Here is a little Photoshop tutorial
on how I go about making these graphics. This was requested by a couple of members. There may be other ways of doing it, but this is what I do.
First find a reasonable sized image of the loco. Here we have the BR 0-6-0 Diesel Electric Shunter Class 09
I flip the image as I have the locos facing the right. Do this if you want - your choice.
To keep the lettering and logos the right way round, I make a copy of the background layer - then I select the loco number/name/symbols - copy and paste to a new layer
Then flip the loco (background copy). [Menu Edit - Transform - Flip Horizontal]
Then move the numbers and logo layers over the flipped numbers and logos to make them look the correct way around. Merge the background copy layer and the number and logo layers.
Second step is to separate the loco from the background and copy it to your template file.
Select the background using the magic wand selector
Invert the selection [Ctrl-Shift-I] and copy it [Ctrl-C]
Switch to your template file (see ECoS_loco_image_demo.psd below)
Copy it to the template file [Ctrl-V]
Transform the pasted layer [Ctrl-T]
Resize the layer by dragging the corner anchors whilst holding the Shift key to maintain the aspect ratio.
It helps to zoom in a bit.
Size the layer to fit the available space, keeping the bottom of the loco wheels just on the line. Obviously bigger locos will size bigger than smaller locos, but scale isn't vital. We are looking for a good image to represent the model in the ECoS and we don't want too small an image even if the loco was a small one.
Once sized, click Enter to finalise the transformation.
Sharpen the layer [Menu Filters - Sharpen - Sharpen]
Name the layer if you wish - this helps to organise them
Save your image: [Menu File - Save As...]
Select BMP as the format, give it a name. Save as Windows 24-bit bitmat.
And you end up with this:
Upload it to your ECos and the the ESU loco database if you wish.
The PSD of this demo is here: http://www.modelrailforum.com/images/ESU/E..._image_demo.psd
(it includes this Class 09 loco and a couple of other ones as examples). Use this as your template file. It is 190 x 40 pixels in size and has a background grey layer the sale colour as the ECos Screen background.
I hope this helps. If you need any more info on any of the steps, please don't hesitate to ask.