View Full Version : [PORTAL] Particle Engine

July 27th, 2008, 11:01 AM
Recently I was digging into the new Particle Editor for Portal and found some really neat stuff. I managed to make my own Particles, such as the one for my PortalGun Upgrade Station (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpE-G5mKFv4)
http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/thumb_2008_07_26%4001_21_04.jpg (http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/2008_07_26%4001_21_04.jpg)http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/thumb_2008_07_26%4001_21_08.jpg (http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/2008_07_26%4001_21_08.jpg)http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/thumb_2008_07_26%4001_21_41.jpg (http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/2008_07_26%4001_21_41.jpg)

I also was able to find particles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aHBX9pzYJU) for the Portals that weren't on the Portals in the final build (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeRv-MO9tlw).
http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/thumb_caboose0000.jpg (http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/caboose0000.jpg)http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/thumb_caboose0001.jpg (http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/caboose0001.jpg)
I realize the particles that are in the video are not the ones in the download, the particles in the video are the ones that I was messing around with and they have the red portal particles that I made so, the ones in the pictures are the ones your gonna get.
Also, don't mind the Red Portal, I was experimenting with the colors.
Here is a download to the Particles if you are interested in using them. Download (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ILRNU5HB)

July 27th, 2008, 11:38 AM
Interesting, nice find +rep.

July 27th, 2008, 03:13 PM
oh god

How do I set my current game up to use those portal particles?

July 27th, 2008, 04:34 PM
Just put the particles folder in your Portal folder.

July 28th, 2008, 03:29 AM
Looks very nice :)


July 28th, 2008, 07:46 PM
Final Particles for the upgrade station.
http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/thumb_final.jpg (http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/final.jpg)
Here is a vid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT0tYMLQrCI) as well.

July 29th, 2008, 12:57 AM
Hmm. The edges of your portals look different from mine. Did you modify those?

Mine isn't transparant at the edges-once it has blue flecks, the background is black.

July 29th, 2008, 07:56 AM
Well, the portals in the vid are modified, but the portals in the screenshots are whats in the download.

I'll write a tutorial on how to use the Particle Editor, although it won't teach you that much, it will only go over the basics.

July 30th, 2008, 04:53 AM
looks a bit clusterfuckish man, too much sorta going on.

August 4th, 2008, 03:56 PM
I added onto the portals and as well made a high-res security camera.
http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/thumb_particles1.jpg (http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/particles1.jpg)http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/thumb_particles2.jpg (http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/particles2.jpg)

August 4th, 2008, 06:28 PM
How did you make the edges of the portals look like the ones in this picture (http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/caboose0001.jpg)? Or is that the default look for certain GPUs?

And why aren't those edges on the newest portals you posted?

August 4th, 2008, 09:21 PM
Well, If you installed it correctly, you should be able to see them. It only works if you're playing on DX9, and not DX8.

The edges are still being worked on. I want them to be perfect before I release them.

August 6th, 2008, 11:57 PM
When I installed the particles, everything worked fine, but the crosshair disappeared. Would that be something from the particle mod, or was it bizarre timing/coincidence for my game to get messed up? (I ask this because I noticed that some screenshots were missing the crosshair.)

August 7th, 2008, 01:55 AM
There's a setting in-game to remove the crosshair. Did you press that on accident? >_>;

I've been using the particle pack and I haven't had that problem.

August 7th, 2008, 12:46 PM
To get your crosshair back type into your console "crosshair 1". Here is an update on the particles.
http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/thumb_Untitled-1.jpg (http://halo.snaver.net/Photography/albums/userpics/10003/Untitled-1.jpg)
They will be released with a pack of High-res Textures for Portal, such as a high-res portalgun, metalbox, elevator, ball catcher, ball shooter, security camera, button, switch, and anything else that is used in the test Chambers.

I also noticed itszutak, you had some trouble on Facepunch. The portals were from Pelpix's Leipzig high-res pack, which you can download at FPSbanana, and the images that said NO U, those were hotlinking errors, it seems Snave never added Facepunch Studios to the hotlinking list.

August 7th, 2008, 03:17 PM
Thanks, got it fixed. Goddamnit I'm stupid.

Can't wait for the high res textures.

August 7th, 2008, 04:28 PM
I believe this will be the last update for the Portal particles.
http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/8335/betaqu8.th.jpg (http://img235.imageshack.us/my.php?image=betaqu8.jpg)

Also, take some time to look at the high-res turret.
http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/8121/turretwn8.th.jpg (http://img388.imageshack.us/my.php?image=turretwn8.jpg)http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/5136/deadturretqx5.th.jpg (http://img380.imageshack.us/my.php?image=deadturretqx5.jpg)