How to Make Sprays for Left 4 Dead

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How to Make Sprays for Left 4 Dead
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In "Left 4 Dead," like many other Valve games using the source engine, you can spray walls in multiplayer matches with a predetermined image. These images don't affect the actual gameplay mechanics, but it can be fun way of showing your artistic or creative side. Valve offers a few generic sprays that can be used, but users can create their own spray from almost any image on their computer to use in the game.

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Things you need

  • Photo-editing software
  • VTF Converter

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  1. 1

    Open your preferred photo-editing software. While MS Paint will work, those looking to create a custom spray from scratch will want a more sophisticated editor, such as Gimp or Adobe Photoshop.

  2. 2

    Create a new image with 256-by-256 pixel dimensions and a transparent background. All of the signatures for "Left 4 Dead" must be 256 by 256.

  3. 3

    Insert an image you would like to use, or create your own with the brushes available in your photo editor. suggests using brushes with the size 10-15px.

  4. 4

    Scale the finished image down to 128x128 pixels.

  5. 5

    Scale the canvas size back up to 256x256. Most photo-editors have a button for this, or you can drag and increase the size of the canvas by click on the bottom-right of the picture.

  6. 6

    Save the file as .PNG. When saving, change the "Save file type as" box to .PNG.

  7. 7

    Download and run VTF converter, which will convert the file from a .PNG to .VTF--the only compatible format for the spray paint.

  8. 8

    Select the first option in the "Go To" drop-down menu. A window to locate your file will appear.

  9. 9

    Open your created image and click "OK" in the box that appears.

  10. 10

    Save the converted file using a different name than the original file, so you will be able to recognise it.

  11. 11

    Start "LFD" and upload the spray in the settings menu where you edit your current spray paint.

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