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FM Graphics - How to make XML config files

By on Jan 01, 1970   Dec 13, 2012   43973 views   2 comments
FM Tutorials - FM Graphics - How to make XML config files
Ever tried to add your own graphics to the game, but never knew how? you are in the right place.

First, you need to find the game's ID of the thing you want to add.
How to find ID?
First what you have to do, is go to Preferences, then Interface. Once there, tick the "Show screens IDs in Title Bar to assist skinning".

Now, after we ticked it, we will go to the thing we want to change. If it kits or logo, you will need the club's id. If it's a face you will need the player ID. For example, let's assume that we are looking for Barca's ID. We will go to Barca and see it in the title.

Now that we got the ID, let's start with the config file. Download this empty config file:
http://www.mediafire.com/view/?trefqve1rdn2h89

Put all the pictures that you want to add and the config file in a folder, and move the folder to Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2013\graphics.

Now that you have done that it's time to edit the XML file so the game will know where to read the pictures from. Open the file with Notepad or any XML editor. Leave everything that's already inside. What you need to do is to add lines between
<list id="maps"> and </list>. For any type of graphics there is a different line to add.

Home Kit : "<record from="PICTURE" to="graphics/pictures/team/ID/kits/home"/>"
Awat Kit : "<record from="PICTURE" to="graphics/pictures/team/ID/kits/away"/>"
Third Kit : "<record from="PICTURE" to="graphics/pictures/team/ID/kits/third"/>"
Third Kit : "<record from="PICTURE" to="graphics/pictures/team/ID/kits/third"/>"
Club's Logo : "<record from="PICTURE" to="graphics/pictures/club/ID/logo"/>"
Club's Icon : "<record from="PICTURE" to="graphics/pictures/club/ID/icon"/>"
Nation's Logo : "<record from="PICTURE" to="graphics/pictures/nation/ID/logo"/>"
Nation's Icon : "<record from="PICTURE" to="graphics/pictures/nation/ID/icon"/>"
Competition's Logo : "<record from="PICTURE" to="graphics/pictures/comp/ID/logo"/>"
Competition's Icon : "<record from="PICTURE" to="graphics/pictures/comp/ID/icon"/>"
Continent's Logo : "<record from="PICTURE" to="graphics/pictures/continent/ID/logo"/>"
Continent's Big Logo : "<record from="PICTURE" to="graphics/pictures/continent/ID/huge"/>"
Player's Face : "<record from="PICTURE" to="graphics/pictures/person/ID/portrait"/>"
Player's Icon : "<record from="PICTURE" to="graphics/pictures/person/ID/icon"/>"

Change PICTURE to your picture name, and ID to the ID. So now for example, if we want to add Barca's logo the config file will look like this:

<record>
	<!-- resource manager options -->

	<!-- dont preload anything in this folder -->
	<boolean id="preload" value="false"/>

	<!-- turn off auto mapping -->
	<boolean id="amap" value="false"/>

	<!-- logo mappings -->
	<!-- the following XML maps pictures inside this folder into other positions
			 in the resource system, which allows this folder to be dropped into any
			 place in the graphics folder and still have the game pick up the graphics
			 files from the correct places
	-->

	<list id="maps">
		<!-- Auto generated by fmXML -->
		
		<record from="logo" to="graphics/pictures/club/1708/logo"/>
		
	</list>
</record>


That's it guys. Just save the changes to the file and reload skin.

Notes:
- Pictures must be .PNG
- Normal picture size is 180x180
- Icon size is 25x25


Discussion: FM Graphics - How to make XML config files

2 comments have been posted so far.

  • stucamps's avatar
    Hi,

    I've tried the above and it's not worked.

    This is the file I've created. Is it ok?

    For reference I've used the old Ireland pre 1922

    Please help, this is the only thing missing now from my Falkland Islands nation.

    <record>
    <!-- resource manager options -->

    <!-- dont preload anything in this folder -->
    <boolean id="preload" value="false"/>

    <!-- turn off auto mapping -->
    <boolean id="amap" value="false"/>

    <!-- logo mappings -->
    <!-- the following XML maps pictures inside this folder into other positions
    in the resource system, which allows this folder to be dropped into any
    place in the graphics folder and still have the game pick up the graphics
    files from the correct places
    -->

    <list id="maps">
    <!-- Auto generated by fmXML -->

    "<record from="52024163" to="graphics/pictures/nation/ID/52024163"/>"

    </list>
    </record>
  • FMScrapbook's avatar
    I don't know if it's just me but this guide didn't work. I've worked out how to do it though. You have to rename both the ID and the picture name to the same thing, i.e. the number ID. It worked perfectly when I tried this.
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