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corvidophile2
5th Jun 2006, 2:52 AM
This idea of a custom fountain just popped while i was building a lot and was so thrilled about it that i actually abandoned the lot in the middle to write the tutorial and share it with everyone!

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/1.jpg
A simple and easy to follow tutorial on how to create a custom fountain like shown in the picture above. (landscaping category)-(Note: all the descriptions are placed under the pictures)


http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/2.jpg
These are the 4 types of fountains that are available on the game.Sure they look good but don't you wish you had a bit of variety?Well i did and that's where it all started.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/3.jpg
Let's begin.All fountains can be found at buy mode>decorative>sculptures.I picked the biggest one.We will need custom terrains and we will be using these cheats:
boolprop constrainFloorElevation false(true turns it off)
moveObjects on (off)
boolprop snapObjectstogrid false (true turns it off).

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/4.jpg
Type in the cheatbox the CFE(abbreviation for the constrain floor elevation) cheat like that : boolprop constrainfloorelevation false.Then go to build mode > terrain> select raise terrain tool > medium size and click on the centre of the fountain about 4 times.It doesnt matter if it looks weird now we will fix it.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/5.jpg
See, i am almost done, use the small terrain tool to hide the remaining parts of the fountain.Rotate with the camera to make sure none of the parts are visible.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/6.jpg
Then use the smooth terrain tool medium size, and apply till it looks smooth and nice like this.While you do that the fountain parts might re-appear ,no worries, click the undo button and use the small size tool for details.If yours looks like that now , you're doing great.We will need custom terrains so if you don't have any you could download some.Water and rock/pebble terrains are what we will mostly need for our custom fountain.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/7.jpg
Use the small lower terrain tool to form something like a cup in the center of our fountain.It is where we will paint with water terrain.Time to save!

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/8.jpg
Here in top-down view you can see which tiles you can level so you can add benches e.t.c without being on a slope , therefore not usable by the sims.I marked them with floor.You can't level the green area (7x7)inside this because fountain parts will re-appear.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/9.jpg
Here i am leveling all sides around the hidden fountain.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/10.jpg
Add a fence ( whichever one you like! it can even be a half wall which you can customize with wallpaper).

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/11.jpg
Add trees and benches

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/12.jpg
I have added lights, 2 lines of floor around the fence and 4 short hedges in the corners

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/13.jpg
Level these 6 tiles in the middle ( you need CFE on , dont forget to turn it off when you are done)
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/14.jpg
Add water terrain using the medium or small for details terrain tools.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/15.jpg
Then a pebble/rock terrain around the fountain using the small terrain tool.From here on is up to you.Let your imagination go wild! Here are some tips you might follow though>>>

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/16.jpg
Add more trees in the surrounding and some flower and path terrains
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/17.jpg
Alternatively you can place these 4 fountains on top ( used the moveObjects on cheat to merge them like this) or..
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/18.jpg
this fountain for a nice water effect
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/19.jpg
Or you can use the low hedge and the flower bouquet which you can find in buy mode-decorative to make the effect you see on the back
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/20.jpg
Use this fountain to create a different base for the sculpture
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/21.jpg
Let's compare... both fountains..What do you think? lol
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/21b.jpg
Extra tip: custom swinging set.looks romantic! Just merge 3 wedding arches with the swinging set and using the moveObjects on and boolprop snapObjectstogrid false cheats
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/22.jpg
You can actually place whatever you want (even trees or flowers or custom rocks) and decorate as you wish , the only limit is your imagination really...
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g59/corvidophile2/23.jpg


That's the finished product and only an example of what can be done! I hope that you liked this tutorial and that it inspired you! I can't wait to see your own custom fountains and if you ind it useful please take the time to say thanks.
PS:If my english wasn't perfect i am sorry but it is not my mother language.


Thanks for reading

Corvidophile2




edit:Thank you so much Xanathon for converting this for me because to tell you the truth i had no clue how to do it lol ! You are so kind!
Everyone that wants to dowload this little tutorial now is available in pdf format :-) Thank you Xanathon!

shrekheatherbelle
5th Jun 2006, 3:42 AM
An excellent idea and tutorial! I had a similar idea when I was building a lot a while ago. i was making a pond in an elevated area at the back of the lot. Also I had a sort of Gazebo and 2 arched bridges to the gazebo....I was wondering if a fountain actually IN the water would work....so I tried it and it DID work! There are lots of possibilities for the fountains.

