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  • dalejrfanfreak
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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.

  • Ex Inferis
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    my new layout with this .psd
    thanks a lot!!!!



    the result:

    [YOUTUBE]BoErF8p-9jI&t[/YOUTUBE]

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  • Ex Inferis
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    amazing job!!!!

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  • Fast Lane
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    Originally posted by dalejrfanfreak View Post
    As for the new track pieces, I actually do have the hairpin in the photoshop file, it is the four half-circle looking curves in the middle-bottom. It may look different than the catalog because in the catalog they show two standard straight pieces attached to the hairpin curve (1 straight attached to each end). I figured that adding the two straights automatically might limit some creativity leading into a sharp hairpin so I opted instead to have the hairpin without the straights attached (assuming they aren't permanently attached from the factory.

    - Kris
    I don't have the hairpin myself, but after reading this thread I looked at the Carrera parts lists and according to the list of parts for the hairpin, it includes 2 3/4-length straights, not standard straights. Just thought I'd throw that out there...

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  • OldStrombeckerGuy
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    Corel Photo-Paint X7 v.17.6.0.1021 also opens the .psd file with no problems and all layers in tact. Great work and thanks Kris!

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  • dalejrfanfreak
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    Originally posted by chrisngreg View Post
    Thanks Kris, I'll download it and give it a try. One more request, can you "explode" the pit lane into individual components, as some of us have extra track in between the entrance and exit parts, so we could make the pit lane 3-4 straight sections long if necessary.

    Greg
    Hey Greg, added the pieces you requested as well as the old black box. Enjoy!

    Kris

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  • chrisngreg
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    Thanks Kris, I'll download it and give it a try. One more request, can you "explode" the pit lane into individual components, as some of us have extra track in between the entrance and exit parts, so we could make the pit lane 3-4 straight sections long if necessary.

    Greg

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  • dalejrfanfreak
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    Originally posted by chrisngreg View Post
    I agree, but in doing some googling, it might (?) be that particular layer that's causing the issue. i wonder if Kris deleted that layer and made it available, it would work? Either that or the people at work don't want me messing around on their time?

    Also, Kris, any thought of making the new track pieces (ie the hairpin curve that's coming out) available in an new release?
    Hey Greg, see my previous reply. I deleted the layer in question as well as a couple of others and updated the file you can download off my website...it might work it might not (you could always ask work for a new computer and photoshop cc!).

    As for the new track pieces, I actually do have the hairpin in the photoshop file, it is the four half-circle looking curves in the middle-bottom. It may look different than the catalog because in the catalog they show two standard straight pieces attached to the hairpin curve (1 straight attached to each end). I figured that adding the two straights automatically might limit some creativity leading into a sharp hairpin so I opted instead to have the hairpin without the straights attached (assuming they aren't permanently attached from the factory).

    I'm always open to adding more pieces but of course with the flexibility of photoshop the file can be modified by the user with whatever pieces they can dream of. I think it would be cool if people made like a "buildings" pack or a "pit road" pack and who knows what else to where my original creation is used to make something beyond what even I could imagine.

    Let me know if you have any other questions...I hope to have the old lap counter added sometime this week for version 1.2.

    Thank you for the feedback

    - Kris

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  • dalejrfanfreak
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    Originally posted by chrisngreg View Post
    Hi Kris,

    I've been enjoying using your track templates in PaintShop Pro, and have a request and a question. Can you make the 30342 lap timer as a track piece? I did not see it in the available components. Also are the 1/30, 2/30 etc banked curves there or are they the same size dimensionally as the non-banked curves and I can/should use them?

    Oddly enough, I cannot open the .psd file in Photoshop CS2 on my work PC. Not sure why, and don't know if you have ever tried it with that version of Photoshop. i get an error that says unknown data has been encountered reading layer "Carrera_Katalog_2016_US_DS_Ansicht_final" and will be discarded. Continue? The options are OK, Cancel, and Read composite data. If I click read composite data is says the file is not compatible with this version of Photoshop.

    Thanks again for this great program/template.

    Greg
    Hey Greg, I'm glad you are liking the photoshop builder!

    I will try adding the old lap counter 30342 sometime this week. As for the banked curves, I did not put those in because from the top-down the track was mostly the same dimension with the only exception I am aware of being the inside shoulders are not as wide as those for the regular flat track pieces (at least from the perspective of the catalog).

    Also, I deleted the layer you mentioned as well as a few others that were no longer needed so you can go back to my website and download the new file (version 1.1) to see if it will work with Photoshop CS2. Hopefully it will so you can pass those long hours at your work building some Carrera track layouts

    - Kris

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  • chrisngreg
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    I agree, but in doing some googling, it might (?) be that particular layer that's causing the issue. i wonder if Kris deleted that layer and made it available, it would work? Either that or the people at work don't want me messing around on their time?

    Also, Kris, any thought of making the new track pieces (ie the hairpin curve that's coming out) available in an new release?

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  • carlosinseattle
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    Photoshop does not allow files made in newer versions to be opened in older versions. At least that's how it is for Premiere Pro, since your error message is the same as I get when using premiere Pro it sounds like that's the same thing.

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  • chrisngreg
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    Hi Kris,

    I've been enjoying using your track templates in PaintShop Pro, and have a request and a question. Can you make the 30342 lap timer as a track piece? I did not see it in the available components. Also are the 1/30, 2/30 etc banked curves there or are they the same size dimensionally as the non-banked curves and I can/should use them?

    Oddly enough, I cannot open the .psd file in Photoshop CS2 on my work PC. Not sure why, and don't know if you have ever tried it with that version of Photoshop. i get an error that says unknown data has been encountered reading layer "Carrera_Katalog_2016_US_DS_Ansicht_final" and will be discarded. Continue? The options are OK, Cancel, and Read composite data. If I click read composite data is says the file is not compatible with this version of Photoshop.

    Thanks again for this great program/template.

    Greg

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  • dalejrfanfreak
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    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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  • OldStrombeckerGuy
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    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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  • arizona_lew
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    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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