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Quick question -

I've been doing livery design and repaints for a long time, but only recently have I started doing DDS repaints.  I've been able to do several repaints with no problems, but the TFDi kit is giving me an issue.  When I go through the standard steps - flip vertically, merge layers and delete transparent layers (Reflectivity and wireframe), export as BC3/DXT 5 DDS - the texture comes out black.  Can anyone help?  I'm using GIMP 2.10

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I use this program too. When you merge the layers, you need to merge them to the background layer. The background layer is the correct pixel size (4096X4096) that will allow P3D/FSX to render the texture file. If you merge them to a layer of a different size it won't render properly and show black. When you merge, select the background layer, then "merge visible layers" and make sure to check "clipped to image". That should work. 

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