image. I assume that the order you list them is the order the images are loaded/overlapped.
  12. DemmyTree

    DemmyTree Orbital Explorer

    Can you explain how to do platforms? im struggling to add them in the foreground and a texture in the background.

    for instance i do this below, but only the platform shows and not the smooth metal behind it.

    "foregroundBlock": true,
    "backgroundBlock": true,
    "foregroundMat": "platform2",
    "backgroundMat": "smoothmetal",
    "value": [
  13. DemmyTree

    DemmyTree Orbital Explorer

    use paint like me :D
  14. Marxon

    Marxon Supernova

    Problem, I use paint.net not photoshop, I cannot afford 10 bucks a month for simply occasional use of photoshop.
  15. Asatrix

    Asatrix Guest

    Hey I want to start working on a few things but am in gimp will the file you posted work with it Xuhybrid?
  16. Shadewarp

    Shadewarp Pangalactic Porcupine

    Get Starstuctor, a lot easier to use with a GUI, and it creates the dropship file...
  17. Asatrix

    Asatrix Guest

    starstructor looked like craw when I tried it last
  18. Shadewarp

    Shadewarp Pangalactic Porcupine

    Craw? It's amazing! Next update will be epic!
  19. Asatrix

    Asatrix Guest

    It severely frustrates me and I can't seem to add parts to my ship nor alter the parts present in any shape way or form. I'm ignoring its "value" until said update because it seems like a worthless resource to me right now.
  20. Dalboz

    Dalboz Phantasmal Quasar

    I'm quoting this in the hopes we can get a dev to answer or maybe I missed the answer -

    Items usually have color states (like Color 1, Color 2, etc...), does anyone know the proper code for this?

    Also, I am assuming there a master list of items and their images so we can call the right items in our notepads, can someone point me to this master list? Or is there a program that lets me look at all the items in the game so I can figure this out?


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