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Texture Pack Combiner by Cestral
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Added: 20/07/2012 - 01:18AM
Updated: 08/10/2013 - 08:40AM

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Last updated at 8:40, 8 Oct 2013 Uploaded at 1:18, 20 Jul 2012

TEXTURE PACK COMBINER
- Where worlds come together




LATEST CHANGES

v1.95b
- Now supports Static Mesh Improvement Mod (SMIM) v1.49.
- The log file should no longer give a false alarm about two files from Project Parallax - Windhelm that were removed in the latest version.
- Changed paths and added files to coincide with the new version of WATER v1.75.

v1.95
- Now supports Detailed Rugs v1.3.
- Now supports Langleys Wood Metal and Stone Textures Workshop v1.5, including updates #1 and #2.
- Now supports Skyrim Flora Overhaul v1.79e and v1.81b.
- Now supports Static Mesh Improvement Mod (SMIM) v1.47.
- Now supports WATER v1.75.
- Added support to combine Dwemer Metal Retexture.
- Added support to combine High Definition Ivy.
- Added support to combine Skyrim Ultra HD Texture Pack.
- Added support to combine Superior Rock Textures.
- Switched Skyrim HD Environments to The Beauty of Skyrim - Dungeons. The author made this change and unfortunately Nordic Ruins will have a few texture degradations because some textures were removed in the process.
- Removed support for Better Rocks and Mountains. No Stretching already replaces the same meshes and more.
- Removed support for HD Linens. These textures are now replaced by Langleys Wood Metal and Stone Textures Workshop instead.
- Removed support for Lush Grass and Lush Trees. These mods are no longer available in their original form.
- Removed support for Psychosteve's Golden God's Shrines. These textures are now replaced by the Skyrim Ultra HD Texture Pack instead.
- Removed support for Realistic Mushrooms. These same textures are part of the Skyrim Ultra HD Texture Pack.
- Removed support for Whiterun Trellis Redesigned and HQ. This texture is now replaced by Langleys Wood Metal and Stone Textures Workshop instead.
- Removed a handful of parallax maps from Project Parallax due to them not being suited for textures with a higher priority.
- Shortened a few folder names for mods with long names and folder depths to avoid possible errors with pathing being too deep.
- Switched a few textures and lightmaps for various reasons.



Drigger has created an installer app for the TPC, making the installation process easier than ever!

So, what can this installer do for you? Well, you no longer have to extract archives or manually place mods in particular folders. If you prefer to keep the files extracted, you can still do so, because the installer will automatically recognize if the files are extracted into the TPC folders or not. However, with this installer, you can simply direct it to the downloaded archives for each mod. It will then extract and combine everything automatically, and can even compress it and place it in your NMM mods folder for you.

Since this application is still pretty new, don't forget to provide your feedback by clicking the "issues" link on the download page.

DOWNLOAD IT HERE! (download link is in the bottom left)



CONTENTS

1) What it is and what it does
2) What it isn't
3) But why?
4) How does it do it?
5) So how exactly were textures selected?
6) Installation instructions
7) Troubleshooting, FAQ, YouTube installation guide




1) WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT DOES
The Texture Pack Combiner (TPC) is a utility that will merge over 60 different texture packs by hand-picking textures from each one, putting them all together into a single, fully compatible and load-order free package. The end result is a stunningly beautiful world where the majority of textures in Skyrim have been replaced.

This is not just some simple copy+paste merge similar to what you get by utilizing different load orders of your mods. There is substantial work behind it. Every single texture has been hand-picked after extensive testing with different texture combinations, and each texture has been measured against certain key points. More on that later. The bottom line is that this is the result of a rather gruesome, time consuming process that has taken hundreds of hours and thousands of screenshots and saved games to complete.


2) WHAT IT ISN'T
The TPC is not a texture pack in itself. There are no textures supplied with it. I had nothing to do with the making of any textures, as they are the work of other authors. The TPC is merely a tool that combines them automatically for you. You will still have to download any texture packs you choose, but once you've done that, that's when the TPC gets into work. Just remember to endorse every modder's work after you download them (they deserve it)!


