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maxx2504
25-02-2016, 02:17
Hi folks !

NOTE: This Mod isn't working with Patch 10 because of the new file system of Project Cars. If modding is possible again...i will update this Mod.

This is my first mod for PCars, because i don't really like the look of some effects in this game, so i decided to change them by myself. Luckily Modding is possible because of some clever people :)

So what does this Mod ? (See also some pics below)

1. Change the backfire effect of the cars
2. Slightly change the look of the sparks
3. The glowing of the brakes is now brighter
4. Headlights and Brakelights are brighter now
5. Changes the texture of rain spray, leafs, gravel and gras


--> DOWNLOAD V1.08: https://mega.nz/#!wQ0klIyI!3BHqL-pLv0jaLHWDGAvt1I-LwkFd6rwIM0ZRdc-lMqs


Changelog:
v1.08: Reworked Backfire and Rainspray slightly.
v1.07: Changed the numbers of the "light_settings.xml" file again. Some people had trouble to see the tail and the brake lights in some conditions. You can change them by yourself if you want. Read the Instructions under the installation part.
v1.06: New reworked smoke texture added.
v1.05: Reworked the backfire texture a little bit. Also reduce the light intensity of all brake lights to 50%. Reduce headlight intensity from 150% to 125%. And most important: I deleted the unpacked boot files from the ZIP-archive (See Installation instructions for more info !)
v1.04: Adjust the sizes of the spray effect and added a little bit twirl to it. Unfortunately it the standard animation isnt rotation, but looks ok though.
v1.03: Reworked textures of leafs, gravel, gras and, main important, of the rain spray from the car.
v1.02: Added some blue color to the flame and reworked the alpha texture a little bit for a better look.
v1.01: Backfire is now a little bit brighter.


INSTALLATION:
1. Get the Unpacked Boot Files from JDougNY here and follow the instructions ! (PCARS Modding Unlocker Patch) https://www.mediafire.com/folder/cy3jl6679k7i1/Public_for_PCARS
2. Copy the "Effects-Mod by maxx2504" into the "MODS" folder.
3. Run "JSGME.exe", select "Effects-Mod by maxx2504" and press ">" to activate.

Important note:
If you already have the newest Unpacked Boot Files from JDougNY, skip step 1. If i updated my mod, overwrite the old files and deactivate and activate the mod again to work properly.


Instructions for the light settings:

1. Go to -> MODS\Effects-Mod by maxx2504\vehicles\light_settings.xml
2. Open that file with notepad (or a similiar program for textfiles) you will see the following entries:

<left_head_light value="1.25" />
<right_head_light value="1.25" />
<left_brake_light value="2.00" />
<right_brake_light value="2.00" />
<left_tail_light value="0.75" />
<right_tail_light value="0.75" />
<left_combined_tail_brake_light value="0.75" />
<right_combined_tail_brake_light value="0.75" />
<left_reverse_light value="1.0" />
<right_reverse_light value="1.0" />
<rain_light value="0.75" />
<middle_brake_light value="1.75" />
<frontleft_brake_glow value="2.0" />
<frontright_brake_glow value="2.0" />
<rearleft_brake_glow value="2.0" />
<rearright_brake_glow value="2.0" />

Change them like you want. I think the entries are self explaining. 1.0 means 100% ...so 1.5 is like 150%. 1.0 is the DEFAULT Value for each light.
After you change any entries, deactivate and activate the mod again !



--- Run the Effects-Mod at last with other Mods ! ---


Have fun with the mod ! :)


Original and new backfire:
OLD
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NEW
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Original and new rain spray:
OLD
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NEW
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Leafs, gras and gravel (slightly changed):
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New Smoke
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Brake glowing:
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Frontlights (hopefully you can see the change, its x1.5 more light intensity):
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Greetings from germany


maxx2504



PS: Credits goes to Autoprophet-ZR and JDougNY for their help ! Thanks ! :)

TassyDevil
25-02-2016, 03:13
This would be an improvement IMO especially the intensity of headlights and brakes.

maxx2504
25-02-2016, 13:37
Hi !

