I have three .dss photo files from a video game that are textures. A lot of the separate maps (diffuse/specular/normal) are on different layers of these photos so I need some layers individually to use them. I'm using these textures in conjunction with Blender 3D.

When the .dss files are not changed they contain color. Viewing one with Blender only showed the Alpha layer, but it was in color. After opening these files in Gimp and proceeding to decompose them (Color > Components > Decompose) to RGBA, all the layers were available. But when viewing the .dss layers individually there was no color and saving them to .png kept the lack of color. How do I keep the color intact when accessing separate layers?

  • This is what Color > Components > Decompose does, by definition. It takes the three (or 4 in case of alpha) channels and separates them into separate greyscale layers representing the amount of red, green, and blue in various parts of the image. You can recombine the layers into a color image, but I'm not really sure what you are trying to do.. – gandalf3 Mar 25 '15 at 6:05
  • So to be more specific, the maps were contained in a file structure like this (cdn1.eveonline.com/community/devblog/2010/TexturePack_large.jpg). (The one on the left). That exact structure has changed, but is still very similar. To 3D render the models I need some of the maps that are contained in the images. – meed96 Mar 25 '15 at 12:19
  • I must be missing something.. From your question it sounds like you already managed to separate the RGBA channels into different images. Is that not what you want to do? – gandalf3 Mar 25 '15 at 18:48
  • Well, it's weird. Look at that image again (left side). The first photo has the 3 diffuse images on the RGB layers, and the glow map on the A layer. When I open this image in gimp normally, I will only see the A layer, and in color. When I decompose, I can see each layer individually, but none of them have color, including the A layer. – meed96 Mar 26 '15 at 0:11
  • To add even more confusion, when composing the image immediately after decomposing it, I can now see all the layers at once, and in color. – meed96 Mar 26 '15 at 0:12

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