How to create TF2 sprays

That's what it should look like:

Why spraying? Duh!

Let's pretend you have a lot of "so called" imagination... Wouldn't be nice to show other players your incredible sarcasm? Or even better, reply by a good spray of your own onto this noobie player's spray who just "downloaded" one from an everyone-known site?

So, let's get ready to rumble!

To get list:

  • Everything in mind (pictures seen that makes you laugh, something completly stupid or weird. Your choice...)
  • Picture editing program (Photoshop [Works best] or GIMP [FREE, for Windows, Mac and Linux])
  • A VTF editing program (VTFEdit [FREE and it's the best in my opinion])


I - Get something to say!

In the event you're a zombie and your brain has been ate by a friend, go to step XXL. But if you are a human being and have some or lots of ideas, get to work and make a sketch of your projet. In your picture editing program or even on a piece of paper. Take some time to think of it and appreciate your sketch before going on. When you're completly satisfied with your plan, you can go to the next step...


II - Preparation of the files

Get to your favourite picture editing program (like Photoshop or GIMP). Create a brand new picture with one of those recommended dimensions:

  • 256px X 256px (Never more than that!) Download : PSD or TGA
  • 128px X 128px Download : PSD or TGA
  • 64px X 64px Download : PSD or TGA

Set the background to transparent.


III - Creating the picture

Put any pictures you previously got or design whatever you want! May I suggest you not to "copy/paste" a single image in your work since it will not represent your style but someone else's work... Try to be creative (This is why I told you to sketch it BEFORE begining this step...). It is more easy to reproduce your sketch than try to steal one...

There is some ideas you could work on:

A collage


An artwork

At this point, you surely want to save all of your files before your computer crashes... Believe me, it happens particuly at those times! :-)

Once this is done, you'll have to save your finished file to « .tga » format. Just open the "File -> Save As" command menu, there is supposed to be a file format chooser somewhere at the bottom in the "Save As" window. Select the « .tga » file format and this is it! If TARGA Options are asked, select 32bits/pixels with no RLE compression.


IV - Now fancy files...

Download, install and open up VTFEdit.

First! Go to "Options" and make sure the "Auto Create VMT File" is checked.

Go to "File -> Import" and select your project (in « .tga » format).

When the import window shows up, let all the fancy options as they are for now...

Now you see the image exactly as it will look like while in-game. If there's something wrong, go back a few steps and check it out...

If you are satisfied with what you got, go to "File -> Save As".

Give a cute little name to your file and then save it to those two directories:

C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\NAME\team fortress 2\tf\materials\VGUI\logos


C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\NAME\team fortress 2\tf\materials\VGUI\logos\UI

If the directories doesn't exist, well... Just create it as specified!

After that step, go check if you have « my-project.vtf AND my-project.vmt » files in both directories « logos AND UI ».


V - Getting ready to show it!

Save all your current work, close all programs.

Launch Team Fortress.

Press the "Options" button, then in the "Multiplayer" tab, check for the drop down menu list and choose your spray.

If you don't see your spray, it means that a file and/or a folder is missing. Close everything and go check if you have all the four (4) files mentionned at the end of the previous step in the correct directories.

If your spray is there and has been selected, join/create a server and show the world your amazing skills by pressing "T" near a wall. Immediate results garanteed!

Also, if you have multiple sprays and want to change it while playing, you'll have to wait after a map change to see the newest selected...


VI - Don't be lame or a complete d**b**s...

Plenty of people are able to make sprays... And there's a lot of bad one... Be smart enough to "think" to what you'll make... Taking a pornographic image and putting it in a spray will not make you the "coolest" player ever... Maybe if it's terrificly weird or completly original and never ever seen you'll get some comments but... If this is all you can think of, you're maybe too young or too ugly to have S-E-X and trying to compensate...




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