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Featured upload! UPDATED 6/2/08: Default replacement hair and facial hair, part 1 (Natural Redhead Project) DOWNLOADS IN COMMENTS!

by alkaloid Posted 16th Dec 2007 at 1:37 PM - Updated 3rd Jun 2008 at 1:49 AM by alkaloid
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This is a Maxis Recolour which means that it is a recolour of an item that already exists in your game. Please check the Expansion pack requirements to see which game pack it recolours.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Please see individual comments for uploads and individual file credits!



I hope you're feeling patient, because there are a lot of files here, and it's taken me all week just to set this post up.

I also hope that you're sick to death of EAxis hairs and would like some default replacement hair files! Wooo!

These are set up as single-hair replacement packages, which should allow you to avoid conflicts with hair-hiding hacks, or possibly allow you to mix and match default hair replacements from different creators.

Before making these, I went around to a couple different computers and picked out the colors that were the most consistent, and the most believable with a variety of different skintones. Not every hair color looks good with every skintone, but that's the way life is so I'm really not worried about it.

Beyond that, I focused more on capturing the feel of a head of hair over making sure you can see every last strand. It's the way I like it, and if you also like it, that's great. If you don't, well, I'm not going to make things I don't want for myself.

Extra-huge thanks and smooches to Nouk, Seomi, Louis, Numenor, and the SimPE team. I could not have done this without you and your contributions to the Sims community.

P.S. These are for The Natural Redhead Project!



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Terms of use:

No EA exchange, no TSR, no Pandora Sims, no paysites, and no use of these files or any derivative works for any profit-making activities whatsoever. Anything you make from something I made for The Sims has to be 100% free, period.

You may export these hairs for non-default versions of the hairs, and redistribute them on permitted free sites with a credit. (Although I would greatly appreciate it if you checked to see if I made a non-default version of the hair first).

You may recolor and/or alpha-edit my textures and use them on any mesh of your choosing, and redistribute them on permitted free sites with a credit.

You may use these files as the base for your own default replacement packages. See above for the ToU for reuse of my textures.

You may use these files for screenshots and storytelling on any site, regardless of content.

You may share these files on Neighborhood 99 or any other free file-sharing forums.



ETA: UPDATES! So I got a new monitor, and it messed up my hairs, specifically the browns and blacks that I made in the few months before I replaced my monitor. I tried fiddling with my settings to make everything look the way it used to look to me, but the last few recolors just wouldn't cooperate, which means I'm slowly going through and fixing everything (in roughly the order in which they annoy me). Also, since I only make content I want for myself, I am no longer supporting the out-of-date files. When they're gone, they're gone.

6/2/08: replaced female long hair , and male closecropped/toddler kinkypuff .



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#2 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 1:39 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 22nd Dec 2007 at 12:55 AM.
Default Default Replacement Wispy Beard and Moustache Packages.
There really isn't enough good facial hair out there. I don't really have a thing for beards, but I notice when no men have any. It's odd, you know?

Non-default versions of these files are available here: http://sumomo.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=228403

Photo Credits: Skintone by Lyholy.
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File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTBEARD_wispygoatee_basegame.rar (81.9 KB, 5621 downloads)
File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTBEARD_moustache_basegame.rar (71.9 KB, 5166 downloads)
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#3 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 1:40 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 22nd Dec 2007 at 12:50 AM.
Default Default Replacement Stubble Package + Tweezed Eyebrows Package.
The brown and black stubble colors were acceptable (I guess), so I only made recolors for the red, blond and grey colors.

The eyebrows were released before, but I've included them here for convenience's sake. The colors are on the dark side, since eyebrows that are darker than hair look less odd than eyebrows that are lighter than hair.

Photo credits: skintone for stubble by Lyholy, skintone for eyebrows by RenSim.
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File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTBEARD_stubble_basegame.rar (266.5 KB, 5151 downloads)
File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTBROWS_tweezed.rar (141.8 KB, 4151 downloads)
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#4 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 1:42 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 3rd Jun 2008 at 1:39 AM.
Default UPDATED 6/2/08: Default Replacement Female "longhair" Package
Texture is a retexture/recolor of Nouk's armywife hair. Mirror hair replacements included.

Non-default versions of this hair are available here: http://sumomo.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=279485

Photo Credits: skintone by Enayla, blush by Barcelonista, lips by bruno, eye shadow and eyes by RenSim, brows by Helaene, piercings by temptress, with a recolor by sleeples_angel.

