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 Post subject: Recolor hairs fast and easy (with actions)
PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:44 pm 
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Are you one of those who are annoyed at how slow it can be to recolor hairs, even if you use actions? Applying the same action to 12 different files can be a pain. There is a quick and easy method to make it a lot more tolerable. (There are probably a lot of ways to recolor hairs fast, and this method is more time saving if you're making a lot of hairs, such as all of Pooklet's colors, and less time saving if you're only making 4-5 colors.

Keep in mind that this will only work on the particular hair mesh you're recoloring at the moment, so you will need to make a new action for each hair. Still, if you make 16+ hair colors, and perhaps two different textures, that's quite a lot of time saved.

(Be aware that you may need to do something else for the elder files, either edit them separately or make a separate gray file - Cat's binner at MTS will let you use a separate gray for elders).

You need:
- Photoshop (or any other texture editing program that lets you use actions)
- One or more base textures
- Color actions (pooklet, Remi - doesn't matter)

What you do:
- Make a new project in Bodyshop
- Open up all the hair textures (just hair color, not alphas)
- Line them up and resize windows so you can see all of them (size doesn't matter - no, really!)
- Make sure you have the Volatile or base color on all the textures.
- Make sure the files only have a "background" layer, and if they don't, merge them (Ctrl+shift+E)
- Make a "snapshot" for each file (the icon next to the trash bin in the "history" panel)
- Run the first color action on the first file


Make sure the first texture in the top corner is selected. This one is the one you put the color action on.
- Make a new action, make sure the red "Record" button lights up
- Do "Merge layers" (Ctrl+shift+E)
- Save the file (ctrl+S)
- Do "mark all" (Ctrl+A), then Copy (Ctrl+C)
------REPEAT FROM HERE-------
- Click the next file
- Do "Paste" (Ctrl+V), then "Merge layers" (Ctrl+shift+E)
- Save the file (Ctrl+S)
- Go to the "History" panel, and click on the "Snapshot 1" icon
------REPEAT TO HERE-------
- (Do the actions (between from/to) until you run out of files to edit)
- Go to the first file
- Go to the "History" panel, and click on the "Snapshot 1" icon
- Stop the action.

- Open the Project file, and make sure all the textures were changed. If they weren't, you may have missed a step.

Now you only need to run the color action on the first file, and sit back and relax as Photoshop does the job for you with the rest of the files, and at the same time resets to the base texture. It's a bit of work for the first color, but you save a lot of time on the rest.

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