Hey, noob here. I’ve been messing around with modding Democracy 3. I was wondering if anyone has a template for the policy icons, so that I can make thumbnails for new policies. I’m just looking for the circle background and whatnot. I did a quick search here and didn’t see anything, but if this has been discussed before I apologize.
This answer might come far too late for your liking, but I hope I can help anyway.
I had the exact same problem, with both GIMP and Photoshop. I ended up downloading PAINT.NET, which has native DDS capabilities. I start by loading up a random dds file from the game, erase everything in the image, and draw what I need. It works perfectly for me.