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Halo 2 Hacks by Stephen Cawood

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Hack #70. Trick Out Your Ride

Customize your vehicle with a new skin.

Using this hack, you can create your own vehicle skins. In this example, you will turn the Warthog yellow so that it looks a bit more like the "civ-hog" on the Headlong billboard advertisement that appears in that map.

Start the Ch2r [Hack #51] application and open the shared.map file. The Shared map contains the textures for the Warthog (see Figure 8-6).

Note that since the Warthog skin is inside a shared file, any changes that you make to the Warthog will appear in all maps.

Browse through the tag tree until you locate objects\vehicles\warthog\bitmaps. The main texture for the Warthog is warthog_standard.bitm (see Figure 8-7).

Once you have found the right texture, double-click it to open it. Next, switch to the Old Bitmap Editor—this will show you the preview of the texture (see Figure 8-8).

At this point, you need to use the Extract button to save the texture onto your hard drive (see Figure 8-9).

Once you have the .DDS file saved on your computer, you can use whichever graphics editor you prefer to modify the file. In this example, you're just going to spray some yellow color over the side of the Warthog. For example, you could use GIMP (http://www.gimp.org) or Adobe Photoshop.

Opening the Shared map in Ch2r

Figure 8-6. Opening the Shared map in Ch2r

Figure 8-7. Finding the Warthog textures

Figure 8-8. The Old Bitmap Editor

Figure 8-9. Exporting ...

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