Hello everyone! I thought this tutorial would be useful for those who want to specifically edit and create custom calling cards. If you have any feedback or think I could make something a little easier, let me know! Also make sure to read the entire post to make sure you don't skip any necessary steps!
A few things you will need before we start.
Tom's iPak Exporter
Kokole's iwi Converter
As well as your desired image.
Please extract all of the above programs into their own designated folders.
Step 1: Getting the Calling Cards
Go into your Bo2's installation directory enter the following Folders.
Next up, find the file called "mp.ipak"
Copy this into the same path that you've extracted the ipak extractor into.
Now click and drag the ipak into the program.
You'll notice that a new window has appeared. Leave it alone as its getting everything from that ipak and it's putting it into a new folder called "exported".
After it's complete and the window is closed, open the new folder and search for "emblem".
As you can see, this is every calling card in the base game.
Copy these into a new folder of your choice.
Step 2: Editing the Calling Card
Here comes the "fun" part of editing the Calling Card to be your own.
Make sure your preffered image is cropped into a 256x64 ratio. This is important as any more or any less will make the game freak out and crash!
Open Gimp and Click & Drag which ever calling card you want to edit into the program.
(For this one i'll be using "emblem_bg_prestige_perk1_ghost.dds")
If this pops up MAKE SURE YOU UNTICK BOTH BOXES then press OK
If you do not this will also crash your game.
Now you will be looking at a screen like this.
Next up, Click & Drag your cropped image into Gimp.
If it is sized correctly, it should fit just fine.
After all is said and done, press CTRL + SHIFT + E to export.
I would recommend saving it into the same directory as the iwi converter.
A new window will appear once you click on the "Export" button.
Copy these settings exactly for the best results.
Afterwards, click "Export".
And voila! Just one more step and you have your new calling card!
Step 3: Converting to iwi and using it in Game.
Now it's time for the final stretch in this post.
Click and drag your newly crafted texture into the "iwi_dds_fast_converter.exe"
A new window will show up asking which game you would like to convert this texture for.
We're doing Black Ops 2 so we want to type 1 and hit enter.
After doing so we will be greeted with a new file in it's directory.
All we need to do now is copy this file into Plutonium's custom texture area.
This is located in (Plutonium)\t6r\data\images
Now when you open Black Ops 2 your new Calling Card will be ready for use!
If you have any issues or questions please leave them below!
If you would like this Calling Card for yourself, here you go!
(Make sure the name is "emblem_bg_prestige_perk1_ghost.iwi")
If you are having the "error -13", please set the Converter's EXE Compatibility through properties to "Windows XP"
If your calling cards are locked, Use this post to unlock them.