I have 2 problems at the moment:

1. Seems that i need the whole Unpacked Boot files to get this mod work. Maybe i need some other ini files or whatever...i need to figure that out.
2. I dont know if you can use this mod on VAC server because of the light settings. Maybe someone from SMS could answer this question ?

If thats the case...i guess i will only do a little mod for the spark and backfire texture.


Reminder: Its still WIP...i will change the pics if i have an update. Im still not happy with the texture it was a first attempt :)


maxx2504

goon
25-02-2016, 15:35
Looks great!

maxx2504
25-02-2016, 15:39
Hi

THREAD UPDATED with DOWNLOAD !!!

M4MKey
25-02-2016, 19:33
This is nice. thanks Maxx for your findings. I think I'll use my own settings for the different lights intensity :) But you did the searching for :) So Gratz :p

maxx2504
25-02-2016, 19:36
This is nice. thanks Maxx for your findings. I think I'll use my own settings for the different lights intensity :) But you did the searching for :) So Gratz :p


The only thing is...is that allowed on servers ? So as long this questions isnt answered...use at your own risk :D

M4MKey
25-02-2016, 20:04
Well... Using my AI light mod and better sound on VAC server for months...

CreamyDischarge
25-02-2016, 20:26
This excites me!

Is it possible for lens flair and rain on camera effect to be edited? Will this potentially open the door for modders to made track edits (like in NFSS2) where modders removed problematic track side objects? (Shimmer/flicker be gone) :)

IJOJOI
25-02-2016, 20:37
Thx mate!
Oh, all these small modifications just add up to a so much smoother experiance!

maxx2504
25-02-2016, 21:36
Hi !

I would love to know how to change the tiresmoke and the rainspray textures. If anyone have an idea...send me a PN :)


BTW: v1.01 is out. Changes: Backfire is brighter now.

Telstar
25-02-2016, 21:42
Does this mod have any effect on the framerate?

maxx2504
25-02-2016, 21:54
Does this mod have any effect on the framerate?

I noticed no effect on the FPS and i dont have the best PC ... see signature.

dnl0319
26-02-2016, 12:30
First of all, Great Mod!

You wrote, that u raised the Light at 1,5. Is it possible to raise it up to 2.0 or something ? Just wanna know...

M4MKey
26-02-2016, 12:41
First of all, Great Mod!

You wrote, that u raised the Light at 1,5. Is it possible to raise it up to 2.0 or something ? Just wanna know...

Of course it is :) You could make the light go from 1.0 to 99.99 or even higher :).

My own tweak of this file is in the other direction though... For tail lights and brake lights ( that I always found too glowy on daylight time, I've changed from 1.0 to 0.1 ) It looks way much more like Asseto Corsa style.

And on certain cars, if the sun is hitting the rear lights, it's hard to know if they're on or off ( though still easy to discern when braking :) ).

maxx2504
26-02-2016, 13:06
Hi !

If you wanna change the lights by yourself, i would recommend to change that in the modfiles -> MODS\Effects-Mod by maxx2504\vehicles\light_settings.xml

If you open that file with notepad (or a similiar program for textfiles) you see the following entries:

<left_head_light value="1.5" />
<right_head_light value="1.5" />
<left_brake_light value="2.0" />
<right_brake_light value="2.0" />
<left_tail_light value="0.5" />
<right_tail_light value="0.5" />
<left_combined_tail_brake_light value="1.5" />
<right_combined_tail_brake_light value="1.5" />
<left_reverse_light value="1.0" />
<right_reverse_light value="1.0" />
<rain_light value="1.75" />
<middle_brake_light value="2.0" />
<frontleft_brake_glow value="2.0" />
<frontright_brake_glow value="2.0" />
<rearleft_brake_glow value="2.0" />
<rearright_brake_glow value="2.0" />

Change them like you want. I think the entries are self explaining. 1.0 means 100% ...so 1.5 is like 150%.
1.0 is the DEFAULT Value for each light !

