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[Tutorial] SFM - Apply custom textures to models without overwriting the original texture
By Doggoλt
In this guide you will get an Step by Step explaination how to use custom textures in SFM and how to apply them in SFM without overwriting the original texture.
The actual tutorial
0. What do we do before we start? Start SFM, load the map and model. First your screen should look like this:

1. You got this? good. Now we want to "Add" and "Overwrite Material"

2. Now we want to edit the model with the overwrite material in the Element Viewer. We open it like this:

3. Now we got this materials tab which allows us the manipulate the model material:

4. Now we want to add an string attribute to our Lucario material (This Lucario model has 2 kinds of materials. One for the eye texture and one for the actual body. Im going to use the body texture.)
5. A small window is now popping up where we can create it with more details. you want to add "$basetexture" as name without the "". (What we are basily doing here is editing the basetexture of the material on the fly. It wont change anything on the model file.)

6. Now your model should be checkered like this. This is actually an error/debug texture. We selected no skin for the basetexture yet.

7.I already created a texture called "lucario_red". The original texture was called "lucario" I edited the VMT and VTF so they fit my needs. "models\apcmodels\pokemon\" is actually the the path of your model. When you have the texture in the same folder then you just have to edit the name of your custom texture. You change the $basetexture content to the texture path you created

Example: From "models\apcmodels\pokemon\lucario" to "models\apcmodels\pokemon\lucario_red"

Links to other tutorials
[Tutorial] SFM - Recolor/Alpha for Models without texture replacement:
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The Marxman Jan 19, 2018 @ 1:13pm 
Doggoλt  [author] Jan 19, 2018 @ 1:13pm 
You need to find them yourself. Search trough the materials.
The Marxman Jan 19, 2018 @ 12:58pm 
Hey, how can I do this to change the Dragon's Fury to the Dragon Slayer version?
Doggoλt  [author] Jan 5, 2016 @ 9:38am 
Yeah. As long you have the texture. But when you dont know how to use vmt it wont glow I guess.
Doggoλt  [author] Dec 23, 2015 @ 11:23pm 
Thank you. Good to know.
QuantumCat Dec 23, 2015 @ 3:42pm 
Nope, nevermind. Turns out my model was corrupt and reinstalling it fixed it. Thanks anyways! :D
Doggoλt  [author] Dec 22, 2015 @ 9:45am 
That's weird. It never happened to me. Add me at steam and I cant try to help you.
QuantumCat Dec 21, 2015 @ 9:16pm 
For whatever reason SFM crashes when I add an override material :|
Aura Oct 24, 2015 @ 7:54pm 
Nice. You know there is a new Lucario model, not sure if you're using it but, if you want I can give you a link to it.