How can I change the minimap into a photo ?

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How can I change the minimap into a photo ?

New postby DieKralle on Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:24 pm

I want to change the minimap into a photo and the same thing with the thumbnail. How can I do that ?
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Re: How can I change the minimap into a photo ?

New postby 3ICE on Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:23 pm

Convert it to a 256x256 (128 pixels will also work if you want lower quality) war3mapPreview.tga file. Place it in your map's root folder.

I always followed the tutorial at world-editor-tutorials.thehelper.net/minimap.php for my maps.
Of course you don't need the specific software they recommend. PhotoShop or IrfanView can convert to the TGA format just fine. Mspaint however, cannot.

Edit: As for the minimap, I don't recommend messing with it. I did it for one of my maps but it occasionally confuses players.
The method is similar, except this time you need a blp converter. I use Magos' War3 Model Editor (War3ModelEditor.exe) for all my blp needs.
Name it War3MapMap.blp and place it in root.
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Re: How can I change the minimap into a photo ?

New postby 3ICE on Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:39 pm

Or use War3MapMap.tga, which might work for both.

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Re: How can I change the minimap into a photo ?

New postby DieKralle on Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:51 pm

Where can I locate the root from my map ?
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Re: How can I change the minimap into a photo ?

New postby 3ICE on Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:03 pm

Just import it without any folder names in the [path]. By default it's "war3mapImported/*", change it to "*". Where * is the file name.
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Re: How can I change the minimap into a photo ?

New postby DieKralle on Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:59 am

It worked for the minimap but not for the thumbnail. Anyways thank you very much :D
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Re: How can I change the minimap into a photo ?

New postby BugMeNot on Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:16 pm

But the thumbnail is more important!

Read his post again:
War 3 Map Preview dot tga...
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Re: How can I change the minimap into a photo ?

New postby 3ICE on Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:07 pm

Remember to lose the war3mapImported/ folder from path, also. Just double checking...

And make sure the TGA file is in the correct format:
• 256x256 pixels
• Compressed TGA, not uncompressed
• 24 or 32 bit
• Endian
• war3mapPreview.tga
• No path
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Re: How can I change the minimap into a photo ?

New postby 3ICE on Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:47 pm

Also, I can't stress this enough: Do not mess with the real minimap (The one in the bottom left corner of the game) too much. Especially if your map has any real gameplay.

If your map has terrain, the minimap must reflect this, staying true to the wc3 style of terrain representation.

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Re: How can I change the minimap into a photo ?

New postby DieKralle on Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:50 pm

Thank you it worked. :D :D
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