Making a custom kit icon for Ghost Recon
Report by Jester

Several people have emailed me and asked in the GhostRecon.net forums about how to make a new kit icon for a weapon that they have made. It's really quite simple. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how. This tutorial also assumes that you have made a mod with a new weapon or kit for Ghost Recon, and are at least a little familiar with PhotoShop.

Tools

Before you dive in and get started, make sure that you have the proper equipment for the task at hand. You will need the following:

  1. Adobe PhotoShop (You can use Paint Shop Pro, but I'm not familiar with it, so I don't cover it, here.)
  2. The Rogue Spear .rsb plug-in
  3. Mike Schell's Ghost Recon RSB Conversion Utility
  4. A suitable image of the weapon or piece of equipment that you are making a new kit for.

Getting Started

The first thing that you will need to do is make a copy of one of the existing kit images from Ghost Recon. If there is a kit that is similar to what you want to add to the game, then pick it. To figure out which image to use, check which kit number it is in-game, then go to the Ghost Recon\Mods\Origmiss\kit\ folder and choose the appropriate kit. Open it up with notepad (note: you can edit or create a new kit with Igor, but it won't show you the information that we're after, so bear with me.)

For this example, I'm going to make an AK-47 and grenade kit. Since the Support 2 kit has grenades, I'll choose it. The file I'm after is Ghost Recon\Mods\Origmiss\kit\heavy-weapons\heavy-weapons-02.kit

When I open the .kit file in Notepad, the third line is:

<KitTexture>kit_heavy-weapons-02.rsb</KitTexture>

That tells me what I need to know. Now, go to the Ghost Recon\Data\Shell\Art\kit folder and find your image. Mine is Ghost Recon\Data\Shell\Art\kit\heavy-weapons\kit_heavy-weapons-02.rsb

Copy that .rsb file to a temporary folder and change the file properties so that it is no longer read-only. Next, open up Ghost Recon RSB Conversion Utility and locate the folder that your .rsb file is in. GR-RSB should display "RSB's in folder: 1". Click on the "GR to RS" button and it should convert it and say "Completed".

 

The Image

Open the .rsb file in PhotoShop and you should see something like this:

Go to the "Channels" tab (it's next to the "Layers" tab) and open it up and you should see something like this:

Click on the small square to the left of the alpha channel to make it visible. You should see this, now.

Select the alpha channel by clicking on it. Copy and paste the lower box over the top box so that your image now looks like this

Next, take your new weapon image and make a white silhouette out of it.

I did it by selecting only the weapon and filling it in with white. Pretty simple. If you need help with doing that, then look for some PhotoShop tutorials and come back to this when you have a better grasp of the program.

Next, resize your image to fit in the top box of our kit image and copy and paste it into the alpha channel.

Save your new image as newkitimage.rsb in Ghost Recon\mods\your mod\\Shell\Art\kit

Open your new kit up in Notepad, just like you opened the heavy-weapons-02.kit, and change the KitTexture to "newkitimage.rsb".

Now, you should see your new kit icon in-game

 

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