How To Add New Simple Re-textured Clothing (beginners guide)

Hello everyone, my name is MegaFreeman and today I will be teaching you how to retexture clothing in Saints Row IV and then add it as brand new items to the game. This one is based on Flippy's own video tutorial, but updated to support Workshop Patch. Keep in mind this is made for simple retextures and everything extra requires inputs from 3D editing software such as Blender, Maya or 3DS Max...

Without further due, the tutorial

You will need to download these tools:

For this tutorial I will be using my own preferred editor, which is GIMP, since it's the environment I am most familiar and comfortable with.

Extract Minimaul's tools and SR3 Texture Utillities to your prefered destination.

First step in cloning the clothing item is to identify the file you want to clone. For this guide, we are going to use Ultor Corp Tee.

After finding the name of a file you want to clone, you will need to find it's name. Go to your reference files folder, and first you want to open reference_strings_us.xml

In the said file, you'll want to search the name of an item you are going to clone. In this case, "Ultor Corp Tee"

What you'll want to do now is copy the part in the Name section. This case: "cm_ubdy_ultortee". How you'll need to open the 2nd file (customization_items.xtbl) and search for the name we previously copied in it.

This part might be a bit confusing now. The <String Name=" "> part we searched for is actually <DisplayName>. Explaination: You see, customization_items is a main file for the alll of game's clothings items. <DisplayName> is the name of a variable the game searches for in reference_strings_us.xml which will tell the game what name should it write on the screen when searching for clothing in the game. If you don't quite understand it, no need to worry about it.
What you'll want to do now is copy the name under <Name> tag. In this case, it's same as DisplayName, but in some cases it will be different.

Now, after you copied the name, let's get to the actual cloning part.

Launch CMD.
Using the command cd "path", you're going to navigate to the exact folder Minimaul's tools are extracted at. If you extracted it in a different drive (like me) just type the letter of the drive. For example, "D:"

Now you're going to launch the program by typing ThomasJepp.SaintsRow.CustomizatonItemClone "item_original_name" "cloned_item_name"

Do’s and Don’ts for your custom name:

  • The name has to be unique. Check if there’s no other item named the same way in customization_items.xtbl.
  • Include your Steam or Saintsrowmods username, so that two modders never end up with identical names.
  • Don’t use spaces or non-ASCII characters (ä, ö, ü, ú, ê, è, étc.).
  • Even though many names in customization_items.xtbl do it, don’t start your name with “cm_” or “cf_”. The clone tool adds that automatically. DO NOT start the name with cm_ or cf_

After running it, in the tools folder, a new folder will appear named after the name we picked and it will contain all the files we need for work.

Navigate to your tools folder and locate the ThomasJepp.SaintsRow.ExtractPackfileGUI tool. Double click on it to open it, press the "Extract" button and navigate to the folder of your mod. In this case, it's' "megafreeman_exampleitem". Inside the megafreeman_exampleitem folder, extract both custmesh files. (Alternatively, you can drag the custmesh file to the ThomasJepp.SaintsRow.ExtractPackfile, which I prefer)

Two new folders should appear in your mod's folder.

custmesh_1935507113.str2_pc is for the male version of the item, while custmesh_1935507113f.str2_pc is the female version. You can make the two items look different depending which sex wears it, for example Hollywood's outfiit from Official Agents of Mayhem mod pack.

Open your recently extracted folder and inside you'll find the texture files for the clothing item.

cm_name indicates that the item is for the male character, if it was for a female character, the file's prefix would be cf_. Take the file ending with the .cpeg_pc extension and drag it to the SR3UnpackTextures.

Couple of new image files (tga format) shall appear in the folder the file you dragged were in.

Meaning behind the suffix:

  • "_d" for diffuse maps - this is the default file, and is usually used for noncustomizable items, and as a base item for customizable items.
  • "_dp" for RGB pattern maps - RGB color coded file. Everything red in file will be primary selected color, green for secondary and blue for tertiary. Everything done in this will will go over _d and replace it.
  • "_p" for BCM pattern maps - Same as above, but for blue, cyan and magenta. One big difference is that in BCM case, the texture file works like a filter for _d file.
  • "_n" for normal maps - Normals file usually affect texture based stuff like roughness of the material and such.
  • "_gl" for glow maps - Glowing effect. Like in Decker Soldier outfit.
  • "_sb" for sphere maps - Sphere maps are usually the stuff with reflection.
Open up the image file in your preferred image editing program. I will be using GIMP. (If you are using Paint.Net, check out Flippy's tutorial)

We are now going to open cm_megafreeman_exampleitem_tee01_d.tga.DDS and cm_megafreeman_exampleitem_ultortee_p.tga.DDS in the editor.




A neat little trick is that if you make _p file black and save it as that, it will turn _d file while and you can edit it customization option.

For now, we are going to edit the _p file, and make it into a custom image; a heart.

Now we are going to save it and see how it looks in the game. Go to the file tab, and press "Export As...". Save it under the same name (make sure it ends with _p.tga.DDS). When the "Save As DDS" window pops up, select any format for the compression (I use BC3 / DXT5, it works for sure), and check "Generate mipmaps".

A little head up for GIMP users, but make sure to merge all the layers into one, because GIMP will only export the layer on top, and rest will be deleted. It will also resize the texture to the side of the layer. So make sure you always use Layer > Layer To Image Size. A good way is to press "Layer" and then "New from Visible", then delete all the other layers just in case.

This is how the item looks in-game now:

As you can see, fully customizable:

Now we are going to put the image files back into it's package by draging cm_megafreeman_exampleitem.cpeg_pc to SR3RepackTextures.