Note:
After you change the file, save it and deactivate and then activate the mod again ! Otherwise the original file is not overwritten !


PS: If i find out how to set the right directory for the rain effects i will change them too. I dont really like them. If anybody have an idea how the directory for the EFFECTS.BFF file must look like, i woul be really happy ;)

M4MKey
26-02-2016, 14:23
Maxx. You should look for JDougNY on RaceDepartment.com. He could unpack this .bff for you :)

dnl0319
26-02-2016, 14:40
Hi !

If you wanna change the lights by yourself, i would recommend to change that in the modfiles -> MODS\Effects-Mod by maxx2504\vehicles\light_settings.xml

If you open that file with notepad (or a similiar program for textfiles) you see the following entries:

<left_head_light value="1.5" />
<right_head_light value="1.5" />
<left_brake_light value="2.0" />
<right_brake_light value="2.0" />
<left_tail_light value="0.5" />
<right_tail_light value="0.5" />
<left_combined_tail_brake_light value="1.5" />
<right_combined_tail_brake_light value="1.5" />
<left_reverse_light value="1.0" />
<right_reverse_light value="1.0" />
<rain_light value="1.75" />
<middle_brake_light value="2.0" />
<frontleft_brake_glow value="2.0" />
<frontright_brake_glow value="2.0" />
<rearleft_brake_glow value="2.0" />
<rearright_brake_glow value="2.0" />

Change them like you want. I think the entries are self explaining. 1.0 means 100% ...so 1.5 is like 150%

Note:
After you change the file, save it and deactivate and then activate the mod again ! Otherwise the original file is not overwritten !


PS: If i find out how to set the right directory for the rain effects i will change them too. I dont really like them. If anybody have an idea how the directory for the EFFECTS.BFF file must look like, i woul be really happy ;)

Thanks for the answer, i'll give it a try in the next days.

maxx2504
26-02-2016, 15:05
Maxx. You should look for JDougNY on RaceDepartment.com. He could unpack this .bff for you :)

The Unpacking is not the problem. I have QuickBMS with a PCars script for that. The Problem is the directory . Where to put the unpacked texture for the effects. But i will hopefully find it out ;)

M4MKey
26-02-2016, 15:06
Unpacking is indeed easy. But if you're stuck on naming and sorting the files, JDougNY can help. :)

maxx2504
26-02-2016, 20:41
Hi !

New Update v1.02 out. I reworked the alpha of the backfire texture and added a little bit blue color to the flames.

And i added some new screenshots...

@M4MKey: Yeah i send him a PN

maxx2504
27-02-2016, 14:43
Hi !

I think about to change the size of the backfire on some cars. On some cars the backfire look too big and on some it look to small in my opinion.
Its possible and its very easy to change that, but im afraid that this will conflict other mods. I need to change the CRD-files of the cars.

What you think ?? :) Any suggestions ?

Pyromaniak666
27-02-2016, 15:17
If only such great improvements could be realised on Consoles, not that i am bashing the current setup, just jelly that's all

mw98
28-02-2016, 11:44
@maxx2504 It would be great if you could change the rain texture on the windscreen! Is this possible?

maxx2504
28-02-2016, 17:58
@maxx2504 It would be great if you could change the rain texture on the windscreen! Is this possible?

Hi !

Well, the problem is that i dont know where those textures are at the moment. I wanna do little steps first with my mod :) Next step will be the effects like the tree leaves, rubber and the rain spray hopefully.

:)

Dros01
29-02-2016, 16:43
Hi great, great mod! Enjoying it a lot. Little request is it perhaps possible to make one without the (yellow) sparks, when colliding to an other car or the fence? It slows down my fps by a margin, not much but still.
If it's not too big of a hassle? I think you'd do a lot with a not so high end pc a big favour. Possibility to choose a version with and without :surprise:

maxx2504
29-02-2016, 19:15
Hi great, great mod! Enjoying it a lot. Little request is it perhaps possible to make one without the (yellow) sparks, when colliding to an other car or the fence? It slows down my fps by a margin, not much but still.
If it's not too big of a hassle? I think you'd do a lot with a not so high end pc a big favour. Possibility to choose a version with and without :surprise:

Well at the moment i just try to make the textures look better. Adjusting the effects by themselfs when and if they appear is another whole story :)

So...the next step as i said...are the rain spray textures. (By the way i also changed the leaf texture, but i think i dont need to show that) These shots are from my first real try to change them. They still WIP (LeMans, LMP1, 12 o'clock, heavy rain):
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Nordschleife, Touring-Cars, 12 o'clock, heavy rain (a closer look to the textures)
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Leafs, Gras and Gravel (not much changed...but nicer):
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maxx2504

maxx2504
29-02-2016, 22:08
Hi !

Update v1.03 is out.
Changes: Reworked textures of leafs, gravel, gras and, main important, the rain spray from the car.

maxx2504
01-03-2016, 02:25
Hi !

Update v1.04 is out.
Changes: Adjust the sizes of the spray effect and added a little bit twirl to it.

dnl0319
01-03-2016, 10:39
Maybe u should name the Files "xxxxxxxxxx_v1.0X" or something ;)

maxx2504
01-03-2016, 10:56
Maybe u should name the Files "xxxxxxxxxx_v1.0X" or something ;)

As you wish. Done :D

M4MKey
01-03-2016, 15:44
I kinda like this new water spray :) ( At least from the preview pics ;) ). Will give it a try when 9.1 unpacker will be out. Also... On the comparison screen for the water spray, it looks like other mods are used too, am I right ? :D

maxx2504
01-03-2016, 16:13
I kinda like this new water spray :) ( At least from the preview pics ;) ). Will give it a try when 9.1 unpacker will be out. Also... On the comparison screen for the water spray, it looks like other mods are used too, am I right ? :D

Well i used my effects mod with your ai lights mod. And just turned all off to show the standard effects. It would be better to do a video but i dont have the joy and the time to do one :(

When the unpacked files are out, besides a new update for my mod too, just test it and leave a comment. i would appreciate that ;)

maxx2504
02-03-2016, 00:05
Hi !

Update v1.05
http://forum.projectcarsgame.com/showthread.php?45336-Effects-Mod-by-maxx2504

Please read the installation instructions !

mw98
02-03-2016, 15:47
Thank you so much! Could you try to edit the trees at Bathurst? They look a little bit flat/the textures are quite bad... Also, do you have the plan to edit the effect of those "rain-worms" on the windscreen in the future? They are a little bit too "fat" in my opinion. Greetings from Germany, mw98 :)

maxx2504
02-03-2016, 16:03
Thank you so much! Could you try to edit the trees at Bathurst? They look a little bit flat/the textures are quite bad... Also, do you have the plan to edit the effect of those "rain-worms" on the windscreen in the future? They are a little bit too "fat" in my opinion. Greetings from Germany, mw98 :)

Trees at Bathurst...i think definitly a NO sry. And the rain-worms...i don't know how to change them. Also i think that this effect is seperated for each car. That would be a lot of work. First i will stay with the effects all cars use like the light, backfire and so on. So im sorry :)

As i said...ill do small steps in modding PCars.

Dros01
02-03-2016, 17:32
Hi !

Update v1.05
http://forum.projectcarsgame.com/showthread.php?45336-Effects-Mod-by-maxx2504

Please read the installation instructions !

The file is not available on mega.

Invincible
02-03-2016, 17:58
The file is not available on mega.

I wanted to try this mod today, but it says file isn't available anymore! :( Please re-upload!

maxx2504
02-03-2016, 19:39
Hi !

Sorry that the file was unavailable. Should be available again now.

I try to work on the Tiresmoke now. The problem is not the texture, the problem is to change the size of the smoke and the frequenzy. Icannot change that so i try to compensate that with a better texture. The default smoke look like someone would throw cutton balls :D

Here is a first try:
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M4MKey
02-03-2016, 21:30
Just tried your mod. Water seems to look better indeed ( did not have that much time to look at it ). I'd have loved to be able to compare original textures though.

