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13th Aug 2006, 12:55 AM
Downloading and Installing the Gimp

This series of tutes is normally found at http://www.sublimesims.net/.

The Gimp is primarily different from PSP and other image editing programs in that you need to install a minimum of two separate programs in order for it to work (note: these instructions are for someone using a Windows Operating System) GTK +2 and The Gimp itself You need to install the GTK+2 program or the Gimp will not run.

The program can be downloaded at http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html

Note for Mac Owners: GIMP is also available for the Mac OS X. The site to visit is http://www.gimp.org/, and you'll need to follow the directions there in the Mac area.

1.The first thing that you will see when you go to this link is this page. Click on "Download" where I have circled to install the GTK+2 program first.


2. That link will take you to this page. You need to select a "mirror" to download the file from. Pick one near your location. Click on that "mirror". (Note: Just think of a mirror as one of many sites that store the file on behalf of the people who wrote it)


3. Once you chose your "mirror" this message should appear. Give your download a moment to begin.


4. Eventually, this box appears. Double click on the file and your installation commences.


5. This is the first install page. Click "next"


6. This is the second install page. Read the License agreement if it's important to you that you do so, then click "Next". From about this page if you get stuck or think you've done something wrong, you can click "Back to go back to the previous screen".


7.This is the third install page. Make sure all three boxes are checked then click "Next".


8. This is the fourth install page. If you're happy with what you see in the information in the box or you're standing there scratching your head going "It looks good to me?" click "Install". You will then see two separate screens come up while the program installs itself automatically.


9. GTK+2 is now essentially installed. To finish the install process click "Finish". Now we will install The Gimp.


10. We go back to the first page again, except this time we're going to click download to install The Gimp itself. (See Circled)


11. Again chose a mirror site to download the program from (The Gimp). Click on that mirror.


12. Once again, you should see this message. Wait a moment and your file should appear.


13. Once your download has finished you will see the box below. Double-click on the box for the installation of "The Gimp" to commence.


14. The first installation page for "The Gimp" that you see is the one below. Click "next".


15. The second installation page you should see for the Gimp is the one below. Read the License agreement if you wish to, then click "next". From about this page if you're stuck and think you've done something wrong, you can click "back" to go back to the previous screen.


16. The third installation page will ask you to chose a location in your computer you want to install the Gimp files to. It will probably default to being installed to your Program files, which is fine. If you are happy with the location where you are installing the files, click "Next".


17. The fourth installation page asks you which parts of the program you want to install (it calls them "components") make sure all three boxes are checked then click "Next".


18. The fifth page asks you what type of images you want to open with "The Gimp". It is entirely a matter of personal preference whether you click all or none of these boxes. If this is the only photo editing software on your computer it's probably a good idea to click all of the boxes, then click "Next".


19. In screen six the install asks you where you want the program shortcuts to go. Make a choice you are happy with then click "next".


20. In the seventh screen, this is asking you if you want icons linking to the program placed on the computer that are easy to find so you can start the program easily. Again it's a matter of personal choice whether you check these or not, I do. If happy with your choice, click "Next".


21. Eighth screen-this is a summary of all choices you have made while going through the previous screens. If you are happy with what you see, install starts automatically and you will see a single screen where you watch the files be installed.


22. Ninth screen. This tells you that installation is nearly complete. Click finish and installation will be complete and The Gimp is installed. Congratulations, you have successfully installed The Gimp! Kind Wishes Kath


13th Aug 2006, 12:55 AM
Understanding The Gimp Filing System

1. Finding a file in the Gimp is a little different from most image programs. When you open the program the first thing you will see is the toolbar (see below) but it won't have any files open straight away, you need to go find them.


2. Click the menu option "File" followed by the file option "Open".


3. The thing that is the most obviously different looking about this program is the buttons up top. We are going to explain how to find your file using an example of a real file search you would commonly use when you create walls.

