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  IMG Tool Tutorial
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This tutorial can be used when making new skins and textures that will replace the originals.

What you need:

IMG Tool 2.0
TXD Workshop 3.5 or higher
Graphics editor
Fraps (optional)

I will just explain how to export and import the TXDs from the IMGs and the textures from the TXDs. I won't go into detail about how to edit the textures themselves. That's up to you.

How to do it:

Make a new folder to hold your work and in it, create folders for each one of your projects.
Back up your IMG and TXD files so you can restore them if things go wrong.

Open IMG Tool and click FILE>OPEN.
Browse to the file you want to open. Clothes and tattoos are in PLAYER.IMG. Vehicles and buildings are in GTA3.IMG.

Once your file is open in IMG Tool, click EDIT>FIND. Type the name of the file you're looking for. Cars, clothes and tattoos have self-descriptive names, but buildings and other things don't.

Once you find tour TXD, select it and then click COMMAND>EXTRACT. Extract the file into your work folder. Leave IMG Tool open.

Go into your work folder and open the TXD with TXD Workshop. Find the texture(s) you want to edit and click EXPORT>TGA. Some TXDs have more than one texture in them. If you want to extract them all, click EXPORT>EXPORT ALL TEXTURES TO TGA FILES.
Export them into your work folder. Leave TXD Workshop open.

Open your texture(s) in your graphics program and edit them to your liking. Some textures have an alpha channel that you can edit too.

Once you're done editing, go back to TXD Workshop and click IMPORT, then look for the texture you just edited and double click it. Your new texture will show in the preview screen. Click SAVE TXD and close TXD Worshop.

Now, go back to IMG Tool and click COMMAND>REPLACE, then go back to your work folder and click the OPEN button. This way is better than clicking on the file, because you make sure you're replacing the right file.

Close everything and load the game to see your new skin in game. Take some screenshots using your camera, print screen or Fraps.

You can use these instructions to install mods too.

*Submitted Via Fragger*

Average User Rating: 6.9
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Total comments: 45 | Last comment: 11-23-2010 at 13:34

 #1 - 08-12-2005 at 15:03
SeVeReD (V.I.P. Member)
Joined: December 22nd, 2004
Posts: 236
Nice Job Fragger... big grin

 #2 - 10-16-2005 at 00:10
burnout3
From: (Victoria)
Joined: September 14th, 2005
Posts: 39
This is way to confusing.... I think i'll just pass frown

 #3 - alex - 12-20-2005 at 12:32
atrifoi
From: (Sighetu marmatiei)
Joined: December 20th, 2005
Posts: 1
thank you for registering me

 #4 - 01-02-2006 at 11:38
jw212
From: (st andrews)
Joined: October 22nd, 2005
Posts: 12
why can't they just have a simple program to replace and insert cars and bikes,
similar to vice citys one called GTA Mod installer.

this program sucks for doin things like that

 #5 - WoW!!! - 01-12-2006 at 02:22
Gaarakeren
From: (Bandung / West Java)
Joined: January 12th, 2006
Posts: 1
That Was Awesome Dude!!!coolYou're Evil Genius!!!Devil!

 #6 - graphics editor - 02-27-2006 at 05:34
Frederico193
Joined: February 19th, 2006
Posts: 2
good job but i don't know what graphics editor what i can utilize
Puke!

 #7 - How Do I Even Install Or Download Imgtool?? - 05-10-2006 at 02:04
GTAFANZ
From: (Tanjong Pagar Plaza#18-108 080008)
Joined: May 9th, 2006
Posts: 2
HOW DO I PLEASE TEACH ME THX

 #8 - How Do I Even Install Or Download Imgtool?? - 05-10-2006 at 02:08
GTAFANZ
From: (Tanjong Pagar Plaza#18-108 080008)
Joined: May 9th, 2006
Posts: 2
how do i even DL or install imgtool and how can i do it???can anyone pls tell me

 #9 - how do u make cars - 06-22-2006 at 21:39
imani
From: (chciago)
Joined: June 22nd, 2006
Posts: 1
HOW DO U MAKE CARS ANYONE PLZ TELL MEconfused

 #10 - 06-30-2006 at 20:13
darky777
From: (IL)
Joined: June 30th, 2006
Posts: 18
i htae those bilut tools tryed it for halo i had no diea what to do and how it worksconfusedTwo Thumbs Down!Aaargh!!!

