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Reflective Effect?

Sep 21, 2012, 08:10
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Reflective Effect?
Hello There.
Been looking through the posts here and the Forum is full of useful info. Thanks. However, I'm at the point of distraction!

I'm currently trying to do a repaint of an FSX aircraft which has a bare metal fuselage. I'm trying to get this to appear 'shiny' or reflective. These AC where of ten highly polished, particularly 'display' AC. I'm aware that this might involve 'alpha channels' but I'm not sure how.\ to apply them Basically, I'd really appreciate a basic 'walk-through' how I can do this. I've looked elsewhere for info and I'm now just really confused !!Confused

Everything else in GIMP, I'm enjoying using and achieving what I want to with trail and error. This would be the 'icing on the cake' if I can get it sorted.
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Sep 22, 2012, 11:59
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RE: Reflective Effect?
(Sep 21, 2012 14:41)ofnuts Wrote:  The shine in fixed 2D images is done by applying bogus colors changes (mostly desaturation). But if you are talking about a skin for an aircraft in FSX, the "shine" is computed by the 3D rendering, but that may mean you need some way to tell FSX which reflection ratio (specular & diffuse) to apply.

Hello Ofnuts
Thanks for taking the time to reply ofnuts. This is the skin of an AC. Thought as much re: the shine. Doesn't look like its gong to be easy. Confused I think I'm OK with the actual painted sections. It's just the underbelly of the DC-3 that's 'bare metal' and where I wanted the reflective 'texture'

GIMP is a wonderful tool BTW. Just takes some getting used too. One thing I'll be looking for here is how to transfer a 'Tail Logo' from a pic on to the model I'm working on. That'll be fun Undecided
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