3) BUT WHY?
Previously, if you wanted to install more than one texture pack, you would have to install them in a particular order. This was not only confusing, but also extremely inconvenient, and neither would you have any control over the fact that better textures could get overwritten by worse ones. Neither were there any control over different texture combinations. Some textures might look great individually, but when put together would create a totality that just looked unfitting or outright terrible. The only way to work around this would be to manually look up which texture is used on which surface, what its name is and then find a better replacement. If you'd do it properly, you'd even go as far as to try each and every texture in different combinations to see which would be the most appealing. The downside to this is that it'd require a lot of time and work. A lot of it. Luckily enough, this is exactly what the Texture Pack Combiner will do. Automatically. For you.


4) HOW DOES IT DO IT?
The Texture Pack Combiner is merely a batch file containing copying instructions for thousands of textures. When you run it, it will hand-pick textures from all available texture packs and merge them into a new customized texture collection, where each and every texture has been tested, compared and selected with careful consideration. So what you'll end up with is a stunningly beautiful Skyrim where the majority of the game's textures have been replaced. For this utility to do its magic, the only thing you have to make sure, after downloading and extracting the texture packs you want to use, is that you place them all in their correct folders for the scripted batch file to recognize them. More on that under the installation instructions.


5) SO HOW EXACTLY WERE TEXTURES SELECTED?
Textures were selected based on their qualities in several different key areas. Let me explain each of these in a little more detail:

- Texture quality
Let me begin with the obvious. A texture's resolution, detail, sharpness, depth, colors and light reflection are all important areas in themselves. The overall quality of a texture is very important.

- Repetition
A texture might look completely perfect when viewed by itself, but as soon as you use them at a larger scale, obvious patterns may appear that will catch your eye and look very unrealistic. For example, if I use a grass texture with one big, shiny rock in it and then repeat this texture over a large surface, you will see this rock repeated on the ground at regular squarish intervals. This is really bad for immersion and is generally something any texture creator struggles to avoid.

- Transitions
A lot of hard work has been going into different texture transitions. If you have grass over here, some dirt over there, and a road down there, you will want all of these textures to agree with each other where they meet. If they don't, you'll end up with very apparent borders, smudges and loss of detail where different terrain and objects meet.

- Blending
Again, a texture that looks superb by itself may look completely terrible when mixed in with others. It has taken a lot of effort in finding the right combinations of textures.

- Distance
Distance can be subcategorized into three basic parts: close, midrange and distant. Textures often have the tendency to look great in one or two of these and then really bad in the third. For example, a smudgy, low-res texture might look awful when viewed right at your feet, but as you put some distance to it, it can suddenly begin to look wonderful. Move away even further and eventually it might lose detail and look bad again. There are a million examples of this and why it happens, but without delving further into it, this is the basic principle.

- Realism
Generally speaking, if there was a choice between two great textures, and one looked great in an artificial way while the other looked great in a realistic way, then the one with a more realistic look would be preferable.

- VRAM
Ah yes, the limits of video card memory. Rest assured that visual quality has never been compromized due to VRAM usage unless the texture was abnormally large. For example, there are textures out there for small objects that individually takes over 40 Mb of VRAM. This is completely nonsense use of VRAM since not even high quality mountain textures generally use this much. At the end of the day, though, I can tell you the good news that the best visual combination is NOT using the most VRAM, so what you'll end up with is quite efficient VRAM wise, while still enjoying the best textures.



6) INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

Don't worry! The installation is super easy. I know there's a lot of text below, but this is only because I try to cover everything into the tiniest detail. The bottom line is that you simply need to extract the texture packs into specific folders prior to running the TexturePackCombiner.bat file. In short, if you know how to extract Zip and RAR files, then you will manage!

When you extract the Texture Pack Combiner, you will find a batch file and a bunch of empty folders. All of the installation instructions can be summarized into one sentence: All you have to do is to extract the mods you download into these predesignated folders, and then run the Texture Pack Combiner utility for them to merge.

Regarding the LIGHT version of the TPC; the only difference is that it will pick some alternative textures that require less VRAM. The two versions of the TPC are NOT limited to either high or low resolution variants of each texture pack, so you can mix and match freely.

Before using the TPC, I strongly recommend that you install Bethesda's Hi-Res DLC. It is not required, but strongly recommended. I particularly recommend the Bethesda Hi-Res DLC Optimized by Vano89, because it improves performance without any real loss of quality.