Homecrafter tells you that the path to find your file is My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/Projects/Homecrafter/Working Directory/ (your filename) but when you start your search the computer takes you straight into your My Pictures folder.

There is no cause to panic. You need to think about where your My Pictures folder is in your computer, in this case within your My Documents folder (the program might open you to a different point, I'm just using this as an example so apply the principles more than the steps in this case). Then you need to think about where the first common point is within both the path to your file and the path to the file your computer has open right now. This common point would be My Documents.

How do I get from My Pictures to My Documents? Press the My Documents button on the centre top of the box. (see circled) This takes you straight up to your My Documents folder.


4. Now all you need to do is follow the path downwards with your folders to find the file you are looking for. Find your EA Games folder within your My Documents folder and double-click on it. This takes you into your EA Games folder.


5. Find your The Sims 2 folder within your EA Games folder. Double-click on it. This takes you inside your The Sims 2 folder.


6. Find your Projects folder within your The Sims 2 folder. Double-click on it. This takes you inside your Projects folder.


7. Find your Homecrafter Plus folder within your Projects folder. Double-click on it. This takes you into your Homecrafter Plus folder.


8. Find your Working Directory folder within your Homecrafter Plus folder. Double-click on it. This takes you into your Working Directory Folder


9. Find your file, click "Open". Congratulations, you have successfully navigated the Gimp! Regards, Kath


13th Aug 2006, 12:56 AM
Basic Skinning Concepts - Layers, Filters, Paths

This section addresses some basic terms and concepts we use all the time when we're creating Custom Content.


If you are creating a wall, floor or skin to do so effectively you need a program that uses layers. What is a layer? A layer is an image placed on top of another image, allowing you to still show parts of the image below. As an example:

This image is actually


This image


With this image laid on the top layer


What is special about layers is that both images are still complete - you can easily move the top image around or even decide to hide it, and the bottom image will still be there, totally intact. Each layer also can have its own filters and effects applied to them.


The path is the route you follow in the computer to find a file. You go downwards, within one folder you'll find another and you burrow deeper and deeper in your folders until you find your file. Think about them like Babushka Dolls…



Most graphics programs will allow you to alter how you want something to be displayed. For example, you can add a layer with a "normal" filter on top of an image which blocks out anything underneath or you can use a "multiply" filter that blends the image of the item on the bottom and the item on the top together.


The "Normal" filter and the "Multiply" filter are only 2 of around about 10 filters available in the Gimp, Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop.

The grand thing about using a layer filter is that you can change the filter effects and your original graphics are still intact; if you don't like that effect you can try another one.

Ok, now you're ready to learn how to do things with the program :)

To start recoloring an outfit - follow the Basic Clothing Recolor Using GIMP Tutorial (http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=182614)

Regards, Kathleen

17th Aug 2006, 4:01 PM
omg, you are just so amazing! i just read your explanations on the basic terms and it just happened that i was actually confused about layers and filters also... wow... are you a mind reader or something?


17th Aug 2006, 11:45 PM
:-) Whiteswan the reason why I did this is because I've been there. About two years ago when I started building for the sims, I noticed that I'd do lots of really lovely tutes but they would often have a gap somewhere where they would get stuck. All credit to them, mostly they're written by people who naturally understand these things better than I do.

Tig and I agree that the definitions section could end up quite elastic if we find stuff that people don't understand, and I think she's done about three edits on that bit so far with my absolute consent.

The thing is to give people that basic step up so they're self sufficient. Am I happy if I know I helped you in any way? Absolutely :D



18th Aug 2006, 7:20 AM
another amazing thing about your tutes is that after i read them i was able to understand the other tutes which i couldn't actually follow through before.... i think it doesn't really matter if you are using Gimp, PSP or Photoshop, all of them do use similar techniques.

TGIF and have a great weekend ahead!

22nd Aug 2006, 12:21 AM
i need help!! whenever i download the mirror(or at least i try) it says page cannot be displayed and then i press refresh and it goes to the sourceforge.net homepage and that box never pops up! what do i do! :cry: :!:

22nd Aug 2006, 2:46 AM
Pinkmonkey, pick a different mirror. And check your settings? Are you blocking popups perhaps.

