Skin Editor Reverse Skin option

Ticket #8039
Opened by: R_Ryan
Status: Accepted
Feature Request
6/11/19 2:45 pm 6/11/19 2:45 pm
6/20/19 2:24 pm 6/20/19 2:24 pm
I apologize if this is a repeat request. I looked through several pages and didn't see it.

So call me stupid, but I have on several occasions gotten well into a skin before realizing that I've made it backwards (face on the back of the head, etc...). I know I'm not the only one who's made this mistake. If it's at all possible, it would be great if there were a button in the skin editor that simply flipped the skin around the right way.

Flipping them around by hand in an art program takes me forever.

Thanks for the great site and all the hard work you do. Love ya!

4 replies

06/20/2019 2:24 pm
Level 83 : Elite Scapegoat
set status to Accepted, assigned Paril.
06/20/2019 2:23 pm
Level 83 : Elite Scapegoat
Hey there.

So, this is an interesting problem actually. I've heard of this happening a lot. Rather than trying to implement a specific option for this, I've been trying to use other methods to inform people about what way the skin is facing. The top-right of the editor has a cube that tells you what side you're facing:

The skin also always, by default, faces face-forwards. If you have any other ideas on how I can more easily tell the viewer that they are facing towards the camera and not away, let me know; I'm all ears for improving this situation.

Adding a specific button to flip the whole skin is kind of a bandaid I'd like to avoid. Depending on how much you've done, you can make use of the Custom Brushes feature to copy the whole side and move it over to the front, but I understand if you've done the *whole* skin that that can be a pain.
06/20/2019 2:53 pmhistory
Level 20 : Expert Skinner
Yeah, I appreciate the UI elements. Tragically, they just kind of make you feel more stupid when you do eventually make the mistake. Most UI elements like that eventually succumb to "change blindness". Your brain just stops noticing the elements on screen that are always there. I think any attempt to make them more attention grabbing would risk them becoming annoyingly distracting.

Obviously, "pay attention and don't make the mistake in the first place" is the best advice, but prevention is never 100. It's an issue I've seen people have on all the major skin editors. If I have to use the copy button and make custom brushes for each face, then stamp them back on the correct way, it becomes easier to fire up GIMP and and do it that way.
06/20/2019 3:28 pm
Level 83 : Elite Scapegoat
It'd have to be one of those things I'd need to be sure works on every model as well, so I'm not sure if it's something I want to sink that much testing time into.

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