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☁dreaming 28 NOV 2013 a las 13:13
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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Detail.movie💕 13 DIC 2013 a las 0:43 
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.
Última edición por Detail.movie💕; 13 DIC 2013 a las 1:00
☁dreaming 13 DIC 2013 a las 16:15 
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.. :thumbs:
Última edición por ☁dreaming; 13 DIC 2013 a las 16:15
Detail.movie💕 13 DIC 2013 a las 16:56 
Np, the VPK file you need is pak01_dir.vpk. Good luck.
tantananan 31 ENE 2015 a las 0:04 
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Thank you for this!
Kuro The Umbreon 1 FEB 2015 a las 11:53 
Don't try installing the NET Framework bs it doesn't install it just non stop gives you "Setup Error" so someone needs too update this method.
theMightya$$kicker_X 18 AGO 2015 a las 23:33 
SingleAsPringle 24 JUL 2016 a las 11:57 
Can someone help me please? I know i'm late but I managed to replace all the photos. They're the right size and in format .jpg but I don't know how to put it to the game. I can convert the files to .vtf but i don't know what to do next. I tried to do the import but when I try it says that all faces and frames must be the same size. Please help.
Última edición por SingleAsPringle; 24 JUL 2016 a las 12:00
Ellie 24 JUL 2016 a las 12:40 
@SingleAsPringle : You need to use a thing called vpk.exe witch is located somewhere into your L4D2 folder after you download "L4D2 Authoring Tools" (download this on steam, from "Tools" in your Library), install it like a game.
This thing can compile and decompile vpk's, just drag them on it (or on a shortcut to it) and it will pack / unpack them.
You need to recreate the hierarchy of the game files, the best way to learn is to take a concert mod from the Workshop, go into Steam/steamapps/left 4 dead 2/left4dead2/addons/workshop, copy the correct vpk and drag & drop in onto this "vpk.exe"
SingleAsPringle 24 JUL 2016 a las 15:44 
@Ellie : Thank you very much. I haven't tried it yet but I hope it will work. I'm happy that someone responded even though it's been a year :P
SingleAsPringle 25 JUL 2016 a las 5:44 
It works with unpacking vpk's but it doesn't pack them back. It just hangs up and doesn't respond when I try to pack it.
Sheva Alomar 20 FEB 2017 a las 16:17 
But...where i have to put it? i mean,where i put that posters back to his ''place''
Penny_Penguin 28 JUN 2017 a las 21:46 
After .\Steam\steamapps\common\left 4 dead 2\left4dead2 what folder do I go into?
☁dreaming 29 JUN 2017 a las 6:26 
Publicado originalmente por Penny_Penguin:
After .\Steam\steamapps\common\left 4 dead 2\left4dead2 what folder do I go into?

Penny_Penguin 29 JUN 2017 a las 12:18 
I don't see any 'signs' inside of the materials folder.
Última edición por Penny_Penguin; 29 JUN 2017 a las 12:21
Yhapz 30 JUN 2017 a las 8:23 
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