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Real-life texture sources and references used in GTA San Andreas


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Temple Pay'n'Spray banner "Auto partS" I found on Melviny's Auto partS on 7833 S Central Ave, Los Angeles. Garage has 2 banners and true banner is left.

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New banner design in 2015:

 

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What's really interesting is that the majority of these businesses are literally photoshopped versions of real businesses. Only starting with LCS did it seem that R* just created these signs from scratch.

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Las Venturas Fire Station #3 on Redsands West originally is Las Vegas Fire Station #3 on 2645 W Washington Ave, Las Vegas

Funnily enough, in San Andreas, there are stable parking spaces in front of the garages for drivers, although there are plenty of "no parking" signs. The texture of the second of the four gates is repeated on all gates in the game. Number on sign changed from 2645 to 6254

 

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Google Street View since 2007:

 

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2019: Sign been removed and new building starts

 

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Old photo:

 

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Sources:
https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMAD0J_Safe_Place_Haven_Fire_Station_Number_3_Las_Vegas_NV

 

 

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Wow! I congratulate you for putting TONS of hard work into this.

 

 

On 8/4/2021 at 5:48 PM, Mehaniq said:

1981: Very old design

 

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Interesting to see what adult shops were like back in the 1980s...

 

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El Senor Taco from East Los Santos we can see on 1517 E Florence Ave, Los Angeles. Texture contains unused drinking water vending machine image which is nowhere involved in the game, but we can see a small part of it under the canopy of this institution. For some reason, the color of the text does not match what we see in the game texture. And I was also looking for the front door to this building, but it was not there.

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Redesign since 2009: New banners and fonts

 

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2020: New design and color

 

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On 8/12/2021 at 11:00 AM, CynicalMexican said:

What's really interesting is that the majority of these businesses are literally photoshopped versions of real businesses. Only starting with LCS did it seem that R* just created these signs from scratch.

Ikr?

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A group of lost stores from whole Los Santos we most likely won't see. But I know where they are and I have only two old photos from the Internet where you can see them.

1. Zapateria Sorid (Zapateria Doris) on 221 W 8th St, Los Angeles

2. Will's Snack Shop (Bill's Snack Shop) presumably on 225 W 8th St, Los Angeles
3. Manchap bldg. (Chapman bldg.) Botanica El Buda on 225 W 8th St, Los Angeles

 

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Will's Snack Shop has 2 different variations of banner: with address and without.

 

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Real life building where these shops were located:

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Old photos during which these shops still existed:

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This is incredible.

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You even found the illusive "Will's Snack Shop"! Mate you are a f*cking legend.

 

EDIT: What's really interesting is that the photo reference for these businesses is from the 2002-2004 time period, not 1992. 

 

I wonder if the GTA SA remaster will feature much different businesses. Depending on whether R* still has the hi-res versions of these textures. I'm super curious.

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3 hours ago, CynicalMexican said:

You even found the illusive "Will's Snack Shop"! Mate you are a f*cking legend.

 

EDIT: What's really interesting is that the photo reference for these businesses is from the 2002-2004 time period, not 1992. 

 

I wonder if the GTA SA remaster will feature much different businesses. Depending on whether R* still has the hi-res versions of these textures. I'm super curious.

If you seriously do your research, I am sure that you can find many errors regarding the relevance of textures, so I resigned myself to the fact that despite the events of the game in 1992, we still see cities in the state of 2002-2004. I did not notice too gross mistakes, but if I had the opportunity to see the Street view of Google in 1992, I would get a completely different image of cities.

Regarding the remaster, I believe that the original photographs with a lower level of compression can be used (if they are preserved to this day). Or similar signs will be professionally drawn manually by an expensive designer, because even I can repeat many of them using Photoshop, overlay layers and fonts, of which there are a lot to choose from these days, unlike in 2004, when even Google panoramas did not exist.

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There is another jewelry store on South Broadway, also called Guadalajara. His display case is often found in Los Santos in many many many different places. And also in the game there is an unused texture with one of the signs of this store, which is hidden in the space above the entrance to the inside. 714 S. Broadway, Los Angeles

 

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Garden Equipment N&P on Las Colinas with number 555-0079 including small advertisement on Willowfield originally located on 4460 W. Imperial Hwy. Inglewood and has overturned logo with J&N Garden Equipment name and number (213)671-0079

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Tony's liquor I found on 5707 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles and also brown brick wall with few bricks painted in white been used in Idlewood and Willowfield on 2 Tony's Liquor shops, Liquor and Deli shop and Ammu-Nation

 

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East Los Santos Garcia's Discount sign I found on 8876 S Central Ave, Los Angeles but only in 2007 we can see it here. 

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Bleecker Bob's Golden Oldies shop from Market zone must be placed on 7555 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles but it closes on March, 2000 and I dont know where are texture photo from because GTA San Andreas content for textures shoots between 2002-2004 (as I know between Vice City Release and San Andreas release). I found only one bad quality photo with this store front.

melrose11_lawn.txd - melrshop07_LAwN (windows and door)

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Photo from original store when it exists at unknown year:

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Google Street View with another shop on this address:

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I have reviewed so many electronics stores in different areas of Los Angeles and have already lost hope that I can find it. But yesterday I was accidentally lucky and managed to do it! On address 759 S Broadway, Los Angeles

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I think starts from 2008 this shop never exists at this place but some of advertisement inscriptions we can see in 2009 when shutter is open.
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Diamond Specialists from East Los Santos and Jefferson is Leon Diamond Specialists on 3116 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

image: gangsign1_LAe

Txds:
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Closed in 2009-2011:

 

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The Beaumont Company from Commerce, Los Santos advertisement board is a Real Estate Property Management company from Los Angeles. Last 4 digits in phone number is identical. (9761)

Website: https://www.beaumontco.com/

The lawyers of this company could sue for the use of their logo, which is probably patented.

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