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Thread: [Release] Thief Gold ESRGAN Texture Pack

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    [Release] Thief Gold ESRGAN Texture Pack

    Thief Gold ESRGAN Texture Pack 1.2b
    Thief Gold upscaled textures using ESRGAN method with different models. Most of the textures correctly tiled by hand after the upscaling when tiling is present so there is mostly no edges between same textures.. To use with TFix mod installed with NewDark engine improvements. Textures are intended to use standalone with TFix or before the Enhancement Pack 2 for those textures, that weren't updated by EP2.
    Textures were upscaled using manga109 and mymanga109 models plus my own two models trained exactly for Thief Gold. Plus dedither model. So I were provided with 8 different versions (dithered 4 models + dedithere 4 models), from which I choose the most best looking.
    Also I created by hand illumination maps for all the lighted windows and glasses. You can see the result on the screenshots.

    Thief Gold ESRGAN Texture Pack 1.2b
    Main download file for all the upscaled textures from vanilla Thief Gold. Unpack into USERMODS directory.
    https://mega.nz/#!b99mHawb!kzmwY60zS...bWplKWpN5GK_Lg

    Thief Gold ESRGAN Texture Pack 1.2b TFix addon
    Upscaled textures from the TFix for T2models and minor TFix patches. Unpack and overwrite into USERMODS directory after main mod file.
    https://mega.nz/#!f5lCQYgZ!uQhM-6JJH...aUfN5DNz6JYcVA

    Thief Gold ESRGAN Texture Pack 1.2b EP1 addon
    Addon with EP1 textures upscaled and sometimes manually changes for better aesthetics with original vanilla game. Unpack and overwrite into USERMODS directory.
    https://mega.nz/#!X0UDDCIL!zUpMNMB0y...EZdnGb7f8E6SKQ

    Unnecessary unwanted Addons:
    Thief Gold ESRGAN Texture Pack 1.2b vanilla water addon
    Upscaled water only for those, who don't want to use T2water mod from TFix. DO NOT USE it if your are USING T2Water mod from TFix!!! (I don't know why you would want such a downgrade). Overwrite into USERMODS.
    https://mega.nz/#!m1Uh0YqS!dGLerjLu7...ExBkJmGguE9gcc

    Thief Gold ESRGAN Texture Pack 1.2b vanilla NSKY addon
    Addon with upscaled NSKY texture for those who don't use T2skies mod from TFix (I don't know why you would want such a downgrade) or using Sky Detail: Low settings. Sky is very strange in Thief, so I wouldn't recommend to play Thief without T2sky mod. And I will probably will not fix any issues with vanilla skies. Overwrite into USERMODS.
    https://mega.nz/#!mgExHALZ!YeceNR3CP...7-MZ26oTEGe6bk

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    Screenshots from Thief Gold vs ESRGAN Pack
    https://imgsli.com/MzkxNg
    https://imgsli.com/MzkxNg/2/3
    https://imgsli.com/MzkxNg/4/5
    https://imgsli.com/MzkxNg/6/7
    https://imgsli.com/MzkxNg/8/9
    https://imgsli.com/MzkxNg/10/11
    https://imgsli.com/MzkxNg/12/13
    https://imgsli.com/MzkxNg/14/15
    https://imgsli.com/MzkxNg/16/17

    ================

    Also, for some unknown reason TFix include mod with textures from Thief 2. They are not better in quality, but differ a lot from the originals. I didn't used them in my work and they are overwrited by my mod.
    Examples of wrong different aesthetics (vanilla vs TFix):
    https://imgsli.com/MzgyMw
    https://imgsli.com/MzgyMw/2/3
    https://imgsli.com/MzgyMw/4/5
    https://imgsli.com/MzgyMw/6/7

    And this is example of vanilla vs EP1 differences which I tried to fix in few cases
    https://imgsli.com/MzkxNw

    P.S. Thief Gold ESRGAN resized intro [1080p]. You cannot use it ingame because of the NewDark limitations, it just a sample of technology. Was upscaled using manga109 model plus 15->30fps conversion using InterFrame2 Avysinth plugin. Also there was some post-filtering upon video conversion.

