Experimental Skin Helper 1.5

A mod that makes skinning easy! Meant for beginners!

  1. Beamer XD
    It took me 2 years (2018 - 2020), reading and watching thousands of useless tutorials, to figure out how to make skins. Eventually, I just ended figuring it out myself, which took me a month, and still needed to ask for help on the forums. In order that nobody else has to waste 2 years of their life that they will never get back, I made this!

    If you have any suggestions, questions, or bugs, please message me and don't use the review section to do that.

    FYI: I'm busy with school now so I might not update this or be able to get back to you about bugs and stuff


    This mod is in its experimental stages, so there are a few things that don't work yet, and through use, I'm expecting that you guys will find bugs and stuff. This mod is for complete beginners, and only contains all of the official vehicles of Beamng.drive. Huge thanks to @Top Tier Studios (you're a LEGEND!!!!) for helping me make this mod! If you are able to fix any problems, please message me with your fix and I will update it, so don't reupload it, thanks. If you get any errors or have any issues or just plain stuck, message me. Please rate 5 stars! :) This is my first major mod! Enjoy!
    P.S You don't have too, but please credit me if you use this because I want to see what skins you guys make with this!

    DISCLAMIER (CAN I MAKE THIS ANY BIGGER?): Yes, there's a tutorial on the wiki, but still doesn't mean this is useless. This mod is meant for beginners (as I stated before), not people who know what they are doing. So please don't rate 1 star because of this reason. If you think it is useless, then don't use it, no need to give a 1 star review on a mod that you are not interested in using. Also, this method works 99% of the time. See KNOW ERRORS AND HOW TO FIX THEM to fix them.

    This overview is set out in sections;



    (to edit the .dds files)

    (to edit everything else)

    Beamng.drive skin wiki
    ("tHiS mOd Is UsElEsS, tHeRe'S a TuToRiAl On ThE wIkI" - 1 star reviewers 2020)


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    Glass skinning
    (I tried, need help ASAP)

    Ambulance skin
    (I think I got it working)

    Comments in code
    (I think I got them all)

    Video Tutorial
    (Procrastination At Its Finest)

    (I'm probably too lazy to do these :p sorry!)

    Add any new official vehicles that come out

    Colorable skinning

    1. Either download the zip file and extract it or unpack this mod once you download it/subscribe to it

    2. Open up the mod files and copy (ctrl + c) the vehicle or vehicles you wish to skin. NOTE: DO NOT USE CTRL + X TO COPY THE FILES UNLESS YOU WANT THEM GONE FOREVER! (dun dun duuuuuuuun)

    3. Wherever you paste (ctrl + v) the files, make sure your file directory is correct. CARNAME will obviously be the name of whatever vehicle or vehicles you are skinning. \vehicles\CARNAME\SKINNAME

    4. Edit the files! Make sure to edit EVERY FILE, FILE NAME WHERE REQUIRED AND FOLDER NAME WHERE REQUIRED or otherwise you might get an error!

    Wherever you see 'SKINNAME', replace 'SKINNAME' with whatever you are naming your skin. Make sure that you skin name has no spaces e.g. ShiningGold or Gold

    Wherever you see 'SKIN NAME 'or 'YOUR SKIN NAME', replace 'SKIN NAME' or 'YOUR SKIN NAME' with whatever you are naming your skin. Here it is ok that the name has spaces e.g. Shining Gold or Gold

    Wherever you see 'YOU', replace 'YOU' with your name e.g. for me, it would be Beamer XD.

    Wherever you see 'DESCRIPTION', replace with a description of your skin.

    The (CARNAME)_skin_SKINNAME.dds, or if your skinning the Gavirl H - Series, there is an additional .dds called van_cargobox_skin_SKINNAME, is the skin itself, so edit this to make your skin. Don't forget to rename it! Make sure when you edit it, you create new layer, do your skinning there, and then delete the uv background once your done. Also make sure that when you save your skin, your save it as a .dds (DirectDraw Surface) file.

    TIP: For the .jbeam file, it onlly need to be called (CARNAME).jbeam, even if you have multiple skins of that vehicle in the same mod, e.g. it only needs to be called autobello.jbeam, even if you have multiple piccolina skins in the same mod.

    5. Once you are done, zip the vehicles folder and rename the zip file to your skin name. It's ok if there are spaces.

    6. Copy (ctrl + c or ctrl + x) the zip file and place it in your mod folder.

    7. Open up Beamng.drive and load the skin or skins. The default preview image is a white background with the words 'Image of you Skin in game'. Image of it below.

    8. Take a screenshot/photo of the skin or skins. Make them good ones as this is the preview image. If you are planning to publish you skin or skins take additional screenshots/photos at different angles as part of your overview, e.g. the first 5 images at the end of this is if you have 1 skin, the rest if you have multiple skins.

    9. Close Beamng.drive and open your skin or skins mod folders. There is a .png file called SKINNAME.png by default unless your already renamed it. This is your preview image. Replace this .png with the screenshot of the skin and rename it to your skin name. MAKE SURE THERE IS NO SPACES!

