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Author Topic: How to make your own Call of Duty 2 main menu
Jednite
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Since: Jul 16, 2007
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Category: CoD2 MP Mapping
Posted: Saturday, Jul. 28, 2007 12:18 am
This tutorial explains the beginning of editing the Call of Duty 2 main menu. It will teach you how to change the look of it, but not the set up of the buttons.

First, you need something that will open up iwd files, like pakscape. (can be found at this link http://eliteforce2.filefront.com/file/PakScape_V_011;1327)

Now, before you go any farther, you must have photoshop or paint shop pro, with a DDS plugin.

photoshop and paint shop pro dds plugin: http://chalice.planetelderscrolls.gamespy.com/files/dds.8bi


Next you will need an iwi to dds converter, as well as a dds to iwi converter:

iwi to dds: http://www.westie-net.de/Anarchic/CoD2/Modding/Tools/iwitodds.exe

dds to iwi: http://kyleshost1.sslpowered.com/cod2/dds2iwi.zip

Now for the editing:

1.First, open pakscape and locate your call of duty 2 main folder(my computer > local disk > program files > activision > call of duty 2 > main)


http://kyleshost1.sslpowered.com/cod2/mainpic.JPG

2. At the bottom where it says "Files of type"... select "All Files"


http://kyleshost1.sslpowered.com/cod2/all%20files.JPG

3. Open iw_08.iwd


http://kyleshost1.sslpowered.com/cod2/iw8.JPG

4. Now open the images folder, unless it is already open, in which case you will see a lot of iwi files.
Find the one called background_american_w.iwi( http://kyleshost1.sslpowered.com/cod2/menu%20bg.JPG ) and drag it to your desktop, or the folder where you hold your converter.


https://kyleshost1.sslpowered.com/cod2/drag.JPG

5. Now drag the background_american_w.iwi file you just dragged out of pakscape onto the iwitodds converter.

After a few seconds, a file should appear in the same folder as the converter, named background_american_w.iwi_out.dds and it will obviously be in .dds form.


http://kyleshost1.sslpowered.com/cod2/dds%20comes.JPG


6. Now just open up photoshop or paintshot pro, click Open > then locate and open your dds file, and edit the left half. Make sure you do not edit any where its just the black square, because you will not see it when you start call of duty.



7. Once you are done save as .DDS, preferably the same name as you opened it as, settings:


https://kyleshost1.sslpowered.com/cod2/settings.JPG
Save it to the folder with the 2 converters

8. This top, drag the new file onto the ddstoiwi converter,


http://kyleshost1.sslpowered.com/cod2/drag2.JPG

and once again, you should get another file to appear, named whatever.iwi. rename it to background_american_w.iwi.

9. Go back into pakscape, and drag the new iwi file into the same folder you dragged it out of in the beginning.


http://kyleshost1.sslpowered.com/cod2/drag%20it%20back.JPG

10. After that, YOU MUST SAVE before changes will be made. Too often do people not save and just drag it in there then open up cod2, and get mad because there menu hasnt changed.

Make sure you save, and check out your new menu in CoD2!


http://kyleshost1.sslpowered.com/cod2/new%20menu.JPG
(note: that is just a test I made for this tutorial, you can add anything you want to your menu, names, mroe images, etc. it doesn't have to be as blend as that, so use your imagination!)

I hope this helps, if you have any comments, questions, or if I made any mistakes, just comment here.

edited on Jul. 28, 2007 03:22 am by Jednite
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Mystic
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Category: CoD2 MP Mapping
Posted: Saturday, Jul. 28, 2007 01:22 am
Very nice tutorial. I have made it sticky and am asking permission to use it on the R&R|Projects website found at http://www.rnr-projects.co.uk
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Jednite
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Since: Jul 16, 2007
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Posted: Saturday, Jul. 28, 2007 08:01 am
Of course you can.
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Ganonspuppet
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Since: Jun 12, 2007
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Category: CoD2 MP Mapping
Posted: Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007 08:56 pm
Is there a way I can change it to an iwd, so I can put it on a server for people, so then when they leave they get that menu also..?
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Ranger666
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Since: Aug 23, 2007
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Category: CoD2 MP Mapping
Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 12:15 pm
i have photpshop cs3 but when i make it a dds the photoshop can open it!! should i use a nother version of photoshop??
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ahoji
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Since: May 16, 2006
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Category: CoD2 MP Mapping
Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 12:38 pm
Ganonspuppet writes...
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Is there a way I can change it to an iwd, so I can put it on a server for people, so then when they leave they get that menu also..?


maybe u can do it with same way as making mods/maps =>.iwd file with same file-tree structure

but this will be ever player-side mod (server does have nothing with game menu)
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94sniper
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Since: Jun 15, 2007
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Category: CoD2 MP Mapping
Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 01:24 pm
very nice tut, you can expect me to use this one in the future.

9.9/10[thumbs_up]
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Snake-nl
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Since: May 30, 2004
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Category: CoD2 MP Mapping
Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 02:05 pm
2 questions :)

when i open background_american_w.iwi_out.dds in photoshop CS2 i get this popup:



are these settings ok?

when i open it with these settings i get this one:



as you can see i don't get 2 half. only 1 big image (1024x512 px)

so its different and not like the tut. is this normal?? or what is wrong with my picture?
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94sniper
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Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 03:11 pm
Snake-nl writes...
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...when i open background_american_w.iwi_out.dds in photoshop CS2 i get this one...
Quote:


1. I don't think you want to load mipmaps

2. it's background_american_w.iwi not background_american_w.iwi_out.dds.

Always double read the tut before you try it![thumbs_up]
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Snake-nl
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Category: CoD2 MP Mapping
Posted: Friday, Aug. 31, 2007 05:40 am
5. Now drag the background_american_w.iwi file you just dragged out of pakscape onto the iwitodds converter.

After a few seconds, a file should appear in the same folder as the converter, named background_american_w.iwi_out.dds and it will obviously be in .dds form.

6. Now just open up photoshop or paintshot pro, click Open > then locate and open your dds file, and edit the left half. Make sure you do not edit any where its just the black square, because you will not see it when you start call of duty.

;) i can't open an iwi file in photoshop so it must be converted into a dds ;)
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