    Link for uncompressed version without youtube blur:
    https://mega.nz/#!69VmACTb!OcFuYJBZ6...Wb7go2Wb5V3AKY

    ================
    Changes from 1.0:
    I don not remember)) EP1 addon was completed

    Changes from 1.1:
    -Reapplied palette saturation for all the textures except:
    fam/deep
    fam/lostcity/old
    fam/sky/outtakes
    fam/skyhw
    fam/tgtest
    fam/waterhw
    mesh
    obj
    -fam/city/plate.png is reupscaled used better EP1 version with proper color correction
    -About 10+ textures were reupscaled from scratch using different models and edited in photoshop for better result
    -Deleted mtl files for skies due to sky bug
    -For all the textures with different sizes the big version of texture is used instead of medium and small versions. Some such textures were manually edited for color correction because of huge differences (not explainable by the downscaling) in the vanilla. Illumination maps for such textures were also reapplied.

    Changes from 1.2:
    -blood1.png transparency was fixed
    -glyph.png transparency was fixed
    -books saturation was fixed
    -illumination maps were redrawn
    Last edited by Akven; 20th Jun 2019 at 16:01. Reason: 1.2b release

  2. #2
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    Registered: Feb 2012
    If Gecko will release his upscale version, we could compare textures and choose those where quality is better.

    P.S. Yep, it was EP1 difference. I will release EP fix later
    Last edited by Akven; 4th Jun 2019 at 03:59.

  3. #3
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    Location: Southern,California
    i saw entire video on you tube last night and i feel its improves details and darken/makes color seem a bit richer

    i guess before i saw video i was expecting more,like his past lava/ice updates,massively noticeable improvements

  4. #4
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    Location: Germany
    Fanstastic work Akven! Congrats to the release I think i know how much work this is to do all that stuff. Great results!

    I did a quick check and i really like most of your new texture versions!
    There are only a few where i like my version a bit more.

    Example 1:

    https://imgsli.com/MzgyNg vanilla vs. Gecko's v.
    https://imgsli.com/MzgyNg/1/2 Gecko's v. vs. Akven's v.



    Example 2:

    https://imgsli.com/MzgyNQ vanilla vs. Gecko's v.
    https://imgsli.com/MzgyNQ/1/2 Gecko's v. vs. Akven's v.

    But it's a matter of taste. Also i did not remove the edges...
    Last edited by Gecko; 4th Jun 2019 at 06:48.

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    Registered: Feb 2012
    EP1 is a mess...... A lot of things only for Thief 2 plus many items changed very strangely.
    For example Armiore.bin - just a retexture of the same model with completely different textures. Why? What for???
    Need to crosscheck every model and its set of textures. 400 models in pack. Headache...

  6. #6
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    Registered: Feb 2012
    I chose 318 textures form EP1, which I will upscale. For some textures I will leave vanilla upscaled variant, not EP version. I don't like total Cabinet retexture, but I will upscale it cause vanilla textures are too small for upscaler.
    Also I will dedither books.crf textures for my pack

  7. #7
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    Registered: Nov 2004
    Location: Germany
    I'm not sure but i thought nobody is using EP1 anymore because of EP2...?

  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gecko View Post
    I'm not sure but i thought nobody is using EP1 anymore because of EP2...?
    EP1 comes with TFix by default.

    And personally I don't like EP2 much in terms of changes.

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    The sky in Cragscleft is messed up.

  10. #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unna Oertdottir View Post
    The sky in Cragscleft is messed up.
    Delete sky folders from fam. I think the dds/png prioritizes broken in NewDark. It loads png and dds textures altogether instead of loading only dds.

  11. #11
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    Location: Germany
    There is nothing broken.

    NewDark - modders_notes.txt

    Image Type Priorities
    ---------------------

    Aside from the new image formats, the priority (which type can override another) has been slightly adjusted.
    The priority order is as follows, where the first has the highest override priority:

    .DDS
    .PNG
    .TGA
    .BMP
    .PCX
    .GIF
    .CEL

    Because of that i've converted all my textures to .DDS. It's the best format for Thief textures.

  12. #12
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    Broken. I checked it myself.
    My upscaled water textures are in png format.
    T2water mod had textures in dds format.