    10. Repeat step 5.

    11. Open Beamng.drive again and enjoy your skin or skins!​


    Vehicle folder names

    autobello - Autobello Piccolina

    burnside - Burnside Special

    vivace - Cherrier Vivace/Tograc

    super - Civetta Bolide

    etk800 - ETK 800 Series
    etkc - ETK K-Series
    etki - ETK I-Series

    coupe - Ibishu 200BX
    hatch - Ibishu Covet
    hopper - Ibishu Hopper
    midsize - Ibishu Pessima
    miramar - Ibishu Miramar
    pessima - Ibishu Pessima
    pigeon - Ibishu Pigeon

    legran - Bruckell LeGran
    moonhawk - Bruckell Moonhawk

    sbr - Hirochi SBR4
    sunburst - Hirochi Sunburst

    van - Gavril H-Series
    bluebuck - Gavril Bluebuck
    fullsize - Gavril Grand Marshal
    semi - Gavril T-Series
    pickup - Gavril D-Series
    roamer - Gavril Roamer
    barstow - Gavirl Barstow

    citybus - Wentward DT40L

    dryvan - Dry Van Trailer

    Skin shows up in part selector, but doesn't load from the skin/mod/vehicle menu

    So yeah, this is the 1% of the time my method wont work. Just follow the stuff in advance to fix it.



    This is your config file. Why would you want to edit this? If you want to have a different config for your skin, this is the place to do it. There is no set layout for this. All you have to do is make the config using the parts selector, then go to the save and load section. There, you just name the config the same as the file name, and press save. It cam even take a screenshot of the config at the same time. Then, you go to documents/beamng/vehicles/vehiclename, and move the pc file and thumbnail from there into your mod.


    The info_SKINNAME.json file is the overview and performance tab of the skin. It will give information about your config (hence the name
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    Generally what I do is copy the info_(config name).json of the vehicle variant that I used to save the config. Make sure the default color is set to Pearl White. The line should read as follows: "default_color":"Pearl White", (with the comma at the end). Some of them will have more then one default color, but this one is the only important one. Make sure Pearl White is spelt with a capital 'P' and 'W' because I'm not sure if it's case sensitive but it's better to be on the safe side.

    DISCLAMIER: I think this needs repeating. Yes, there's a tutorial on the wiki, but still doesn't mean this is useless. This mod is meant for beginners (as I stated before), not people who know what they are doing. So don't rate 1 star because of this reason. If you think it is useless, then don't use it, no need to give a 1 star review on a mod that you are not interested in using. AND DON'T MESSAGE ME EITHER SAYING IT'S USELESS!


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Recent Reviews

  1. LemonMaster
    Version: 1.5
    I installed it, unpacked it, downloaded it as zip (again). Now i have all the vehicles doubled in the menu and i dont know how to remove them. I know i did it all wrong but i cant remove the mod now i cant see it in BEamNG folder BRUHHHHH
    1. Beamer XD
      Author's Response
      1) there is really no need to install it/unpack it, the only thing you really need to do is to extract the zip file.

      2) Just uninstall the old version of the mod

      3) Enjoy :D
  2. foxu
    Version: 1.4.2
    this is a very good mod ive used alot but will there ever be a update for the new legran? the materials.cs and jbeam file dont work anymore
    1. Beamer XD
  3. Jer
    Version: 1.4.2
    Hey! This is amazing! But might I ask, were do I CTRL + V the files after them? If you want, remove this review and we can use a PM, thanks!
    1. Beamer XD
      Author's Response
      Lmaooooo XD

      What I mean is whereever you are making your skin. For example, lets say I was making a skin called goldrush. I would make a folder called goldrush and put it in documents. Then make paste the files.
  4. Gagarin001
    Version: 1.4.2
    I still don't understand how to use it but I am sure you spent a lot of time on this, i will ty again later. I hope it will not take so much time to make a video! Thanks for this mod!
    1. Beamer XD
      Author's Response
      im procrastinating sorry!
  5. thevolfi5253
    Version: 1.2.4
    spent abo 7 hours on this it didnt wor. it just appeard as SKIN NAME and its a bright green color diesel with no rims (i used a vivace)
    1. Beamer XD
      Author's Response
      message me if you want help
  6. mhegai
    Version: 1.2.4
    Lets go rating with numbers again!


    1. Beamer XD
    Version: 1.2.4
    I'm not able to download coz I dunno coding n I'm 13 yrs. But if there is a video it would be much helpful. But I still ike it
    1. Beamer XD
      Author's Response
      i sent u a google drive link
  8. Agent_Y
    Version: 1.2.4
    Good update but the van also needs an ambulance skin template because it's different from the cargobox
    1. Beamer XD
      Author's Response
      ok ill add that in.
      do you know what the material,cs looks like?
  9. JaysGaming
    Version: 1.2.3
    Could you please make one for modding glass, there is one in the wiki but its outdated and hard to follow along. Please sir.
    1. Beamer XD
      Author's Response
      planning on doing that, tho be warned it could take a bit to do since i dont know how to make glass skinning yet
  10. waboll
    Version: 1.2.3
    already know how to do this stuff but this is great that you try to help others
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