Love your idea

fev

LyricLee
5th Jun 2006, 3:44 AM
Fabulous tutorial and great thinking! Cant wait to try it out.

maybesomethingdunno
5th Jun 2006, 4:19 AM
I tried something very much like this with the large round Uni fountain in one of my lots here at MTS2. Where you used terrain paint for water, I used the water in the base of the fountain just by carefully raising the terrain over concrete sides. Your idea appears to be better than what I did (you'll notice my emphasis on the word "carefully" in the previous sentence), because there was a certain square (or multiple squares) that would push the fountain back on top of the ground when the elevation was changed. If I remember correctly, I used plants to cover any part of the concrete sides which were poking up through the ground. I haven't tried this in my game yet, but from the pictures, it looks great. Thanks for the tutorial. :)

yukonpizza
5th Jun 2006, 4:46 AM
corvidophile2....

This was an excellent tutorial, and the fountains were so inventive and creative.

Sim Cities everywhere will have fountains popping up everywhere thanks to you. Certainly mine will have one soon!

Thank you for being so unselfish and taking time out from your project to share this idea with us.

What a fun game it continues to be!!!!!

JustTheBast
5th Jun 2006, 6:57 AM
Lovely decoration suggestions and a great use for the big fountain. Thanks.

nengi65
5th Jun 2006, 8:29 AM
Good idea and great tutorial, thanks for sharing your findings with us. :p

Cleoh
5th Jun 2006, 9:19 AM
Thanks a lot for this excellent tuto,

It gives me a lot of ideas, I'm going to test ... now !!!

xanathon
5th Jun 2006, 10:52 AM
Very creative thinking and combining here. Applause!

bluetexasbonnie
5th Jun 2006, 11:32 AM
Wonderful!!! I can't wait to try it.

julianarosalia
5th Jun 2006, 4:47 PM
I love building so much, thanks for the tutorial. Gonna try this out asap. :D

corvidophile2
5th Jun 2006, 10:36 PM
Thank you so much everyone,i am very happy that you found this turorial inspiring, it is my first tutorial but everyone has written almost everything, so i was actually waiting till something new "hits" me lol It's amazing what you can discover or do when experimenting hehe. If anyone encounters any difficulties ( although i think it couldn't be easier) just tell me.

Thanks

corvidophile2

(If a moderator thinks this should be moved to the tutorial section i would appreciate it since here it's the help section :-) Also i was wondering how you can attach this as a file, in case anyone wants it handy at their computer documents )

HystericalParoxysm
5th Jun 2006, 10:41 PM
I was playing with it last night... I found trying to imbed the smaller fountains a bit more challenging (for some reason clicking one corner near it would raise the fountain itself instead of just the ground) but that's mostly due to my lack of experience in building. I was trying to play with putting actual water beneath it, instead of terrain paint (as I, well, don't have many useful terrain paints) and found the water level kept going up and down and up and down as I changed the terrain level around the pond I was trying, and finally I gave up, but I'll probably give another whack at it again today. Still, very inspired to try more adventurous landscaping, and I love the little tip for the swing.

If you want to attach it as a document, you'll need to convert it into a Word .doc or a .pdf, .zip or .rar that .doc or .pdf, and then Manage Attachments to upload it.

niol
5th Jun 2006, 10:49 PM
Wow cool...
Now sims can get into the foundation and really play there...! :D

corvidophile2
5th Jun 2006, 11:39 PM
I was playing with it last night... I found trying to imbed the smaller fountains a bit more challenging (for some reason clicking one corner near it would raise the fountain itself instead of just the ground) but that's mostly due to my lack of experience in building. I was trying to play with putting actual water beneath it, instead of terrain paint (as I, well, don't have many useful terrain paints) and found the water level kept going up and down and up and down as I changed the terrain level around the pond I was trying, and finally I gave up, but I'll probably give another whack at it again today. Still, very inspired to try more adventurous landscaping, and I love the little tip for the swing.

If you want to attach it as a document, you'll need to convert it into a Word .doc or a .pdf, .zip or .rar that .doc or .pdf, and then Manage Attachments to upload it.