The installation instructions below are split into two parts. The first part will show you which mods you can choose from and tells you exactly which files to download. The second part covers the actual installation. Please do not skip reading anything from the installation instructions because I often get questions that are already covered here!

If you want to skip any of the mods below, then simply leave its intended folder empty!

The installation is very straightforward and there really isn't much more to it than copying files. If you still find anything confusing, then please note that there is a YouTube clip with an installation tutorial at the bottom of this page. It is somewhat outdated, but it will at least give you a good idea how to set everything up. If all else fails, you can also try the installer app found in green text at the top of this page.

Now, let's get started...


Installation Part 1: Getting all the mods

Begin by browsing the mods and choose which ones you want to use. To have the complete TPC intended experience you should get all of them, but you will need some time and patience to collect them all. I advice you to download, extract and place a few mods at a time. It will spare you the headache later of figuring out which mod each file belongs to, because it isn't always apparent by their file names. More information on file placement is in Part 2 further below.

Get all the latest versions (as of 2013-08-11). Whether you choose high-res or low-res alternatives of each mod is entirely up to you.


REQUIRED MODS:
Skyrim HD - 2K Textures by NebuLa -
4 files
Download Dungeons, Landscape, Misc and Towns. If you want "full" or "lite" is up to you. Do NOT get the BSA version because it won't work with the TPC! The v1.6 Riften textures patch is not needed.
Serious HD Retexture Skyrim by Z4G4 -
1 or 2 files
Download the high-res 2048 version or the low-res 1024 version. If you get the high-res version then also download the update.
Skyrim Realistic Overhaul by Starac -
4 files or 2 files (high-res or low-res) + 1 for Dawnguard
For high-res: Download part 1, part 2, part 3 and the 1.6 update. For low-res: Only grab the 1024k version and the 1.6 update. If you want the Dawnguard textures, then choose your resolution option and go ahead and grab those as well!
This mod is no longer available on the Nexus due to the author being banned. If you don't already have the files, I can only recommend asking a friend if they can supply them for you. The TPC will work without this mod, but it won't look as intended.


