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I was attempting to make a livery for my VA using a paintkit for the Zibo 737-800 using GIMP. After finishing up the simple details (I am quite new to texturing) I used a GIMP plugin to turn the file into a DDS file.

The problem is that the textures either show up as grey or as the default livery (American) in game. When you look at the file in File Explorer, a preview isn't available in contrast to the default files. Does anyone know where the problem is?

Thanks in advance!

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Wrong file-type, no doubt.

 

Solution: 

 

Download XPTools for Windows.

Unzip to a folder named XPTools.
In it there is a file named XGrinder.exe.

When you finish the painting of the texture in GIMP  ,  EXPORT the file as PNG.  ( not save as !!!

Then load this file in XGrinder.EXE  ( drag and drop , batch-loading is possible ) 
You can make your choice out of several types of DDS to save to.
I prefer DXT5 smooth alpha , wich is the best quality  ( disadvantage is high fileweight resulting in huge uploads for a livery) .
MIND especially when batch-loading it wil take a while for the program to get the job done , be patient. 

Succes
Leen de Jager

 

https://developer.x-plane.com/tools/xptools/
 

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Thank you so much!

It finally worked. I had a little suspicion that the problem was the DDS conversion. Now I can finally paint my liveries and see how they are applied in-game. Again, thanks a lot!

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As anyone tried using Affinity Photo for repainting aircraft?

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