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FM20 Hidden Regen UID Finder (Create your own Press Officer & Personal Assistant images!)
For several FMs now your Press Officer & Personal Assistant have been Regen's with a hidden UID making it seemingly impossible to replace their images.

A few years back FMfan.ru boxed together all the hand-made regen images and created a config that auto-applied those to regens. I have taken that config and applied it to a base file of 15000 png files that are all numbered for easy reference to enable you to figure out with image goes to which UID by cross-referencing against the config file.

It still involves a bit of work, so you'll still need to be patient, but finally there is a way to replace those images.

1) Download & unzip file
2) Place in My Docs/Sports Interactive/FM20/graphics/faces (Mac = HD/users/user/Library/application support/sports interactive/fm2020/graphics)
3) Then in the game go to Preferences > Interface and untick "Use caching" and tick "Reload skin when confirming" - Apply
4) Take a look at your Inbox and see if you have any messages from your Press Officer & Personal Assistant - hopefully they now have a Black image with a number....Make a note of this number
5) Within the UID Finder folder there is a config - open this in TextEdit and Search (ctrl-f) for the numbers you made a note of - BEWARE there may be several entries using the same image depending on the size of Database you have loaded.
6) Save your chosen image as the Regen number you found in the config and create your own "Regen Staff" folder with accompanying config file using a config creator or just copying and editing an existing one.
7) Reload skin - ctrl-r ...and hopefully it should work

As you can tell from the above - this is a bit tricky, so it's one for the die-hard gfx mod fans, but hope this helps.

BIG thanks to FMfan.ru for giving me the idea and to all the amazing graphic creators out there who make the game so good!
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Wow! This is so great, thanks a lot man!

Best regards

Soren
Hi, sorry could you re explain step 5 and onwards. When searching for the corresponding number '5237' in my case for my press officer in the config file in the Regen UID Finder folder that I moved into graphics - pictures - players path.
I'm using a laptop so how do I go about this?

any help would be greatly appreciated
Is there a way to change the name of these guys ?
Rowan, this looks amazing - thanks so much. Will give it a try out later. Do you have a link to the collated regen pack by any chance?
Its always funny until someone gets hurt.............THEN its f*cking hilarious!
Bill Hicks (1961 - 1994)
awesome now I finally got to work. Huge thanks for this add on
Pardon the dumb question, but do you guys have a quick way to find out the right regen numbers? I checked the other night and i have spent a good two hours renaming my image and reloading skins to no avail.
And i was barely halfway through the file as there were lots of numbers like the one in the black pic for my PA.
i need also help . where can i find the pictures? i try this morning 1 and half hour , but no score

Thx
Pardon the dumb question, but do you guys have a quick way to find out the right regen numbers? I checked the other night and i have spent a good two hours renaming my image and reloading skins to no avail.
And i was barely halfway through the file as there were lots of numbers like the one in the black pic for my PA.


Make sure the name of the folder you are trying to load your replacement images from is alphabetically before the Regen UID Finder folder as once the game has loaded a graphic in it wont overwrite it with another from another folder. Your game is probably loading the images from the numbered folder first, so not overwriting it with your new one. The way I have got this to work is to rename the folder from Rowan's download to ZRegen UID Finder - that way I know it will load last everytime.
Its always funny until someone gets hurt.............THEN its f*cking hilarious!
Bill Hicks (1961 - 1994)
i need also help . where can i find the pictures? i try this morning 1 and half hour , but no score
Thx


Where can you find the pictures? I'm not sure what you mean, the UID?
Pardon the dumb question, but do you guys have a quick way to find out the right regen numbers? I checked the other night and i have spent a good two hours renaming my image and reloading skins to no avail.
And i was barely halfway through the file as there were lots of numbers like the one in the black pic for my PA.


Unfortunately this is the "quick way" I had trouble with one of my images, but got it after the 9th effort (see attached) - this is more likely to be a problem when you have started a massive database with loads of regens added.
Rowan, this looks amazing - thanks so much. Will give it a try out later. Do you have a link to the collated regen pack by any chance?


Do you mean this lot?
https://sortitoutsi.net/forums/topic/350/regen-replacement-images

Where can you find the pictures? I'm not sure what you mean, the UID?


I mean the both pictures from the PA and PressOfficer
I mean the both pictures from the PA and PressOfficer


Sorry, still not clear. The images should be showing in your game as a black image with a number...make a note of that number - open up the config file that is in the folder with TextEdit (or similar) and ctrl-f to open up a finder search, type in the numbers you made a note of and continue searching until it gives you the longer UID number. (There may be several) Save your chosen images of these staff as this UID

Basically you can now delete the UID finder pack (it has served it's purpose to locate the UIDs of your staff.) Save your new images of your staff in a new folder as "UID number.png" and change a line in a config in the new folder to:
<record from="UID number" to="graphics/pictures/person/UID number/portrait"/>

reload skin and your new images should now be showing.

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Question...

When i come to save the two photos for the PA and Press Officer from the web. Do I save them as .jpeg or .png? Or does this not matter? Also once saved do we need to edit the photo size to match the size off the black box with the UID number. This size would be 250x250. I only ask because I've been searching for ages with no luck on my new save. I have forgot how I got it to work last time. One last thing. Do we tick or untick the "show pictures of players (and staff) who have been generated by the game"?

Sincere apologies for the number of questions


ok no problem I have that link already, I thought there may have been a download for the pack you mentioned in your opening post from fmfan.ru - i was just being lazy, will download and merge them all into a big pack.