OPTIONAL MODS:
AOF Detailed Mountains by AnOldFriend -
1 file
Choose your resolution. The 1024x1024 version is for low-res. I strongly recommend not to use low-res for this important texture unless you absolutely must. Please note that if you want 4k resolution mountains then I recommend that you get Superior Rock Textures instead, which is found further down in this list. You can't have both, so choose one of them.
AOF Farmhouses by AnOldFriend -
1 file
Ash Pile Retex by Raymond Murphy -
1 file
Choose V1 or V2 depending on which look you prefer.
Bellyaches Animal and Creature Pack by Bellyache -
1 file
Choose Medium or High resolution. Make sure you get one of the manual installation versions. If you intend to use Automatic Variants, then skip combining this mod with the TPC.
Better Dynamic Snow by OpticShooter and Brumbek -
1 file
Bryce Nebula - Skyrim Galaxy Replacer by Kriskos -
1 file
This will make your nights look quite spectacular, but it might not be for everyone. You can choose from four different colors and they are all good choices, but I recommend the original Cerulean (blue) version because it has the most natural vibe to it. This mod will take precedence and overwrite any other galaxy texture replacement you might add further below (from Enhanced Night Skyrim or HQ Milky Way Galaxy). For me personally, this is my #1 choice.
Bumpy Inn and Shop Signs v3 by Jenova19 -
1 file
Grab the 7-Zip version because the file is identical but only half the size to download. When you extract this mod you will have 3 options. I recommend the middle "bumpier" version. (This mod is currently set to hidden by its author. It's alright to install this mod separately after the TPC once it's available again)
Designs Of The Nords by KEBW1144 -
1 file
Detailed Chests by Clintmich -
1 file
Choose high-res or low-res. Also choose your preferred chest textures. I recommend "Washed Out Dirty" from my tests.
Detailed Rugs by Raiserfx -
1 file
Make sure you get v1.3. There are two versions of this mod, but I recommend the normal "main file" version.
Dwemer Metal Retexture by Langley -
1 file
You have two options: "Rust and Scratch" looks more natural like any old and torn metal should, but "Clean and Flat" is much sharper and thus looks much less blurry when viewed closely (it literally looks like it has twice the resolution even though it doesn't). If "Rust and Scratch" looked just as sharp then it would be a no-brainer, but that's not the case. It's not an easy choice, however, you can't go wrong with any of them. Take your pick. You do not need the optional file.
Enhanced Distant Terrain by OpticShooter -
1 file
Enhanced Night Skyrim by CptJoker -
1 or 2 files.
Choose the star density that you prefer. My opinion is that High looks too pixelated with stars while Lower is too naked. My recommendation is "Low". If you want a galaxy option then choose your preferred color of that as well, however, I recommend that you download either the Bryce Nebula or the HQ Milky Way Galaxy instead, because they both look better in my opinion.
HD Misc by Calav3ra -
1 file
HD Ore And Ingots by BioProd -
1 file
Grab the "HD Ore and Ingots with manager" because it has everything we need and is a much smaller download.
HD Sacks Retexture by Mazarin -
1 or 2 files
This mod has 3 versions of its bag textures. Grab either the main 10 MB file which contains all of them (you will extract only one of them later), or download type A, B or C separately, which in that case will require 2 files (small sacks and large sacks). I strongly recommend type B as it is the best looking by far!
HD Soul Gems by Flicke -
1 file
Make sure you get v1.1.
Hectrol Caves Deluxe HighRes Retex by Hectrol -
1 file
Choose your resolution.
Hectrol Spider Webs Deluxe HighRes Retex by Hectrol -
1 file
High Definition Ivy by Josh Ezzell -
1 file
You have two color choices and they're both good, but I'd have to give a slight recommendation to the "vanilla color scheme".
High Quality Food and Ingredients by Iraito -
1 file
Get either the high-res "Cumulative" or the low-res "PerformanceRepack".
High Quality LODs by Ethatron -
1 file
Grab one of the "HQLODs - Meshes" files. Choose either high-res or medium-res.
High Quality Workbench by Zappoo -
1 file
Choose your resolution.
High Realistic Tundra Moss by Aron -
1 file
Grab the yellow variant. Even if you opted for the Superior Rock Textures I still recommend that you grab these.
HQ Milky Way Galaxy by Manesse -
1 file
Choose your resolution. Note that if you decided to use the Bryce Nebula then you can skip this mod.
HQ Paper by Anarin -
1 file
HQ Skyrim Map V2 by Grace Darkling and Paddyy -
1 file
Choose your resolution.
HQ Towns and Villages by Anarin -
1 file
Hybrids HD Plants and Herbs Retexture by Gabriel "Mystikhybrid" Gullbergh -
1 file
Langleys Wood Metal and Stone Textures Workshop by Langley -
11 files
Yes, you need 11 files in total, including the two updates.
No stretching by Langley -
1 file
Grab No Stretching Full which is v2.1 already so you can ignore the update.
Pilgrims Delight - High Hrothgar Shrine Retextures by Kotep -
1 file
Choose your prefered version between Legacy and Zul Do Dov. I recommend the Zul Do Dov dragon runes because it is lore-friendly and, in my opinion, it also looks slightly better.
Quality SnowFlakes V2 by Yuril -
1 file
Any version is compatible, but I recommend "Alternative V2" because it's the most realistic. Some ENBs may cause these snowflakes to become overly bright, so keep that in mind if you use an ENB.
Radiant and Unique Potions and Poisons HD by XRC -
1 file
Grab the BOOZE v2 NON-GLOW version!
Real Ice ALL-IN-ONE by Yuril -
1 file
Make sure you grab "Real Ice ALL-IN-ONE Installer by morpheas768".
Real Ice and Snow by grVulture -
1 or 2 files
Download "RIS_Bright_Snow_v1_3". I also recommend that you download "1 Watery Icicle" and extract/overwrite the main files. I've tried all icicle textures and in my opinion these look the best.
