[TuT] Making a Custom HUD (Heads Up Display)

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[TuT] Making a Custom HUD (Heads Up Display)

Post by Rofldonutburger » Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:00 am

HUD Tutorial

Okay, this tutorial will cover how to make a custom HUD (Heads Up Display). There will be a few sections to this tutorial. Pictures will be included.

1. Requirements/Tools
2. Shield Meter/Background
3. Grenade HUD (grhi)
4. Ammo meters
5. Visor (Overlay)
6. Radar + Sweeper
7. Misc stuff (Score meters, extra elements)
8. Links


1. Requirements/Tools needed:

- Eschaton 0.7 or above
- My HUD template
- Image editing program (Photoshop, Gimp, etc.)
- Basic knowledge of modding
- Common sense


2. Shield Meter/Background

We’re going to start off with the shield bar and the health meter.

First, make a 1024x256 sized image with a black background in your image editing program. I’ll be using Photoshop in this tutorial. Make sure it’s all black (#000000) or the background contents will show.

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Now draw a picture on how you want the shield meter to look like. I’ve drawn mine like this:

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Save that image as “shield meter”. Then, select around the shield meter.

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Now go to Select > Transform Selection and change both the height to 120% and width to 105%.

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Using the colors #ffffff (white) and #505050, make a gradient over the shield meter. Save that file as “shield alpha”. Don’t close it yet.

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We’re now going to make an outline for the shield meter. Hit undo, so there’s no gradient covering the shield meter.

Use Smart Selection and select the shield bar. Make a new layer.

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Click Select > Expand > 4 px, and then Select > Border > 4-6 px (depending on how wide you want the border to be).

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Now fill the border with white, and delete the layer with the shield meter on it.

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Fill the space inside the border with gray (brighter if you want it to be more opaque, darker if you want it to be transparent)

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Save that as “shield outline”.

Open up Eschaton, and navigate to the shield meter bitmap (h3\ui\hud\bitmaps\shield_meter).

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Import “shield meter” as the image, and “shield alpha” as the image mask.

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Now select “h3\ui\hud\bitmaps\shield_outline”.

Import “shield outline” as the image and image mask.

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Try your map in Halo Demo.

*Optional*

If your shield meter is too big or too small, follow these steps:

Scroll down to the “unhi” tag and select “h3\ui\hud\cyborg_mp” in Eschaton.

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Select “Floats”, and change the SPB and SPM width and height scale. Make sure the SPB and SPM’s width and height scales are the same.

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If your shield meter is in the wrong position, follow these steps:

Scroll down to the “unhi” tag and select “h3\ui\hud\cyborg_mp” in Eschaton.

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Select “Int16s”, and change the anchor offset of the SPB and SPM to your liking. X = move horizontal, and Y = move vertical. Make sure the X and Y offsets of the SPB and SPM are the same.

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Tutorial will be updated.

8. Links

HUD Template:
Mediafire: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?o4mmlgnlyzm
Filefront: http://www.filefront.com/14414649/HUD-Template.zip/

Eschaton 0.8.1:
Mediafire: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?dntx405mb2d
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Re: [TuT] Making a Custom HUD (Heads Up Display)

Post by Sugarlumps » Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:05 am

Hm..not bad a tut..

Okay its pretty good

I just gotta learn how to mange with using my one pic-editing tool: PAINT

LOLS im putting it in my USB and transfering to my PC

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Post by Rofldonutburger » Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:09 am

Added links. You should also download Gimp, it's good and it's free.
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Re: [TuT] Making a Custom HUD (Heads Up Display)

Post by Sugarlumps » Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:14 am

Eh.. Im already using Eschaton 0.8.1..

You know mediafire doesn't even work for me don't you?
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Post by Rofldonutburger » Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:32 am

Works for the majority of the people. Now just calm down, I'm going to upload it to Filefront too >.<
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Post by Sugarlumps » Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:37 am

Heh...its friday..Im CALM... I have 2 more days till school starts again...
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Post by G[v]N » Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:18 am

Hur hur hur. Nice, can't wait for the rest of the tut!
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Post by Candy » Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:30 am

WHO WANTS VIDEOS~!!!!!!
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Post by G[v]N » Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:41 am

Why would you need a video when it's already laid out in perfect detail here?

In any case, if you need a video..MGM Youtube (cough) would be happy to make one. When the tut's finished. :P
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Post by Dudedragon » Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:02 am

Nice tutorial. Easy to follow, well detailed. Plus I ACTUALLY GOT IT TO WORK! yay!
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Post by Candy » Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:58 am

Ill get it to work later!
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Post by Altimit01 » Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:46 am

Very nice tut. Will be added to the tutorials section once it falls off the front page. (Rofldonutburger PM me when it does so I can add it.)
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Post by G[v]N » Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:36 pm

Though when the full tut's done you'll need some organizing..
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Post by Sugarlumps » Sat Aug 29, 2009 5:22 pm

Ehhh whens the link to filefront gonna be up?

Im excited
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Post by Rofldonutburger » Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:43 pm

The link's already up.
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