 #11 - Hi - 08-06-2006 at 04:56
r_ikhwan
From: (Homs)
Joined: August 6th, 2006
Posts: 1
How I can download it ? please..............

 #12 - 08-27-2006 at 14:47
carljohnsongtasa
From: (kansas)
Joined: August 27th, 2006
Posts: 9
Puke!you make me sickPuke!

 #13 - 09-25-2006 at 10:13
pedro_PT_azor
From: (acores ponta delgada)
Joined: September 25th, 2006
Posts: 1
eu ponho os carros mas o jogo engata como posso jogar com os carros?

 #14 - Thank's for the help ! - 11-12-2006 at 12:06
roadrat440
From:
Joined: November 2nd, 2006
Posts: 3
I got stuck when i was trying to add some cars to GTA-SA and couldn't understand why it didn't work. I must say I am a beginner to the modding on the PC. So once again, thank you for the help.smile

 #15 - cool - 11-21-2006 at 10:17
MRD_000
From: (tamra)
Joined: November 21st, 2006
Posts: 1
wow cool big good

 #16 - 12-19-2006 at 17:06
samus_rocks3
From: (mcminnville tn)
Joined: December 19th, 2006
Posts: 1
EDIT: Talking about downloading the game is classed as piracy which is not tolerated on the Filefront Network. You have been warned. ~ Gavin1701.

 #17 - how to make car - 03-27-2007 at 18:37
r_3nant_3
From: (Davao City)
Joined: March 23rd, 2007
Posts: 1
pls help...

 #18 - good:( - 04-02-2007 at 16:19
harris24
From:
Joined: April 1st, 2007
Posts: 2
how to make car

 #19 - :brock - 04-07-2007 at 20:48
SAAD18
From:
Joined: March 31st, 2007
Posts: 4
i like mush

 #20 - :(rock - 04-07-2007 at 20:50
SAAD18
From:
Joined: March 31st, 2007
Posts: 4
i like very much

 #21 - good - 06-10-2007 at 07:01
glaubers
From: (Ouro Branco/ Minas Gerais)
Joined: June 10th, 2007
Posts: 1
yeer very good

 #22 - 06-28-2007 at 11:00
shellhead
From: (MERELBEKE)
Joined: June 16th, 2007
Posts: 10
where to replace guns ?

 #23 - 08-10-2007 at 21:30
runaselis
From:
Joined: August 10th, 2007
Posts: 2
don't spam - Flip

 #24 - help - 08-10-2007 at 21:33
runaselis
From:
Joined: August 10th, 2007
Posts: 2
peaople ho to download this img tool ?

 #25 - HOW DO U GET THE CARS ON THE GAME - 09-28-2007 at 21:34
TONYMONTANA012
From: (pascagoula)
Joined: September 28th, 2007
Posts: 2
OK IVE BEEN AT THIS FOR HOURS,WHAT DO I DO?? I HAVE GRADE THEFT AUTO SAN ANDREAS INSTALLED AND EVERYTHING IVE BEEN PLAYIN IT N STUFF...I DOWNLOADED THE STUFF THAT I WANT TO BE ON THE GAME.WTF DO I DO PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!frown

 #26 - 09-29-2007 at 11:00
Flip1299
Joined: October 17th, 2006
Posts: 14
you can use GGMM or SAMI to install cars. if you need any help sign up to the forums (http://forums.filefront.com/gta-san-andreas-1143/) and ask for help there.

 #27 - no - 10-30-2007 at 03:28
liambroadway
Joined: August 18th, 2007
Posts: 6
i`m Aaargh!!! and i whant Beer! Beer!

 #28 - IMG:Acess Denied - 12-06-2007 at 11:12
Formula3000
Joined: December 6th, 2007
Posts: 1
When I add or replace files on the IMG, it always says "acsess denied",what's the problem?

