hello this is a quick tutorial on how to make a badge or a banner in gimp.
bare in mind that they should both be .tga files,a badge should be 64x64 px,and a banner 64x96 px.
now create an new image(taking badge as an example)
64x64px,now in advanced options choose transparency,now create it,then in another window resize the image or concept you disire to about 60x60 pixels(60x90 for banners)and simply copy and paste it to the transparent image you just created.
Now save under ie:badge.tga,or banner.tga in the badges folder in your dark crusade directory(banners for banners),be careful NOT to tick rle compression when you extract the tga file how ever.
WELL DONE you have your personnal first badge/banner
Gimp is completly free and you can find it here:www.gimp.org/
Be creative and have fun!
psownload the exe files for windows or mac(or linux),beware,you must have one of the two run time enviroment files as well,here is the detailed link: http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html