☁dreaming Nov 28, 2013 @ 1:13pm
How to replace the Midnight Riders posters in Dark Carnival ?
How do I create an add-on to replace the posters of Midnight Riders in the Dark Carnival campaign? From the outdoor in the first chapter to the big poster on the concert stage at the end of the campaign? Please, help, I wanna make my mod excelent!"
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Vice Dec 13, 2013 @ 12:43am 
First, you need a program to extract the necessary files from the VPK files. I use GCFScape: https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/GCFScape
The download link is in the description.

1. Download and install.
2. Start GCFScape and click Open.
3. Go to your Left 4 Dead 2 VPK directory: .\Steam\steamapps\common\left 4 dead 2\left4dead2
4. Open it.

There's 6 posters you can replace, and 2 billboards, and the stage backdrop.

Here are the paths leading to the files that must be changed:
  • .\root\materials\signs\poster_midnight_riders_01.vtf
  • .\root\materials\signs\poster_midnight_riders_album.vtf
  • .\root\materials\signs\poster_midnight_riders_dusty.vtf
  • .\root\materials\signs\poster_midnight_riders_jake.vtf
  • .\root\materials\signs\poster_midnight_riders_ox.vtf
  • .\root\materials\signs\poster_midnight_riders_smitty.vtf
  • .\root\materials\signs\sign_fairground_billboard01.vtf
  • .\root\materials\signs\sign_fairground_billboard02.vtf
  • .\root\materials\signs\sign_fairground_stage1.vtf
Extract these files.

1. Now you need a program to convert *.vtf format. I used VTFEdit: https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/VTFEdit
2. Convert them into a format you can modify like *.tga or *.jpg.
I preferred to export them as *.tga for my concert mods. (File -> Export)
3. Edit them or replace them. I used Adobe Photoshop for this.
4. Convert it back to *.vtf format. Open VTFEdit. (File -> Import)
5. Use the correct settings or the image will not show correctly.
6. Save it.

Then just drop them back into their directories and you're done.
Last edited by Vice; Dec 13, 2013 @ 1:00am
☁dreaming Dec 13, 2013 @ 4:15pm 
Oh friend, thank you very much. This was very useful, wow, this is wonderful. Now I can create a fuller sound with concert posters and custom..
Last edited by ☁dreaming; Dec 13, 2013 @ 4:15pm
Vice Dec 13, 2013 @ 4:56pm 
Np, the VPK file you need is pak01_dir.vpk. Good luck.
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