Realistic Instruments by InwardScreams -
1 file
Realistic Smoke and Embers by Isoku -
1 file
Choose high-res or medium-res.
Re-Defined Dungeons WIP by Gizmo -
1 file
Choose your resolution.
Riften HQ Textures by Erik -
1 file
Choose your resolution. Make sure that you do NOT grab the BSA version!
Ruins Clutter Improved by Raiserfx -
1 file
Get the manual installation version since it's smaller, but any should work.
Septim HD by Crypton -
1 file
Silly Level of Detail - Potions and Poisons by Narmix -
2 files
Grab the Ceramic Style Potions and Ceramic Style Poisons.
Silly Level of Detail - Wine Cellar by Narmix -
1 file
You only need the main file.
Skyrim Flora Overhaul by Vurt -
2-5 files
Grab either the basic 1.81b version or the regular 1.79e version. I recommend the 1.79e version because it gives you a much greater flora variety. Also download "Darker bush and heather for The Reach". I strongly recommend the "Hi-res Pines for all versions 4096" as well because it not only improves the resolution, but also has better color tones making your trees look more natural. There is also an 8k version of these pines which looks really great when you have branches in your face, but it uses 128 MB of VRAM. Feel free to use the Overgrown optional if you like (it makes vegetation much denser). You can also grab "Remove Bent Pine" if you want to get rid of some huge trees that are otherwise added to specific locations by this mod. Please note that the TPC does NOT support the Summer Edition. If you want to use the Summer Edition then you must install it separately AFTER the TPC. I don't recommend it because it will overwrite certain landscape textures as well which will cause very odd transitions in some places.
Skyrim Redesigned WIP by Dracomies -
1 file
Skyrim Sunglare V4 by Laast -
1 file
Choose either with or without the lens flare effect. I recommend without.
Skyrim Ultra HD Texture Pack by Mystery Modder and Skunky123 -
1 file
Grab the full pack v1.5.
Snow and Rocks Textures HD by Darevix -
1 file
We only need cave textures, but if you don't want to use the x4096 resolution then you must grab one of the full packages instead.
Static Mesh Improvement Mod (SMIM) by Brumbek -
1 file
Get the full version 1.49 because the patches for SMIM are not compatible with the TPC.
Super Realistic Ore Textures by Kman420 -
1 file
Grab the "Just the textures" version or otherwise you will have to download a bunch of screenshots that you don't need.
Superior Rock Textures by Skyrimaguas -
1 file
If you opted for AOF Detailed Mountains instead then you can skip these. My recommendation is to get these textures instead if you want 4k resolution textures. I strongly recommend the Light Gray version. There are three reasons for this; the first being that it blends much better with other textures (especially Dwemer textures), snow looks better on it and distant LODs won't look as out of place as they do with i.e. the dark grey version. Light gray is more vanilla friendly, too!
The Beauty of Skyrim - Caves and Mines by Raiserfx -
1 file
The Beauty of Skyrim - Dungeons by Raiserfx -
1 file
Tobes Highres Textures by Mr Bravo aka Tobe -
1 or 2 files
First choose your resolution; either Full Standard or the low-res 1024. Secondly, if you use SMIM, make sure to grab the "1.2b SMIM Patch" as well.
TreesHD Skyrim Variation by Namotep -
2 files
Choose the resolution you want. Ultra is extremely VRAM heavy, but looks very sharp in game. You also need the "Dark_version_treepineforestbark03" file because it not only looks better, but has better texture seaming as well.
W.A.T.E.R. by SparrowPrince -
1 file
Grab v1.75. If you need the Falskaar optional then you must install it separately after the TPC.
Weathered Road Signs by Nimbli Bimbli -
1 file
v1.0 signs are a little easier to read, but v1.1 looks a little better overall. Any version is fine, but unless you need super-easy-to-read signs then grab v1.1. There is also a v1.2 version but the TPC does not support combining it. If you really want v1.2 then you must install it separately after the TPC.
Visible Windows by Isoku -
1 or 2 files
First choose your resolution. If you want reduced night glow from your windows then download that optional file as well and extract/overwrite after everything is combined in Part #2! Reduced night glow can be good for some ENBs.
Project Parallax Markarth, Solitude, Whiterun, Windhelm, Roads and Bridges by Osmodius -
8 files
REQUIRES ENB v0.112 or newer or your textures will look messed up!!
If you don't even know what an ENB is, then my recommendation is that you wait with installing this mod. I also recommend that you familiarize yourself with what exactly this mod does before you install it. It changes textures to make them look less flat, but it can also cause visible distortions when viewed closely. Some like it, some don't. Some textures and meshes from the original Project Parallax have been excluded from the merging process due to compatibility issues. If you want to use this mod, then you need 8 files. Download BOTH the HD2K and SRO versions of each city. You must have both because the TPC uses textures from both of these texture packs. Markarth only has one file which works on both versions. Roads and Bridges has two versions, one if you will use it together with Static Mesh Improvement Mod (SMIM), and another if you won't. Make sure you grab the correct one or you will have compatibility issues.
UPDATE: Osmodius has recently created a new version of his Project Parallax with a version available specifically for TPC users named Project Parallax Remastered. You can not yet combine this version with the TPC, but you can install it separately after the TPC (I recommended to do this if you want to use Project Parallax since the remastered version is new and improved). Note that you do not need the multiple files above if you use the remastered version, and also note that it requires you to merge SMIM with the TPC.


