From: The Big Nowhere
Question 2: I notice that each race has 2 pictures, one without background and 1 with. Is it necessary for these to be the same alien pic just with the different backgrounds, or could you use two different .pngs for a little variety (like male and female for instance)?
In the default install, the second race image (i.e. race_0a.png) is a special case that is used for displaying in the Speak screen (from Diplomacy, F2) and in the race selection for your empire in the Start New Game screen.
If this secondary race image does not exist, the game will simply use the default image (i.e. race_0.png). So you don't need two of them.
If you do choose to make two images, ensure that the main one (e.g. race_0.png) has a fully transparent background. Your secondary race image (e.g. race_0a.png) can be different if you wish - it will be used in the screens outlined above, overlaid on top of a landscape image of the race's native planet type. So it should have a background that is at least partially transparent.
Thanks for the response elliotg. So it seems I can have a little variety, though it won't show up often.
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