Or go to http://www.gimp.org/ and try and follow the directions there instead. This tutorial won't directly help you, except for you being sure to get both parts of the program.

22nd Aug 2006, 7:16 PM
In My Documents/EA Games/Sims 2/ I don't have Projects. Do I have to create it?

22nd Aug 2006, 9:41 PM

If you run HomeCrafter or Bodyshop, that directory will be created, because that is where those programs put the temp/working files. Until you've made a project, it could be that directory will not exist.

20th Sep 2006, 2:02 AM
Okay I downloaded gimp and the newest version of GTK+ but when i tried to run gimp it would stop midway and say component not found. I am not sure what to do at this point so could someone help me?

20th Sep 2006, 8:18 AM
Miggs so you downloaded both and installed GTK first, then Gimp?

How old is your 'puter? It depends on which operating system you've got as to which one you download I think. I think if you've got Windows 98 and stuff, you download the other one...

Does anyone else have any ideas why Miggs might have this issue?



20th Sep 2006, 6:24 PM
Well my computer model is quite new it's a windows xp... i downloaded GTK+ 2.8.18. Whenever i try to run gimp it goes to the normal screen but midway it says component not found.

I can skip by that but when i try to open any files to recolor it doesn't open. I tried redownloading gimp and the GTK+ again. No help. Maybe if i went into detail on my problem.

I opened Gimp then it went smoothly for about half a second. This is during start up. When it came to the part where it says querying new plug-ins it says component not found the application has failed to start because libgimp-2.0-0.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem. Then underneath is says ok and if i press OK the same screen pops up again.

Now i can press OK all the way till i get to The GIMP but i cannot open my dress to recolor. It says that it failed because it was an unknown file type. This happens to anything i try to open. I hope this information helps... oh and Thank you Vashti71 for all your help so far :)


20th Sep 2006, 8:10 PM
Miggs, so are you installing GTK first? If you don't do that, Gimp won't run. Gimp needs GTK to be installed before you install and run Gimp. And you're very welcome, anything I can do..

20th Sep 2006, 9:07 PM
Yes I installed the GTK+ first i am not sure what i need to do for it to work lol. But great tutorial otherwise.

21st Sep 2006, 3:56 AM
Miggs, as we haven't gotten this error ourselves, nor solved it, perhaps you will have to look for the answer at a GIMP forum, where many have installed. I found one here: http://gug.sunsite.dk/

And I think I found the answer (although confusing if you are not highly computer savvy here) http://gug.sunsite.dk/forum/?threadid=3967

The user group seems active, but it's hard to tell. Maybe someone else can find a better version of the info somewhere. Or maybe you can use this info to figure it out. Apparently it just hiccups on install for some folks

21st Sep 2006, 9:58 PM
OMG I am sooo happy it helped! It really helped! That second link you sent me to was perfect i guess i am computer savvy because It was pretty simple. If anyone else needs help i reccomend going to that link because it helped me so much. Again thanks tigger and Vashti for all your help i can finally recolor! Wooohooo! Thanks again i can't stop saying thanks. Great help!

:rofl: :jest: :rofl: :D :D :gjob:

22nd Sep 2006, 2:43 PM
Miggs, I'm SO glad it helped. I just read the message and well, it seemed a bit confusing, not like a nice neat 'cookbook' set of directions, which is often what folks seem to need. I also didn't have a gimp install sitting in front of me to see if I could easily see the files. So I was not sure how clear or not it would be :)

27th Sep 2006, 10:39 PM
thank u sooo much for this!
u DONT understand how much common sense i lack computerwise!
it was soo easy to follow!
thank u again!

27th Sep 2006, 11:28 PM
Tigger I dont have homecrafter plus in my documents. Do u have ne clue y?

27th Sep 2006, 11:59 PM
Homecrafter should be in your Program files, in the same folder as your sims game.