Installation Part 2: File placement and installation

Step #1 - Extracting the mods:
Inside each mod's designated folder you will find a text file called "This folder". This contains a short description on how to place the files for each individual mod. In almost all cases you simply need to extract "textures" and/or "meshes" folders into each mod's folder. Be very careful about following the file placement instructions found in these files or you will end up missing textures!

Note that mods come with varying folder structures depending on how the author chose to compress them, so it's your job to ensure everything is placed correctly. For example, many mods come with a "Data" folder. Do NOT extract those in there! Go directly for the "textures" and "meshes" folders unless stated otherwise!

The following mods do NOT require "textures" and/or "meshes" folders only: Bellyaches Animal and Creature Pack, Real Ice ALL-IN-ONE, Skyrim Redesigned, SMIM, WATER and Visible Windows. These mods should generally be extracted with their large amount of folders directly into their intended directories. Read "This folder.txt" found inside each mod's folder if you are unsure about how to place the files.

Also observe that Better Dynamic Snow, Pilgrims Delight - High Hrothgar Shrine Retextures, Radiant and Unique Potions and Poisons HD and Skyrim Flora Overhaul all require ESP files placed in their directories. Again, read "This folder.txt" found inside each mod's folder if you are ever unsure.


Skyrim Realistic Overhaul - Dawnguard: Simply extract into the "\Required Mods\SRO\" folder as usual.

Bumpy Inn and Shop Signs v3: When you extract this mod you will have 3 options. I recommend the middle "bumpier" version.

Enhanced Distant Terrain: When you extract this mod you will have 6 options. Extract only one of the "textures" folders. I recommend you pick the Classic 1024 variant.

HD Sacks Retexture: If you downloaded the 10 MB main file with all 3 sack textures inside, then you must choose one type and extract only the "textures" folder for that type. I strongly recommend type B as it is the best looking by far!

Real Ice and Snow: Don't forget to extract/overwrite the main files with the "1 Watery Icicle" optional if you downloaded it.

Septim HD: Just extract the "meshes" and "textures" folders found right at the root of the archive. Don't let the other folders confuse you!

Skyrim Flora Overhaul: If you downloaded any optionals, then simply extract them into the same folder and agree to overwrite.

Tobes Highres Textures: If you will use this mod together with SMIM, then don't forget to extract the SMIM patch into this mod's folder and agree to overwrite.

TreesHD Skyrim Variation: Don't forget to extract/overwrite with the "Dark_version_treepineforestbark03" optional file.


When done, you should have a folder structure similar to this for each mod that you want to combine:

Texture Pack Combiner\Required Mods\HD2K\Textures\
Texture Pack Combiner\Optional Mods\Skyrim Flora Overhaul\Meshes\
Texture Pack Combiner\Optional Mods\Skyrim Flora Overhaul\Textures\
..
..

Step #2 - Combining the mods:
When everything is put into place, you can now run the TexturePackCombiner batch file.

If you skipped placing the files for any mods then you may read "0 files copied" on your screen at several occasions during the merging process. This is normal, because the batch file is unable to locate those mods.

The batch will create a new folder named "Combined" with a "Data" folder inside it. This now contains all your merged textures and meshes.