Now lets do the same thing for the female varient. If you are making the same versions, feel free to copy all the image .tga files from the place you have your male texture files stored, to the place you keep the female texture files. After that, replace all the texture file names that start with "cm_" with "cf_" and drag cf_megafreeman_exampleitem.cpeg_pc to SR3RepackTextures.

When you finally finish playing with the texture files, time to pack the .str2_pc files. Navigate back to the tools folder and launch ThomasJepp.SaintsRow.BuildPackfileGUI. In source files, copy the address of your extracted-custmesh folder (make sure to replace all the files inside with the finished product). Make sure that "Update asm_pc file?" is checked and in the textbox next to it, use "Browse..." to find the .asm_pc file we were giving inside our mod folder (in this case, inside megafreeman_exampleitem). Select Saints Row IV for the game, press Build and replace custmesh file in the mod folder. MAKE SURE NOT TO MIX MALE AND FEMALE FILES!

Now we are going to give it appropriate string file. String file is how the item will be called in your waredobe/store. They will appear in alphabetical order. Delete all .le_strings files from the mod folder and open up stringxml folder.

Inside, select the string file for the US version of the game (in this case, megafreeman_exampleitem_US).
Replace "CLONE: ULTOR CORP TEE" with the name you want to give your item to. What's recommended is that instead of "CLONE" you write your username.

Here's an example of what I went with:

After you do so, save it, and drag the file to ThomasJepp.SaintsRow.BuildStrings. It will make the .le_strings file that you need to copy to the root folder of the mod.
You can translate this for all languages, but if any of the languages does miss a translation, the game will by default use the English version.

You can also edit customization_items,xtbl file to change default selected colors during purchase, price and amout of respect you recieve from buying.

Now you need to launch the workshop upload tool. You need to do this regardless if you're uploading to Workshop or not.

Drag and drop all the files in the mod folder (only files, not the folders) into the upload tool.

After that, navigate to the save button and select the saving method.

  • To save as a file, you have to navigate to the mods folder in the Saints Row IV root folder, and save it there under any name you want, it doesn't really matter.
  • To save as part of Steam Workshop, the uploader will launch a new window that will let you fill it with required informations.
My advice is to save it as a file until you're satisfied with the product. After that, you can easily open it, and resave it as a Workshop item. This is because every time you try to save it as a Workshop item, it will first scan for all the mods you have uploaded.

I hope yall had a good time understanding this tutorial.
This is a simplified version of the following guides.
Feel free to check SDK link for the extended tutorial + tutorial on how to remodel the cloned items in SRIV.

SRIV SDK Release B: Adding New Customization Items
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I tried to clone many items, I even tried to clone Ultor Corp Tee from your guide, but none of them worked.
To use the cloning you, you have to use Rev 121 of the Minimaul's Saints Row IV tools, the disclaimer says the cloning tools doen't work with the last 3 versions of the tools.

By "items" you mean the logo or something else?
You do whatever you want by retexturing any item you manage to clone. Yeah, the most useful thing you can add is a logo, but you can do advanced stuff like completely recolor non-colorable items, make unique non colorable textures, applying new materials to it, etc.

This is a very minimal method, if you would like anything more advanced than this (this includes adding effects like glow or shine , changing UV/applying bigger resolution textures, making non customizable items customizable, etc.) you'll have to learn how to use Blender/Maya/3DS Max and do it using those, flow's tutorial covers that more, but you'll require some basic literacy in your program of choice too.
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any guide how to re-texture the tattoos ?
those steps doesn't work with customize_player.
i'm newby but the Special K was much easy to export DDS & Re-texture the clothes (sadly the tool didn't detect the tattoo)
any guide how to re-texture the tattoos ?
those steps doesn't work with customize_player.
i'm newby but the Special K was much easy to export DDS & Re-texture the clothes (sadly the tool didn't detect the tattoo)
This method doesn't work for tattoos, just clothing items. Nothing else can be cloned so you'd have to replace existing tattoos using a similar method. You'll need to use Flow754's Peg Assembler.

First navigate to your SRIV root folder, go to packfiles\pc\cache. In there, you'll find customize_player.vpp_pc. Export this file using the method in 2nd part of this guide. In there, you'll find a bunch of .str2_pc files, all named after different customization options that aren't clothing (hair color presets, scars, makeup, and tattoos). You'll find tattoos near the bottom (they are all named tattoo_bodypart_#.str2_pc).

You have to identify the tattoo you want to replace (honestly, the easiest way is to export every tattoo from the files). You'll need to export the texture file .cvbm_pc by dragging and dropping it on the SR3UnpackTexture. Everything else goes the same as for the clothing, up until you're ready to port it in the game.

The, open Peg Assembler. It'll look like this

Drag and drop the texture you just edited into the Assembler, like this

(You can do this with multiple tattoos btw, so if you wanna mod 5 tattoos in, you can drag and drop all 5 and it'll work fine as long as you aren't replacing the same tattoo. In fact, I'd recommend doing this because it can really help if you're running a mod heavy Saints Row IV)

For name, enter always_loaded. For output URL, you just enter the address to the folder on your PC you want to export it to (you don't have to do this, if you leave it empty it will just export it in PegAssembler's root folder. It just helps with organizing your mods). Once you're done, press Create button.

Now that you created the always_loaded files, open up your Workshop Uploader, drag and drop both always_loaded.cpeg_pc and always_loaded.gpeg_pc, and save it like in chapter 5 of my guide. This will let you run multiple mods that use this method for replacing textures.

Enjoy. I'll write a proper guide for it maybe next week