ETA 6/2/08: Removed older package and uploaded screenshots of revised package. Changes are due to a monitor replacement on my part (it was seriously ancient).
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File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTHAIR_basegame_female_hairlong_REVISED.rar (633.2 KB, 5314 downloads)
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#5 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 1:42 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 30th Mar 2008 at 12:51 PM.
Default Default Replacement Pack for Male Dreadlocks
Seriously, I can't think of anything to say here. Eh. Non-default versions of this hair are available here: http://sumomo.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=251641

OPTIONAL: gwillewyn has converted melodie9's all-ages version of this mesh into a default replacement. It works with these texture replacements. http://sumomo.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=278092

Photo Credits: skintone by Enayla, lips and eyebrows from RenSim, lashes by Helaene.
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File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTHAIR_basegame_male_dreadlock.rar (634.0 KB, 5163 downloads)
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#6 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 1:43 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 30th Mar 2008 at 12:46 PM.
Default Default Replacement Female Dreadlocks
Same textures as the male package. You can download non-default versions of this hair here: http://sumomo.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=236925

OPTIONAL: gwillewyn has converted melodie9's all-ages version of this mesh into a default replacement. It works with these texture replacements. http://sumomo.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=278093

Photo Credits: skintone by Enayla, lips and brows by Rensim, eyeliner by Bruno.
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File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTHAIR_basegame_female_dreadlock.rar (523.7 KB, 4668 downloads)
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#7 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 1:44 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 22nd Dec 2007 at 1:25 PM.
Default Default Replacement Female "longfuzzy" Package
Original texture by Seomi. This is the texture from her "Princess Blond" hair; the mesh she used for the princess hair uses the basegame fuzzylong hair for children and teens, so I'm pretty sure this is OK by her ToU.

Non-default versions of the Princess hair are available here: http://sumomo.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=257244

Anyway. These are not my textures. Please visit Seomi's site and follow her ToU for use of these textures.

Photo credits: skintone by Enayla, freckles by Lyholy, eyebrows by RenSim, lips by Serasims.
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File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTHAIR_basegame_female_longfuzzy.rar (405.7 KB, 7012 downloads)
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#8 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 1:44 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 22nd Dec 2007 at 1:22 PM.
Default Default Replacement for Male "shortmop" Hair.
This hair uses Louis' alpha for the Sohma Shigure hair, with new textures.

You can download non-default versions of this hair here: http://sumomo.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=251518

Photo credits: skintone by RenSim, makeup by AtomicSpaceKitty.
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File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTHAIR_basegame_male_shortmop.rar (481.7 KB, 5971 downloads)
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#9 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 1:50 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 30th Mar 2008 at 12:48 PM.
Default Default Replacement Package for Female Rosettes
I didn't retexture this one, since the mesh and the alpha do a pretty good job of bringing this hair together, despite the EAxis texture.

Non-default versions of this hair are available here: http://sumomo.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=263185

OPTIONAL: gwillewyn has converted melodie9's all-ages version of this mesh into a default replacement. It works with these texture replacements. http://sumomo.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=278093

Photo Credits: skintone by Enayla, lips and brows by Rensim, eyeliner by Bruno.
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File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTHAIR_basegame_female_rosettes.rar (286.8 KB, 4457 downloads)
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#10 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 1:51 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 30th Mar 2008 at 12:50 PM.
Default Default Replacement for Male "shortcenterspike" Hair
This is the hair that made me decide that a default replacement package was in order. It was so interesting, but the development team still managed to make it look like it had been drawn with crayons.

Non-default versions of this hair are available here: http://sumomo.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=229210

OPTIONAL: gwillewyn has converted melodie9's all-ages version of this mesh into a default replacement. It works with these texture replacements. http://sumomo.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=278092

Photo Credits: skintone by RenSim, makeup by AtomicSpaceKitty.
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File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTHAIR_basegame_male_shortcenterspike.rar (456.7 KB, 6501 downloads)
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#11 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 1:52 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 22nd Dec 2007 at 2:17 PM.
Default Default Replacement Package for Female "getfabulous" Hair.
Non-default versions of this hair here: http://sumomo.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=214015

Photo credits: skintone by Enayla, freckles by Lyholy, eyebrows by RenSim, lips by Serasims.
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File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTHAIR_basegame_female_getfabulous.rar (281.2 KB, 4475 downloads)
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#12 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 1:52 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 3rd Jun 2008 at 1:00 PM.
Default Default Replacement for Male "closecropped" and Toddler "kinkypuff" Hairs.
This package covers the male "closecropped" and toddler "kinkypuff" hairs, since they use the same textures. I have no idea why they did it that way. Bump map is set to neutral due to the fade I added to the alpha.

ETA 6/2/08: Replaced default replacement package.

Photo credits: skintone by Enayla, eyes by RenSim, eyebrows by HystericalParoxysm, eyelashes by AtomicSpaceKitty. Sclera corrector unreleased at the time of this update.

Non-default versions of this hair are available here: http://alkaloidlabs.blogspot.com/20...-for-males.html.
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File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTHAIR_basegame_male_closecrop_kinkypuff_REVISED.rar (528.9 KB, 4405 downloads)
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#13 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 1:53 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 24th Dec 2007 at 2:31 AM.
Default Default Replacement Female Mohawk Package.
Besides the color adjustment, I cleaned up the stubble. Mirror hairs included.