Oh, and there will only be homecrafter stuff in your projects folder if you are running homecrafter doing a project.

28th Sep 2006, 12:12 AM
OMG sorry for waisting your time i found it, and thanks

4th Nov 2006, 10:39 PM
Hey, this is really great (: cause im such a noob when it comes to computers hhe ^^"
but umm.. once i get into my projects folder, well i have no Homecrafter Plus folder.
My projects folder is empty. Is that normal? Am I doing something wrong? Im afraid the installation went wrong o_o"

5th Nov 2006, 8:58 AM
You must run homecrafter and start creating a floor or wall in order to have that folder created - the game will make it for you.

7th Nov 2006, 7:33 PM
homecrafter... k im really a noob. whats homecrafter? hehe ^__^"

8th Nov 2006, 1:33 AM
Homecrafter comes with your game. Go to your program files and look in your sims 2 game folder, and you'll find it

oops - doesn't come with your game see next message sorry

8th Nov 2006, 4:59 AM
Um, Homecrafter doesnt come with the game as far as i remember, its for download at the sims 2 site www.thesims2.com, what comes with the game is bodyshop...



9th Nov 2006, 12:58 PM
Cool thankyou guys (:

13th Nov 2006, 3:10 PM
All right, things went smoothly for approximately two seconds. I began downloading GTK + 2, and instead of the screen popping up that (according to the tutorial) should, It said, "Do you want to open or save this file?" I assumed this was just ppart of the tutorial that was skipped because it's self-explanitory. But I clicked save, and it started dowloading. It's wasn't the installation program shown on the tutorial, it was similar to downloading sims from sims2.com. Then it went on to WinZip (evaluation version). I extracted the files, but that did pretty much nothing as far as I can tell. Of course, I'm also a absolute beginner in WinZip.

The same thing happened when I tried to download The Gimp.

Does anyone know what's happening? Does anyone know where I can find out what's happening? Do I need to make the description of my issue clearer?

13th Nov 2006, 5:15 PM
Well, when you chose 'save', then it wrote the files to your hard drive. Winzip decoded the files for you. But to install something, you need to go RUN the files. (Easy way would have been to select 'open' on the download, that might have worked)

It could be they've changed the format of the download. Go look for your folder for the gtk and also for the gimp. Look for an exe to double click on in the gtk folder first (or something that says 'install'). Then do the same in the gimp folder you saved. Let us know if that works :)

13th Nov 2006, 8:42 PM
Okay, I got it all sorted out. Thanks so much for your help. :)

13th Nov 2006, 10:03 PM
I tried to download the GIMP, and whenever I try to launch it, a window comes up saying "The procedure entry point XML_SerDoctypeDeclHandler could not be located in the link library xmlparse.dll.
What in the world does this mean?

14th Nov 2006, 8:09 AM
I don't know, but did you install the necessary GTK + 2 first?

20th Nov 2006, 8:50 PM
Yeah... but I download a trail of Photoshop instead. =\

13th Feb 2007, 6:21 AM
I've been reading thru your tutes and you've made it so simple. For the frist time I feel like I could make something. I've read thru so many on how to use different wonderful programs that the wonderful Modders here on mts2 have come up with and I've tried to make things but I always seem to get lost in the steps. Until I bought my sims2 game I never used psp or any of those programs so it gets confusing when I read the tutes, since I have no clue what there talking about. As soon as my husband figures whats wrong with my computer (it won't load my game at all =( ) I'm gonna try each of your tutes out and see what i come up with.Thanks again

2nd Mar 2007, 9:38 PM
I tried downloading the gimp the part you say download first and when i tried to extract it I got an error message that it was corrupt.On a bright note i love your tutorial i read the whole thing first and i hope i can get the gimp to download so i can begin making my own clothes

11th Apr 2007, 6:52 PM
man i always wanted to make a sims and clothes and skin tones

9th May 2007, 1:11 AM
Help! how come i dont have a projects folder... like once u get inside the whole gimp thing i followed all the directions and i got to the part when u click on the projects folder to go to something else(home crafter i think) andi dont have a porjects folder how do i geto ne of those?