Your smoke edit looks nice too, maybe a tad bit darker if it's possible ?

mw98
02-03-2016, 21:37
This looks so much better! Thank you so much for all your efforts, maxx2504! Maybe you could reduce the density of the tire-smoke a little bit (by increasing the transparency of the texture maybe?), but this is already great!

maxx2504
02-03-2016, 23:51
Just tried your mod. Water seems to look better indeed ( did not have that much time to look at it ). I'd have loved to be able to compare original textures though.

Your smoke edit looks nice too, maybe a tad bit darker if it's possible ?


This looks so much better! Thank you so much for all your efforts, maxx2504! Maybe you could reduce the density of the tire-smoke a little bit (by increasing the transparency of the texture maybe?), but this is already great!


I think you both mean the same. I thought the same too. That was just a first try whats possible. Ill try a darker smoke and post a screen. I think the new version will come out tommorrow. You will see :)

Edit: Insert pic. Smoke is darker and a little more blue

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mw98
04-03-2016, 16:41
Thank you for the new update, maxx2504! Looks impressive now! Is this the last update or do you have new plans to further improve the graphical effects of pCARS? Great job so far!

maxx2504
04-03-2016, 17:27
Thank you for the new update, maxx2504! Looks impressive now! Is this the last update or do you have new plans to further improve the graphical effects of pCARS? Great job so far!

I will if i have ideas and the chance to realise them. Simple :)

Maybe there will be more updates on my mod if i see something i wanna change again. You see i make my mods for myself first and if people like them they can download them...


But suggestions are always welcome...

maxx2504
04-03-2016, 21:15
Hi !

Update v1.07 is out.
http://forum.projectcarsgame.com/showthread.php?45336-Effects-Mod-by-maxx2504

madmax2069
04-03-2016, 22:38
This is so much more impressive then what the game shipped with.

IJOJOI
05-03-2016, 12:52
Hi maxx,
Do you think it's possible to ramp up the back lights of the Mustang GT?
http://forum.projectcarsgame.com/showthread.php?44102-Ford-Mustang-GT-Rear-Lights-too-dark!
They are basically not even there :P

maxx2504
05-03-2016, 14:04
Hi maxx,
Do you think it's possible to ramp up the back lights of the Mustang GT?
http://forum.projectcarsgame.com/showthread.php?44102-Ford-Mustang-GT-Rear-Lights-too-dark!
They are basically not even there :P

Hi !

No i cannot fix that. I guess thats a problem of the car model itself that only SMS can fix ! But i will test that car to see whats going on there. I never drive this car :D

Do you had this Bug before or after using my mod ? If thats the reason please try the current Update v1.07 !

Edit: Well i checked the car. Look into your thread. I guess its a car problem not because of my mod :)

Gethema
05-03-2016, 21:10
hi maxx2504,

fantastic little mod, I love it! ;)

Would it be possible to remove the Depth of Field effect from the replays? Although sometimes nice to have, it's a bit too much for my personal taste, kinda like Vaseline in certain areas...

Now that we can modify the strength of the car lights, I wondered if there was a way to also alter the 'glow' that surrounds the brake lights when braking to make it less intensive? Just like the DoF, I think the effect basically is good but also slightly overdone.

Thanks mate!

maxx2504
06-03-2016, 01:56
Hi!

Update v1.08 is out. Sorry for so many updates...i guess this will my last one for a long time...



hi maxx2504,

fantastic little mod, I love it! ;)

Would it be possible to remove the Depth of Field effect from the replays? Although sometimes nice to have, it's a bit too much for my personal taste, kinda like Vaseline in certain areas...

Now that we can modify the strength of the car lights, I wondered if there was a way to also alter the 'glow' that surrounds the brake lights when braking to make it less intensive? Just like the DoF, I think the effect basically is good but also slightly overdone.

Thanks mate!