    Game loads dds textures and after that inserts into T2water dds animation my png textures. And it becomes a very strange and ugly animation loop.
    It certainly not the dds > png prioritize

  13. #13
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    You have to add the following lines to your .mtl files in your water folder:

    force_ani_settings 1
    ani_frames 20

    20 is the number of frames used for the water animation. Set the correct number you need...
    Last edited by Gecko; 5th Jun 2019 at 08:04.

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    And what about sky problem? Could you provide me with save file or screenshot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akven View Post
    Delete sky folders from fam. I think the dds/png prioritizes broken in NewDark. It loads png and dds textures altogether instead of loading only dds.
    There is no sky folder anywhere with dds textures which can be deleted.
    Training mission skybox is also broken.

    You put another NSky skybox in fam/skyhw, that's the culprit. It's not there in vanilla T1/TG. Even in T2, NSky is in fam/sky. The question is: Why did you do this


    Did you test the texture pack?

  16. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gecko View Post
    You have to add the following lines to your .mtl files in your water folder:

    force_ani_settings 1
    ani_frames 20

    20 is the number of frames used for the water animation. Set the correct number you need...
    Not working. Animation is looping between old png textures, not dds.

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    dds is always the first texture to load. T1/TG water has 13+1 frames. T2 water has 19+1, that's why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unna Oertdottir View Post
    dds is always the first texture to load. T1/TG water has 13+1 frames. T2 water has 19+1, that's why.
    I tried about five-six times
    Even with

    ani_frames 20
    or
    ani_frames 14

    it loads png textures for some reason. So water is half-png half-dds sequence. No matter what the mtl settings. So its clearly easier just to move upscaled water into separate addon.

    Also, I do not see anything strange with the sky in the training mission. Nsky is in Thief Gold\PATCHES\fam.crf\skyhw\ folder in vanilla TFix.
    I'll try to compare completely vanilla Thief and modded Thief with screenshots.

    Just delete sky and skyhw folders from Thief Gold\USERMODS\fam\. It should fix all the problems (even if I don't see any).

  19. #19
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    Registered: Feb 2012
    Hmmm
    mod_path usermods+mods\packfix+mods\candles+mods\EP\Thief1+NecroAge\Thief1+NecroAge+EP2\Thief1+EP2+mods+mods\ t2skies+mods\EP

    Why there was patches folder in the first place if in is not in the .ini?

  20. #20
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    The "patches" folder is referenced in install.cfg in the TFix environment, as it is intended to directly patch the original resources.

  21. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unna Oertdottir View Post
    Training mission skybox is also broken.
    Cross-checked everything, sky is normal. I don't know why it is broken in your version.
    My Thief: Thief Gold from gog.com + latest TFix + upscaled textures
    Everything is fine




    I nearly completed v1.1 fix for EP textures. The question is - what the prioritize of the patches folder? There is indeed two version of skies in main res/fam.crf and in patches/fam.crf - but nothing from where is loading ingame because of the installed t2skies. Always loaded dynamic skies from T2.
    I can just separate skies from main pack like vanilla water addon - it would be easier.

  22. #22
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    Addition:
    1. The sky is broken with Sky Detail: High settings and with T2skies not installed.
    2. With Sky Detail: Low sky looks normal without T2skies.

    There are 2 versions of NSky:
    -one in \RES\fam.crf\skyhw\
    -one in \PATCHES\fam.crf\skyhw\

    I suppose PATCHES version is the right one, and I upscaled RES version.
    I will replace it or maybe upload both versions
    Last edited by Akven; 6th Jun 2019 at 03:07.

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    Skies comparison RES vs PATCHES
    https://imgsli.com/Mzg0OQ

    And yes, the sky is broken with Sky Detail: Low if .mtl files are present. If I delete .mtl files - everything is normal.

    Do we even need .mtl files for skies and maybe water folders???

    So quick fix - just delete .mtl files from sky and skyhw

  24. #24
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    wow the patches one is omg amazing,i think cardia uses it in some of his fan missions its like real

    the res version is terrible compared

  25. #25
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    Registered: May 2018
    As much as I appreciate the work, I don´t like it that the upscaling process seems to have desaturated a lot of colours.
    The carpets now look like if they have been washed with too muich bleach.
    It can already be seen in the linked samples:
    https://imgsli.com/MzgyMg/16/17
    I hope this will be fixed? Thanks.

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