By BalkronSupported Formats
Windows x64 Windows x86 (32-bit) Mac OS X 10.6 (Lion)+ CS4 6.0 CS5 CS5 7.0 CS6 CS6 CS CC CC CS2 CC 2014 CC 2014 CS3 CS4 CS5 CS6 CC CC 2014
Find your Photoshop Folder (x64) C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)\ (x32) C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\ From that folder, go to \Plug-ins\File Formats\ (create "File Formats" folder if it doesn't exist) Drop the appropriate plugin (x64 or x86) in that folder. Run Photoshop
Find your Photoshop Folder e.g. \Applications\Photoshop CS6\ From that folder, go to \Plug-ins\File Formats\ (create "File Formats" folder if it doesn't exist) Drop BLP.plugin in that folder Run Photoshop
It was my goal to support every variant of the BLP format that Blizzard uses in WoW - for both opening and saving. The end result is a total of 11 different combinations of compression and transparency. Below is a listing of these.
Alpha Bit Depths
This is the amount of detail allowed in transparency of your image.
0-bit - No transparency at all 1-bit - simple transparency, similar to GIFs. It's either transparent or not. 4-bit - slightly better range of transparency, but will turn smooth fades into visible "steps" 8-bit - This is the same level of transparency you'll ordinarily see in PNG/TGA formats, with 256 levels of transparency.
Indexed (256 Color) - Very similar to a GIF, as it uses a palette that can fit up to 256 colors, but BLP files have indipendent transparency. Indexed BLPs can make use of all 4 types of alpha. DXT - This is the defacto compression type used in modern games, with the most popular format that uses this, being .dds. DXT compression gives you a better color range, with a slightly larger size, than indexed. It also supports all 4 levels of transparency. DXT-5 - Would normally be lumped in with the above category, however it's the second DXT type that supports 8-bit alpha. The result is a bit better color, and a slightly larger file size than the 8-bit alpha under the DXT category. Uncompressed - Very much like a Bitmap, with no compression to speak of. It can support either 0-bit or 8-bit alpha. This version is only used by Blizzard for sky textures, where every bit of color detail is necessary.
By BalkronThis template allows you to create World of Wacraft-styled Blizzlike world maps.
Video tutorial coming soon!
P.S. Since video isn't done yet, I recommend paying attention to Skarn's (out-of-date, but still) world map tutorial to learn how to use it.
By InicoI made some Photoshop actions that automatically resize, move and crop the WoD/Legion/BfA character textures to make them work correctly in WOTLK. You can run them in a batch to convert multiple textures with just 1 click.
With this method you can retro-port almost every hd character model in a few minutes (you still need to modify the UV inside the M2 file but that's easy).
-The "Body texture" action automatically copies the face region, resizes and moves it to the lower left corner of the body texture. Then saves and closes the file.
-The "Face Texture" (upper and lower) action simply resizes and cuts the face files. You must duplicate each wod face texture and apply the upper action to to one of them and the lower action to the other (Wod only has 1 face texture file but wotlk has two, one for the upper half and other for the lower half).
-The facial hair action is similar to the face action. Also works for scalps. It cuts and resizes the texture but preserves transparency for facial hair textures (like beards or eyebrows).
-Tauren, Pandaren, Draenei and undead have some extra stuff (like tails, hooves, bones) where the head is supposed to be, so i made an action that cuts that region and saves it, so you can use it as an extra texture.
For batch conversion go to "file-> automate-> Batch...", choose the action and the folder you want and hit "OK".
Tested in Photoshop CS6. It should work in older versions, but i am not 100% sure.
TIP: Character textures in Lich King MUST be in INDEXED format to work. Remember to index them if you use blpconverter (command: BLPConverter.exe /FBLP_PAL_A8 "file").