How to paint images in Ark

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How to paint images in Ark

Post by DynamiteTiger » August 14th, 2017, 12:04 am

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How to paint images in Ark
I've been asked how I bring images into Ark to place on canvases, signs, and flags. Because it's a little complicated to explain all in one go, I've made a tutorial below on how to do this. If you have any questions, please feel free to make a post below and I'll do my best to answer your question.

The first method is the simplest and that is using the in-game camera. It's a little expensive to make but very worth it.

A couple tips on using the in-game camera:
  • The closer you are the more clear the image will be when transferred to a canvas. It's best to choose only one subject at a time.
  • A highly contrasting background will make your image appear more clearly.
  • Lighting is crucial. Insure your subject is in good light. If the lighting is dull, the details in the image will be lost and it will appear quite drab.
  • You can use the scroll wheel to zoom in and out.
  • Remember to press "backspace" to get rid of your HUD before you snap the picture.
Once you have taken a picture, put up a canvas and grab a brush. You will likely need every single type of dye. The easiest way to get all of them on our current server is by using the ECO Mod RP Food Tray, (found in your engrams as Food Tray), Cooker and attachable Dye Mixer where all the dye recipes are inside and cost less. If you don't have that, you can make all the dyes in a vanilla or S+ cooking pot, or Industrial Cooker, it will just take more resources. The vanilla dye recipes can be found here:
https://ark.gamepedia.com/Dye

Hit the canvas with your brush to bring up the painting menu. Then click the first button on the top left which will be labeled "Load Paints From This Type".
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The next screen will show you all the available images for that specific "type" of canvas. This includes canvases, signs, flags, and modded canvases, (more on this below). If you have only taken pictures with the in-game camera, all the images listed will be named "Camera-###". In this screen you can click on a listed image on the left and then rename it by clicking the pencil button, second in, on the top. (You can also rename the file in your Steam folder. More on this in a bit.) On the right you will see all the dyes that you will need and/or are missing listed below the previewed image. When you have the image that you want selected and all the needed resources, click the first button on the top left labeled "Load Painting".
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Re: How to paint images in Ark

Post by DynamiteTiger » August 14th, 2017, 12:30 am

Bringing in outside Images:

You can bring nearly any image into Ark to place on a canvas, sign, or flag using the following website:
http://www.ark-survival.net/en/image-to ... converter/

For best results, try to use images that have roughly the same size ratio as the type of item you want to paint on. For example, images for canvases, no matter their size, should be perfectly square, (same height and width). The image converter program will allow you to crop the image to fit. If you want to insure it's the perfect ratio click the selection below the preview "Lock Ratio" then drag your mouse on the image. Once you're happy with your cropping you can pre-select which colours should be used in the painting, or just click "Generate Preview". NOTE: Using more than one canvas through this program does not work in my experience. Simpy select 1x1 to use one canvas.
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Once the preview has been generated, click download. The image will be downloaded to your downloads folder and will always be titled "arksurvivalnet_sign_PaintingCanvas_C.pnt". The first section, before the first underscore, is the name of your painting but the rest needs to remain the same as it tells the game which type of item this painting is for. Rename the file to your choosing like so: "YOURPAINTINGNAME_sign_PaintingCanvas_C.pnt". This file then needs to be placed in your Steam Ark paintings folder. If you have installed the game within the default Steam folder, (you didn't specify to Steam that the game be installed someplace else) then the files will go in:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\ARK\ShooterGame\Saved\MyPaintings

You don't need to exit the game to add these files to your Saved Paintings folder. As soon as you've moved the file, hit a canvas with a brush and follow the steps listed above to apply the painting.
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Re: How to paint images in Ark

Post by DynamiteTiger » August 14th, 2017, 12:48 am

Using Modded Canvases

On our current server we are using an ECO Furniture and Decor mod that has larger than vanilla canvases. These are really great for decorating and are a much larger canvas that provides better detail to your pictures. Using the steps listed above move your file to your Saved Paintings Steam folder. In order for them to be recognized by the game as identified with the modded canvases you need to rename the files very specifically.

Example file to be changed:
YOURPAINTINGNAME_Sign_PaintingCanvas_C.pnt

The first part before the first underscore is the name of your painting. The following is what the game uses to identify which type of item the painting belongs to.

The following is what your files should be named to be used with the appropriate ECO Furniture and Decor Mod Canvases:

Medium:
YOURPAINTINGNAME_RPMediumCanvas_eco_C.pnt
Large:
YOURPAINTINGNAME_RPLargeCanvas_eco_C.pnt
Extra Large:
YOURPAINTINGNAME_RPXLCanvas_eco_C.pnt

Here are some examples of those canvases in use with both the in-game camera and imported images:
In-game camera images:
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Re: How to paint images in Ark

Post by Dagradon » August 14th, 2017, 3:26 pm

Awesome information DT. Thank you for putting this together for us.
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Re: How to paint images in Ark

Post by DynamiteTiger » September 20th, 2017, 9:52 pm

Bump for visibility. I've had a couple people ask how to use the canvases. It's too complicated to explain. Easier if you just read the tutorial.
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