 #29 - 03-05-2008 at 13:44
heoga2009
Joined: February 25th, 2008
Posts: 5
sweet but i dont get itconfused

 #30 - A easier way to install game mods for SA - 03-15-2008 at 04:40
Krurnosai
Joined: March 15th, 2008
Posts: 13
Download a program called SanAndreasModInstaller(SAMI).
With that you just choose the .rar/.zip folder, and then it will read the needed things in that folder! All you then need to do is choose what vehicle you want it on installed and where, and your own costume name!

Its as easy as that! If you can't find it here, go to: http://www.gtagaming.com/ and look in the Tool's section from the San Andreas section!

 #31 - GTASA keeps crashing - 03-15-2008 at 13:12
Beefyuk
Joined: March 15th, 2008
Posts: 1
Can you please help me, everytime i install a vehicle to GTASA the game keeps crashing i have used img. tool, sami tool, and done it manually, but it just loads the save game half way and then crashes, is there something i am doing wrong or am i forgetting to do something,

Please help...

Cheers beefy.

 #32 - no name - 03-20-2008 at 14:44
Marioman42
From: (Illinoise)
Joined: February 17th, 2008
Posts: 4
can u do weapons?

 #33 - 03-28-2008 at 09:16
Killzi
From:
Joined: October 20th, 2007
Posts: 37
does this tool take any issue with diffrent patches? I also have the same problem...

 #34 - can u tell me - 04-30-2008 at 00:22
etno
From: (Yangon)
Joined: April 30th, 2008
Posts: 1
how can i make a screen shot in gta san andreas?????????frown

 #35 - pls help!!!!!!:(:(:S:S:S - 06-07-2008 at 07:06
dzole
From: (skopje)
Joined: June 7th, 2008
Posts: 1
hey.when i try to replace or add file using img tool it says I/Q error 32
pls help mefrownfrown

 #36 - this sucks - 06-18-2008 at 14:52
Justin2400
From:
Joined: March 26th, 2008
Posts: 9
i hate this IMG piece of crap, SAMI is so much more simple but theres some stuff that it cant install frown, why cant this IMG thing be made simpler? or SAMI upgraded to install all the mods??? confused

 #37 - 09-01-2008 at 18:49
owais87
Joined: September 1st, 2008
Posts: 1
Can you please help me, i tried using the img tool to mod ...but the game loads half way and then crashes... i tried reinstalling the game ...now it wont work normally also...help plzzzzzzz

 #38 - 09-14-2008 at 05:18
noobowner4life
Joined: September 11th, 2008
Posts: 2
this is really sucks....I DONT NO HOW ITS WORK!......Aaargh!!!confusedAaargh!!!

 #39 - 09-14-2008 at 05:19
noobowner4life
Joined: September 11th, 2008
Posts: 2
how do you uprade samiconfused

 #40 - HOW DO I MAKE THE CARS - 11-19-2008 at 22:14
DEAIRIS
From: (ATLANTA)
Joined: November 19th, 2008
Posts: 1
I GOT THE CAR I WANT TO FIX UP BUT THEN AFTER THAT WAT DO I DO mad

 #41 - cars - 04-27-2009 at 15:00
lilde
From: (plantation florida)
Joined: April 27th, 2009
Posts: 1
how do i make the cars after i install them

 #42 - help plz - 05-03-2009 at 05:02
nwgy5
From:
Joined: May 3rd, 2009
Posts: 1
Can someone message me a link to graphics editor i cant find it!!... plz =D Pimp!

 #43 - how do i get the car into my game - 09-07-2009 at 12:49
vmulhearn123
From: (south plainfield, NJ)
Joined: September 7th, 2009
Posts: 1
how do i get the cars into the game

 #44 - sakam da vmetnam avtomobili - 11-23-2009 at 08:43
minur
From: (struga)
Joined: November 23rd, 2009
Posts: 1
sakam da vmetnam sve vo gta san andreas

 #45 - Whats this? - 11-23-2010 at 13:34
DJFly4Life
From: (Porvidence Rhode Island)
Joined: November 23rd, 2010
Posts: 1
umm im new here and i dont knoe wats going on and i need lots of help it looks like that my computer is going out of control and i cant use GGMM bcuz it wont work -_- so yea i really need help and my computer has lots of errors and ***** so yea pce leave a message



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