Inside the Texture Pack Combiner folder you will now also find a LOG.TXT file which will list any files that might have been missing during the merging process. If you skipped any mod then the files for those mods will be listed here. Keep in mind that SRO will list missing files from a "dlc01" folder if you skipped the Dawnguard textures, and that Skyrim Flora Overhaul will list a few files if you skipped the "Punish Your Machine Edition". If any files from a mod that you wanted to merge show up here then that may be indicative of you having placed the files incorrectly. This means that you must correct the mistake, then delete the "Combined" folder and run the batch again. Please note also that there is a batch file limitation that may cause files not to be found if your folder structure is too "deep". If you know your files are placed correctly and you still receive "file not found", then try moving the TPC folder i.e. directly under C:\ and try again.

THE LOG FILE SHOULD ALWAYS BE REVIEWED AFTER A MERGE BECAUSE IT IS THE BEST WAY TO IDENTIFY ANY POSSIBLE PROBLEMS!


Note that Skyrim Flora Overhaul will show missing files if you opted for the Basic version. This is because the Regular version uses more files. A "reachshrub01_n.dds" may also show up as missing under certain conditions, but don't worry, nothing is wrong!

Also note that Dwemer Metal Retexture will show 9 missing files if you selected the "Clean and Flat" version. This is because "Rust and Scratch" uses additional light maps that the other version doesn't need.

Visible Windows: If you want reduced window glow (good for most ENBs) from this mod, now is the time to extract that patch into your "Combined" folder. Alternatively, you can just add it as a separate mod after the TPC in your load order. I would recommend that you use it separately unless you are absolutely certain that you need it.

I recommend that you don't delete all the mod folders that you set up if you can spare the drive space. Many times I've read on the forum that people have deleted the files and are thus unable to take advantage of future updates without having to redo everything from scratch.

Step #3 - Installing the mods:
With the merging process completed, you now have two options. Choose one:

Option #1: Move or copy the "Data" folder found inside your new "Combined" folder into your Skyrim folder. It may ask to merge files and folders. Say yes to everything.

Option #2 (recommended): Compress the new "Data" folder into either a RAR or 7-Zip file.
Make sure you compress this folder directly, and not the "Combined" folder itself! Put this file into NMM's "mods" folder. If NMM is already open, then restart it so that it recognizes the new file. Activate it in NMM to use your new textures. If you don't know where your "mods" folder is, you can find it in the settings.

Skyrim Flora Overhaul: Remember that you must add "iMaxGrassTypesPerTexure=6" under [Grass] in your Skyrim.ini or you will not see any new variants.

W.A.T.E.R.: Deactivate "WATER Plants.esp" if you don't want the added plants. They have a noticeable contrast to Skyrim Flora Overhaul's plants so they might not be to everyone's liking. Also make sure that you do NOT activate any of the Dragonborn ESP files for this mod UNLESS you actually have Dragonborn installed or your game will crash on startup. If you have Dragonborn on the other hand then make sure to check either "WATER DB Waves.esp" or "WATER DB.esp" depending on if you want waves or not. Do not use both of these!
Just for clarification; "Water.esp" should always be checked.

Make sure the ESP files for any mods you chose to combine are activated, and that the TPC archive is installed/activated AFTER the Bethesda High-Res DLC (otherwise the High-Res DLC will overwrite files from the TPC)! Also note that the TPC itself uses no ESP file!

All is done and you're good to go! Enjoy your new textures!



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For advanced users (you can ignore this completely if you don't even know what I'm talking about): I'd like to take this opportunity to give a warning to those that like to modify their ini-files. If you edit uGrids and set it beyond 5, the game may work perfectly fine for a long time, but eventually it will likely render your save game unusable (after about 50-60 hours seems to be the norm) by causing CTDs. This is not an issue with the TPC, but rather a problem with the game engine that is unable to handle a change in this setting. Using a lot of high-resolution textures may accelerate this process.



7) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

TROUBLESHOOTING:

Q: When I run the TPC, I get the message "'xcopy' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file."
A:
This is because XCOPY is not pathed in your computer, which means that Windows doesn't know where to find it. Try searching your Windows folder for XCOPY.EXE and then copy that file to the same folder as the TPC batch file. XCOPY is normally found in C:\Windows\System32.

Q: When I run the batch file, I get 0 files copied in some places.
A:
If you chose not to install one or more of the mods, then this is expected, because the batch file is unable to locate the files for the mod folders you left empty. Of course, this could also happen if you misplaced something, but you have to check that for yourself.

