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  • Free Track Builder for Photoshop

    Hello! I realize there is a track design thread, but due to the nature of my announcement, I hope it is ok to create a new thread about track design that I hope many of you will be happy to learn about.

    I have created a free track builder for adobe photoshop which you can download at my website: http://kriswysong.com/carrera-track-builder/

    Using the Carrera 2016 catalog as a starting point, I have re-created (I believe) every available Digital 124 and 132 piece that Carrera offers in photoshop, allowing anyone with photoshop to basically build any 124 or 132 track imaginable (including 8-lane wide tracks!) with ease. To make it as easy as possible, every track piece is modeled with no borders, inside borders, outside borders, both borders, and curves are available as complete circles so almost any track combination possible has been created and can be easily dragged/drop into a blank document to create a track. In total there are over 350 different pieces of track in this builder. Additionally, with the power of photoshop, you can use my track builder as a starting point to make track designs that contain buildings, scenery, or anything else you can imagine. You can also use the power of photoshop to make your own custom pieces of track if you want (see below).

    A single straight piece (13.58") in photoshop equals 1 inch when printed, so if you had a 16'x4' table and you wanted to see what you could fit onto it using this builder, you would want to make a photoshop document that is approximately 14.2" x 3.53" to drag the pieces onto (or make a larger document and then create a rectangle at those dimensions).

    With adobe photoshop being easily accessible for $10 a month, and also being common software that many are familiar with, I'm hoping that this will make it easier than ever to design Carrera slot car tracks and share these designs with others. I really hope this is a useful tool for track builders and that it takes away the struggle that I know some of us have trying to find software to build the tracks of our dreams. I look forward to your feedback and seeing the different designs you come up with.

    If you have any questions let me know and I will try to answer them.

    Here is what the track builder looks like:



    Here are some examples of tracks that I have made using this track builder:





    Last edited by dalejrfanfreak; 03-21-2016, 06:04 PM. Reason: Typo.

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    This is an amazing effort thanks for this work!

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    • #3
      Thank you Dave! I hope in time it will help people create new track designs without having to rely on old software.

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      • #4
        Best I have seen! Someone should buy the rights on this and get it incorporated as a standalone product somehow.
        I would love to see other track designs made by this.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by arizona_lew View Post
          Best I have seen! Someone should buy the rights on this and get it incorporated as a standalone product somehow.
          I would love to see other track designs made by this.
          Thank you for the compliment! If I had more computer knowledge and lots more free time (took about 30-40 hours just to make this in photoshop) I would have made it its own program. I hope to see other track designs too...I think with the flexibility of photoshop anyone can create some unique designs that perhaps haven't been possible to make before.

          Here's one I made last night in about 30 minutes:

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          • #6
            Too cool!!! I've been looking for something like this. Thanks!!

            BTW, the .psd file can also be opened in Corel Paint Shop Pro X5 (and probably others) if you don't have Photoshop.

            Great work!!

            Greg

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            • #7
              Originally posted by chrisngreg View Post
              Too cool!!! I've been looking for something like this. Thanks!!

              BTW, the .psd file can also be opened in Corel Paint Shop Pro X5 (and probably others) if you don't have Photoshop.

              Great work!!

              Greg
              Thank you Greg. Since I've never used Corel before I wasn't sure if it would work but if it will then that's awesome! I look forward to your feedback.

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              • #8
                Is there a track config program that you input your track pieces you have and it will automatically give you all possible designs you could have with those pieces you have?
                Also have it tell you based on the size of area or table you have, what track designs would fit just based on what track pieces you tell it you have. A program that would cover all sales of slotcars would be good. I

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                • #9
                  That would be something, but the math suggests an enormity of possibilities because software would be challenged to design layouts that work best vs those that simply connect or fit. That's where the genius of some of the guys on this site comes to play.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by arizona_lew View Post
                    Is there a track config program that you input your track pieces you have and it will automatically give you all possible designs you could have with those pieces you have?
                    Also have it tell you based on the size of area or table you have, what track designs would fit just based on what track pieces you tell it you have. A program that would cover all sales of slotcars would be good. I
                    If there is such a program I am not aware of it. As Old Johnny mentioned, I would think that the number of possible designs could be extremely large, especially if covering all brands too, but computers can do amazing things so maybe it will happen one day.

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                    • #11
                      Hey guys, I made a minor adjustment to the photoshop file (noticed my corner border pieces were too small) and you can download the updated file at my website (see first post). I also fixed the typography so that it will display properly even without the font used to create it.

                      Here is another design I recently finished which I think turned out fairly well:

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                      • #12
                        Sticky to the top.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by old johnny View Post
                          That would be something, but the math suggests an enormity of possibilities because software would be challenged to design layouts that work best vs those that simply connect or fit. That's where the genius of some of the guys on this site comes to play.

                          Thats all it is! It is math and guess what computers do today faster than ever? They do the math in speeds that just a few years ago we thought was impossible. So get your money ready as there are now some people looking into this for all scales.
                          Just imagine if all you had to do was input what track pieces you have and the computer calculates every possible combination in 10 minutes or less!


                          The future will bring amazing things!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by chrisngreg View Post
                            Too cool!!! I've been looking for something like this. Thanks!!

                            BTW, the .psd file can also be opened in Corel Paint Shop Pro X5 (and probably others) if you don't have Photoshop.

                            Great work!!

                            Greg
                            Looks great! So is this a .psd file and not a plug-in specific to Photoshop?
                            Anyone try this with Corel Photo-Paint X~ ?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by OldStrombeckerGuy View Post
                              Looks great! So is this a .psd file and not a plug-in specific to Photoshop?
                              Anyone try this with Corel Photo-Paint X~ ?
                              That is correct, it's just a .psd file with a whoooollleeee bunch of layers (basically every piece of track and configuration you could think of).

                              I've not tried it with Corel...the file was made in Adobe Photoshop CC so hopefully it will work with other programs.

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