Non-default versions of these hairs are here: http://www.insimenator.net/showthread.php?t=63897

Photo Credits: skintone by Enayla; eye makeup, brows and lips by RenSim.

ETA: Rainbow hair fixed. It's now blond with leopard-dyed stubble. Also I fixed an image format inconsistency issue that may or may not be causing a problem for some users.
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File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTHAIR_basegame_female_mohawk.rar (511.5 KB, 4871 downloads)
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#14 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 1:53 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 22nd Dec 2007 at 2:32 PM.
Default Defualt replacement package for male mohawks.
Like the female mohawks, these feature cleaned-up stubble in addition to color correction. Mirror hairs included.

Non-default versions of these hairs can be found here: http://www.insimenator.net/showthread.php?t=63897

Photo credits: Skintone by Enayla, eyebrows by RenSim.
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File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTHAIR_basegame_male_mohawk.rar (877.5 KB, 4928 downloads)
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#15 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 1:54 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 22nd Dec 2007 at 2:34 PM.
Default Default Replacement Male Toddler Stubble
I didn't forget the toddlers!

Photo credits: skintone by Enayla, freckles by Lyholy, eyebrows by RenSim, lips by Serasims.
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File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTHAIR_basegame_male_toddlerstubble.rar (416.6 KB, 4503 downloads)
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#16 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 8:18 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 22nd Dec 2007 at 2:41 PM.
Default Default Replacement Female "longsimple" Hair
Not much to say about this one, really.

Photo credits: skintone by Enayla, freckles by Lyholy, eyebrows by RenSim, lips by Serasims.
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File Type: rar alkaloid_DEFAULTHAIR_basegame_female_longsimple.rar (364.4 KB, 6892 downloads)
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#17 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 8:18 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 22nd Dec 2007 at 5:26 PM.
Default Some Final Words...
The Natural Redhead Project is an open-ended recolor project sparked by the near-complete absence of believable red hair colors in the sims community. Since the start of the project, we have since expanded our focus to include believable blonds, other natural colors, and even fantasy and punk colors.

To date, ten creators have released 60 different posts, with hundreds of individual files in those posts. There is a huge selection of hair, along with skintones, facial hair, and freckling clothes, genetics and makeup.

If you would like to find out more about the Natural Redhead Project, please see our project thread on MTS2, or our forum at InSim.



If you would like to make hair recolors that work with these defaults, I have uploaded a set of Photoshop color swatches. They were made in 7.0, but I think swatches work in any version of Photoshop. Feel free to use these for any project for any reason.



XPLT297 has also made some default hair replacement packages for the game. The colors he chose are radically different from mine, but there's nothing like choice, right? You can find them in his "alpha disturbed" subforum over at InSimenator.



...And that's it! I hope you enjoy this first installment of NRP's default hair replacements, and may your holidays be stress-free and full of good times. :D
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File Type: rar alkaloid_photoshopswatches_basichaircolors.rar (426 Bytes, 759 downloads)
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#18 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 8:19 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 24th Dec 2007 at 2:42 AM.
Default Updates And Revisions List
12/23/07: corrected bumpmap for male dreads, added missing hair to female mohawk package and adjusted image format.
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#19 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 8:20 PM Last edited by alkaloid : 20th Dec 2007 at 2:53 AM.
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#20 Old 22nd Dec 2007 at 6:47 PM
zomg AMAZING!! *drools* You've done a fantastic job... and your textures are -gorgeous-! I never have bothered with default replacement hairs before but... these are going in my game. Thank you!

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#21 Old 22nd Dec 2007 at 9:47 PM
What a wonderful idea - thank you for much for this! I never use the Maxis hair, but now I might change my mind ... :D

Was it deliberate that some black hairs look more like a dark brown, though?
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#22 Old 22nd Dec 2007 at 9:50 PM
amazing . I just wish you made more male defaults lol
Scholar
#23 Old 22nd Dec 2007 at 11:00 PM
You are absolutely amazing.

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#24 Old 22nd Dec 2007 at 11:19 PM
Ah, Alkaloid, I already love the Redhead Project, and these are definitely going in my game as I abhor the Maxis' hairs (their version of blond and red kill me). I can't wait to see more!

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Originally Posted by selzi
Was it deliberate that some black hairs look more like a dark brown, though?


Well, speaking as someone whose hair is naturally black, I don't know about others, but my hair looks more like a really dark brown instead of the "raven black" that you see in the hair dye aisle in stores. :D
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#25 Old 22nd Dec 2007 at 11:30 PM Last edited by gwillewyn : 22nd Dec 2007 at 11:35 PM.
Something is not right with the bumpmap for the male dreadlocks.
I think changing the format from DXT5 to Raw8bit should fix it.
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