Tutorial #2 - Custom Guitar Inlay Templates (Creating Artwork Files)
Custom Guitar Inlay Templates (*.cgm files) contain all the artwork necessary to produce a CDLC Inlay for your game.  Users can create their own artwork in *.png image format that has a transparent background, load the artwork into Custom Game Toolkit for Rocksmith 2014 program, and produce a CDLC Inlay file for in-game use.

You can download the Photoshop artwork here that will help you position your images on the guitar neck in the correct locations.  The original Photoshop artwork "*.psd" files contain the positioning for each note on the fretboard used to produce the Fret Note inlays.  Notes may be individual moved in these artwork files.  (Lots of Layers and Properties stuff, so it's a good PS learning opportunity). 

You may notice that notes for the low "E" (red) and high "e" (violet) strings do not actually appear on the strings.  This is because these strings  contain "dead zones" and custom guitar inlays can not be applied to these areas.  Trust me I have tried hard to get it to work and look good.  Let me know if you figure out how to put stuff over these strings and areas.  You will also notice that the 24 fret version has a dead zones between the low "E" and "A" string, on frets 1 through 3, as well as what I mentioned above.  There is more visual distortion that occurs with the 24 frets version because the longer fretboard is more trapezoidal shaped.  I have also learned way too much about dds and psarc files.

Special thanks to @Frack for the original Photoshop artwork for button icons.

How to Make Custom Inlays by Racer Allen

Part 2 - How to Save/Create *.cgm Template Files

  1. Start up CGT, Guitar Inlays tab.
  2. Click on the Icon Artwork image.  Select the 512x512 png image to use as your inlay button.  This button will appear in the game inlay selection menu.  (Blank PSD icon (button) and inlay artwork can be found here)
  3. Click on the Inlay Artwork image.  Select a 1024x512 png image to use as your custom fretboard inlay.
  4. Type your CF user id in the "Author" textbox.
  5. Type the name of the inlay in "Inlay Name" textbox.
  6. If this is a 24 fret inlay then be sure to check boxes "24 Frets" and "Colored Inlay".
  7. Click button "Save Template".
  8. Done ... you just created a reusable *.cgm template file.

Next time you can use the "Open Template" button to load your *.cgm file.  The *.cgm file is shareable with other users.  DO NOT share *.psarc files.


You can leave comments or questions for me about this tutorial over at CustomsForge.    After you login to CustomForge , click the envelope on the top menubar and send your message to recipient Cozy1.

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