Q: When I run the batch file, I ONLY get 0 files copied.
A:
Then you have probably put things into their wrong folders. Make sure that every mod is extracted into its correct folder and that every folder's contents coincide with the "This folder.txt" file found within each directory. This can also happen if you select "Run as administrator", because the batch file will be executed in a different folder, making it unable to find the mod files.

Q: I'm 100% certain that I have placed everything correctly, and still nothing gets combined.
A:
Then your folder structure is probably too deep. You may be getting a "Destination Path Too Long" error message, in which case you must shorten the file path by moving the TPC up in the directory tree. Try putting the TPC directory directly under C:\ or at least shorten the directory depth considerably.

Q: I ran the batch file, but my combined folder seems way too small.
A:
Then you have probably put things into their wrong folders or might have forgotten to extract certain patches or updates. Make sure that every mod is extracted into its correct folder and that every folder contains the intended files as per the "This folder.txt" files found inside each mod's folder. Also make sure that the batch file and its folder structure hasn't been changed since you extracted the TPC archive. Additionally, make sure that you downloaded all the necessary files, because it is possible you missed something. Refer to the log.txt file that gets created after running the batch to see which files aren't found.

Q: Why do I see flashing textures? It's as if they move or switch to a different texture when I get within a certain distance of them.
A:
This is generally an ENB problem, but could also be the case of missing parallax maps/meshes. If you remove one or both of these, this should stop happening, depending on which one is the cause of your specific problem. It may also happen in a very few places if you use SMIM, because Bethesda for some reason put two meshes inside one another. It is not the modder's fault, so blame Bethesda for this.

Q: After I installed this, I keep crashing.
A:
Textures don't really cause crashes, unless it's the case of your computer being way too weak to handle what you're throwing at it, but even then you are more likely to just see missing textures than to crash. You most likely have conflicting mods, bad ini tweaks or messed up your load order somewhere. Switching certain (non-texture) mods can also have adverse side effects on your saved games, sometimes making them unusable. This can also happen if you remove a gameplay changing mod or add/remove ESP files and then load up a save that was previously using it. Finally, you could try loading an earlier save just to be sure there's nothing wrong with your save.


FAQ:

Q: Is this mod compatible with this other mod?
A:
Most mods are compatible with the TPC. Pretty much the only thing you need to keep in mind is that the TPC doesn't change gameplay in any way, so any textures you overwrite will just look different, assuming the textures of the other mod are put behind the TPC in your load order (which they usually should). The TPC in no way prevents you from further installing mods that you like. You should see the TPC as a baseline installation on which to build upon, similar to the Bethesda High-Res DLC.

Q: Where in the load order do I put the combined TPC archive?
A:
This is very difficult to answer because it completely depends on which mods you have installed and which textures you prefer to use. Generally speaking, the combined TPC textures should be at the top of your load order, but after Bethesda's High-res DLC.

Q: I downloaded the BSA version of a mod. Can I still use this with the TPC?
A:
Yes and no. You can't use a BSA file because the batch file must be able to copy textures individually, which is not possible with a BSA file. What you can do is to extract the BSA file, however, this can be somewhat complicated if you don't know how to do it. If bandwidth isn't an issue for you, then I recommend you download the other non-BSA version of your mod.

Q: Why isn't the TPC downloadable directly from NMM?
A:
This is because the TPC isn't exactly a mod, but rather a utility, and thus NMM doesn't know what to do with it. If it was downloadable directly through NMM it would likely confuse a lot of people when nothing happens as they activate the "mod".

Q: Will you add my favorite mod to the TPC?
A:
My "to do" list is enormous, and time is precious. I'm working on combining more texture packs, but it takes a lot of time. Most mods are already compatible depending on where you put them in the load order.

Q: I want to use one of the optional mods, but I don't want to combine it with the TPC. Will they still work together?
A:
Most of the time, yes, but there are some exceptions and disadvantages by installing them separately. Project Parallax will not work when installed separately, and a separate installation of most (but not all) TPC supported mods will lead to them overwriting more suitable textures.

Q: Why don't you just combine it all and then put that file up for download instead?
A:
The TPC supports many different mods, and will keep growing. I can't take the work of other authors, combine it, and then put that up as "mine". That would not only be considered bad manners, but also theft.





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