im new to all of this and am having a problem.
I am re-texturing aircraft .dds files from FSX.
If i was using photoshop i would use a third party program ("dxtbmp") to change the dds file format to a bmp that photoshop can edit. However, since im sick of using multiple programs to import/export just to get to the editing stage, i jumped at the chance to skip a step by using GIMP with the .dds plugin!
I found the dds plugin for GIMP and have sucessfully installed it. It seems that if the fsx.dds file is a dxt1 type it opens perfectly.
However, if it is a dxt5 type, i have a transparency issue...ie, it appears as if the transparency is set to about 50% on the main surface image. I cannot increase the actual transparency any higher as it is already at 100%. I am sure it has something to do with the alpha channel that you can see in the top RHS of the attached image. It doesnt show up in GIMP when i open the .dds dxt5 filetype whereas in DXTBmp it does as shown!
In the image example attached you will see the issue im having with a .dds dxt5 file type from fsx (the incorrectly displayed gimp image is on the left, and the correctly displayed DXTBmp image is on the right). I did a little experiment with the image and found that if i use DXTBmp to convert the image to a .dds dxt1, GIMP opens it perfectly. If i then change it back to .dds dxt 5, GIMP displays it incorrectly again.
What do i do???