Legacy:Import The Texture

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This is a Category:Legacy Basic Procedure tutorial page. It explains how to perform a single procedure which is required in many different contexts.

Texture requirements

The texture file you are trying to import must satisfy certain requirements. These are:

UT2003 and newer

  • A power-of-two number of pixels across (64x128, 256x256, ...) up to 2048x2048.
  • saved in .pcx, .bmp, targa, DXT or UPaint file format
  • 8-bit indexed color (256 color indexed) for PCX; 24-bit or 32-bit BMP, TGA or DDS


  • A power-of-two number of pixels across (64x128, 256x256, ...) up to 1024x1024.
  • Using 8-bit color (256 color indexed) .pcx or .bmp format.


In the Texture Browser, do Texture Browser Menu -> File -> Import. Find the directory containg your image file, then select it and click Open. A window will appear asking for specifics on how to import the file:

Import texture window

You'll need to supply the following details:


you can't edit this, it just tells you the file currently being processed. (I'm guessing this is useful when you import a batch of files)
the name of the package to import the texture into. If you give...
  • the name of an existing file, the texture will be added to that package. But Do Not Alter Default Packages!
  • the name "MyLevel", the texture will be embedded in the current map. See MyLevel for more on this.
  • something else, a new package will be created. You'll need to save it.
textures can be organized into groups within a package (eg "Walls", "Floors"). This is just for convenience. Type the name of an existing group, or a new one.
just in case you want to change the name of the texture, you can do so with this option.


sets the texture to be masked (how?). see Color Blending.
Generate MipMaps 
MipMaps are basically smaller versions of your textures. This is rendering method to not only increase FPS but to reduce pixel shimmering on the screen. If you have a large texture but it is only on a small area of the screen the texture can shimmer because the sampling of that texture isn't accurate enough to represent it on the pixels given to the texture. If you import large textures (1024 X 1024 and above) and don't generate mipmaps, you may see shimmering effects when you use the texture ingame. More info: MipMap
Detail Hack? 

Related Topics

Category:Legacy Mapping
Category:Legacy Tutorial
Category:Legacy To Do – fill in the property details



Q. What if you want to import a texture that came with the game? ucc.exe can export the pcx files stored in the utx files, but should the original package name be used or MyLevel? I've had to create mip maps for the texture to appear in the texture browser (for at least a few, possibly all, textures); however, some textures (eg at least one of skarrj.utx) won't save nor appear in the game, but (iirc) WILL appear in a t3d export...

Should ALL textures be imported into MyLevel embeding them into the map even if they appear in a default package (eg city.utx)?

As far as attribution is concerned, is there a texture comment field or something to mention that the bundled textures were used (or something to that effect)?

Tarquin: don't understand the question. Why import a texture already in a default package?

JTMILLER: i think he was asking if he should export the default textures and then reimport them into myLevel mabie for speed issues, dont worry mr Q. it loads them from the other packages just as fast.

amitakartok: Is there a way to use textures from both games (e.g. UT and UT2004) at the same time? I tried to export and convert UT2004 skybox textures so that I can use them in UT. However, the color depth-conversion makes them look washed out. On the other hand, if I open UT packages with UEd 2, it will crash (maybe I'm not supposed to do that?)

amitakartok: I found an alternative way: I'm just using UT2k4 textures with some others. DM-Morpheus3 with a Half-Life 2 skybox (!!!) is simply astonishing. (Incidentally, both games use textures in TGA format...) Dark sky with a glowing red vortex at the top (the vortex was two separate files, but I used them as a translucent, rotating static mesh placed like cloud layer)... just try it and you'll see what I mean :D I'm currently trying to create an AS map with the same theme, but it is very-very alpha right now.

JeffMOD: I can't seem to be able to import into UED using mylevel. Is there any program bundled with windows XP that can do this properly? ( I don't think I could afford photoshop if i could find it.) PLEASE Help me! :(

JeffMOD: uh, never mind. I just had it at the wrong size. to all other people without photoshop, paint can work fine. (If it's a screenshot, open Picture editor and resize it first. :))