Thanks i will try and convert that although i am not sure how to do this so i will look at the help section.
I have tried all these you mentioned and don't seem to work, you never know though, that's why they're not mentioned in the tutorial.Although you can do many other creative settings of fountains which i am working on now and might add to this tutorial on a later time, as i am very busy now.

:-)

HystericalParoxysm
5th Jun 2006, 11:41 PM
Well, I don't know if the help will cover doing that specifically - really you need to get it into some sort of word processing software (like MS Word) to do it as a downloadable attachment.

xanathon
10th Jun 2006, 1:31 PM
I took the freedom to convert this into pdf for you. Please take the file from this post and move it to the first, after that I will delete it here.

moonlight_muse
11th Jun 2006, 3:57 PM
Great tutorial,
it's given me plenty of idea too :)
thanks

Lucha Lutwieta
3rd Jul 2006, 11:44 AM
This is nice! I did some thing like this byfore not with a fontein but with some antoher things! i thing i gane make also a tutorial with my things;)

hedesrochers
12th Jul 2006, 6:32 PM
I have read many tutorials. This is the first one that I've read and not said to myself "what?? wait a minute, let me read that again." It was very easy for me to understand and I might even try it. I seem to be tutorially challenged, get to the 4th step and Im usually clueless hehe.

Very well done, even if english isn't your mother language.

VEIL FELL
15th Jul 2006, 4:23 PM
thank u soo much,,, will have it a try when i get home,...

emogameplyr0513
16th Jul 2006, 8:48 PM
Awesome!!!!

Pyromaniac44
16th Jul 2006, 10:45 PM
good turtorial

zTinkerz
20th Aug 2006, 11:57 PM
Thanks for writing this up Corvi.. I need all the help I can get ;) Of course, I never was much of a builder, which is why I download YOUR lots in the first place. This is nice tho for if I ever get the urge to try my hand at it. Thank you for taking the time to write this up and share it with all of us.

Tazzianna
8th Sep 2006, 2:02 AM
I love it! I feel totally inspired and I'm going to try this on my next lot. Very easy tutorial to follow! Thanks for making it!

Von40mouse
14th Sep 2006, 1:48 AM
:up: :gjob: Thank you so much for sharing this with us! It's a great idea, and easy to follow!

Cats_Eye_Moon85
1st Dec 2006, 1:09 PM
the pictures don't seem to work, just thought I'd say something.

corvidophile2
1st Dec 2006, 11:54 PM
the pictures don't seem to work, just thought I'd say something.

Photobucket bandwith exceeded that's why the pics dont work.It gets reset tomorrow so they should work by then.You can download the tutorial if you cant wait lol

Sorry!

Corvi

Beefree200
13th Jan 2007, 3:22 PM
Nice... Cant wait to try it out! :up:

loopyloopa
14th Jan 2007, 6:39 PM
Wow, I wouldn't have known you didn't speak English as your first language if you hadn't told me! Great job, but I still suck at making lots. XP

erka61678
4th Feb 2007, 10:37 AM
Excellent job with the tutorial, now I'm inspired to make a fountain for my Sims. The most creative I get is just using the big uni fountain and combining it with a statue or another fountain with the moveobjects cheat. Your fountain is so much more creative and looks better too! :)

Margierytka
8th Feb 2007, 8:05 AM
Great idea! Thank you!

loco_senorita
14th Mar 2007, 11:44 PM
Great tutorial. A lot of merged object tutorials are confusing but this one is clear and gave me some great ideas. I love it! :lovestruc

Basil131
26th Apr 2007, 7:29 AM
love it

$RaMRoM$
18th Jun 2007, 1:17 PM
WOW! this is so easy! thanks a lot!

teapot3
19th Jun 2007, 8:17 PM
I think it a excellent idea!I found your tutorial so easy to follow,and had no problem at all understanding it.I've always want to do something like this but could never figger it out, so thank you so much for sharing it.:gjob:

Mailman
16th Aug 2007, 6:58 AM
Thanks for sharing this great idea! Your tutorial was very easy to follow, and I canĀ“t wait to try this in-game! :)

itadakimus
17th May 2008, 5:04 AM
Wow, amazing idea. Very clear tutorial with nice images too.
Thank you!

Hitchhiker42
6th Dec 2008, 6:11 AM
This was a really cool tutorial! And your English was a lot better than the vast majority of native speakers online :)