Garry's Mod

Garry's Mod

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Self Illumination Colour Tool
Content Type: Addon
Addon Type: Tool
Addon Tags: Movie, Scenic
File Size
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Dec 30, 2021 @ 5:40am
Dec 22, 2022 @ 9:39am
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Self Illumination Colour Tool

The self illuminating color tool is designed to change the color of any self-illuminating material. This tool will not make every model glow magically!

First off, this tool is located in the "Render" category of your spawn menu. Second, it is called "Self Illumination Tool". Right, now that is out of the way, let's get started:

With the tool deployed, Right Click to select an entity (model/ragdoll/effect), or hold "USE" [Default = E] and Right Click to select your current playermodel.
If the entity does not contain any compatible textures, the tool will let you know. Be sure to read the text at every possible moment.

If the entity you selected has compatible materials, a list will appear in the tool menu/context menu. You need to select which material you would like to apply the tint to first. You do this by simply clicking on the material you want. It will highlight it when you have selected it.

Now you can play around with the color. Keep in mind that, due to the way Self Illuminating on materials work, results may differ on what color you choose. The Tool in its current state struggles with certain materials, like some where the illumination color is baked into the base material, meaning that tinting it certain colors makes it darker rather than that color

To apply your tint to your entity, press Left Click, or if you are coloring your playermodel, hold "USE" [Default = E] and Left Click to apply.

Now you have colored your material! Should you wish to remove the tint at any given time, press reload [Default = R] on your entity or hold "USE" [Default = E] and press reload [Default = R] if you are resetting your playermodel


Q: Why should I use this tool? Can't I just use the color tool that comes with Garry's Mod?
A: The Color Tool applies a color over the entire model, and doesn't produce the same results. This tool is better targeted towards lights, since they generally have a white illumination, yielding better results.

Q: What is a self illuminating material? How do I know if my material has one?
A: A self illuminating material is, as its name suggests, a material that appears to glow. The tool will know which models have these materials and which don't, but if you want to know more, keep reading below:
A material is comprised (in Garry's Mod and the Source Engine) of a .VMT (Valve Material Type) and .VTF (Valve Texture Format) file.
To check if your material has this enabled, you need to check the corresponding VMT file of your material. Using the SubMaterial tool is a great way to get its name. In it, check for a line that reads "$selfillum 1". If it isn't there, it is not active.

Q: Why is my illumination color not the same/ darker than it should be?
A: As explained earlier, this tool works better with pure white illuminating materials, since they can broadcast every color. Some materials have their illumination already baked in, making changing it from the outside very difficult. A good strategy to know is that, with any pre-colored illumination, you can still tint to its nearby colors. So if a material is already light blue, you can get away with tinting it more to the green side of the color spectrum.

Should you have any issues, please leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible
l1l PootIs Jan 25 @ 7:49am 
Cyn..absolute_psycho :3 Oct 14, 2023 @ 4:59pm 
in gmod
Cyn..absolute_psycho :3 Oct 14, 2023 @ 4:58pm 
how do i make th murder drones have ther wepons and wings
MrTheWizard  [author] Jun 14, 2023 @ 10:24pm 
The tool currently does not support multiplayer usability. I am working on a way to fix it
Micah Jun 14, 2023 @ 1:28pm 
Mod is great, but when i want to use it in multiplayer, i can color the sprays, but my friend cannot, as well as he is not availabe to see painting objects with this tool, how do i solve it so the mod would work for everyone, not only for the host?
GreenStorm64 May 3, 2023 @ 3:39am 
Could you possibly make a tool like this for $emissiveblendtint?
NextKuromeThe76Soldier Dec 24, 2022 @ 10:07am 
[Self Illumination Colour Tool] lua/weapons/gmod_tool/stools/illumination_tool_main.lua:224 attempt to call field 'Send' (a nil value)
1. RightClick - lua/weapons/gmod_tool/stools/illumination_tool_main.lua:224
2. unknown - gamemodes/sandbox/entities/weapons/gmod_tool/shared.lua:245

when i try to use either right click or e + right click, im running MP btw
Aige Apr 9, 2022 @ 11:25pm 
why do all the cool looking addons have a stupid fucking catch
Jonnyhawkeye Jan 26, 2022 @ 1:47pm 
PLZ GET this mot to work in Single player! and be save compatible cause my game has crashed TWICE! and i tried to save once and it all messed up! so i have to set stuff up All over again!
MrTheWizard  [author] Jan 17, 2022 @ 12:37am 
Yeah, I know. I am trying to figure out how to change that. Thanks for the feedback!