Again thanks so much for this download
Its always funny until someone gets hurt.............THEN its f*cking hilarious!
Bill Hicks (1961 - 1994)
Sorry, still not clear. The images should be showing in your game as a black image with a number...make a note of that number - open up the config file that is in the folder with TextEdit (or similar) and ctrl-f to open up a finder search, type in the numbers you made a note of and continue searching until it gives you the longer UID number. (There may be several) Save your chosen images of these staff as this UID

Basically you can now delete the UID finder pack (it has served it's purpose to locate the UIDs of your staff.) Save your new images of your staff in a new folder as "UID number.png" and change a line in a config in the new folder to:
<record from="UID number" to="graphics/pictures/person/UID number/portrait"/>

reload skin and your new images should now be showing.


I think they are looking for the 2 cut out faces you have used in your screenshots for the PA and press officer............
Its always funny until someone gets hurt.............THEN its f*cking hilarious!
Bill Hicks (1961 - 1994)
I think they are looking for the 2 cut out faces you have used in your screenshots for the PA and press officer............


Ah, I see. HERE is a handfull of ones I already had. Unfortunately they're all white, but if the demand is there I'll source and cut some more diverse
Unfortunately this is the "quick way" I had trouble with one of my images, but got it after the 9th effort (see attached) - this is more likely to be a problem when you have started a massive database with loads of regens added.


Hey Rowan, thanks for the reply!

I finally made it! Yes it may take a while (depends on your luck though), but the result is amazing, so well worth the pain!

Thanks again, a fantastic work!
Can someone help please?....

Ingame under preferences do we tick or untick the "show pictures of players (and staff) who have been generated by the game"?


Struggling still.

Thank you for the face pack for PO & PA Rowan, if you have anymore please let me know.

Just need to make it work
Ah, I see. HERE is a handfull of ones I already had. Unfortunately they're all white, but if the demand is there I'll source and cut some more diverse


I would be keen on a regen staff image pack if you cut one - i often use a regen image for staff who are missing from the megapack and I cannot find a source for. So a mix of male and female staff images would be good if you had the time
Its always funny until someone gets hurt.............THEN its f*cking hilarious!
Bill Hicks (1961 - 1994)
Can someone please give me a little advice??

Why after typing codes unsuccessfully I then finally get a photo for the Press Officer instead of a black background and the code but its a gen player, not the photo I have assigned the number to. Then when I untick add pics to gen players, the picture turns back to black background with the regen number.

Do I need to continue trying codes or is it this one and I'm just doing something wrong for the real photo to show?

Please if someone could help/reply I would be so grateful
This is brilliant

Handy hint - your wife won't be as impressed as you think she will when you show her that she is now your press officer.
Spent 3 days trying to make this work. I've asked for help or advice numerous times but nothing. Such a shame but I cannot waste any more time on trying to make this work. Too close to launching my laptop at the wall

I bet this file/addition is SUPERB on FM.

Oh well!
Spent 3 days trying to make this work. I've asked for help or advice numerous times but nothing. Such a shame but I cannot waste any more time on trying to make this work. Too close to launching my laptop at the wall

I bet this file/addition is SUPERB on FM.

Oh well!


Sorry you couldn't make it work. When you type the number into the Finder on textedit - how many matches is it finding? It could just be that you're having the same issue as ReOberon where the image you're trying to match has been assigned to multiple regens...? As I said to him simply go through and duplicate your chosen photo and name it as each of the UIDs you come across? I realise it's not ideal, but the only other way I can think to fix that would be for me to create way more than 15k numbered images (which I wish I had)

Unfortunately creating the 15k took me ages and nearly blew up my mac...so whilst I may try again I don't fancy it

PS. Doesn't matter about "show pictures of players (and staff) who have been generated by the game" as that's just asking if you want to see the Regen face or a "blank default" face - either way you'll be replacing it.



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Is there any way of changing the name? I have a name of a guy, putting a picture of a girl looks stupid?
Question: Is it possible to replace the black silouettes with pictures?
Sorry you couldn't make it work. When you type the number into the Finder on textedit - how many matches is it finding? It could just be that you're having the same issue as ReOberon where the image you're trying to match has been assigned to multiple regens...? As I said to him simply go through and duplicate your chosen photo and name it as each of the UIDs you come across? I realise it's not ideal, but the only other way I can think to fix that would be for me to create way more than 15k numbered images (which I wish I had)

Unfortunately creating the 15k took me ages and nearly blew up my mac...so whilst I may try again I don't fancy it

PS. Doesn't matter about "show pictures of players (and staff) who have been generated by the game" as that's just asking if you want to see the Regen face or a "blank default" face - either way you'll be replacing it.


Great idea about duplicating the photo for each one. I shall give that ago. Thanks for getting back to me and it looks so good on your images. Really hope I can sort it. Thanks for everything matey
Hi Rowan with regards to coding....

in the config file I create then editing to have this line in - <record from="UID number" to="graphics/pictures/person/UID number/portrait"/>
in game my PO is 4506 for example
for arguments sake the regen uid locator gave me 123456789. In the line above does this number match so it shows as <record from="123456789" to="graphics/pictures/person/123456789/portrait"/>
or should it be written as <record from="4506" to="graphics/pictures/person123456789/portrait"/>
So sorry for these mindless questions

IGNORE THIS PLEASE - I checked config file of players photos and copied the same coding. Hopefully this will sort it
I roughly counted 60 something for the amount of UIDs for my game. So I might be a little while copying photos and typing code.

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Rowan I took your advice but I decided to do 10 at a time, then once it worked in game, I then just deleted a few at a time to narrow it down and hey presto all working. Thanks again for your advice
Has anyone figured out if it's possible to change the default names of the press officer and personal assistant?
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