Im sorry but i don't know how to change the DoF of the replays. And the glow...i think that scales with the intensity of the brake lights. So i guess its not possible to make it less intensive :(

ELAhrairah
27-03-2016, 15:42
This mod stopped working since patch 10. Do other players have the same issue?

thomasjohansen
27-03-2016, 16:18
just curious, would the rearview mirror be "overall" mod/fixable? so frontlights would be more visible?

maxx2504
27-03-2016, 17:46
This mod stopped working since patch 10. Do other players have the same issue?

The most Mods stop working with Patch 10 because there are no Boot Files Yet. SMS changed the filesystem and we get a new Mod system eventually. So it will take a while till the mods will work again.


just curious, would the rearview mirror be "overall" mod/fixable? so frontlights would be more visible?

Interesting suggestions but im pretty sure im not able to change that. My work is more about the effects of the game not the mirrors sorry.


If the modding work like before i will upload a new version. Till then this mod will NOT work with Patch 10...

maxx2504
16-04-2016, 23:43
Hi !

Is there anybody who can help me with this mod to make it work again ? Im not sure how to add this mod to the game because many files were changed with Patch 10.

I don't know if its possible to change the effects again. Any ideas ? Maybe a Mod can help ? :(

Does the Modsupport only include cars ?

ELAhrairah
17-04-2016, 16:33
Hey max you might wanna check this topic and contact Ged Keaveney the tech director. He has been helpfull latley with the mods : http://forum.projectcarsgame.com/showthread.php?34577-Machine-Dojo-Modding-Team-Projects-Discussion/page128

mw98
19-04-2016, 13:05
We need this mod back! I thought SMS wanted to explain how the new mod support works? Or are they still planning to do so? @maxx2504 Maybe JDougny or LamboMantisMan23 or Ged can help you? Your mod was awesome :)

Sankyo
19-04-2016, 13:07
We need this mod back! I thought SMS wanted to explain how the new mod support works? Or are they still planning to do so? @maxx2504 Maybe JDougny or LamboMantisMan23 or Ged can help you? Your mod was awesome :)

Documentation will still come, though it probably has to wait until Ged returns from his absence.

mw98
19-04-2016, 13:12
Ah thanks, good to know, we'll wait patiently of course :) Let's see if that documentation will help maxx to make his nice mod work again...

LamboMantisMan23
19-04-2016, 18:05
Documentation will still come, though it probably has to wait until Ged returns from his absence.

Any idea on when that is? Documentation was said to come soon about a month ago :)

crowtrobot
19-04-2016, 18:06
Was it hinted that the mods.txt will be able to load more loose files than just the vehicles? The comments in the mods.txt file imply that only vehicles are supported at the moment.

maxx2504
20-04-2016, 18:36
Hi !

I think i'll wait until the Devs bring out that documentation. :)

ELAhrairah
20-04-2016, 20:00
Hi !

I think i'll wait until the Devs bring out that documentation. :)

May the force be with you

mw98
21-05-2016, 14:42
When is the mod-documentation planned to be released? Or won't there be anything like this because JDougNY etc. have already found out everything that is important for mods? Sorry for my impatience :rolleyes:

maxx2504
21-05-2016, 15:40
When is the mod-documentation planned to be released? Or won't there be anything like this because JDougNY etc. have already found out everything that is important for mods? Sorry for my impatience :rolleyes:

I don't have an idea sorry :( I wait for SMS to tell some more details about other mods than cars.

Mahjik
21-05-2016, 15:47
I don't believe there will be any more information provided other than car support.

maxx2504
22-05-2016, 00:28
I don't believe there will be any more information provided other than car support.

Ok then SMS could use my spray textures for the next patch :P

mw98
02-06-2016, 13:49
So it looks like there won't be any official mod documentation that could help to make this great mod work again... @maxx2504 Have you contacted maybe JDoungNY, because he has a solution for almost everything... Maybe he can take a look into the mod when he has some spare time...
Or any other ideas? :)

maxx2504
02-06-2016, 15:04
Hi !

I guess that wouldn't work because the Modsupport is only for new cars at the moment like Mahjik said. I only can wait...i don't wanna try to make a mod that doesn't work in the end or thats not allowed maybe.