18th Jun 2007, 6:37 PM
What if when you download GIMP there's an error???

19th Jun 2007, 2:18 AM
EmoRocker - go to the gimp site and their forums and ask for help there. We cannot support gimp beyond attempting to be helpful here with basic directions.

26th Jul 2007, 11:04 PM
Which GIMP do I download?? I have Windows XP so GIMP For Windows or GTK+ 2 Runtime Environment????

27th Jul 2007, 6:21 AM
You need to download both the runtime environment thing AND Gimp

See the directions tell you to go get things twice.

28th Jul 2007, 11:37 PM
This is a wonderful tutorial! Thanks so much! I've been planning on downloading GIMP for a loooong time....working on a custom! I hope people like it! Thanks again!

20th Jan 2008, 1:38 AM
Hello to everyone i'm new here and i 've downloaded the GIMP and its in but I want to know how do i get to the bodyshop screen.. I read over and over and maybe i overlooked it but i didn't see a download for it so where do i find the bodyshop screen? PLEASE HELP!

20th Jan 2008, 3:13 AM
Hello to everyone i'm new here and i 've downloaded the GIMP and its in but I want to know how do i get to the bodyshop screen.. I read over and over and maybe i overlooked it but i didn't see a download for it so where do i find the bodyshop screen? PLEASE HELP!

Bodyshop comes with the sims. Go to your start menu > All Programs > EA Games, then find the latest expansion pack you have installed and highlight it. You will see "The Sims 2 Bodyshop". This is what you need to click. Good Luck! :)

24th Feb 2008, 8:12 PM
when i first instulled it, i followed the steps but when i get to the project bit there is no files for me to click one. i need homecrafter lol >.< what do i do????

29th Feb 2008, 8:49 PM
It Wont Let Me Go On Sims2 Body Shop!! Aaaaa! It Keeps Terminating >.<

29th Feb 2008, 9:30 PM
were i sthe site to download gtk+2??

4th Apr 2009, 8:27 PM
The download site is different now.. :/
And makes no sense. T_T
You should update the print screens. o.o

4th Apr 2009, 8:55 PM
HAH. o_o
I figured it on my own, I think. ^o^
Your tutorial helped in certain places.
It's probably genius to normal minds, but was ineffective to mine.

29th Nov 2009, 5:47 AM
The gimp website has completely changed, someone lead me to a tutorial for the new website?

14th Dec 2009, 4:40 AM
so i downloaded homecrafter plus, and gimp. i followed the beginning of your instructions. but when i open the homecrafter plus folder through gimp, there isn't a file within that folder for me to select. so i guessed that i needed to go onto homecrafter itself and begin to create a floor tile or something for a file to appear in the folder. but the only thing that was there was this template thing. it's a yellow triangle. help?

25th Dec 2009, 1:33 AM
Er.. where can you download Photoshop? please help, I'm trying to recolor Cloud's sword from rosesims2.net.

25th Dec 2009, 2:10 AM
You don't download Photoshop, you purchase it. If you need a free graphics editing program try GIMP, it does most everything Photoshop does.

13th Apr 2010, 10:30 AM
The link takes me to the gimp website but it looks different and then when I download it the steps aren't the same, it just does it for me...
Also it says version 2.6.8 not 2.6.9
But the installation is fine and the gimp works but I'm confused about the tutorial on a basic recolour - there is no menu choice "dialogs" so I don't know what to do once I've created the new layer.

3rd Jan 2011, 11:56 PM
Yes, the program has changed. I've tried using it in the past and couldn't get it to work at all... will try it again

LarsHenriks Guldfisk
16th Jan 2011, 5:35 PM
I can't remember ever having installed GTK, and my Gimp works just fine... I might just be me not being able to remember stuff, but it's quite odd