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Amanda | 33 | London | Mother
Sims fan since TS1 and Sim City :)
FYI I am terrible at replying to messages, sorry.
Someone asked, so, anyway, this is pretty basic, but it’s one of those things I had to figure out for myself because every tut I found made it obscenely complicated for no reason.
So here’s, or at least to my knowledge, the quickest way to add Frames and Black Bars to your pics. :)
I use CS6.
When I played The Sims 2 my favourite expansion by far was Apartment Life. The ability to have a standard lot with multiple households was brilliant but sadly no expansion has brought that into The Sims 3. Sure there’s Nightlife but it doesn’t even compare with the feature that Apartment Life offered.
Despite the lack of a replacement for Apartment Life I have continued to build lots that are designed as apartments, most recently was Grey Tides. When I decide to play with these lots I am faced with a dilemma. The autonomy in the game means that even if I want to live in one apartment it is very hard to restrict my sim to that apartment, but thankfully there is a handy “cheat” built into the game to combat this.
Here is my attempt at a 'guide' on how I solve this problem.
Oh my goodness, sounds like one of my bad hair days! I’ve never had this problem personally with a hair, but I’ve used these guides to get rid of bad or unwanted CC
A bit of reading, but may be a solution in there for you…
- Crinricts Bad CC / Unwanted CC
- The Sims 3: Bad CC – How to Find it and How to Get Rid of It
I will publish this if you don’t mind in case someone else has a different method
Making walls is super-easy! :) All you need is HomeCrafter, an image editing program of some kind, and a pattern/picture/color/shape you want to turn into a wall in TS2. I’ll slap together a quick tutorial for you, using ColourLovers:
First, you’ll want to download HomeCrafter. You can do this at ModTheSims, in their official site archive on this page. Just click the link to download it and install it as you would any other program. Note that HomeCrafter hogs quite a lot of memory, and it’s best to use it when you have nothing else open unless your computer is a beast… :p
Once you have HomeCrafter open, and this might take a while, just be patient, you’ll see this screen:
Obviously you’re going to be using the “create wall coverings” bit, and when you click that you’ll see this:
Before you do anything else though, you’ll need a pattern, or whatever else you want, to use for a wall in game. Colourlovers is quite good for pretty patterns, and it’s what I usually use, but obviously anything will do. I’ll show you how I make walls from Colourlovers patterns though, just as an example:
Find a pattern you like and either download the image of it onto your computer, or simply printscreen the pattern straight from the website and open it in Photoshop (or whatever). I do the latter, just because I’m lazy. :p
Once you’ve got your pattern open, you’ll need to crop it to a better size - you need to end up with an image that is 256 x 512 in size. You also need to make sure it’ll be a seamless repeat. What I always do is zoom in like crazy on the pattern, pick a recognizable spot and count the “repeats” in the pattern to about 4, while cropping:
If that doesn’t make sense, maybe this will…?:
And then I cropped it, like this:
Once it’s cropped like this, so that the right side of the image will match up with the left if you imagine them side by side (which is why it’s important to remember where you started cropping), you should resize the image to a width of 256 (the height doesn’t matter):
(I like to sharpen the pattern a couple of times at this point, just to make it a little crisper. I just use the sharpening brush with the strength set to 50% and the brush made MASSIVE, and click a couple of times.)
Now, make a new image that is the correct size: 256 x 512, and simply move your pattern onto it and adjust the top and bottom the way you want it, like this:
If you want a baseboard (or skirting, whatever you’d like to call it), you can put that on now. I use a base by Trapping and sometimes a half-board edit from HolySimoly by Poppet, you can download the images with just those boards from my box account here, if you want. :) Otherwise, you can just cut the base off another wallpaper!
When you’ve put your base on and flattened the image (layer -> flatten image, if you’re using Photoshop), you need to save it in the correct place, and as the correct file type. It needs to be saved as a .bmp image, and in the HomeCrafter location in your TS2 documents folder (My Documents -> EA Games -> The Sims 2 -> Projects -> HomeCrafter Plus -> Walls). You can name it whatever you like, it’s not important.
At this point, you’re going back to Homecrafter. Click on the big plus-sign on the create wall coverings page you opened before, and a box will pop up asking you to choose a file, this is the folder you just saved your wall image to, mine looks like this:
Select the wall you just made and click the yes-button-thing to continue. You’re on the home-stretch! This next screen is where you name your wall, so you can do whatever you want here…:
Name it something poetic, remember to set a price (between 2 and 5 is normal I believe, I always use $5), set a description (if you’re going to upload it, this is a good place to put your blog URL or name), and on the left you can make sure that it repeats seamlessly. :) You also have to choose an in-game category for it. When you’re done, just click “import to game” and you’re finished!
You’ll find the file for your wall in your downloads folder. It’ll be called “wall_(random-numbers)”, which can be a pain in the ass if you’re making more than one wall and you want to rename them all, as you can’t do that with HomeCrafter open. I’m sure you can figure that part out yourself though, this tutorial has already gotten quite long! There are lots of other tutorials for this on the internet as well, in case this didn’t make any sense at all. :p
And to everyone else: I’m very sorry about this MASSIVE LONG POST on your dashboard… in hindsight I should’ve put this on a separate tumblr page. :(
I know that this was probably done gazillion times. And I am not the best the sims 3 photographer out there. BUT! I have had this idea in my head for a quite long time - series of tutorials showing what I’ve learned since I started to play TS3. So, everyone who is interested in my first ever tutorial - ‘Taking pictures in TS3’ - you will find it under the cut. :)
1. Download the .PSD file and save it in your computer. Open PhotoShop and go File > Open (CTRL+O) and select the file you just downloaded.
2. Also open your base (the image you want the .PSD to effect). Now you have two files open in Photoshop, the .PSD file and your base.
3. Now you want to drag the adjustments from the .PSD file, over to your base. (With the files you download from this blog, the adjustments will always be in a group for your ease). So just drag the folder over onto your base.
4. If there are any textures in your .PSD file, you are going to have to transform them to fit your base. (Select the texture layer, Edit > Transform > Scale and decrease or increase the area of the texture, depending on the size of your base).
Awww thank you, Kayla! This means a lot coming from you since you’re such a fantastic builder and decorater yourself :)
I don’t know if I have a secret really. I suppose I just have an eye for decorating but to be fair I’ve been practising on sims and real life for years :) What helps is that in sims there’s possibility to try things and experiment until it looks right. I also always have a colour palette and certain textures that I work with when I decorate because as a perfectionist I really can’t have things not matching unless I intend them to not match :D
I focus perhaps too much on details but there’s so many things I consider when I decorate/build. Like, what are the colours, textures and style of furniture that fit the sim/house/scenery? What are their interests? You know, that sort of things. I think of those before I do anything and use them as my guideline. I used to struggle with it because I just couldn’t simply do something randomly but I learned to use my overthinking to my advantage. Oh lord, I’m rambling now. I do look at design magazines too and gather inspiration from there, as well as things I see online or in real life. I think there’s a lot of inspiration to be found. I’m a rather creative person so I suppose that helps too. Simming is a creative outlet for me so I use a lot of time and effort on the things I create :)